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UT Institute hosting 30th lawn and garden show
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Summer Celebration, one of the largest gardening shows in the Mid-South, will be held Thursday, July 11 in Jackson, Tennessee. The event features 18 garden talks and tours, more than 40 plant and craft vendors, an extensive Master Gardener plant sale and a plant and pest diagnostic clinic. Hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute…

Adamsville hosting Memorial Day event at city park
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Veterans and citizens are invited to attend a Memorial Day event Monday at 2 p.m. at Adamsville Veterans Park. Organized by the City of Adamsville and the American Legion, guest speakers include state Rep. Ron Gant, Adamsville Mayor David Leckner, McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith, Post 97 Commander Bob May and Harvey Durham, master of…

Splash into summer with safe swimming tips
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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the official opening day for many public pools. The Tennessee Department of Health is celebrating Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 20-26, leading into the holiday with reminders about simple steps everyone can take to enjoy the fun of swimming and help keep our swimming areas…

TWRA offering grants for stream clean-up projects
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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…

Authorities check on registered sex offenders in ‘Operation Hardin County Line’
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Operation Hardin County Line, a joint sex offender registry compliance check effort between the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals Service, has resulted in two arrests and expected charges against at least two more registered sex offenders. According to Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander, the operation began at about 2 p.m. Thursday and is…

Woman ordered to repay $15,000 for TennCare fraud in Hardin County
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A woman is ordered to repay the state more than $15,000 after she was charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly lying about her residency to enroll in the state’s healthcare insurance program. In a news release, the Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday that Samantha J. Briley, 31, was sentenced in Hardin County, where she…

Jackson’s US 45 bypass to close for construction
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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,…

Blood donors can win tickets to CMA Music Festival
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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…

Still no decision on federal aid to help flooded homeowners, but Major Disaster Declaration approved
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No decision has been reached on whether federal funding will be made available to help Hardin County homeowners hit by February’s major flooding. However, Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday the federal government has granted his request for a Major Disaster Declaration to make public assistance available to 56 counties impacted in February’s flooding and severe…

Health Department confirms first Tennessee measles case for 2019
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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…