Area Recent News

Local Woman Indicted

In January of 2019, a report of possible financial exploitation was reviewed by the VAPIT (Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigative Team). Criminal Investigators with the District Attorney General’s Office initiated an investigation into the report that Cynthia Renae Carr, a former house manager for a home care giving agency was financially exploiting some of the residents.…

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Parks To Host Promise Events

Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events at 54 of the 56 state parks for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours. Most of the events are on Saturday, June 22. “This is an excellent opportunity for Tennessee Promise students to meet their requirements and be a part of the outdoors at the…

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Tragic End at Cummins Falls State Park

Rising floodwaters at Cummins Falls has resulted in a tragic end. At approximately 5 p.m on Sunday the Jackson County Rescue Squad was called to Cummins Falls for a swift water rescue. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now, or subscribe online at jacksoncountysentinel.net.

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75th Anniversary Of D-Day

Thursday, June 6, is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This is your invitation to participate in a memorable program that honors the service personnel who participated in that historic, world-changing event. Wesley Notgrass was born in 1915 and grew up in Columbia, Tenn. He joined the United States Army in 1941 and served for four…

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School System Is Awarded Bus Grant

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced that the following 39 entities, including seven from the Upper Cumberland region, will receive $8,854,685.42 in grant funding to support school bus replacement projects across Tennessee. Clay, Jackson and Overton Counties are included in the seven from the Upper Cumberland region. The competitive grant program, which…

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Tips On Water Safety This Summer

Summer is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reminds visitors to be aware of the importance of practicing safe, sensible and thoughtful activities in and around the…

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County Resident Receives Doctorate

On May 11, 2019 Tory De Shannon (Heady) Lawrence celebrated her educational accomplishments at Liberty University’s yearly commencement ceremony in Lynchburg Virginia with Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, delivering the commencement address. Dr. Lawrence defended her research on the impact of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports on school climate in secondary schools…

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Former UCHRA Director Sues Agency

The former embattled director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) is now suing the agency for wrongful termination. Luke Collins, who served as director of the agency for several years, has filed the suit. The UCHRA board dismissed him in May of 2018 for what was cited as abuse of compensatory time. News…

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Be Counted In The Census Of 2020

The Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady signed a proclamation April 1, 2019 to ensure all residents of Jackson County are counted in the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. The proclamation designates the county as a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau by encouraging residents to participate through awareness efforts until the completion of the 2020 Census.…

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JCHS Graduation Ceremony Held

Jaryn Scantland is the 2019 Valedictorian with an average of 98.1875. She received the Jostens, Chad and Becky Bone award, the Doyene Anderson Memorial Scholarship and the Volunteer Scholarship. She will be attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on…

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