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As of Feb. 15, Hardin County early voting turnout down 23% so far from 2016 primary

Early voting for Tennessee’s March 3 presidential primary is underway until Feb. 25. In Hardin County, the early voting turnout as of Saturday is down 23% from that of the comparable 2016 election. Saturday, with seven days of early ballots cast, a total of 333 people had voted, versus 431 for the first seven day…

Savannah man accused of making porn of three children

A Savannah man is being held on $1 million bond, facing state and federal charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and child pornography. The three alleged victims range in age from 3 to 7. Andrew Hilmar Sanchez, 37, Stout Street, is charged by federal authorities with possession of child pornography and three…

State Rep. David Byrd won’t rule out running for reelection

(Ed. note: This story was originally published in the print edition and subscriber-only online edition on Jan. 23.) Dogged by allegations of sexual impropriety, whether state Rep. David Byrd will run for reelection remains a somewhat open question. Confirming that he did tell fellow Republicans in August he didn’t intend to seek reelection, Byrd on…

Get a free 2020 Tennessee state road map from TDOT
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New paper Tennessee state road maps are now available online for free. The official 2020 Tennessee Transportation Map is a joint effort of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the state Department of Tourist Development. Free printed maps can be ordered from TDOT online at

US Marshals looking for Savannah woman accused of aggravated assault on officer

U.S. Marshals announced Friday they are seeking the public’s help in locating a Savannah woman accused of trying to run over a deputy sheriff. The Marshals Service said in a news release that Rayna Brooke Talley, 30, is wanted for aggravated assault of a police officer, reckless endangerment, probation violation and escape. The charges originated…

Statewide AMBER Alert

A statewide AMBER Alert was issued Wednesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Lebanon Police Department for Raymond Lyons Jr. According to the TBI, Raymond is a 4-month-old black male with black hair, brown eyes, 18 inches tall, and weighing 17 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray onesie with…

Adamsville police: dispute between brothers ends in shooting, one teen arrested
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A dispute between two brothers led to the first shooting in at least a decade in Adamsville late Monday night. As of today, one brother is in the hospital with a gunshot wound and a friend of the other is in jail. Nicholas Maness, 19, of Finger, was arrested and is charged with aggravated assault…

Complete this online survey to help Hardin County get a new fire truck

The Hardin County Fire Department needs your help to get a new fire truck. The department announced Wednesday it hopes to get a grant to pay for the vehicle and is conducting a required survey to qualify for the grant. Only Hardin County residents who live outside the corporate limits of a city – Crump,…

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…

Man dies of accidental gunshot outside Savannah gun store

A local man is dead after accidentally shooting himself outside a gun store Tuesday afternoon, according to Savannah police. The victim was identified as Lawrence Smith, 86, of Savannah. Police Chief Michael Pitts said officers responding to a report of a possible gunshot wound found Smith was in the front seat of his vehicle and…