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Terry “Fuzz” Parker selected as Whitwell Mayor

Following the retirement of Whitwell Mayor Linda Hooper in recent weeks, the position was once again open following the November election. According to Whitwell’s city charter, the board of commissioners select a mayor for the city from those on the board. Current commissioners include Sandra Crabtree, Terry “Fuzz” Parker, Jimmy Nunley and newly-elected commissioners Mike …

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Cold temps raise concerns about energy-bill transparency

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some watchdog groups think Tennesseans are getting snowed, and it has nothing to do with the weather. It’s the first winter since the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a new Grid Access Charge, and local power companies can choose whether to pass the fees on to customers. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy …

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Semi catches fire in I-24 crash in Marion County on Tuesday

A semi-truck caught fire on Tuesday afternoon along I-24 eastbound near Kimball causing traffic delays that lasted for quite some time causing a backup from the scene all the way back to the foot of Monteagle Mountain. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was forced to keep the right lane of traffic closed for several …

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Rock fall forces lane closures on I-24 West near Monteagle

TDOT is closing two lanes of I-24 west Thursday near Monteagle. A recent rockfall on Interstate 24 West at mile marker 136.2 in Marion County near Monteagle resulted in several rocks spilling out onto the interstate and into the travel lanes, according to a Tennessee Department of Transportation news release. Engineers with TDOT’s Geotechnical Engineering Section assessed …

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Man accused of threats against Sequatchie County High School released on bond with multiple charges

Zachary Damian Key has been released on bond as of last week, but returns to court today (Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 2018) to face charges of making false reports, 5 counts of statutory rape, and rape/sexual battery. Key, a former Sequatchie County High School student was charged for threatening to “shoot up” the school on social media …

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Cold weather makes valley waterfowl hunting red hot

Normally, as Artic temperatures settle into the Tennessee Valley we relax in our cozy homes. But for Tennessee Valley Authority’s Natural Resources team, the cold weather signals a great opportunity for waterfowl sportsmen along the Tennessee River and on the utility’s 290,000 acres of public lands. “The Tennessee Valley is an important stop for birds …

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St. Andrew’s Sewanee School to offer Christmas Revels concert on Wed., Dec. 12th

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will offer its first Christmas Revels Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts on the SAS campus. The concert, under the direction of SAS music director J.R. Ankney, is a festival of lessons and carols with audience participation. “I have spent a lifetime steeped …

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TN Department of Education releases new school report card

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released a new, redesigned state report card for 2017-18 on Tuesday. McQueen says this tool was developed over the past year with educators, parents, and community organizations and includes a number of new features based on that feedback, including school ratings, a Spanish translation of the site, and additional new …

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Dispatcher indicted by Hamilton County Grand Jury

A Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher has been indicted by the Hamilton County Grand Jury for going into the records system and obtaining private information. 25-year-old Jennifer Hicks of Dunlap is charged with unlawful electronic surveillance, three counts of misuse of official information, three counts of official misconduct, two counts of unlawful electronic surveillance and computer …

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UPDATE: Arsonist wanted in Whitwell High fire arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Department

UPDATE — Dec. 5, 2018: We now have more information on the motive behind Robert Cameron Dalton’s arson attempt at Whitwell High School last weekend. Family members of Dalton have come forth in recent days to say that 18-year-old Dalton was bullied in middle and high school. Dalton’s mother told investigators that this school year …

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Tennesseeans Warned to Beware of Holiday Scams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the holidays approach, the Tennessee Department of Commerce warns buyers that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Tennessee’s high ranking for fraud and financial abuse complaints to the Federal Trade Commission has motivated local groups to come together to help prevent scams. Kevin Walters, communications …

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Christmas Parades and Holiday Events for the Marion County Area 2018

:30 It’s that time of the year when we start feeling the holiday spirit and try to find ways to enjoy the Christmas Season with our friends, neighbors, family and loved ones. Here’s a list of some upcoming Christmas Parades and other events around the area for you to enjoy this 2018 season… Monday December …

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