Area News

Beware of flood damaged vehicles for sale after disaster

As Tennessee property owners recover from February’s heavy flooding and severe weather, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission reminds consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles that will likely be popping up for sale. After a flood or natural disaster, it’s a common practice for owners of flooded vehicles that have been declared total…

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Cotton producers to vote in boll weevil referendum

State Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher announced a referendum of cotton growers on continuing an assessment to fund the Boll Weevil Eradication Program, or BWEP. Tennessee cotton producers will be able to vote from March 11-22 at local USDA Farm Service Agency offices. State law which governs the Boll Weevil Eradication Program provides that a referendum…

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Updated: Flooding causing water, natural gas service disruptions

UPDATE, Feb. 25, 3:50 p.m.– The Savannah Utility Department reports it has been forced to shut off the water service feed to Wharf Road and Arnold Lane in Pyburn and the Russell Chapel Lane area on north Clifton Road due to major leaks underneath the water surface in these areas. These areas will be without…

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Flooded roads list

This is a partial list of roads in Hardin County affected by flooding. It does not include streets in Savannah, Crump and Saltillo. Expect more roads to be affected in the next several days. Motorists are urged to exercise caution and to turn around, don’t drown. Tenn. 69 outside Saltillo Tenn. 57 at Chambers Creek…

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Hardin County, cities, respond as flood waters continue to rise

The roller coaster of crests forecast by TVA for the flooding Tennessee River at Savannah took a dip Saturday night to nearly 397 feet, down from a feared crest of nearly 400 feet that is just a foot short of the all-time record established in 1897 before Pickwick Dam was built. Hardin County Fire Chief…

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Hardin County Schools dismissing early on Feb. 20

Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis announced this morning that all schools will be dismissing at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 20. “With the expected road conditions and possibility of flash-flooding in some area, we’re dismissing early as a safety precaution, so that all buses can complete their routes in daylight,” Davis said. He added…

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TVA prepares as more above normal rainfall is forecast

TVA River Management teams are preparing Valley reservoirs for above normal rainfall which is forecast to continue over the weekend and increase next week. The current forecast for an inch of rainfall through Saturday could ramp up to bring an additional 3-6 inches mostly during the middle of next week. “After record rainfall in 2018,…

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Senate passes legislation to expand Shiloh National Military Park

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to expand Shiloh National Military Park. They say this will help attract more visitors to Tennessee, boost local economies, and protect the site for future generations. “Learning from the past helps us become better Americans in the future, and…

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Absentee rate hits 16.4 percent, Hardin County Schools close for illness

Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis announced Wednesday afternoon that district schools are closed for the rest of the week due to increasing absenteeism from illness. “Our absentee rate, including those students sent home sick today, is at 16.4 percent. To make matters worse, we have over 30 teachers now out. Because of this,…

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