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UPDATE: Man wanted for kidnapping in Marion County in custody after chase

UPDATE: A kidnapping suspect wanted in Marion County is now in custody. The Dade County Sheriff’s Office confirms the suspect, Jimmy Morton, was taken into custody after a chase. The pursuit started at around 10 pm Thursday night after Marion County deputies spotted the vehicle on I-24. It continued onto I-59 south into Dade County. …

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TVA lowers lake levels ahead of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy remnants

TVA officials, noting that heavy rains are forecast for much of the Tennessee Valley from tropical storm Cindy which began impacting our area early this morning, said they have taken steps designed to help minimize flooding across the Tennessee and Sequatchie Valleys. TVA will be began lowering some lake levels to create additional water storage …

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Woman charged in Marion County for TennCare fraud must repay the State

A local woman who the Tennessee’s Office of Inspector General brought TennCare fraud charges against late last year has been sentenced in a Marion County Criminal Court. 39-year-old Shirley C. Calcote was arrested charged last November with two counts of theft of services. The indictment states that Calcote obtained TennCare benefits by intentionally misrepresenting that …

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Man shoots his mother during domestic altercation on Bennett Lake Road in Marion County

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a home on Bennett Lake Road late Friday night after a resident called 911 to report hearing several gunshots and a woman screaming. Deputies arrived at the home to find 50-year-old Carolyn Sue Henry, lying on the ground close to the lake and near the residence with …

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Jury reaches guilty verdict Friday in trial of woman accused in death of 5-year-old Whitwell boy

Jasper, Tenn. — In a trial that began on Tuesday at the Marion County Criminal Justice Building, the jury in the trial of Holly (Hardesty) Rutledge has returned a verdict in the case charging her with the murder of 5-year-old Lucas Dillon of Whitwell back in 2015. The jury has unanimously found Holly Rutledge guilty …

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Paving and construction on I-24 begins this weekend in Marion County

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Georiga Department of Transportation have announced several Interstate construction projects that could have an impact on your travel through the area in the coming weeks, some of which will begin this weekend. TDOT says it will begin paving on I-24 this weekend in Marion County. This will be …

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Fire causes major damage to home on Jasper’s Betsy Pack Drive (VIDEO)

Following up on a story we brought you first on our Facebook Page this afternoon… One of the prominent homes on Betsy Pack Drive (US-41) in Jasper has been severely-damaged by fire. The call came in to county dispatchers just before 3:00PM CDT of the structure fire at the home located at 701 Betsy Pack …

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New principal named at South Pittsburg High School

Following the retirement of Danny Wilson as principal at South Pittsburg High School at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, officials with the Marion County Schools have named a new principal for the school. In a release on the school’s website, it says Mr. Timothy Bible will be taking over as principal at the high …

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Trial continues today in Jasper in the case of 5-year-old Lucas Dillon’s murder

The trial of Holly Rutledge (also known as Holly Hardesty) continues today in a Marion County courtroom with the Honorable Rusty Graham presiding. Prosecutors say Rutledge is responsible for the 2015 death of then 5-year-old Lucas Dillon. The trial, which began yesterday, has so far seen testimonies from the child’s father, Nathan Dillon, his grandparents …

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Trial begins for woman charged with death of 5-year-old Lucas Dillon of Whitwell

The trial of a Whitwell woman who was charged with the death of a young boy begins today after jury selection took place in a neighboring county on Monday. Officials say that due to the extent of media coverage locally, attorneys traveled to Franklin County (located just to the west of Marion County) on Monday …

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Jasper passes controversial ‘Pit Bull’ ordinance

The Jasper board of Mayor and Alderman passed a new ordinance on the second reading and after a public hearing on Monday night. The ordinance prohibits Jasper residents from owning pit bulls in the town. Anyone who already owns a pit bull in Jasper will be able to keep their dog, by adhering to a …

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Four people indicted in Marion County on various charges

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of four individuals, after they were indicted this week. At the request of 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor, on April 28, 2016, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office …

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