Area Breaking News

Lockdown at middle school canceled, no weapon found

Hardin County Middle School students were being kept in their classrooms in a “soft lockdown” safety measure Friday that has now been canceled, Director of Schools Michael Davis said around 8:30 a.m. today. A parent “told one of our employees that a student mentioned he was going to bring a weapon to school, possibly this…

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Hardin County Director of Schools: Plan to attend class on Feb. 14

Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis said he anticipates classes will be held Friday, Feb. 14. The Tennessee River currently is in moderate flood stage and according to Davis, around 75 county and private roads are closed. “I always contact multiple agencies throughout the day and will always have the latest and best information…

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Despite torrential rain, Hardin County turnout on 1st day of early voting up slightly from 2016

Early voting for Tennessee’s presidential primary has officially begun. Voters can cast their ballots ahead of the March 3 presidential primary until Feb. 25. Locally, there was torrential rainfall Wednesday for the first day of early voting. Hardin County Administrator of Elections Jeanette Cronise reports that “only 69 people” voted – 55 on the Republican…

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Flood alert: Wharf Road closing 24-36 hours, Botel Road submerged

UPDATE, FEB. 11– At about 12:40 this afternoon TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler told The Courier that Wharf Road, which runs through the TVA campground just below Pickwick Dam, is expected to be closed today in the very near future, “if not closed already.” Fiedler said TVA police are also in the area and have counted and…

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TVA Dam lane temporarily closes Feb. 6 for inspection work

Tennessee Valley Authority announced that crews will conduct a routine inspection of the Tenn. 128 bridge that crosses Pickwick Dam on Thursday, Feb. 6. TVA said that from 9 a.m. until noon, motorists who cross Pickwick Dam should exercise caution and expect delays. Travel will be restricted to a single lane while inspection crews close…

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Savannah man accused of making porn of three children

A Savannah man is being held on $1 million bond, facing state and federal charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and child pornography. The three alleged victims range in age from 3 to 7. Andrew Hilmar Sanchez, 37, Stout Street, is charged by federal authorities with possession of child pornography and three…

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State Rep. David Byrd won’t rule out running for reelection

(Ed. note: This story was originally published in the print edition and subscriber-only online edition on Jan. 23.) Dogged by allegations of sexual impropriety, whether state Rep. David Byrd will run for reelection remains a somewhat open question. Confirming that he did tell fellow Republicans in August he didn’t intend to seek reelection, Byrd on…

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