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Celebrate Labor Day weekend safely by choosing a designated driver: Tow to Go service available Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes on average during the year. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one drunk driving fatality every 34 minutes. AAA and Bud Light want you to plan ahead for a safer holiday weekend. “As the last official holiday of the summer, it’s critical to have a plan to

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Blood supplies low as holiday nears

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:23 am

Blood supply levels are still low across the country, including at Blood Assurance, the regional blood center. With the busy Labor Day weekend approaching, the blood supply levels need to be increased in order to handle any trauma situation that might occur. In our area, there is always a need for O negative blood donors and platelet donors. Donors of all types are urged to come in. Supplies can be

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  • Commodities distribution is Sept. 11

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

    The South Central Human Resources Agency announced last week that the next U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodities distribution will be Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Commodities will be distributed to eligible residents on a first come, first serve basis at the American Legion Building on county Route 129 in Lynchburg. Eligibility is based on total household income that is within the income guidelines. Anyone receiving aid

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  • Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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    NEW  YORK — The nation’s top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together. Dollar General, the nation’s largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion last month. The bidding war comes

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Raiders improve to 2-0 with win over Cornersville

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

CORNERSVILLE — Moore County’s offense repeatedly took advantage of a short field and its defense managed to contain Cornersville running back Chance Dyer just enough Friday night to claim a 37-20 victory. At Cornersville High School, Dyer ran through the Moore County defense for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Bulldogs had little other offense to offer, short of quarterback Jamie Crowell’s 113 yards passing, which was

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  • MAKING HISTORY: New MCHS cross country team makes debut

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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    On a hot and muggy Saturday morning in Smyrna, 16 members of the Moore County High School girls cross country team made school history by competing in their first-ever event. Running its first race in its inaugural season, the Raiderettes cross country team didn’t come close to winning. But it did make great strides for a program in its infancy. Competing on the course at the Sharp Springs Recreation Area

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  • MCHS Raiders roll over Richland in football opener

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 1:46 am

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    LYNCHBURG — Austin Henshaw ran for 110 yards and a career-best four touchdowns and the Moore County raiders topped visiting Richland 38-6 on Friday night, giving first-year head coach Jeremy Austin a win in his MCHS debut. The Raiders played grind-it-out football in the first half, amassing more than 250 yards and 15 first downs while building a 25-0 lead in a contest that was twice stopped by referees for

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State Fair offers ‘Fairest’ pageant and special needs pageant

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

A tradition almost as old as the Fair itself is being broadened even more this year as the Tennessee State Fair opens the “Fairest of the Fair” pageants to virtually all ages from 0-20 and presents for the first time “special needs” pageants. Encouraging participation in the State Fair pageants from all 95 counties, Fair officials say the pageants rank as one of the top highlights each year. The traditional

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  • Safety around the grill can help eliminate accidents

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

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    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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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)

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

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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  • 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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