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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LIGHT PROJECT PLANNED

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LIGHT PROJECT PLANNED A community Christmas event is expanding to include the entire county this year. Residents across the county are encouraged to participate in “aCross Smith County Community Lighting Project”. To be a part of the project residents can simply erect a lighted cross or cross scene in their yard or elsewhere…

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WORK ON BRIDGE EXPECTED TO BEGIN; DETOURS SET UP

WORK ON BRIDGE EXPECTED TO BEGIN; DETOURS SET UP Work was expected to begin this week on the bridge crossing Mulherrin Creek on Highway 53 in the New Middleton community, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Starting this week the bridge was expected to be reduced to one nine foot lane, according to…

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ELMWOOD RESIDENT WRECK VICTIM

ELMWOOD RESIDENT WRECK VICTIM A Smith County man was killed in a single vehicle wreck in Putnam County over the weekend. The victim was identified as Michael Owen Massey, 38, Elmwood. The accident occurred around 11:54 p.m., Saturday on Highway 96/Medley Amonette Road near the Smith County line. Massey was pronounced dead on arrival at…

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FIRE CLAIMS PLEASANT SHADE MAN

FIRE CLAIMS PLEASANT SHADE MAN A Pleasant Shade man was killed in a house fire Monday night. According to Jacky Carver, owner of Sanderson Funeral and county fire chief, the body of Phillip Evitts, former manager of Smith Farmers Cooperative in South Carthage, is at the medical examiners office for positive identification. Carver has been…

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JUDGE JOHN WOOTTEN SET TO RETIRE

JUDGE JOHN WOOTTEN SET TO RETIRE Judge John Wootten Jr. plans to retire, effective January 1 (2020). Wootten has served the Fifteenth Judicial District, which includes Smith, Jackson, Macon, Trousdale and Wilson counties, as a circuit judge since 1998. “I have notified Governor Bill Lee of my decision to retire in order for him to…

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FIRE DESTROYS PLEASANT SHADE RESIDENCE

FIRE DESTROYS PLEASANT SHADE RESIDENCE A house and its contents were destroyed by fire in the Pleasant Shade community, Monday afternoon. An emergency personnel volunteer was traveling along Pleasant Shade Highway (Highway 80) and reported the house was fully engulfed. Pleasant Shade, Central District and Defeated firemen were dispatched to the blaze. Firemen had to…

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MORE SUSPECTS INDICTED IN MURDER

MORE SUSPECTS INDICTED IN MURDER Four people have now been indicted for first degree murder in the April death of a South Carthage man. In addition, a fifth person has been indicted on a lessor charge in the case. In the latest developments in the case, evidence was presented to the grand jury by the…

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MARKET FEST SATURDAY

MARKET FEST SATURDAY A new event will be taking place Saturday in Carthage. Carthage Market Fest will be held at the walking track on Industrial Drive across from the city park. The event will feature crafts, yard sale items, music, clothes, jewelry and food. Market-Fest is being patterned as a festive flea market and will…

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TWO CHARGED WITH ABUSE OF CORPSE

TWO CHARGED WITH ABUSE OF CORPSE Man Died In Davidson County Nineteen-year-old Cameron Wilson died on Hobson Pike in Davidson County in June, investigators say. The Smyrna resident’s body was discovered by a fisherman beside the railroad tracks off Sebowisha Lane on June 9, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Wilson is believed…

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