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State offering Tennesseans free radon test kits in January
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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits for Tennesseans to test their homes in January. Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed the month as “Radon Action Month.” Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer…

THP announces two roadblocks in Hardin County
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Two “sobriety roadside safety checkpoints” will be conducted in Hardin County toward the end of December, the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced. The first is on Dec. 27 at 10 p.m. on Tenn. 69, north of Cherry Chapel Loop. The second is on Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. on Tenn. 57, west of Tenn. 128. The…

After the storm: Federal disaster declaration granted to Hardin, nine more counties
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Friday the federal government has granted his request for a Major Disaster Declaration to make federal recovery assistance available to Hardin and nine other county jurisdictions impacted during October’s severe weather and straight line winds. “The devastating severe weather required a comprehensive response and stretched many local jurisdictions to their…

Sheriff’s Dept. ramping up DUI enforcement for holiday season
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  The Hardin County Sheriff Department announces it is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase impaired-driving enforcement from Dec. 13 to Jan. 1, surrounding the holiday season. “The Hardin County Sheriff Department wishes for each of you to have a safe and merry Christmas season,” said Sheriff Johnny Alexander. “We are working…

Watch for road closings during ‘Christmas on Main’ evenings in Savannah
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Christmas on Main downtown events will result in five nights of road closures in December, the City of Savannah reminds motorists. Main Street, between Guinn Street (near The Courier) and Commerce Street (near Hickory Pit restaurant) will be closed to through traffic on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 9…

Alleged ‘general threat’ by student prompts responses from sheriff, school administration
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UPDATE, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. — Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander says a student will be charged, but could not elaborate at this time. INITIAL STORY– Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis said Friday morning that an incident regarding an alleged threat by a student at Hardin County High School was immediately addressed by law…

Savannah’s 4th ‘Christmas on Main’ starts today
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Savannah’s fourth annual Christmas on Main celebration begins Friday, with the lighting of the 30 foot tree at 5 p.m., at Court Square. “It’s the official kickoff to this year’s event, and you don’t want to miss it!”exclaimed Betty Lynn Collier, Christmas on Main director. Through the year-long planning efforts of the Christmas on Main…

TN Promise needs 18 Volunteer Mentors by tomorrow, December 6
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TN Promise Needs 18 Volunteer Mentors by Tomorrow, December 6, 2019! Tomorrow is the deadline to apply as a Class of 2020 tnAchieves mentor! As of today, Hardin County still needs 18 additional volunteers. Please help us ensure all TN Promise students have a local support system by completing an application at tnAchieves.org/mentors/apply! Mentors serve…

Parades, festivals mark start of merry Christmas season
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It’s time to bundle up the kids and line the streets to watch a holiday parade, complete with Christmas music, floats, candy and colorful lights in Savannah, Counce and Walnut Grove. The City of Saltillo hosts its annual Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 14. More information is upcoming. The Savannah Rotary Club and the City…

Pickwick Park hosting free ‘Post-Gobble Wobble’ hike on Nov. 29
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Burn off some of that turkey and pumpkin pie with a free refreshing ranger-led hike at Pickwick Landing State Park on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Meet the park ranger at the trail head near cabin 9 by 2 p.m. on Nov. 29 for a guided hike along the Island Loop Trail. Learn about park…