Category Archive: Region

Governor Haslam applauds passage of ‘IMPROVE Act’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam praised passage of the IMPROVE Act on Monday, a key piece of his NextTennessee legislative plan, giving the largest tax cut in Tennessee history and making the state more competitive in recruiting manufacturing jobs while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network for the next generation of …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/governor-haslam-applauds-passage-improve-act/

TBI Releases Annual Statewide Crime Study

Last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2016 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year. The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s sophisticated …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/tbi-releases-annual-statewide-crime-study/

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, Found Safe; Former Teacher, Tad Cummins Arrested In Northern California

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, a Columbia, TN., high school student, who has not been seen since earlier this year on March 13 and prompted a nationwide Amber Alert, has been found safe, and her alleged abductor and former teacher, Tad Cummins, 50, was arrested. They were found on Thursday at a northern California commune Authorities reportedly …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/elizabeth-thomas-15-found-safe-former-teacher-tad-cummins-arrested-northern-california/

Maddux announces candidacy for US Congress 4th District of Tennessee

Cleveland, Tenn. — Navy Veteran, former police officer and local business manager, Jack Maddux, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the United States Congress District 4 of Tennessee. The announcement took place on Tuesday evening, April 4th, 2017 at at the Mountain View Inn, 2400 Executive Park NW, Cleveland, Tennessee. Maddux is …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/maddux-announces-candidacy-us-congress-4th-district-tennessee/

TN legislature approves rural broadband bill

The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that could make it easier for residents in rural areas to gain access to broadband internet amid concerns that it doesn’t do enough to guarantee high-speed access statewide. During the debate in the House Monday evening, lawmakers said they hoped the bill would be a start to getting …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/tn-legislature-approves-rural-broadband-bill/

Gas prices continue to climb across the Sequatchie Valley area

For the second week in a row, area gas prices have taken another major jump upwards. According to the website GasBuddy.com, last week’s prices across the Chattanooga area rose 5.8 cents a gallon pushing the average price for a gallon of gas to $2.10. Not only did those prices go up locally, but they also …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/gas-prices-continue-to-climb-across-the-sequatchie-valley-area/

Bus seat belt bill passes House Transportation Committee

The seat belts on school buses bill narrowly passed in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday. The vote was 9-7. There were calls from state lawmakers to hold onto the bill until next year, but the committee decided to move forward and give the proposal enough votes. A bill in the Tennessee legislature would require …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/04/bus-seat-belt-bill-passes-house-transportation-committee/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/03/search-continues-for-missing-tennessee-girl-abducted-by-high-school-teacher/

UPDATE: Suspect Found — Chattanooga homicide suspect added to TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list

UPDATED 3/15/17… NASHVILLE — One day after being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, a man accused in connection to a Chattanooga homicide has been captured by law enforcement. Jacob Evan Coyne (DOB 10-5-95) was wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/03/chattanooga-homicide-suspect-added-to-tbis-top-10-most-wanted-list/

State lawmakers advance two bills for wildfire recovery aid

State lawmakers in Tennessee have advanced two bills aimed at helping people recover from deadly wildfires in eastern Tennessee that occurred in late 2016. On Monday, the Senate favored a proposal to let local governments go on private property to clean up debris at the owner’s request. That proposal still needs House approval. The Senate …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/03/state-lawmakers-advance-two-bills-for-wildfire-recovery-aid/

Rep. Scott DesJarlais votes to improve military readiness, technology, pay and training with new bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), voted to boost troops’ numbers, pay, training, and equipment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin yesterday. The military funding bill reverses the Obama Administration’s proposed troop reductions and …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/03/rep-scott-desjarlais-votes-to-improve-military-readiness-technology-pay-and-training-with-new-bill/

Free legal clinics to be held for Tennessee residents

Tennessee residents who find themselves in need of a lawyer’s advice on matters outside of criminal law will soon have a chance to get that advice as the Tennessee Supreme Court has announced free legal clinics to be held around the state soon. The clinics are part of the court’s Access to Justice initiative, a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://marioncountymessenger.com/2017/02/free-legal-clinics-to-be-held-for-tennessee-residents/

Older posts «