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Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million to gift card scams in 2018
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For scammers, the season of holiday giving is the season of taking, and Tennesseans’ hard-earned money again tops scammers’ wish lists. Unfortunately, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance says consumers are falling for scammers’ ploys when it comes to gift card swindles in increasing numbers. The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network reports Tennesseans…

THP ramps up enforcement for Thanksgiving; TDOT halts lane closures
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Thanksgiving travelers won’t be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday because TDOT is halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said all construction-related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday,…

One injured in ‘fireball explosion’ near church
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UPDATE, Nov. 16, 4:25 p.m. – A Savannah city utility worker was injured Friday afternoon when a natural gas line he was working on erupted in what a passersby described as a “fireball explosion” reaching up to 15 to 20 feet high. City Manager Tom Smith arrived at the scene at 2315 Pickwick St. very…

Perspective: Parris South teacher dares to venture off beaten track
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R. Kelly Jordan Staff Writer kjordan@courieranywhere.com Tradition is important in the South – this is part of the country where “how Grandpa did it,” and his Daddy, and his Daddy’s Daddy did things has deep meaning, and new things that “ain’t from ‘round here” can be eyed with suspicion. And sometimes derision – sometimes for…

Savannah Veterans Day parade set for Nov. 10
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The annual Veterans Day Parade sponsored by The Rotary Club of Savannah and the City of Savannah is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the Hardin County Courthouse and end in front of Savannah City Hall at Hanna Boulevard. The Veterans Day ceremony will take place at the Savannah Veterans Park…

Major lane closures scheduled on US 45 Bypass, I-40
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JACKSON, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will have major lane closures this weekend along I-40 and the US 45 Bypass to place steel bridge beams over the interstate. The upcoming closures are: •Friday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 12, 6 a.m. •Friday, Nov. 16, 9 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 19,…

Nov. 6 election results for Hardin County, final
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City of Crump Mayor (Vote for 1) •Jerry Key– 220 •Ricky Tuberville– 295 Alderman (Vote for 2) •Glen R. Miller– 443 •Wendy R. Presley– 418 City of Savannah Commissioner (Vote for 2) •Kent Collier– 855 •Steven Blake White– 1040 •Wes Wilkerson– 1071 State of Tennessee Tennessee House of Representatives District 71 (Vote for 1) •David…

Gresham to speak at Adamsville tribute to veterans Saturday
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A Veterans Day tribute will be held at Adamsville Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. The keynote speaker is state Sen. Dolores Gresham, retired Lt. Col., U.S. Marine Corps. “We would like to honor the veterans and pay homage to the men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve…

Update: Phone service fixed at five Hardin County schools
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UPDATE, Nov. 6, 10:20 a.m.– Hardin County Schools reports the problem has been fixed and all phones should now be working. ORIGINAL STORY– Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis said Tuesday morning that the school system is having a phone issue affecting the five schools in the city of Savannah. “It looks like a…

Jury finds Michie man guilty of first degree murder in Shiloh stabbing
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Terry Bradford Whitaker, 42, of Michie, was found guilty of first degree murder Monday in the stabbing death of Sidney Layne Burks in his recreational vehicle home in Shiloh on May 4, 2016. An eyewitness to the stabbing testified a unique knife that was recovered was the murder weapon. The forensic pathologist who performed the…