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MURRAY NAMED NEW SCHS FB COACH

MURRAY NAMED NEW SCHS FB COACH Last Thursday, Smith County High School introduced a new head coach for the Owls’ football program. Scott Murray, a 1990 graduate and former football player for the Black-and-Gold, was selected to lead the Smith Co. High football program. Murray explained how attaining the position and returning to his alma…

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EXPLOSION – ROCKS PLEASANT SHADE

EXPLOSION – ROCKS PLEASANT SHADE REASON FOR NATURAL PIPELINE BLAST UNCLEAR A natural gas line explosion rocked the Pleasant Shade community, Saturday. Meanwhile an investigation into what caused the explosion is being conducted by the company which owns the gas line. While no one was injured, the community is fortunate. The explosion sent tons of…

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EVACUATED – DEFEATED ELEMENTARY

EVACUATED – DEFEATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ENGULFED IN THURSDAY BOMB SCARE HOAX Defeated Elementary School was evacuated after becoming engulfed in a nationwide bomb scare, Thursday. According to Director of Schools Barry Smith, the school system’s safety plan for the elementary school, which included evacuation of students and teachers, was implemented when school officials became aware…

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WOMAN HELD AT GUNPOINT, RAPED, STRANGLED

WOMAN HELD AT GUNPOINT, RAPED, STRANGLED A man faces aggravated rape charges for allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint, strangling and raping her in a vehicle at the Smith County Welcome Center in Buffalo Valley. Charges were filed by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday of last week against Joshua Andrew Stephen Fox, 40,…

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INDICTMENT – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY ON A CHILD

INDICTMENT – AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY ON A CHILD A man faces a host of charges after allegedly having sexual contact with two minors under the age of 13. A sealed indictment was returned by the grand jury this month charging Ricky Dewayne Murphy, 38, Gordonsville with two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child…

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ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER INDICTMENT

ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER INDICTMENT A man has been indicted on two counts of attempted first degree murder for allegedly shooting at two deputies. A 10 count indictment was handed down by the grand jury on December 3 against Steve F. Mabe, Jr., 44, Smithville. In addition to firing at officers, Mabe is charged with…

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BREAKING NEWS: DECEMBER INDICTMENTS

BREAKING NEWS: DECEMBER INDICTMENTS The grand jury met for its December session and returned more than 50 indictments. Indictments include: Christopher M. Denney, 38, Lebanon, theft under $1,000. James Paul Hewitt Jr., 47, McMinnville simple possession of schedule II drug methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI drug marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Jennifer Leigh Mathis,…

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FORMER COUNTY HISTORIAN PASSES

FORMER COUNTY HISTORIAN PASSES Longtime county historian and historical author Sue Maggart Petty passed away over the weekend. A resident of Carthage, Maggart Petty is a former postal employee, having served as Gordonsville Postmaster. Maggart Petty passed away Saturday and is survived by husband Dr. Gordon Petty. Having a passion for Smith County history, Maggart…

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SECOND SUSPECT – IDENTITY THEFT

SECOND SUSPECT – IDENTITY THEFT For the second time in recent weeks a man faces charges for allegedly stealing the identity of another individual to gain employment at a local company. Gaspar Baltazar Sebastian, 29, Cookeville, has been charged with theft of identity, forgery and criminal simulation. The investigation began when an Arizona man contacted…

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ICY BRIDGES IN PLEASANT SHADE – WRECKS

ICY BRIDGES IN PLEASANT SHADE – WRECKS Icy conditions caused travel problems in one area of the county, Thursday morning. After sunrise a light drizzle began. Rainfall froze on bridges along Pleasant Shade Highway, resulting in at least two accidents. The most serious accident occurred at the intersection of Little Creek Road and Pleasant Shade…

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