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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…

Jump into summer: Pickwick Water Weekend, April 12-14
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From kayaks to pontoons to cruisers, there will be lots for the boat enthusiast in your family to do in Pickwick on the weekend of April 12, 13 and 14. Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites the public to come check out the fun with a weekend dedicated to living the Pickwick lifestyle. “The…

THP announces April 19 roadblock
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced on April 4 that it will be conducting a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint in Hardin County at 11 p.m. on April 19 on Tenn. 69, north of Cherry Chapel Loop. The THP notes that impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others…

Local Health Department observing National Public Health Week
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The Hardin County Health Department is participating in National Public Health Week, April 1-7. The week focuses on the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system. “Improving the health of our residents is extremely important to us, and…

Flood recovery: Governor seeks public, individual federal assistance for Hardin County
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee sent a formal request Friday to President Donald Trump to make federal recovery assistance available to cities and counties impacted in February’s significant flooding and severe storms. Funding for both public and individual assistance is included in the request for Hardin County. “The severe flooding has left many Tennessee jurisdictions unsure…

Body recovered in Pickwick Lake
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A body recovered Friday from Pickwick Lake may turn out to be a deckhand reported missing from an American Commercial Barge Lines barge on Jan. 25.  Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander said the body was reported by a fisherman, and Hardin County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office personnel made the scene at mile marker 209…

Bail set at $2 million each in husband’s shooting death
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Bail was set at $2 million each Thursday for two people charged in a fatal shooting in Savannah. The victim, Jeffrey White, 50, was killed early Wednesday morning outside his Youngs Lane home. His wife, Elaina White, 38, is charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder and criminal responsibility to commit first degree murder.…

TBI: Wife successfully conspired with man to kill her husband
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Arrest warrants filed in Hardin County General Sessions Court show Christopher Mailhot and Elaina White are charged in Wednesday’s early morning murder of Jeffrey White in Savannah. Mailhot, 21, of Iuka, Mississippi, is charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. White, 38, of Savannah, who was married to Jeffrey White,…

Savannah man facing local, federal child porn charges
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A Savannah man is charged with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography in an indictment announced by U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant on Tuesday. According to counts one through three of the indictment, in August 2017, Andrew Hilmar Sanchez, 30, coerced three minor females under the age of 10 to engage in…

TVA starts Pickwick Dam seismic project, nearby road closes
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A project to reinforce Pickwick dam’s southern embankment against earthquakes begins Monday with the posting of signs closing North Carolina Landing Road to all but Tennessee Valley Authority traffic. Beginning today, travelers and residents in the area are seeing TVA bringing in “borrow fill” on the downstream face of the embankment. Many more dump trucks than usual…