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Special local events to mark National Tourism Week
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The Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is preparing to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, May 6-12, and the industry is campaigning for travel, encouraging everyone to join in support. The Courier recognizes the industry’s impact on Hardin County with it’s annual Visitors Guide published in June. “It’s a big week as Hardin…

Authorities check on registered sex offenders in ‘Operation Hardin County Line’
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Operation Hardin County Line, a joint sex offender registry compliance check effort between the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals Service, has resulted in two arrests and expected charges against at least two more registered sex offenders. According to Hardin County Sheriff Johnny Alexander, the operation began at about 2 p.m. Thursday and is…

Woman ordered to repay $15,000 for TennCare fraud in Hardin County
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A woman is ordered to repay the state more than $15,000 after she was charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly lying about her residency to enroll in the state’s healthcare insurance program. In a news release, the Office of Inspector General announced Wednesday that Samantha J. Briley, 31, was sentenced in Hardin County, where she…

Jackson’s US 45 bypass to close for construction
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation said contract crews will have a full closure of the U.S. 45 bypass in Jackson for crews to install a new sign truss across all north and southbound lanes of the bypass, as well as paving activities. The closure is as follows: • Friday, April 26, 8 p.m. through Saturday,…

Blood donors can win tickets to CMA Music Festival
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Everyone who donates blood at a Lifeline Blood Services event in May can register to win two four-day tickets to the CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair, Lifeline announced Wednesday. The package includes a three-night stay in Nashville, June 6-8. All donors this month also get a free T-shirt. Upcoming Lifeline Blood Services donation events…

Still no decision on federal aid to help flooded homeowners, but Major Disaster Declaration approved
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No decision has been reached on whether federal funding will be made available to help Hardin County homeowners hit by February’s major flooding. However, Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday the federal government has granted his request for a Major Disaster Declaration to make public assistance available to 56 counties impacted in February’s flooding and severe…

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…

Two pedestrians hit by vehicle in Crump, killing one
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Two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle Tuesday night in Crump, killing one, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. Jacob L. Pinter, 32, of Carthage, Mississippi, died and Lucas M. McClain, 27, of Selmer, was injured. McClain was last known to be in stable condition at the Med in Memphis, the THP said Wednesday. According to…

River City Farmers Market season starts Wednesday
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Savannah Farmers Market in downtown Savannah will be bustling bright and early on April 17. The market has become a popular place for residents to find healthy, delicious food options, health screenings and summer fun, according to Beth Pippin, Hardin County tourism director. “Our current location is on Court Square, around the gazebo. We will…

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…