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The latest local news for Marion County and the Sequatchie Valley

Whiteside residents upset after CSX closes road to home for repairs without advance notice

Several residents in the Whiteside community of Marion County found themselves on the wrong side of the tracks on Thursday afternoon — that is, the wrong side of the tracks if you want to leave home or need to get back to your home from elsewhere. Residents on Pulltight Road along Running Water Creek were …

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Marion County Sheriff looking for clues from recent burglary on Whitwell Mountain

JASPER, Tenn. — The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a residential burglary on Whitwell Mountain that resulted in many valuable and personal items being stolen from the residents and are asking the public for help to find those responsible for the crime. The burglary happened at a home on Pocket Road on Whitwell Mountain …

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Recap of damaging storms from Tuesday night across Marion County (GALLERY and BLOG)

The storms that rolled through March 21st, 2017 will not likely be forgotten by many any time soon. Hundreds of trees were downed and numerous power poles were snapped causing extensive power issues. There was some sporadic structural damage from trees falling on homes or roofs being damaged from the strong winds. Times like these …

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Second day of Spring brings stormy weather and lots of rain (Seven Day Forecast)

Spring is officially here and with that comes warmer weather and lots of rain! Today will be no exception to the rule as we’ll see much warmer temps and the chance for some strong thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight. After a round of showers and storms late last night, we started the day with …

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Whitwell Commission and Mayor choose new City Manager

At the special called meeting on Monday, Whitwell commissioners and Mayor Hooper have decided to offer the job of City Manager’s position to Todd Mistrot of Lubbock, Texas, who has accepted the city’s offer by telephone with the Mayor. Mistrot, who has a background in law enforcement in Mississippi, currently works in a rehabilitative capacity …

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Search continues for missing Tennessee girl abducted by high school teacher

Efforts to locate missing high school freshman Elizabeth Thomas remain active and ongoing as the concern about her relationship with former teacher Tad Cummins – and his intentions for her – only heighten the urgency surrounding this ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama. Thomas, 15, disappeared on Monday, March 13th and is believed to …

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Vehicle loses control and drives through front of Jasper Post Office

UPDATE: Officials with the Jasper USPS say the location is now serving customers with Post Office boxes and processing mail from a mobile unit that is on site next to the building. This comes after a vehicle drove through the front of the building on Monday afternoon. At this time no update has been given …

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South Pittsburg continues search for new City Administrator

At the March city meeting in South Pittsburg, council members agreed to offer the City Administrator position to Bill Lawrence. After it went vote and was approved, news came later in the week to the council that Lawrence wished to turn down the offer from the city after receiving a promotion with his current employer. …

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Fatal crash closes Hwy. 111 in Sequatchie County on Friday morning

One person has died after a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 111 near the Lewis Chapel Road exit near Dunlap early Friday morning. forced authorities to shut down the highway’s westbound lanes for a period of time on Friday morning. The accident happened around 6:30 AM CDT this morning as you head down the mountain into …

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Authorities offer reward for information on suspect in connection to Jasper fire

Multiple agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Nashville Field Division, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Investigations Unit are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the December …

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Meeks named new South Pittsburg Police Chief

Ryan Meeks has been named the new Chief of Police in South PIttsburg. Meeks has been serving as the city’s interim Chief since the board voted to terminate former Chief Simpson at January’s meeting where he was named interim chief by Mayor Virgil Holder. The move to name Meeks to the position officially was decided …

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Puckett EMS Named Top Emergency Medical Service 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Puckett EMS, Tennessee’s division headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, was awarded the 2016 Southeastern Emergency Medical Service Director’s Association (SEEMSDA) Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award, on March 9, 2017, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.  This is the third time that Puckett EMS has earned a prestigious award like this within the …

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