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Ashley Sand (left) accepts the items from students at LES that the students collected to send to U.S. troops in special care packages. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LES students collect care package items for deployed soldiers

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

They spend the holiday season away from their families, often in dangerous and uncomfortable conditions. Now, charities and school groups across the country are trying to give back to U.S. military members by sending Christmas cards and greetings to soldiers overseas. Lynchburg Elementary School recently participated by collecting a number of items to box and send to troops — just a little reminder of home and “thank you’ during what

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Third reading on county jail unanimously approved

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

The path to fixing the Metro Moore County Jail has been fast tracked since the jail failed its annual state inspection this past summer for the first time in its 25-year history. On Monday night, the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council voted unanimously to approve a $1.3 million improvement/upgrade to the jail that should get the county out of hot water with the state-ran Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI). In November,

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  • Metro Council begrudgingly approves second reading for jail renovation

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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    Despite a bit of grumbling among members of the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council on Monday night, the Council unanimously approved the second reading of the measure that would allow $1.3 million improvement/upgrade to the Moore County Jail. The Council’s five-member Budget Committee — Coleman March (1st Dist.), Wayne Hawkins (2nd Dist.), Gordon Millsaps (3rd Dist.), David Boyce (4th Dist.) and Tommy Brown, Chair (5th Dist.) — met last month

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  • Black Friday creeps deeper into the holiday

    Posted on November 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

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    Black Friday shopping — the annual rite of passage on the day after Thanksgiving — continues to creep deeper into the holiday as more stores opened their doors a day early. For a decade, Black Friday has been considered the official start to the busy holiday buying season. Stores open earlier hours of the morning with special deals and stay open late into the evening. Thanksgiving and Christmas remained the

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Moore County’s Will Slatten drives baseline and goes to the rim early in Friday’s game at Forrest. The Raiders lost to the Rockets 56-52. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Raiders split pair of district contests

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The Moore County Raiders missed a good chance to stay above .500 on the year and stay within a game of Fayetteville City in the District 9-A race as they dropped a 56-52 decision on the road at Forrest on Friday night. Just a game removed from snapping a two-game losing streak with a 62-53 district victory over Huntland, the Raiders couldn’t sustain that newfound momentum in Chapel Hill. Moore

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  • Raiderettes bounce back with big win on the road

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

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    CHAPEL HILL – Moore County’s game against Forrest came down to a free-throw shooting contest late in the fourth quarter on Friday night. And MCHS freshman Kursten Hawkins hit 9-of-10 from the charity stripe to help the Raiderettes overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and sneak out of Chapel Hill with a hard-earned 40-39 victory. It was a win that certainly shook up the top of the District 9-A standings, and

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  • Raiderettes get wins over Lincoln County and Cornersville

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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    Moore County freshman Kursten Hawkins scored 56 points as the Raiderettes notched wins over Lincoln County and Cornersville last week. Hawkins poured in 30 points in a 56-52 overtime victory over Lincoln County and then netted 26 in a 55-36 win over Cornersville. Both games were played here in Lynchburg. Last Thursday, Hawkins tallied 17 in the first half to help Moore County build a 30-23 lead over the Lady

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Motlow College hosts free Holiday Benefit Concert Dec. 19

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

LYNCHBURG – Motlow College will host a holiday benefit concert on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. inside Eoff Hall’s Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus. Prior to the performance, there will be a reception inside Eoff Hall at 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free to the public, but reservations are required as seating will be limited. To make reservations, please call Bobbie Underwood at 931-393-1627 or

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  • Tennessee State Parks announce special winter rates

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Fall Creek Falls often provides visitors with a wintry scene like this when the temperature begins to plummet atop the Cumberland Plateau. Fall Creek Falls and Tims Ford State Park are among those now offering special winter rates. (Photo courtesy Tennessee State Parks)

    Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for 360 cabins in 18 parks across the state, along with individual rooms at the six state park inns, from Nov. 15, 2014, through March 15, 2015. With a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee, families and groups seeking unique recreation opportunities and high-quality accommodations can find the perfect getaway — all at an exceptional value

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  • Moore County well represented at state fce conference

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Moore County was well represented this year at the State fce Conference. County Agent Brenda Hannah, out-going Lois Club president Norma Stone, JoyLea Robertson and Eileen Horton attended the event which was held in Chattanooga, Nov. 2-5. Central Region winners in Cultural Arts, Fashion Review and Creative Writing competed for State honors. Norma Stone finished in second place in Cultural Arts for machine embroidered flour sack dishcloths. In the Fashion

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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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