Area News

OFFICIALS SAY TRAFFIC RELIEF AT EXIT YEARS AWAY

OFFICIALS SAY TRAFFIC RELIEF AT EXIT YEARS AWAY Relief for one of the county’s most congested sections of roadway, Interstate Exit 258 in Gordonsville, is years away, state transportation department officials indicate. With vehicles exiting and entering Interstate 40, in addition to local traffic, the Gordonsville Highway intersection is one of the worst congested areas…

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ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP ASKS FOR LAND DONATION

ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP ASKS FOR LAND DONATION Property Would Be Used For Shelter The recently formed Smith County Animal Rescue Organization is looking to establish an animal shelter on property located within the Smith County Landfill. The site of the proposed shelter would be a tract of land which is not suitable for landfill use.…

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SECOND RIVER CITY BALL SET FOR MAY

SECOND RIVER CITY BALL SET FOR MAY Tickets are on sale for the second annual River City Ball. The fundraiser will be held on Main Street in front of the courthouse on May 11. The black tie event is for ages 21 and up. Attendees are encouraged to wear a masquerade ball type mask. Citizens…

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1LB OF MARIJUANA FOUND UNDER CAR HOOD

1LB OF MARIJUANA FOUND UNDER CAR HOOD A sheriff’s department deputy located a pound of marijuana hidden under the hood of a vehicle during a traffic stop. The incident began when sheriff’s department Deputy Parker Thomas was patrolling Interstate 40 around 11:41 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. While on patrol, the deputy noticed a vehicle with…

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CARTHAGE CITY ATTORNEY RESIGNS

CARTHAGE CITY ATTORNEY RESIGNS Carthage City Attorney David Bass is resigning his position with the city. During the city’s March council meeting Thursday night, Bass informed the council he was stepping down and hoped to be out of office by April 1. Bass, who has served under a number of mayors, said he had held…

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PLANS FOR FORMER MARKHAM’S STORE OUTLINED

PLANS FOR FORMER MARKHAM’S STORE OUTLINED A new drink, dining and entertainment venue is expected to open in the former Markham’s Department Store building in Carthage. Brian Soda, who owns The Filling Station which has two locations in Nashville, is looking to bring a similar establishment to downtown Carthage. Appearing before the city’s beer board…

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ONE INJURED IN TURKEY CREEK WRECK

ONE INJURED IN TURKEY CREEK WRECK One person was injured in a single vehicle accident on Turkey Creek Highway, Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 9:45 a.m. at the Farley Lane intersection a short distance east of the Hugh West Hill. The vehicle left the roadway, overturned in a creek and struck a culvert. Rescue…

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COLLAPSING TILE THREATENS DEFEATED AREA ROAD

COLLAPSING TILE THREATENS DEFEATED AREA ROAD Collapsing drain tiles are threatening roadways in the Defeated and Maggart communities. The most serious case is in the Defeated community where a collapsing metal drain tile is causing the surface of the roadway to sink and could potentially give way causing the road to collapse. The drain tile…

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MORE THAN 15 INCHES OF RAIN

MORE THAN 15 INCHES OF RAIN An unusually wet February came to a close Thursday with more than 15 inches of rainfall recorded in some parts of the county. The highest total for a CoCoRaHs weather station was 15.71 inches recorded in the Elmwood community. That total was followed by a recording of 15.14 inches…

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CHESTNUT MOUND SITE OF FATAL WRECK

CHESTNUT MOUND SITE OF FATAL WRECK A man was killed in a motorcycle wreck on Highway 70 in the Chestnut Mound community, Wednesday. The victim was identified as Michael Ferguson, 50, Nashville, who was driving a 2016 Honda motorcycle. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, “Ferguson was traveling west on U.S. Highway 70 North. While…

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