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The Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) Relay for Life team, “Watts Up,” recently presented a $5,000 check to the American Cancer Society on Feb. 5. 

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On the morning of Jan. 27, the official grand-opening of the new hiking trail at the eastern edge of Prentice Cooper State Forest took place at the trailhead near Pot Point Cabin.

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Fugitive Dewayne Halfacre at last surrendered to authorities around lunchtime on Jan. 26 after evading authorities in the Whitwell/Crossroads area for five days. We will provide more details as they become available. A big THANK YOU to the all of the law enforcement agencies who diligently w…

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Currently, multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching the area between Highway 28 and Highway 283 between Whitwell and Powell's Crossroads for a male suspect, Dewayne Halfacre, 42, in connection with an armed robbery in Rutherford County several days ago.  

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The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will be offering a free seminar at the start of the new year to small business owners and operators as part of its ongoing mission to promote and strengthen the county’s business climate. As a part of that economic and workforce development goal, the Cha…

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On Thursday, September 28, as the last Jasper Middle School football game of the season was being played, a special young boy performed his Manager duties for the last time. 

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Last Friday morning, members and friends of the American Legion Post 62 in South Pittsburg hosted a Donation Drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The Whitwell governing body wants to better prepare for the future and has set out to create five and 30-year plans to help them do that.

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The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently gave their approval for the police department to purchase new body cameras.

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Due to extreme drought conditions across the Valley, with increased windy weather, the risk for wildfires is great.  At press time, several fires were burning in and around Marion County, and local fire departments were battling to contain them. 

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Madison Dykes, daughter of Stacey and Tonia Dykes from Whitwell High School in Whitwell, Tennessee is one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.

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Earlier this year, South Pittsburg Mayor Jane Dawkins secured a Community Facilities Grant in the amount of $48,200 through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to help purchase new equipment for the city’s firefighters. 

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 On Sunday morning, authorities in Marion County arrested an Alabama man, Warren Hardy, who is suspected of shooting and killing a 72-year-old Huntsville, Alabama woman last Friday. 

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Metalworking Solutions specializing in sheet metal fabrication of OEM parts, announced last week that they were nearing completion of their equipment and facility expansion initiative, which began implementation last Fall. Over $2.5 million of the initiative is in place and in production. The final phase of equipment should be implemented by the end of summer. The addition to the facility should be completed and operational by Thanksgiving.

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South Pittsburg High School (SPHS) is starting out this school year with high hopes of repeating their accomplishment at the end of the last school year – where every one of their graduating students was classified as ‘college ready’ in reading, writing and math.

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