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The latest local news for Marion County and the Sequatchie Valley

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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UPDATE: Graveyard burglary suspect arrested in Grundy

Tracy City, Tenn. — Following up on a story we brought you earlier… A woman who was wanted in connection with stealing items from graves at Grundy County cemetery last month is now in jail. Misty Melton-Jackson was taken into custody last week after turning herself in through her probation officer. She is currently charged …

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Whitwell Police Chief indicted after joint investigation

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the indictment of the Whitwell Police Chief on multiple charges, including tampering with evidence, theft of property and official misconduct. At the request of 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor, on April 28,, 2016, TBI Special …

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Crash in Marion County claims life of former well-known pro motorcycle racer

An early morning crash on Monday, June 5th, 2017, claimed the life of a well-known former area pro motorcyclist. Known by the nickname “Revvin’ Kevin” in his years racing, 55-year-old Kevin Rentzell of Chattanooga was driving a dumptruck along US Highway 41 just inside Marion County when he crashed. According to officials with the Tennessee …

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Man drowns and another hospitalized in incident at state park in Marion County

An Atlanta, Georgia man has died from drowning at a state park in Marion County. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett said it happened at Foster Falls State Park in Sequatchie on Sunday. Burnett says a 23-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were visiting the area from Atlanta and decided to go swimming at the …

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Large chicken coop fire blazes in Jackson County, Alabama

Firefighters in northeast Alabama an early morning fire in Jackson County on Tuesday. Officials there say it started around 1:30AM CDT, when a building owned by LDR Haulings caught fire. The building, which is described as being about the size of a football field, was an old chicken coop that was most recently being used to …

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Names released following deadly morning crash

An early morning accident on Interstate 24 at mile marker 166 claimed the lives of two people and sent another to the hospital. Officials have now released the names of those who died in the crash. Chidule Lackson,  54 of Lansing, MI and Michael Lee Cardin, 60 of Tyron, GA, died as a result of …

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Fire at former McReynold’s school in South Pittsburg suspected to be arson

UPDATE — 8:34pm CDT: A structure fire that broke out Friday afternoon in South Pittsburg is now under investigation and authorities believe it is an act of arson. Marion County dispatchers put out the call for the South Pittsburg Volunteer Fire Department shortly after 3pm CDT on Friday after reports came in of a large …

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Former Trezevant principal calls out football program and district leaders, citing ‘illegal and ethical wrongdoings’ in resignation letter

Following up on a story we brought you in September 2016, principal Ronnie Mackin of Trezevant High School in Memphis has resigned his position from the school district citing that the Shelby County School district “promotes dishonesty, fraud and misrepresentations of academic progress in order to promote athletic success,” a statement which puts a dark …

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Deadly crash closes I-24 Westbound in Marion County overnight

UPDATE: All lanes of traffic on Interstate 24 in Marion County have been restored following an early morning accident on Friday that claimed the lives of two commercial truck drivers and injured another driver. Read the latest updates here… — PREVIOUS STORY: Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT have been working a serious …

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