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Funeral services held for well-known veteran, businessman, attorney

Funeral services were held Sunday for well-known Carthage attorney, businessman, author and military veteran James Lillard Bass Jr. The Carthage  resident passed away Thursday at the age of 98, two weeks shy of his 99th birthday. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Carthage Chapel of Bass  Funeral Home. A 1939 graduate of Gordonsville High School, Bass enrolled at Cumberland University in Lebanon. The Smith County native’s  education was temporarily interrupted by…

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State road projects for Pleasant Shade, Turkey Creek, Elmwood, Carthage, Interstate 40

The state’s department of transportation has five construction projects which are underway or will be taking place in the upcoming days and weeks in various parts of the county. Projects under construction or will be taking place at a later date are in the Pleasant Shade community, Turkey Creek  community, on Interstate 40, Elmwood community and in Carthage/South Carthage (Cordell Hull Bridge). READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S COURIER!!

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Valedictorian selects Columbia

With the arrival of spring, most senior high school students face a difficult decision as to where to continue their education. For Gordonsville High School valedictorian Alexandra Bryant, it was a particularly agonizing decision—but one that many students would envy. Bryant received letters of acceptance from three Ivy League universities. A group of eight schools…

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Modified graduations planned for 2020 high school graduates

Modified graduations for the county’s two high schools will be held Friday night (May 15). Modified graduation ceremonies will be held at Gordonsville High School on Turney Ford Field beginning at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Smith County High School’s graduation will take place beginning at 7:30 at Owl Stadium. Given May’s unpredictable weather, inclement weather dates…

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‘Safer at Home’ fine with 93-year-old resident of Grant

  Staying “Safer at Home” is not a problem for Grant resident Florence Hall. One of the county’s few residents who continues to follow a rural tradition of self-sustaining, Hall’s freezer and kitchen cabinets are well stocked with food items preserved by freezing and canning from her family’s garden. The Grant resident feels freezing and…

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