Category Archive: COMMUNITY

Local news from the individual communities within Marion County.

Apr 16 2014

Jasper radio station brings an “Opry-feel” to local airwaves

For many years now country music and bluegrass artists know they reach the pinnacle of their career when they hit the stage of WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry” on the legendary Nashville radio station. The Opry is synonymous with longtime big names in the music industry like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb, and …

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Apr 15 2014

Grundy Co. High School cheerleaders win national competition

The Grundy County High School Cheer Squad won a national competition this weekend in Pensacola, FL. The squad qualified earlier in Atlanta, and won a first place bid to compete in the southeast U.S. regional competition in Pensacola. Supporters in Grundy County helped raised the money for the girls’ hotel & food costs. There are …

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Jan 20 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Body found in river at Whitwell

Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed to MarionCountyMessenger.com that a body was found by an off-duty officer in the Sequatchie River in Whitwell, between 7:30-8:00 am this morning. The body belongs to a male, possibly white, however it’s been in the water too long to determined at this time …

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Jan 20 2014

Jasper moves forward with remote water meter reading equipment

City administrators in Jasper have been implementing a massive project to automate the town’s water meter reading duties since 2011, and last week the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen took the next step in the process of purchasing that equipment. The board voted unanimously to purchase 1,000 water meter reading devices from the Badger …

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Nov 20 2013

New information in South Pittsburg City Administrator arrest

New information is coming forth after the arrest of South Pittsburg city administrator Sammy Burrows earlier this month. The officer who made the arrest, Sergeant Paul West, was wearing a body camera that night, and it’s that same recording that cost West his job with the department — just days after the incident. It was the night of …

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Nov 19 2013

Second Arrest made in Marion County High vandalism

Amid a storybook season for the Marion County High School Warriors, the team is now also having to deal with the shame of some of their own coaching staff finding themselves on the wrong side of the law after a vandalism incident involving the school’s field house and other property on November 1st. Marion County High …

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Nov 13 2013

Victim identified in Cartwright stabbing from Tuesday

A Sequatchie County man is in the hospital after a late-night stabbing. Dispatch tells us it happened later Tuesday on Cartwright Loop near Whitwell, when a woman called police after a fight broke out in her neighbor’s yard. The fight involved three men, one of which was stabbed in the chest and face during the incident. An …

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Nov 13 2013

UPDATE: Officer who arrested South Pittsburg city administrator now without a job

The South Pittsburg city council met last night for the first time since the arrest of city administrator Sammy Burrows over the weekend by a South Pittsburg policeman. Burrows has been re-instated in his position with the city, however the officer who arrested Burrows is now without a job. Officer Paul West arrested Burrows late Friday …

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Nov 10 2013

Hales Bar Dam celebrates 100 years

It’s been a fixture of Marion County’s landscape for almost one hundred years now, and has been the subject of everything from controversy to ghost hunts, and has even had a once-popular country song written about it in its’ time. Of course, we’re talking about Hales Bar Dam, often referred to as simply “the old …

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Nov 10 2013

South Pittsburg City Administrator Arrested

South Pittsburg City Administrator, Sammy Burrows, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Burrows was charged with Obstruction of a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving and Speeding. A jail worker at the Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Burrows’ was booked into the jail but has since been released. Stay with MarionCountyMessenger.com online and on …

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