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Bret Fanning, husband of UPS pilot Shanda Fanning, sues over fatal crash

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Bret Fanning, of Lynchburg, husband of pilot Shanda Fanning, who was killed in a United Parcel Service cargo plane crash last Aug. 14, is seeking $2 million in a federal lawsuit filed against Honeywell Airspace, the company that makes equipment used in the aircraft. Fanning was the first officer aboard UPS Flight 1354 when it crashed while attempting to land before dawn at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport. The twin-engine jet

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TVA begins Old Dam Ford Rd., river access point closure Aug. 18

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

MULBERRY, Tenn. — Motorists, canoeists and kayakers should be aware of construction activities that will require the temporary closure of Old Dam Ford Road off Edde Bend Road east of Mulberry beginning on Friday, Aug. 18. The closure will allow the Tennessee Valley Authority to complete several upgrades to a river access point on the Elk River that is popular with canoe and kayak enthusiasts. The improvements include a larger

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  • Rep. DesJarlais holds on in Tenn. Despite challenges

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

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    NASHVILLE —Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais defied expectations of a blowout defeat in his bid for a another term, instead emerging from the Republican primary with a razor-thin margin that left the race too close to call. With all precincts reporting, DesJarlais and challenger Jim Tracy were separated by a 33-vote margin, illustrating the willingness of the incumbent’s tea party base to overlook DesJarlais’ personal problems that included once urging a

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  • Stewart, Harrison hang onto positions; Millsaps wins narrow Circuit Court Clerk race

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart (above) defeated challenger  Albert Carpenter on Thursday. (MCN File Photo)

    Moore County voters elected to retain Mayor Sloan Stewart on Thursday, as the incumbent Stewart defeated challenger Albert Carpenter 947 votes to 775. Voters also decided to keep Lynn Harrison as Moore County’s Trustee. Harrison had 1,042 votes, while challenger Sharon Bateman garnered 670 votes. In the Circuit Court Clerk’s race, Christy Millsaps won the office with 701 votes, defeating incumbent Heather Smith (657) and Melanie Pykiet (311). In the

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Raiders have tough tests in early scrimmages

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The Moore County High School football team will make the 14-mile trek south to Fayetteville on Friday evening to scrimmage the Lincoln County Falcons. Action begins at 6 p.m. It will mark the second time in eight days that first-year head coach Jeremy Austin will get to see his team on the field against an unfamiliar opponent and should prove to be a good measuring stick for the Raiders. Moore

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  • MCMS Raiders kick off season at Cascade Jamboree Friday night

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

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    The Moore County Middle School football team hasn’t had a lot of times in pads, but the Raiders will suit up and play in a jamboree this week. The Raiders will travel to Wartrace to participate in the Cascade Jamboree on Friday night. Moore County will face Eagleville at 6 p.m., playing two quarters of football. Head coach Mike Walker said the Raiders don’t have a lot of experience returning,

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  • Blazier, Deal earn wins at Winchester Speedway

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Lynchburg’s Josh Bondurant drove his No. 7 Monte Carlo to a runner-up finish in the Street Stock feature on July 26 at Winchester Speedway. (Photo by Dana Webb)

    WINCHESTER, Tenn. – Lynchburg racers fared well Saturday night at Winchester Speedway, where a pair of Moore County drivers claimed victories and another drove to a runner-up finish. Lynchburg’s Richard Blazier started fourth in the Modified Stock feature and drove to the front in his No. 28 Camaro to top a nine-car field. Scottie Blackwell, of Fayetteville, was second, while Dewayne Hicks was third, Jerry Nelson fourth and Jack Stone

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Safety around the grill can help eliminate accidents

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

As the weather becomes even warmer and a long July 4th holiday weekend approaches, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts will pull their grills from winter hibernation. Some will be sorry they did. While most people use their grills to prepare delicious food without incident, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, the state has averaged 30 fire incidents involving open-fired grills per year for the past five years. “Some of

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  • Tips for planning a memorable vacation on a budget

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Planning a memorable family vacation that won’t break the bank simply involves taking the time to know a destination inside and out and discuss trip activities with children in advance. “It’s all about prioritizing where you spend your vacation dollars and taking advantage of great deals,” says Eileen Ogintz, syndicated travel columnist and creator of <>. For families looking to have a budget-friendly blast, Ogintz is offering some tip-top ideas:

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  • Home Happenings: Cultural Arts Exhibit set to open

    Posted on June 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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    It’s time for everyone to pull out their favorite recipe to bake, gather all their sewing items and pick out their most prize-winning canned good for the 2014 Annual Cultural Arts Exhibit. There are two different days that your items may be entered. They may be dropped off at the Moore County Public Library on Wednesday, June 25 between 4 and 6 p.m. or Thursday, June 26 from 10 a.m.

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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)

Despite hits, no radio love yet for country rap

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:55 am

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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  • Bonnaroo Survival Guide: 2014

    Posted on June 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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    MANCHESTER — This week the gates will open to what traditionally becomes one of happiest places on earth for four days each summer. Thousands of music lovers will begin their descent upon The Farm for four, fun-filled days of music, food, art and much more known as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. While a good attitude and a wristband are really the only requirements for the festival, there are

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  • Tullahoma Kiwanis forced to cancel annual July 4th fireworks show

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

    TULLAHOMA — After 45 years of providing area residents with a July 4th fireworks display and, in recent years with an air show, the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club has announced that the tradition has come to an end, at least for this year. “Following last week’s article in The News we received several commitments of donations including one from a local restaurant, but it just wasn’t enough to cover the cost

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