Locals say goodbye to longtime broadcaster Don Welch with public gathering, who passed at age 75

Chattanooga and the surrounding area is saying a tearful goodbye to another legendary local broadcaster this week. Don Welch, longtime morning and noon anchor for WTVC-TV News Channel 9 passed away Sunday morning surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia. Don Welch, the longtime and most recently morning …

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Grundy Co. students charged with aggravated rape appear in court

Update — 10/16/17 @ 1:03pm CDT: The five Grundy County students charged with attempted aggravated rape appeared in court on Monday for arraignment after being placed on house arrest last week following an incident that happened on Wednesday, October 11th at Grundy County High School. Sheriff Clint Shrum has confirmed that the students will remain …

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Jasper man seeking sex with a minor via social media arrested in Bledsoe County

BLEDSOE COUNTY, Tenn. — A Jasper, Tenn. man has been arrested in Bledsoe County after Sheriff’s Department officials say he tried to setup a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old girl through a social media website. In a release from the Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department on Facebook, officials say 52-year-old Anthony Pippin had made arrangements via …

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Officials say thousands of TN Assessment tests were scored incorrectly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored. Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly …

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Shop-Rite in Jasper is officially closed for business

Updated — 10/13/17 @ 12:21pm CDT JASPER, Tenn. — Many have wondered recently the fate of the Shop-Rite grocery store on US-41 in Jasper near the Cedar Grove community. Regular customers of the store have noticed that store shelves have been slow to be re-stocked over the last year and rumors of the store closing …

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South Pittsburg leaders vote to demote Police Chief

Coming just months after being promoted to Chief of Police in South Pittsburg, city leaders voted Tuesday night to demote Chief Ryan Meeks to the rank of sergeant after reccomendation by the City Administrator on Tuesday night. The sergeant position has been listed as vacant on the city’s website. The demotion comes, presumably following a …

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TBI investigating case of police brutality in South Pittsburg

  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is investigating an apparent case of police brutality that happened over the weekend in South Pittsburg. According to reports, the incident involves the South Pittsburg Police Department and an officer has been accused of kicking a man in the face during a weekend arrest. One of the officers …

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Grundy Sheriff identifies body found last week near Altamont

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has identified the skeletal remains of a body found near in a remote area of the last week, and has now launched a death investigation. The remains were found on October 6, in a wooded area of Altamont. Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says the body has been identified as …

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The Sequatchie Valley prepares for impacts from Hurricane Nate’s remnants

Nate Update — Sunday 1:40pm: Good news regarding Nate. The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Nate from a Tropical Storm to only a depression. Locally, all Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are cancelled. A Wind Advisory and for some a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect. Changes to timing and overall impact: Nate continues to …

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Arrest warrant issued for suspect in connection with shooting in South Pittsburg

The ongoing investigation into a Tuesday night shooting in South Pittsburg has resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the suspect. Officials with the South Pittsburg Police say the department has issued a warrant for Michael A. Godsby, 44, of South Officials with the South Pittsburg Police say the department has issued a warrant …

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Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn launches Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Marhsa Blackburn, who represents Tennessee’s 7th District in Congress has announced she will be entering the 2018 U.S. Senate Race in hopes to replace Sen. Bob Corker who announced last month that he would retire at the end of his current term. Blackburn released a video on Thursday touting her conservative credentials after …

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Skeletal remains found in Grundy County

GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. — MarionCountyMessenger.com has learned that the skeletal remains of a body have been found in a remote area of Grundy County. According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the remains were discovered near Altamont. The body has not been identified at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Officials say an anthropology team …

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