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TN Promise applications down 20%

By Editor | October 15, 2020 | 2 Comments

As of Oct. 13, TN Promise applications are down 20% across Tennessee, according to tnAchieves, the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship in 90 of the 95 counties in Tennessee. TN Achieves says at this rate, more than 10,000 Tennessee high school seniors will not take advantage of this opportunity compared to seniors from…

4.4M Tennesseans are registered to vote ahead of November election

By Editor | October 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vivian Jones The Center Square A record-breaking 4.4 million Tennesseans are registered to vote ahead of the Nov. 3 election, according to the secretary of state’s office. The new record reflects about a 24% increase in registered voters since the 2016 presidential election, according to secretary of state records. The deadline to register to vote…

Monday, Oct. 5, is last day to register to vote in Nov. 3 election

By Editor | October 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Tennesseans who want to vote in the Nov. 3 state and federal General Election have until Monday, Oct. 5 to get registered. “To make your voice heard at the polls on Election Day, you need to register to vote,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “With the convenience of our online voter registration system,…

Lee lifts COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and gatherings, extends state of emergency

By Editor | September 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vivian Jones The Center Square Gov. Bill Lee lifted COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses and gathering sizes in the 89 Tennessee counties with state-run health departments Tuesday, as he signed an executive order extending the state’s emergency declaration through Oct. 28. The state’s emergency status will continue as long as a National State of Emergency remains…

Savannah Bluegrass Festival makes music Saturday

By Editor | September 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

The 42nd annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. until night. The free event downtown at Savannah Market features local and area bluegrass musicians, including “Southern Sounds,” “Holt Family,” “Scottie Baugus and Boone Creek,” and “Wayne Jerrolds and Savannah Grass,” all of Savannah, plus “Billy Waggoner and Red Rooster Band”…

Coalition: Tenn. 8th highest in new coronavirus cases in US, Hardin County 20th highest in state

By Editor | September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Just over six months into its experience with the global COVID-19 pandemic that has infected 31.5 million people and killed nearly 1 million worldwide, Hardin County reportedly has one of the highest rates of new infections in the nation. Both Tennessee and Hardin County are currently considered “hot spots” compared to most other states. According…

Tennessee students who serve as poll workers have chance at scholarships

By Editor | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Facing a potential poll worker shortage, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is launching a new essay contest for students age 16 and older who serve as poll officials for the Nov. 3 election. “Serving as a poll official is an unmatched opportunity for students to see our electoral process in action,” said Secretary of…

Three Courier employees test positive for coronavirus

By Editor | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Three employees of The Courier have tested positive for COVID-19. Until further notice, the newspaper’s Wednesday afternoon and evening tradition of selling copies of the latest edition through the office’s open front door is suspended. Newspapers remain available at the racks in front of The Courier office and can be purchased with four quarters. “Fortunately,…

Federal $300 weekly unemployment benefit will end in Tennessee

By Editor | September 11, 2020 | 4 Comments

Vivian Jones The Center Square A federal $300 weekly unemployment benefit will cease after the week ending Sept. 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency informed Tennessee’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development on Friday. Beginning this week, unemployment benefits will include only the benefit amount available through regular state or federal unemployment programs. The federal…

September blood drives

By Editor | September 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Lifeline Blood Services Sept. 11 – First Baptist Church, Adamsville, 2-6 p.m. Sept. 14 – Hardin County Middle School, Savannah, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – Pickwick Southside School, Counce, 1-5 p.m.