Area News

Unemployment down locally, up slightly at state level

    During the month of December, Tennessee’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, which is 0.1 percent higher than November’s rate of 3.1 percent, but down 1.9 percent from one year ago.   The national rate remained steady at 4.1 percent, which is down 0.6 percentage points from December 2016. Over the past year, Tennessee’s…

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Local agencies sponsor Weakley County Drive-Through Flu Vaccine POD exercise

Volunteers staff the State of Tennessee Department of Health booth. They are (l to r): Alisa Gray, volunteer coordinator; Susan Porter, emergency response coordinator; Tracy Byrd, Weakley County Health Care director; and Dustin Kemp, Weakley County Emergency Management Agency director.    In the midst of a nationwide flu epidemic, area medical and emergency personnel are trying…

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Weakley County man killed in ATV accident

A tragic accident on Woodard Road between Ore Springs and Como, involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), has claimed the life of a rural Weakley County man. According to a news release from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 71-year-old Robert F. Weddle of 661 Woodard Road died after…

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Local libraries awarded Digital Literacy and Broadband Adoption Grants

Four Weakley County libraries were among 52 libraries across the state to receive Training Opportunities for the Public (“TOP”) Grants, which are designed to enhance digital and broadband capabilities. These grants were made possible by Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act and a partnership between TNECD and the Tennessee State Library and Archives within the…

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Investigation into Verizon break-in continues; surveillance image released

Dresden police release surveillance image of a subject being sought in the Dresden Verizon burglary.   An investigation into the recent break-in at the Verizon Wireless store in Dresden, that involves the theft of several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, is ongoing.   At approximately 6 a.m. on Friday, January 12, Dresden police officers discovered…

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Martin man pleads not guilty in murder case

Khalil M. Taylor   A murder suspect arraigned in Weakley County Circuit Court on Monday, January 22, waived the reading of his affidavit and pled not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the shooting death of a Martin man.   (See compete story in Jan. 24th issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)

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Dresden to become Connected City with approval of internet fiber contract

The City of Dresden took the first step toward becoming a “Connected City” after the Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to enter into a contract with West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (WK&T) to install broadband fiber cable within the city limits.   The broad band fiber would enable residents and businesses in…

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COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES WCMES PROVIDING FIBER INTERNET SERVICE COUNTYWIDE

The topic of fiber cable service was one of the top items for discussion at Monday night’s Weakley County Commission meeting. After studying the feasibility of the Weakley County Municipal Electric System (WCMES) providing fiber internet cable to customers countywide, WCMES Director Faron Collins reported it would simply not be cost effective to do so.…

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