The Other Side Of The Lenz: Blue Devil Boys Beat Eagles

Van Buren once again, this time it was on the home court.  This time I almost got to write the headline I have been waiting for, but it was not to be.  In this contest for the first time, the Lady Devils really showed control, much-improved shooting and a greater level of confidence.  So, what…

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Unemployment Holds Steady

Unemployment dropped in more than one-third of Tennessee’s 95 counties in November, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Rates decreased in 38 counties, remained the same in 24 counties, and unemployment increased in 33 counties during the month. For more on this story, pick up a…

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Valentine Play To Be Held

Historic Granville Sutton Store Players will perform Romance in Mayberry on Jan. 30, 31and Feb. 5, 6 and 7 for their 2020 Valentine Play at the 1880 Sutton General Store. The plays have become one of Middle Tennessee’s most popular dinner theaters with two Mayberry Shows being performed with dinner. This year’s Valentine Show will…

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New Year, New Laws

On Dec. 21 President Trump signed a bill mandating the federal smoking age to be raised to 21 years of age in the U.S. Beginning in the summer of 2020, it will be a violation of federal law to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. Since the 1990s, federal law mandated the…

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Obituaries 12/10/19

Dona Clyde Loftis Dona Clyde Loftis, 103 of the Roaring River community passed away Nov. 23 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson and Bro. Dow Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Smyrna Cemetery in Putnam County. She was born Oct. 18,…

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Obituaries 11/19/19

Frank Kenneth Forkum Mr. Frank Kenneth Forkum, age 76 of Hartsville, TN passed away Friday, November 8, 2019 at his home. Mr. Forkum was raised in the Wartrace Community of Jackson County and worked on the Jackson and Wilson County Police Departments as an Officer and Deputy Sheriff. Preceded in death by: Wife of 45…

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Obituaries 11/12/19

George B. Hamilton George B. Hamilton, 80, of Bloomington Springs passed away Nov. 6 at his residence. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Burris Cemetery on Mabry School Road. He was born Oct. 26, 1939 in Gainesboro. He was a factory…

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Recent News

Second Graduation Ceremony Held

The Jackson County Recovery Court held its second graduation ceremony for two graduates of the court’s misdemeanor program. Nancy King and Chantel Keagle completed an intensive supervision program and received their diplomas and graduation chips during the ceremony. The court was honored to hear from Judge Brody Kane, as well as a powerful keynote address…

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Drug Court Graduation Held

The Fifteenth Judicial District Drug Court Program recently held a Drug Court graduation on Dec.13, with the Honorable John Wootten, Jr. presiding. This was the second graduation for the program this year with five participants successfully completing the programs rigid requirements. In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of the graduates, Judge Wootten introduced the Honorable…

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Local Student Wins Tournament

Team Hunter student Korra Phillips, five years old, wins at the Overmountian karate tournament in Newport, Tenn., Dec. 7. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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Groundbreaking Held For New Museum

Groundbreaking for a new museum in Granville was held recently. The museum will be the home of extensive Mayberry and I Love Lucy Collections. Richard and Linda Cox have collected I Love Lucy collectible items for over 30 years and have made the decision to place it in this new museum. It is one of…

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Road Projects Discussed

The Dale Hollow Rural Planning Organization held a joint meeting on Thursday between its Technical Committee and Executive Board to conduct business and discuss upcoming projects with the Tennessee Department of Transportation at the Upper Cumberland Development District in Cookeville. The meeting began with an introduction by RPO Coordinator Mark Dudley, followed by roll calls…

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Dodson Branch Parade Held

Santa and Mrs. Claus were seen riding on a firetruck during the parade on Saturday. For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now, or subscribe online at

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