New medical cannabis bill to be introduced in Tennessee legislature

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) on Thursday announced they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis. The proposal would allow qualified patients to obtain medical cards if they are diagnosed with specific medical conditions and purchase products from companies that are licensed by Tennessee and owned by …

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Tennessee American Water presents donation to Whitwell High School for State Championship rings

Tennessee American Water made a donation of $10,000 today to Whitwell High School toward the purchase of state championship football rings.  The football team won its first ever TSSAA Class A state title in December.  The coach announced a fundraising effort to purchase rings for the team members. “We are so happy and proud for …

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Congressman Scott DesJarlais supports Trump’s Border Policy “100 Percent”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais issued the following statement supporting stronger border and immigration security, after the President’s Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday night: “Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barriers would prevent …

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Terry “Fuzz” Parker selected as Whitwell Mayor

Following the retirement of Whitwell Mayor Linda Hooper in recent weeks, the position was once again open following the November election. According to Whitwell’s city charter, the board of commissioners select a mayor for the city from those on the board. Current commissioners include Sandra Crabtree, Terry “Fuzz” Parker, Jimmy Nunley and newly-elected commissioners Mike …

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Cold temps raise concerns about energy-bill transparency

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Some watchdog groups think Tennesseans are getting snowed, and it has nothing to do with the weather. It’s the first winter since the Tennessee Valley Authority announced a new Grid Access Charge, and local power companies can choose whether to pass the fees on to customers. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy …

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Semi catches fire in I-24 crash in Marion County on Tuesday

A semi-truck caught fire on Tuesday afternoon along I-24 eastbound near Kimball causing traffic delays that lasted for quite some time causing a backup from the scene all the way back to the foot of Monteagle Mountain. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was forced to keep the right lane of traffic closed for several …

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37 years later… A look at the Whitwell Mine #21 Tragedy on Dec. 8, 1981

“We are sharing this story again from 2017 for the memory and as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic Mine 21 disaster on December 8, 1981 near Whitwell, Tennessee. We’ve added some new information at the bottom of this article detailing a new short documentary, “Mine 21,” that premiered in …

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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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St. Andrew’s Sewanee School to offer Christmas Revels concert on Wed., Dec. 12th

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will offer its first Christmas Revels Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts on the SAS campus. The concert, under the direction of SAS music director J.R. Ankney, is a festival of lessons and carols with audience participation. “I have spent a lifetime steeped …

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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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