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The latest local news for Marion County and the Sequatchie Valley

Royal Remanufacturing closing permanently in South Pittsburg affecting 75 jobs

Royal Remanufacturing, LLC has announced that the company will be permanently closing it’s South Pittsburg plant effective August 31st, 2017. The company notified the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development of its plans to close which will affect about 75 workers at the plant. In the letter to the state it says the workers …

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Extremely HOT and HUMID through weekend as heatwave continues for the Sequatchie Valley

For the rest of your work week, we’ll see very hot and humid conditions with daytime temps reaching the upper 90s by the weekend with the heat index at or above 100 degrees thanks to the humidity and a high-pressure ridge moving through midweek. And we won’t see much relief at night either as the …

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Grundy Co. deputy off the job after being charged with domestic assault

A Grundy County Sheriff’s deputy is now off the job after authorities arrested and charged him with domestic assault earlier this week in an incident at his home in Grundy County. Reports say the incident happened on Wednesday evening, July 12th, when the victim went to former Deputy Alan LaLonde’s house to speak to him …

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Police chase in Marion County ends in Red Bank with assistance from other agencies

Two people are now in custody after a police chase that began earlier this morning ended in the Red Bank area in Hamilton County. Officials say authorities in Marion County began chasing the suspect’s car earlier this morning, which led deputies across county lines into Hamilton County. The suspect crashed their car in the 6000 …

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Multi-agency drug investigation in Whitwell leads to multiple arrests

A total of seven people were arrested in Whitwell this month following a several months-long investigation of methamphetamine distribution from a house located at 153 West Idaho Street by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Unit, the 12th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Whitwell Police Department. . After completion of the investigation, a …

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Haslam opens Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam officially opened the ‘Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy’ on Friday as an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. The …

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Lodge and Kellerman honored at Rotary’s annual banquet

The South Pittsburg Rotary Club held its annual banquet over the weekend. Of those in attendance were Henry Lodge and Bob Kellermann, who were both honored as Paul Harris Fellows at the banquet. Lodge is the Chief Operating Officer and President of his family’s namesake Lodge Manufacturing Company in South Pittsburg. Kellermann is Chief Executive …

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TDOT sets new date for completion of Highway Connector project in Jasper

A new completion date for the Highway 150 connector project in Jasper has been announced. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) says the project is now estimated to be complete by November 30th. The original completion date was set for May 31st; however, officials say construction of a bridge over a gas line in the …

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Governor Haslam highlights cut in grocery tax across state provided by IMPROVE Act

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam highlighted the 20 percent reduction to the grocery tax included in the newly implemented IMPROVE Act last Thursday by visiting local grocery stores in Elizabethton and Mount Juliet. Effective July 1, the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” creates the largest tax …

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MCHS announces correct registration dates and times for 2017-2018 school year

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County High School in Jasper would like to announce the correct dates and times for pre-registration and orientations for the 2017-2018 School year. Incorrect dates, times and fee information for our local school was previously published elsewhere and officials with the high school want to ensure parents and students have the …

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CSX freight train fire in Marion County

CSX Transportation has confirmed that a freight train has caught on fire in Marion County on Friday afternoon. Officials with the railroad operator say the train originated in North Carolina and consisted of 120 freight cars, 85 of which were carrying a load. Engineers first noticed the fire near the Tennessee-Georgia state line as the …

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I-24 re-opened and victim identified after deadly morning crash involving jack-knifed tractor trailer

UPDATE — 5:35 PM CDT: This morning’s crash on I-24 in Marion County involving a tractor trailer has now claimed one life, according to officials with the THP. According to a preliminary report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the chain reaction causing the accident began when 31-year-old Robert Kellerman of South Pittsburg lost control of …

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