Area News

MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING MEDICATION

MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING MEDICATION A man faces charges after allegedly selling pills in the parking lot of a department store. According to an offense report filed by Sgt. Ridge Long, sheriff’s department K-9 unit, a male subject was discovered sleeping in a vehicle in the side parking lot of a local department store. “Upon…

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UCEMC OFFICIALS REPORT SCAM

UCEMC OFFICIALS REPORT SCAM Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) is warning its members about an elaborate scam attempt that is targeting utility customers. “The scam starts with a person calling who states that if you don’t pay your bill immediately, your service will be disconnected. If you do not pay immediately with your credit…

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SC ANIMAL RESCUE

SC ANIMAL RESCUE Waking up each morning on her 40 plus acre Friendship Hollow Road North farm near Pleasant Shade, Sherry Luzader finds herself surrounded by her family and pets. The retired Army captain’s family includes, husband of 22 years, Ken, and 17-year-old daughter, Chloe. Her pets include seven dogs, 53 goats, three miniature ponies,…

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CHESTNUT MOUND AREA ROAD GIVING WAY

CHESTNUT MOUND AREA ROAD GIVING WAY The county road department is searching for a solution to fix a county road located in the Chestnut Mound community which is routinely threatened by a slide area. Enigma Road connects the Engima/Indian Creek area with the Chestnut Mound community. The one lane road winds down a hillside. A…

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TRIAL DATE SET IN DEFEATED AREA DOUBLE HOMICIDE

TRIAL DATE SET IN DEFEATED AREA DOUBLE HOMICIDE A trial date has been set for this summer for one of two men charged in a double homicide which occurred last spring near the Defeated community. David Ortiz Bibian, 53, Difficult, is one of two men charged in connection with the murder of two people on…

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ROADS RESURFACED WITH ADDED GAS TAX

ROADS RESURFACED WITH ADDED GAS TAX The county was able to resurface several miles of county roadway this past year with added funds from the state’s fuel tax. The additional fuel tax funds are the result of the Improve Act which was approved by legislators two years ago. In most cases entire roads were resurfaced…

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NUMBER OF ARRESTS/BOOKINGS UP

NUMBER OF ARRESTS/BOOKINGS UP The number of people being processed through the county jail is up significantly. Statistics provided by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department show that 803 people were booked and processed at the county jail from July 1 (2018) to December 31 (2018). That number is up significantly from the same period a…

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COUNTY, CITY NEGOTIATING CONTRACT FOR LEACHATE DISPOSAL

COUNTY, CITY NEGOTIATING CONTRACT FOR LEACHATE DISPOSAL The town of Carthage has temporarily agreed to continue accepting a liquid substance known as leachate, a byproduct of the county landfill which is deposited in the city’s sewer system, while an agreement between the city and county is being renegotiated. A disagreement surfaced over plans by the…

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FOUR INJURED IN ZINC MINE ACCIDENT

FOUR INJURED IN ZINC MINE ACCIDENT Four people were injured in an accident at Nyrstar’s Cumberland Mine in Carthage. Three of those injured were transported to Riverview Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released. One person was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The accident involved a transformer which was said…

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COMEDY SHOW AT PLEASANT SHADE

COMEDY SHOW AT PLEASANT SHADE Pleasant Shade Community Center will host a stand up comedy show in February. Performers include Michael DelGiorno of SuperTalk 99.7 FM WTN and former Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson. “Michael DelGiorno has been on the radio airwaves entertaining and enlightening his listeners for over 30 years as well. His…

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