Voters To Prepare For Upcoming Election

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to prepare now to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 3. Tennesseans should make sure their voter registration is up-to-date and make decisions about whether they will vote in-person or absentee by-mail if eligible. “We want every eligible Tennessean to be ready to vote in the…

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Car Chase Leads To Arrest

On Aug. 18 Deputy Dillon Sandlin attempted to stop a vehicle in the Gainesboro Grade area of Jackson County when the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, the driver, who was later identified as Christopher Ballard, ran out of the roadway on Plunk Whitson Road in Putnam County. Ballard…

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Charges Filed In Child Death Case

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of two people, in connection to the 2019 death of a toddler. At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, on Dec. 11, 2019, TBI Special Agents began investigating injuries sustained by a 14-month-old girl.…

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Robbery Suspect Apprehended

A robbery suspect was apprehended within hours of a crime. Deputy Roy Shepherd responded to a residence in the Celina Highway area of Jackson County after an elderly person called 911 to report a robbery. The suspect entered the home in the early morning hours by removing a door glass in the basement. He then…

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Obituaries 7/21/20

Helen Lynn Fox Helen Lynn Fox, 85, of Gainesboro, passed away July 13 at her daughter’s residence. Memorial services were held July 19 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery. She was born Oct. 25, 1934 in Clay County. She was a public…

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Obituaries 7/14/20

Kevin Stafford Kevin Stafford, 43, formerly of Gainesboro, passed away July 2 in Brunswick, Ga. Graveside services were held July 10 at the John L. Clark Memorial Cemetery in the Stone community with Bro. Randy Heady officiating. He was born Oct. 15, 1976 in Gainesboro. He was a factory worker. He was preceded in death…

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Obituaries 7/7/20

Billy Rogers Coffee Billy Rogers Coffee, 76, of Hot Springs, passed away July 1. Funeral services were held July 6 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott Gallimore officiating. Interment followed in the Crestview Memorial Park with military honors by the U.S. Army. Active pallbearers were John Batty, Jerry Batty, Nick Coffee, Vince…

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Recent News

County Election Results Are In

Another election has come and gone in Jackson County. On Aug. 6 Jackson County saw some changes in political offices. The most notable were City Aldermen, County Clerk and Assessor of Property. Lloyd Williams retained the office of City Mayor. The Aldermen had a few changes. Travis Agee received 149 votes, Wayne Strong received 130…

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TWRA Responds To Boating Accidents

TWRA officers responded to three serious boating incidents last weekend. Incidents resulted in three life flights to area medical establishments. The first incident occurred on Watts Bar, just north of King Creek in Roane County, around 6 p.m. EST Saturday, Aug. 1. A 48-year-old Rockwood man entered the water from his boat, misjudging water depth.…

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State Government Gives Resources To Schools

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn announced the State of Tennessee’s continued efforts to assist families, teachers and districts as the 2020-2021 school year begin. “As schools begin to reopen amidst unprecedented circumstances, we’re committed to providing Tennessee students, parents and educators the resources they need to ensure children continue to…

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Dodson Branch Graduation Held

Recently Dodson Branch School was able to have their 8th Grade Graduation. Due to the COVID-19 virus, things were a little different. Pictured are the graduating eighth graders. Some students were unable to attend. For more on this story, pickup a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now, or subscribe online at…

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Citizens Not Responding to Census

As the U.S. Census Bureau continues its effort to count every person living in the country for the 2020 Census, self-response rates throughout rural Tennessee are well below the national response rate. Jackson County is faring better than some, with a 54.7% of households responding as of July 29, however that leaves a lot of…

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County Responds To COVID-19

Mayor Randy Heady   Update as of July 30 46 active cases; 103 positive cases; 57 recovered; 0 deaths officially reported; 6 hospitalizations (to date); 1,379 negative tests; 1,498 total tests. 6.8% of those that have been tested were positive. 0.85% of residents have tested positive. 0.38% of residents have active cases. As you can…

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