National Fire Prevention Week: Burn permits required starting Oct. 15

OCT. 12 – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 8-14) by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is Oct. 15.

“It’s important, and required by law from Oct. 15, 2017 to May 15, 2018, that citizens call for a burning permit and follow outdoor burning safety recommendations,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “Tennessee experienced a historic fall fire season last year due to exceptional drought conditions. Fortunately, that underlying condition does not exist this year, but we’re not going to let our guard down. The permit system helps us communicate to the public when and where it is safe to burn and focuses attention on safety. We need all Tennesseans to volunteer to prevent wildfire.”

The online burn permit system is free, fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to for approval. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and the online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply. 

For a larger burn, apply for a free permit by calling the Division of Forestry at 877-350-2876 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Hardin County Clerk Connie Stephens dies

OCT. 11 – Hardin County Clerk Connie Stephens, 68, died Tuesday in Jackson after a lengthy illness.

“Connie was a great person. She was good to everybody,” said her sister-in-law, Ann Smith.

Stephens served in the elected position of county clerk since Sept. 1, 1990. She had worked in the county clerk’s office as a deputy clerk since around 1977, officials said.


Register now for Veterans Day parade

OCT. 11 – The Rotary Club of Savannah and the city of Savannah are currently preparing for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Businesses, civic groups and others are invited to participate in the parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.

Registration for parade participants is now open, with forms available on the Savannah Main Street or Rotary Club of Savannah Facebook pages and at Savannah City Hall. There is no cost to participate, but deadline for registration is Thursday, Nov. 2. 

Participation is open to anyone wishing to honor military heroes and decorate their float, person or vehicle accordingly.


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