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Retiring teachers honored by Weakley County School Board

Retiring teachers were presented plaques from the Weakley County Board of Education, and honored with a reception following last Thursday’s School Board meeting. Those pictured are (l to r): Shirley Callis, Carol Barker, Cathy Carroll, Nathaniel Holmes, Michael Laughrey, Jean Thompson and Jan Johnson. Those not pictured are: Sandra Bethel, Vanessa Bright, Doreen Forrest, Pam…

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WCSD calls for School Resource Officers in all schools

  On Monday, the Public Safety Committee voted to recommend installing School Resource Officers (SROs) in the six Weakley County schools that do not currently have an officer on campus.   The six schools include: Dresden High School, Dresden Elementary / Middle School, Gleason School, Greenfield School, Sharon School, and one officer at either Martin…

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Youngsters transported following 4-wheeler accident

  Four youngsters required medical care after being involved in a four-wheeler accident Friday afternoon.   At approximately 12:46 p.m., the Weakley County 911 Office was notified that four juveniles had been injured, after their 2001 Polarius Ranger overturned at a farm, located at 13550 Latham Hwy 190, Palmersville.   (See compete story in the…

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Two suspects sought on meth-related charges

                Ereo D. Scates                 Laporsha Spinks   Local law enforcement officials are looking for two suspects allegedly involved in a drugs sales operation.   Warrants have been drawn for the arrest of 28-year-old Ereo D. Scates and 25-year-old Laporsha Spinks,…

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Thunderstorms cause power outages and block roads

  A thunderstorm left much of Weakley County in the dark early Friday morning. According to Weakley County Municipal Electric System Engineer Andrea Harrington, shortly after midnight, lightning hit the electric company’s sub-station on Hwy 45, located south of Martin. “It pretty much took out the whole west side of the county and affected approximately…

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Unemployment down in all 95 counties during April   

  According to Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips, county unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties across Tennessee in April and all counties are at or below 5.0 percent.   April 2018 marks one year since Tennessee’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent for the first time in recent history. In…

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Martin’s hospital among three acquired by West Tennessee Healthcare

  On June 1, West Tennessee Healthcare purchased three West Tennessee hospitals from Tennova Healthcare, which the healthcare provider considers to be an essential step in addressing health issues affecting the region by becoming a more integrated consumer-focused health system. Volunteer Martin, a 100-bed facility, is now West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital. Dyersburg Regional, with…

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Dresden Board approves gas line construction plan

  Members of the Dresden Board approved the construction of a high-pressure natural gas line through the City of Dresden, during a special called meeting on Tuesday, May 29. Construction will soon be getting underway now that an amended proposal by West Tennessee Public Utility District has met objections raised by Dresden Board members during…

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