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Tennessee and Georgia enjoy Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

The annual Sales Tax Holiday for Tennessee is now underway through 11:59pm local time on Sunday, July 31st. The event offers parents a break on school clothes, supplies and computers for the upcoming school year. For 2016, the event is a week earlier than it has been in the past. School for Marion County and …

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Man being held in Marion County Jail for slaying of 88-year-old Alabama woman

Bond is set at $1 million for a man accused in the death of an 88-year-old woman in northeast Alabama who is currently being held in the Marion County Jail awaiting extradition across the state line to Alabama. Marion County authorities identified the man they are holding as 28-year-old Terrance Austin, of Hollywood, Ala., who …

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Whitwell Volunteer Fire Department celebrates new fire hall

Saturday was a special day for members of the Whitwell Volunteer Fire Department as members celebrated the official ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new fire hall. The new fire hall comes as a much-needed upgrade from their longtime former location behind the old Whitwell City Hall at the corner of E. Spring and Walnut Streets. …

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Nearby Stevenson, AL can now “have it their way” at the new Burger King

Folks in Stevenson, Alabama will soon be able to “Have it their way” as a new Burger King location will be opening there soon. Many rumors have circulated as to what actually would be coming to the piece of commercial property located next to the McDonald’s on US 72 near Bank Street. Word came several …

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Tri-State region’s students invited to design the high school of the future

Design Challenge Puts Students at the Forefront of Education Planning Chattanooga, Tennessee – Thrive 2055 and Bright Spark invite teacher-led student teams from grades 6-12 in the 16-county tristate region to participate in the High School of the Future design challenge, sponsored by Bridge Innovate. The challenge will begin on September 19, 2016, and will …

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“World’s Longest Yard Sale” returns starting August 4th

The end of July is near and August is almost here. That back to school feeling is in the air, and it’s almost time for one of the most popular events in the south to take place again – the 127 Yard Sale! The annual event, dubbed “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” will take place …

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Marion Co. Schools seeks bids for exceptional education laptops

The Marion County Board of Education’s Exceptional Education Department is currently taking bids for laptops. The Board of Education is taking bids until noon CDT on August 1st, 2016 for 60 Lenovo N22 Chromebooks. Their hope is that the addition of these laptop computers, something never before done by the exceptional education department, will provide …

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Federal disaster loans available for local businesses affected by drought

Small businesses in nine Tennessee counties can now apply for federal disaster loans related to the drought that began in July. The federal disaster declaration includes businesses, agricultural cooperates and private nonprofit organizations in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall and Moore counties. Loans of up $2 million are available to entities that …

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Survey says 13% of Tennesseeans without broadband Internet access

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A survey of state residents and businesses has found that about 13 percent of Tennesseans do not have broadband internet access. The study was commissioned by the state Department of Economic and Community Development to determine the current state of broadband availability and to inform future options for improving access. Republican Gov. …

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RECALL ALERT: Bar-S Foods Co. recalls hot dogs and corn dogs

Time to check the fridge and freezer for a product that is now being recalled! Bar-S Foods Company is recalling just under 400,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products due to them possibly being contaminated with Listeria. The products were produced July 10th-13th of this year. 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic …

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Car crashes through front of Jasper BP/Kangaroo Express store

A popular stop for gas and convenience items in Jasper is closed for now after a car crashed through the front of the convenience store on Tuesday night. The incident happened at B.P. / Kangaroo Express gas station at 4919 Main Street in Jasper. Officials with the Jasper Police Department say the driver of the …

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Marion County Road Commissioner Neil Webb has died; Funeral arrangements announced

Updated: 7/19/16 at 1:34pm CDT Marion County Road Commissioner, Neil Webb, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 18th, 2016 from an apparent heart attack at Parkridge West Hospital in Jasper, according to County Mayor David Jackson. Webb was appointed as Superintendent or road commissioner in December of 2010 following then-commissioner John Graham’s nomination to replace County …

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