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TEACHER HONORED DURING CEREMONY

TEACHER HONORED DURING CEREMONY A remembrance ceremony was held at Turney Ford Field at Gordonsville High School Friday afternoon for a beloved teacher. Gordonsville Middle School seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher Tracy Alexander passed away Sunday, April 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center where she was being treated for symptoms associated with the…

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ROAD SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS

ROAD SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS Road Superintendent Steve Coble resigned last week. Since September of last year, the highly popular road superintendent has been undergoing extensive rehabilitation after suffering a severe fall which occurred at his Brush Creek residence in September of last year. In the fall, Coble suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injury. County…

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HWY 25 CLOSING CANCELED WITH CHANGE IN BLUFF PROJECT

HWY 25 CLOSING CANCELED WITH CHANGE IN BLUFF PROJECT It was the planned road closing that didn’t happen. The state department of transportation recently announced a temporary closure for Highway 25 at the rock (bluff) mitigation project for this past Saturday (April 17). As many know, it didn’t happen. Thursday (April 15), the transportation department…

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CARTHAGE MARKET-FEST SET FOR SATURDAY

CARTHAGE MARKET-FEST SET FOR SATURDAY Carthage Market-Fest will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, (April 24). The event will take place at the city park/walking track located on Industrial Drive. The event will include food, crafts and other vendors. Musical entertainment is planned including bluegrass, old timey and blues genres. Performers include…

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SCHOOL SYSTEM TO GET MILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDS/COVID

SCHOOL SYSTEM TO GET MILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDS/COVID The school system is set to receive millions of dollars in federal funds designated for improving student achievement which has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are being released by the state to school systems across the state in three rounds and comes with specific…

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GORDONSVILLE TEACHER PASSES AWAY

GORDONSVILLE TEACHER PASSES AWAY “She was a sweet soul.” It’s one of the first thoughts which comes to mind as Gordonsville High School Principal Shane Vaden describes Tracy Alexander. The seventh and eighth grade teacher at Gordonsville Middle School, which shares the same building with Gordonsville High School, passed away Sunday afternoon, at Cookeville Regional…

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ONE TIME COUNTY ATTORNEY PASSES

ONE TIME COUNTY ATTORNEY PASSES Well-known Carthage Attorney Jacky O. Bellar has died. For several decades, Bellar has maintained a law practice on Main Street in Carthage. In addition to a private practice, Bellar was a longtime county attorney. Bellar passed away Monday morning at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital where he was admitted on April…

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HWY 25 ONE DAY CLOSURE

HWY 25 ONE DAY CLOSURE The state’s department of transportation has announced a temporary closure for Highway 25 at the rock (bluff) mitigation project. The temporary “full closing” will take place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, April 17. The contractor for the state road project will be using a “helicopter to hang wire…

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MAN INDICTED FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER

MAN INDICTED FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER A man faces second degree murder charges for allegedly providing illegal drugs to a Carthage woman who died of an overdose. William T. Starnes, 53, Carthage, was indicted by the grand jury on two counts of second degree murder. The indictment alleges Starnes provided the female victim with “fentanyl…

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FORMER GYM INSTRUCTOR NOW FACING 12-COUNT INDICTMENT

FORMER GYM INSTRUCTOR NOW FACING 12-COUNT INDICTMENT A gym instructor charged with secretly videoing minor females in various stages of undress with a camera hidden inside a bathroom at an athletic training center in the Tanglewood community faces a host of new charges. When first arrested in January, the sheriff’s department filed four charges against…

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