Area News

McKenzie man faces charges following single-vehicle accident

A McKenzie man is facing multiple charges after wrecking an automobile over the weekend and leaving the scene.   Paul Ray Townsend, 63, of 395 Birmingham Lane North, McKenzie, is charged with: DUI (first offense), leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, failure to immediately notify law enforcement of an accident, and violation…

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Martin Board approves SRO program; donation to Chargers Foundation

During Thursday’s afternoon called meeting of the Martin City Board, members voted to accept the Weakley County School Resource Officer (SRO) proposal. The board also approved a resolution authorizing a one-time donation of $15,000 to the Chargers Foundation.   These two important issues had already been discussed during meetings held earlier this month; but since…

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School starts August 6th; focus on school safety

  With all of the school shootings around the nation, it is increasingly important for local governmental entities to do whatever they can to improve school safety. With this in mind, local leaders are in the process of installing police officers in area schools. Additionally, strategies for staying safe during school attacks are being implemented…

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All Weakley County Officers are Trained to Carry Narcan

  [From left to right] Weakley County Prevention Coalition Program Coordinator Courtney Echols; Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson; Melesa Lassiter, who is the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition; Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum; and Suzanne Harper, Program Director of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition, gather to celebrate all officers in…

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Weakley County General Election And State Primary – August 2nd

  As Election Day approaches, candidates at the local and state level are out knocking on doors and speaking to the voters; outlining their political platforms in newspaper, radio and television ads; and placing posters around the county that encourages everyone to vote for them.   Candidates running for various offices in the August 2,…

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Dresden is getting a new mural

              Artist Clay Palmer is painting a mural on the wall of a building located across the street from the farmers market in Dresden. The mural will include the Train Depo, Black Angus cows, irises, and the Moran House.

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Sharon receives CDBG fire protection grant

The City of Sharon is one of 70 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients, which recently received a combined total of nearly $28 million in Community Development Block Grants.   The CDBG grants were awarded to assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.   Sharon received…

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MTD Products to create 200 jobs in Martin

MTD Consumer Group Inc. officials have announced that the manufacturer will invest $10 million in its Martin operations over the next five years.   MTD is Weakley County’s largest private employer and a leading global manufacturer and distributor of residential and commercial outdoor power equipment under brands such as Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt. The company…

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