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More Pay for Tullahoma Mayor and Aldermen if Approved

At its last regular board meeting the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted on first reading to raise the pay of the board. Mayoral and aldermanic salaries would go up if approved after the next alderman race. The mayor’s annual salary would go up from $9,400 to $15,000 and each alderman’s salary going up …

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Rural TN Communities Trapped in Cash-Bail System

For rural Tennesseans, the cash-bail system has accelerated an endless cycle of arrests, excessively high bonds and incarceration, in communities already grappling with a substance-abuse epidemic and shrinking local economies. According to a Vera Institute of Justice study, pre-trial incarcerations have jumped by 163% in the 53 rural Tennessee counties, compared with a 2% increase in …

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.  The October 2020 Take Back Day brought in 985,392 pounds (492.7 tons) of medication. This is the largest amount ever collected in the program’s ten years! The local Drug Take Back location will …

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Trial Court Vacancy Commission to select New Coffee County Judge

Coffee County Judge L. Craig Johnson is set to retire May 12, 2021. He was reelected in 2014, meaning whoever is appointed will be up for election in 2022 elections. Trial Court Vacancy Commission will select from applicants; Robert T. Carter of Tullahoma, Jason Huskey of Manchester, Margaret C. Lamb Kilgore of Tullahoma, William Lockhart …

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Slow Down Tennessee

Area law enforcement officials are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” Now thru April 30 law enforcement will increase education, awareness, saturation and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide. The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a …

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Tennessee No. 1 for its Response Against Human Trafficking

A leading nonprofit in the fight against human trafficking ranked Tennessee No. 1 for its response against the crime. Year over year, calls to the tip hotline increased to the point where a record number was received last year. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been encouraged by the results, as tips lead …

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Bill Requiring Schools to Alert Parents of Instruction on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity heads to Gov. Lee

A Tennessee bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out is heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the GOP-supermajority Legislature with a 64-23 House vote Wednesday. The Senate approved the bill last week. …

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Reappraised Property Values to be Released Soon in Bedford County

In the next few days, Bedford County property owners will begin receiving their reappraisal notices. Property values in the county have risen in the five years since the last reappraisal, and it’s common for owners who get their notice (and who aren’t looking to sell their property) to become alarmed, thinking a higher property value …

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Tennessee Sunshine to Power Jack Daniel’s

A little sunshine will soon be in your next glass of whiskey as Jack Daniel’s partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, and Nashville-based solar power producer Silicon Ranch to provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker’s Lynchburg distillery with 20 megawatts of solar energy. TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Silicon Ranch to build, own, and …

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Gov Lee wants Two-Week Sales Tax Holiday on Restaurants, Bars and Groceries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Republican’s finance team presented a budget amendment to his $42 billion …

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