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COURIER RECEIVES 13 STATE PRESS AWARDS

COURIER RECEIVES 13 STATE PRESS AWARDS 4 FIRST PLACE The Carthage Courier captured 13 Division I (weekly circulation less than 5,000) honors in last week’s 2018 Tennessee State Press Contest Awards and Advertising Ideas Contest presented at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin. The paper received one first place award during the State Press…

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INDICTED HOMICIDE SUSPECTS APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE

INDICTED HOMICIDE SUSPECTS APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE Two men charged in the double homicide which occurred in April in the Dillehay Hollow have made initial court appearances. The two appeared before Criminal Court Judge John Wooten on Monday (July 9). David Ortiz Bibian, 53, Difficult, has retained Carthage attorneys Brandon Bellar and Kara Everett to represent…

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ONE ARRESTED IN PONTOON BOAT THEFT

ONE ARRESTED IN PONTOON BOAT THEFT Suspect Wanted In Indiana Law enforcement authorities have charged a man for allegedly stealing a pontoon boat and selling it in Kentucky. On June 20, Pea Ridge Road resident Debra Rankin reported her family’s 20 foot Godfrey Partycraft pontoon boat was missing from a storage area. The pontoon boat…

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ARREST MADE AFTER PURSUIT/SEARCH

ARREST MADE AFTER PURSUIT/SEARCH A man who was the subject of a pursuit and manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies after fleeing police is in the county jail. Randy Austin Pruitte, 28, Watertown, was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, burglary, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit/debt card by the sheriff’s…

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ACCIDENT IN HWY 25 CONSTRUCTION ZONE

ACCIDENT IN HWY 25 CONSTRUCTION ZONE A man was injured in the second work zone at the bluff construction between Carthage and Tanglewood on Highway 25. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the man drove through construction barrels and into a section of roadway which had been excavated, striking an excavator. The accident was investigated…

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THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN APRIL GUN SHOP BURGLARY

THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN APRIL GUN SHOP BURGLARY A third and final suspect has been arrested in connection with the April burglary of the Patriot Gun Shop. Novais Dashun Fuller, 19, Murfreesboro, is charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated burglary, vandalism and four counts of reckless endangerment. Fuller was arrested in Murfreesboro last week…

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THREE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS APPROVED

THREE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS APPROVED School resource officers are expected to soon be in each of the county’s nine schools. Currently, the school system has six school resource officers to cover nine schools, requiring some to split time between schools. During it June meeting, commissioners voted to hire three new school resource officers. When…

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TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES FLOODING

TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES FLOODING Roadways in some areas of the county were submerged as several inches of rain fell on Wednesday morning (June 28). However, the county escaped widespread flood damage despite a significant amount of rainfall within a short period of time. Almost six inches of rain fell during the day in some locations…

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2018 COUNTY FAIR UNDERWAY

2018 COUNTY FAIR UNDERWAY The 2018 Smith County Fair is underway. About a month earlier than previous years, the Smith County Fair is now the second earliest fair in the state. Only the Clay County Fair, held June 11-16 is earlier. The last fair of the year in the state is the Franklin County Fair…

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TWO FACE MURDER CHARGES IN SMITH COUNTY DOUBLE HOMICIDE

from the TBI….. TWO FACE MURDER CHARGES IN SMITH COUNTY DOUBLE HOMICIDE NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of two men who are charged in a Smith County double homicide that occurred earlier this year. At the request of 15th District…

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