Area News

TWRA offering grants for stream clean-up projects

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2019-20 fiscal year. Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection…

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Jackson’s US 45 bypass to close for construction

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said contract crews will have a full closure of the U.S. 45 bypass in Jackson for crews to install a new sign truss across all north and southbound lanes of the bypass, as well as paving activities. The closure is as follows: • Friday, April 26, 8 p.m. through Saturday,…

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Blood donors can win tickets to CMA Music Festival

Everyone who donates blood at a Lifeline Blood Services event in May can register to win two four-day tickets to the CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair, Lifeline announced Wednesday. The package includes a three-night stay in Nashville, June 6-8. All donors this month also get a free T-shirt. Upcoming Lifeline Blood Services donation events…

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Health Department confirms first Tennessee measles case for 2019

The Tennessee Department of Health said Thursday it is investigating a case of measles after the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of East Tennessee. The state health department urges all Tennesseans to be aware of measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include fever, runny nose, body…

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Jump into summer: Pickwick Water Weekend, April 12-14

From kayaks to pontoons to cruisers, there will be lots for the boat enthusiast in your family to do in Pickwick on the weekend of April 12, 13 and 14. Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites the public to come check out the fun with a weekend dedicated to living the Pickwick lifestyle. “The…

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THP announces April 19 roadblock

The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced on April 4 that it will be conducting a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in Hardin County at 11 p.m. on April 19 on Tenn. 69, north of Cherry Chapel Loop. The THP notes that impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others…

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Hardin County woman indicted in TennCare fraud investigation

A Hardin County woman is accused of lying about her residency in order to enroll in TennCare. The Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday announced the arrest of Samantha J. Briley, 31, of Savannah. According to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Finance and…

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Candlelight walk to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tuesday evening at 7, local mayors Kevin Davis and Bob Shutt plan to sign a proclamation recognizing April 2109 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Hardin County and Savannah. Marking the April 2 occasion, the Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program, or WRAP, is inviting the public to participate in a candlelight walk around the…

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Ferguson found guilty in fatal shooting at Savannah convenience store

Carlos Dewartherdo Ferguson was found guilty Wednesday of second degree murder, concluding a two-day jury trial in Hardin County Circuit Court. Ferguson shot and killed 21-year-old Brelyn Cherry of Savannah in the parking lot of the Cedar Pantry convenience store on Florence Road on Oct. 7, 2016 — an allegation Ferguson did not deny at…

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