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Council approves $1.3 million for jail refurbishing

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Working to remedy the uneasy predicament of the Metro Moore County Jail as quickly as possible, the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council voted Monday night to move forward with a $1.3 million improvement/upgrade to the Moore County Jail. The Council’s five-member Budget Committee met earlier Monday and voted 5-0 to approve the measure, thus sending it to the council for a vote later that night. “We don’t have a lot

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Public Defender Campbell Smoot found dead in his Moore County home

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

B. Campbell Smoot of Tullahoma, public defender for the 14th Judicial District, was found dead early Tuesday in his Moore County home. According to Mike Rainey with the Moore County Police Department, TBI will investigator Smoot’s death to determine that no foul play was involved. The 14th Judicial District serves Coffee County. Smoot, who served in the position for 25 years, was re-elected in May of this year. He ran

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  • DREMC demand peak could occur over next two mornings

    Posted on November 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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    A blast of frigid weather over the next two days brings with it projected high demand for electricity. Duck River Electric Membership Corp. (DREMC) will activate its Beat the Peak™ program on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Temperature and load forecasts show that a system peak will occur one of the two mornings, when thermometers could register in the low 20s and

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  • Crisp weather predicted for Lynchburg’s annual Holiday Kick Off on Saturday

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    This year’s collectible ornament is this wonderfully crafted wooden Santa. The ornaments have become must-have treasures since their introduction four years ago. (Chamber of Commerce photo)

    With a high predicted of in the low 40s on Saturday and possible snow flurries on Sunday, Lynchburg’s Holiday Kickoff couldn’t come at a better time. It may not be December, but it’s certainly starting to feel a little bit like Christmas outside. On Saturday, the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce has plans to put everyone in Moore County in a festive mood as it hosts its annual Holiday Kickoff. Activities

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Raiders don’t make playoffs; Huntland, Eagleville, MTCS and Forrest headed to postseason

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — A 4-6 record was good enough for some teams, but as it turns out, 4-6 wasn’t enough to get the Moore County Raiders into the TSSAA Class A playoffs. The Raiders’ stumbled down the stretch, going 1-4 in their last five games including a 3-0 season-ending loss to Eagleville. That cost the team any chance it had at extending the season beyond Week 10 and in the

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  • Raiderettes roll over Liberty; Raiders fall at home

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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    The Moore County Middle School basketball teams split their games with visiting Liberty on Monday night as the Raiderettes won and the Raiders lost. Both were lopsided contests, although the Raiders did mount a rally early in the fourth period before falling 50-31. Meanwhile, the Raiderettes cruised to an easy 46-4 victory over a young and outmatched Liberty squad. The Raiderettes dominated play from the opening tip, racing out to

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  • Eagleville field goal could boot Raiders out of the playoffs

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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    LYNCHBURG, Tenn – Eagleville football coach Steve Carson told kicker Will Vermillion that his foot would win a game for the team this season. Friday night against Moore County, the preseason prediction came true and in the process likely ended the postseason hopes for the Raiders. In Lynchburg, Vermillion made a 35-yard field goal with 17 seconds to play for the Eagles to preserve a 3-0 win over the Raiders.

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The restaurant at Fall Creek Falls in Spencer will be open on Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy Tenn. State Parks)

Tennessee State Parks’ restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

NASHVILLE - Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family, while surrounding yourself with Tennessee’s natural wonders during this season of thanksgiving. Tennessee State Park officials are pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Nov. 27, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast. Thanksgiving turkey and all the traditional trimmings, along with an assortment of desserts, will be available beginning at

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  • Happy Halloween: Rain challenging for some local events

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

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    Today’s Halloween Happenings • Beginning at 4 p.m., the Metro Moore County Fire Dept. will once again host trick or treaters and provide a Chili supper while it lasts. “Come by (the fire department). Everybody’s welcome,” said Chief Mark Neal. • Lynchburg First United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Trunk or Treat beginning at 5 p.m. Children are invited to come by the church on 65 Mechanic St. N.

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  • Tennessee State Parks recognized as “Best” by Tennessee Magazine readers

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several Tennessee State Parks were recently named “Best” by readers of The Tennessee Magazine. In East Tennessee, Roan Mountain was named the best state park and Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park was named the best outdoor adventure for rafting the Ocoee. In Middle Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls State Park was named the best state park, the best camping spot, the best hiking trail, and the best outdoor adventure. In West

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Tennessee State Parks to host After Thanksgiving Hikes

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes on Friday, Nov. 28. The fourth in the quarterly hikes program, the After Thanksgiving Hikes will be offered at each of the 55 state parks. “The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends while working off that holiday feast,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery that Tennessee has to offer at

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  • United States Navy Band Country Current to perform at Lipscomb University Sept. 15

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Country Current is the Navy’s premier country music ensemble. The seven-member group was formed in 1973 and is nationally renowned for its versatility and musicianship. The band performs a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. (US NAVY PHOTO)

    NASHVILLE — The Lipscomb University Department of Music presents a free concert by the United States Navy Band’s Country Current, on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Country Current is the Navy’s premier country music ensemble. The seven-member group was formed in 1973 and is nationally renowned for its versatility and musicianship. The band performs a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This ensemble

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  • Despite hits, no radio love yet for country rap

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Bedford County native Big Smo, whose real name is John Smith, raps about working class lives in small Southern towns. (Photo courtesy Isaac Brekken, Getty)

    NASHVILLE — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix to town: country rap, combining hip-hop beats and rhythms with country-themed rap or spoken-word lyrics. “You might have found a song that you could have altered or changed a little bit,” Ford said,

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