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School Closings & Delays for Monday, Dec. 10th, 2018

Area School Closings & Delays from MarionCountyMessenger.com

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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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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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Former Head Start student and (Whitwell Tiger football star) visits Head Start in Whitwell

As the Whitwell Tigers prepared to take on Cornersville High School for the TSSAA 1-A championship last Saturday, Tanner Stewart (#20) and Cody Floyd (#51) of the Whitwell Tigers stopped by Thursday to visit with the children and staff at the Whitwell Head Start. Both children and  staff at the center showed off their “Tiger …

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Early morning fire intentionally set at Whitwell High School on Sunday

.The Whitwell police and fire departments responded to a fire alarm at Whitwell High School at approximately 2:00 AM CST on Sunday morning. When the responding officer arrived on the scene, he said he could see smoke and flames inside of the school. Within minutes, members of the Whitwell Volunteer Fire Department arrived and quickly …

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THE GOLD IS COMING HOME: Whitwell WINS their first State Championship in school history

It started as just a dream for many of the young men on the 2018 Whitwell Tigers football team when they started playing “PeeWee” football — “Win a State Championship title.”  It was also a dream for many fans of the Whitwell Tigers through the years to see a State Title win go down in …

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Mountain Christmas Bazaar in Monteagle planned for Saturday, Dec 8th

“Shop Local, Shop Early, Support Community” at the Mountain Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec 8th at DuBose Conference Center (635 College Street, Monteagle). Booths are open 8:30 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. Vendor maps will be available at the Bazaar. Run entirely by community members in Grundy, Franklin, and Marion and voluntarily staffed by DuBose, the …

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Gentry Chevrolet, Buick, GMC to change ownership soon

Gentry Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, a longtime Marion County car dealership which originally opened in South Pittsburg and is now headquartered in Kimball, Tenn. will soon be under new ownership. The Gentry family, which has owned and managed the local dealership in the same family since 1932. Jim Gentry has operated the dealership that was started …

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