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Sheriff’s Dept. investigating burglaries, car theft

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department has been busy investigating a rash of thefts and burglaries during the last week. According to a report filed Monday, the Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a vehicle from Wiggins Ave. The vehicle, a 2003 Nissan 350Z belonging to Coleman March, was later found abandoned on Cobb Hollow Rd. March was apparently on vacation when the vehicle was taken from his residence.

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Mobile units brings high school equivalency testing to rural communities

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department’s three “Career Coach” vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Since the beginning of this year, HiSET has been offered in Tennessee as an alternative to the recently revised General Educational Development (GED) exam. Passing either

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  • State Rep. candidate Daniel to speak to Moore County GOP

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:00 am


    The Moore County GOP organization will host Huntland native Jack Daniel at its July monthly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 in the lower level of the County Building. Daniel, who is running in the Republican primary against incumbent David Alexander (R-Winchester) for the 39th District State Representative seat, will be the guest speaker. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Daniel is making his third bid for the state House

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  • New L.E.S. principal Melissa Eslick ready to start school year

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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    Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead didn’t have to look very far to find his new principal for Lynchburg Elementary School. Moorehead filled the position on Friday, hiring L.E.S. teacher Melissa Eslick to fill the vacancy left when Steve Green resigned last month to take a similar position in Georgia. Eslick, who has taught both fourth and fifth grades at L.E.S., has been at the school since 2001. Both

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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)

Blazier, Deal earn wins at Winchester Speedway

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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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  • Moore County cheerleaders attend cheer camp

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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    The Moore County High School cheerleaders (from left) Maddie Guinn, Allison Hensley, Brittany Amos, Carrie Partin, Lacey Thomas, Jennie Lingle, Hailey Beaver and Emma Hill attended a cheer camp on the campus of the University of Alabama Huntsville last month. MCHS senior Carrie Partin was named an All American Cheerleader and will have an opportunity to travel to London in 2015. Team awards include Blue ribbon in Home Pom evaluation;

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  • Ulcer sends former Winchester champ to hospital

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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    ELORA, Tenn. — Former Winchester (Tenn.) Speedway track champion David Brannon was admitted to a Huntsville, Ala., hospital on Tuesday morning due to a bleeding ulcer. He was stable Thursday afternoon. “They clamped it and cauterized it,” said Brannon’s wife Nicole on Thursday afternoon. “It’s wonderful news. He’s being moved to a regular room this afternoon for observation.” Brannon, 32, felt sick on Monday while taking his daughter for a

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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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