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UCEMC DISPATCHES CREWS TO NORTH CAROLINA

UCEMC DISPATCHES CREWS TO NORTH CAROLINA Crews from Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) are working in hurricane ravaged North Carolina this week. Crews and equipment departed for the region on Friday. Hurricane Florence resulted in widespread damage in the eastern section of North Carolina. UCEMC crews were in place to assist Four County Electric…

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DEFEATED BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO REQUIRE DETOUR

DEFEATED BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO REQUIRE DETOUR Construction of a replacement bridge on Friendship Hollow Lane South in the Defeated community is about to begin. The bridge, located a short distance from Defeated Creek Highway, has been in a badly deteriorated state for several years. Plans were to halt traffic traveling across the bridge as soon…

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COBLE INJURED IN HORRIFIC ACCIDENT

COBLE INJURED IN HORRIFIC ACCIDENT Road Superintendent Steve Coble is recovering at home following a horrific accident. The road superintendent was on top of a ladder in a barn at his residence when it kicked out from under him. Coble managed to land on his feet but on a concrete surface. Both heels were crushed…

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SMITH TO FILL UNEXPIRED COUNCIL TERM

SMITH TO FILL UNEXPIRED COUNCIL TERM Carthage resident Judy Smith will finish out the unexpired term of the late, longtime Carthage Councilman Phillip Brooks. The term is soon to expire and a new councilman will be seated with the November city election. Smith is a veteran realtor and community advocate. Smith and business owner Cole…

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WORLD WAR 1 MIRACLE

WORLD WAR 1 MIRACLE New Testament And Sharpshooter Medal Kept Shrapnel From Piercing Marine’s Heart A century old, khaki-covered paperback New Testament along with a cross-shaped medal and a disfigured metallic slug embedded in the small book make an almighty case for the power of prayer and divine intervention. These family heirlooms, treasured by Lebanon…

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TWO FACE CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

TWO FACE CHILD ABUSE CHARGES Two people face child neglect/endangerment charges after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the presence of two small children. A sheriff’s department investigation began when a probation officer notified Sgt. Steven Ray a woman, identified as Sarah Eden, 34, Hartsville, showed up for a probation report under the influence.…

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SUSPECT IN APRIL DOUBLE HOMICIDE POSTS BOND

SUSPECT IN APRIL DOUBLE HOMICIDE POSTS BOND One of two men charged in April’s double homicide in the Dillehay Hollow has been released from the county jail on bond. David Ortiz Bibian, 53, Difficult, posted $120,000 bond, Thursday. Bibian was being held in the county jail without bond. During a bond hearing before Judge Brody…

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KIDZ CENTRAL EVENT SATURDAY

KIDZ CENTRAL EVENT SATURDAY Family and fitness will be celebrated Saturday in the annual Kidz Central Celebration. The event will include health related activities, free food, multiple booths, live entertainment and exhibits. The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Smith County Community Playground at Crump Paris Park in…

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COUNTY-WIDE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DECLINES

COUNTY-WIDE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DECLINES County-wide enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is down slightly from last year. As of mid-August 3,068 students were enrolled in county schools, according to statistics provided by the school system. When the 2017-2018 school year ended in May, 3,094 students were enrolled in the county’s nine schools. Student enrollment has…

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MAN CHARGED IN SCHOOL THREAT APPEARS IN COURT

MAN CHARGED IN SCHOOL THREAT APPEARS IN COURT A man charged for allegedly making threatening comments on social media against Smith County High School made his initial court appearance since being charged. Donovan Camaius Thompson, 20, Carthage, appeared before General Sessions Judge Michael Collins on Wednesday (August 29). Thompson is charged with terroristic threats and…

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