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TDOT suspends lane closures for Memorial Day holiday weekend

By Editor | May 27, 2022 |

For the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon Friday through 6 a.m. Tuesday. “Suspending construction-related lane closures during the Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Interim TDOT Commissioner Joe Galbato. “We want…


By Editor | May 19, 2022 |

A person in a photo in the story, “Single vehicle crash leads to vehicular homicide, DUI charges,” is misidentified in the May 19 print edition. The person in the photo is actually Len Welsh II, not Dillon Casteel. The Courier regrets the error.

Start of battle at Fraley Field focus of two May hikes at Shiloh National Military Park

By Editor | May 3, 2022 |

Shiloh National Military Park is hosting two special ranger-led hikes on two Saturdays in May. Titled “Fraley Field: the Bloody Battle Begins,” the 3.5 mile hikes over moderate terrain are scheduled for May 7 and May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Follow Ranger Timothy Arnold and retrace the steps of Col. Everett Peabody’s early…

Tennessee House approves legislation to lower age for carrying a handgun from 21 to 18

By Editor | April 22, 2022 |

Jon Styf The Center Square A bill that would lower the age to carry a handgun in Tennessee from 21 to 18 passed the House on Thursday. Bill sponsor Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County, said that House Bill 1735 is about protecting the constitutional rights of 18-year-olds who can vote and enlist in the military.…

Donate a quilt block to benefit HARTT

By Editor | April 15, 2022 |

Savannah Pieced & Present is sponsoring a fundraiser for Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team by heading up a community quilt making project. “My team here are major animal advocates. What HARTT needs most is volunteers – first hint at how you can help – but as a small business with minimal employees, all our…

Report: Tennessee has second-lowest overall tax burden

By Editor | March 30, 2022 |

Jon Styf The Center Square Tennessee has the second-lowest overall tax burden in the U.S., according to a new ranking from personal finance website WalletHub. Tennessee, which has no personal income tax, ranked below only Alaska and ranked ahead of Delaware, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Florida for having the lowest tax burden. New York, Hawaii,…

Social media law preventing users from being blocked advances in Tennessee House

By Editor | March 23, 2022 |

Jon Styf The Center Square A law to prevent social media companies’ ability to ban or shadow ban users advanced Tuesday in the Tennessee House. The bill would require social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to register with the Tennessee Public Utility Commission (TPUC) and be subject to fines if they are…

Tennessee representatives call for moratorium on gas tax

By Editor | March 10, 2022 |

Jon Styf The Center Square Two Tennessee state representatives are calling for a 90-day moratorium on gas and diesel taxes in the state as prices are at record-high levels in the U.S. and approaching record numbers in Tennessee. Nashville Democrat state Reps. John Ray Clemmons and Bo Mitchell sent a letter to Gov. Bill Lee…

CoreCivic’s South Central prison facility marks 30th year

By Editor | March 2, 2022 |

CoreCivic’s South Central Correctional Center marked 30 years of providing private prison services to Tennessee and the Clifton area community. To commemorate the prison facility’s milestone, staff enjoyed cake, refreshments and fellowship last month. CoreCivic said the facility employs approximately 290 people from the local area and contributes about $2.3 million into the local economy…

Bill to lower Tennessee’s concealed carry age to 18 could put permit reciprocity in jeopardy

By Editor | February 24, 2022 |

Jon Styf The Center Square A Tennessee bill that would lower the age for a concealed handgun permit or lawful permitless carry from 21 years old to 18 years old was approved Tuesday by a House subcommittee. House Bill 1735 was touted by sponsoring Rep. Chris Todd, R-Madison County, as removing an infringement on the…