Restaurants To Reopen Under Guidelines

In the weeks since Governor Lee implemented the Safer at Home order, Tennessee mounted a significant effort to improve testing and healthcare capacity. The state has made steady progress to slow the spread of COVID-19. Jackson County has had steady testing up to April 20, at which time we saw a significant decrease in people…

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UT Extension Office, Here for You!

Due to restrictions set to help deter the spread of COVID-19 the office is not open to the public; however employees are still here for you! Staff have been moved to working from home until further notice. If you have any questions regarding agriculture or 4-H please reach out to Eryn Bell at (615) 927-2075…

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Businesses To Start Reopening

With more than 400,000 unemployed, many Tennesseans have wondered when they would be able to return to work. Last week Governor Lee announced the first steps in Tennessee’s phased reopening of the economy–allowing restaurants and retailers to reopen this week. Restaurants began reopening Monday, April 27 and retailers can begin reopening Wednesday, April 29. While…

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Schools Urged To Remain Closed

Last Monday Governor Bill Lee ordered an extension of the Stay At Home executive order until April 30 to preserve and increase the containment of COVID-19. The governor’s previous order for Tennesseans to stay at home unless engaging in essential activities or services was to expire April 14, but continued diligence is required to prevent…

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Obituaries 3/17/20

Truman Edward Stearnes Truman Edward Stearnes, 82, of Gainesboro, passed away March 2, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. A Celebration of Life service was held March 15 at Mountain Chapel Ministries in Gainesboro with Pastor Truman B. Stearnes officiating. He was born Oct. 2, 1937 in Nashville. He lived a blessed life, some would call…

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Obituaries 3/10/20

James Boyd Birdwell James Boyd Birdwell, 82, of London, Ky., passed away Feb. 26 at Corbin Health and Rehab in Corbin, KY. Funeral services were held March 1 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Woodall Cemetery on Union Ridge Lane in Bloomington Springs. He was born Feb.…

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Obituaries 3/3/20

Richard Roland Sharp Richard Roland Sharp, 55, of Gainesboro, passed away Feb. 23 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The family has chosen cremation. He was born June 4, 1964 in Kittery, Maine. He was a factory worker, a member of the Morrison Creek Church of Christ and he also served in the U.S. Navy. He…

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Recent News

State Audit Finds Discrepancies

A recent state audit resulted in 11 findings and recommendations, which was then reviewed with Jackson County management. The two most notable discrepancies appeared in the Office of Director of Schools and the Office of the County Clerk. For more on this story, pickup a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now,…

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Twin Lakes Receives Grant

Twin Lakes will receive more than $1.4 million for broadband internet access improvements in parts of Fentress and Overton counties. The grant is part of $19.7 million in broadband accessibility grants announced by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe to expand service to nearly 31,000 Tennesseans. For…

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Single Vehicle Catches Fire

On April 4, Central Fire Department stations One and Six responded to a single-vehicle fire on South Grundy Quarles Highway near Herbert Johnson Circle. Occupants safely exited the vehicle uninjured and crews were able to make a quick knock down of the blaze. Responding stations were Central Fire Dept. Stations One and Six, along with…

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Class Of 2020 Honored

Last Tuesday at 8:20 p.m., Jackson County High School turned on the lights on the athletic fields. They joined in the nationwide movement “Lights of Hope” to remind students and student-athletes that although they aren’t in the building or on the fields, they are still in everyone’s hearts and minds. They left the lights on…

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Jackson County Holds Steady

New data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows unemployment rates improve in many counties during February 2020. The lagging statistic reflects the employment situation before the COVID-19 health emergency starts to take an unprecedented toll on the economy. During the month, unemployment decreased in more than one-third of Tennessee’s counties. Thirty-six…

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COVID-19 Testing Happening

The National Guard has set up drive thru COVID-19 testing stations in rural communities throughout the state to aid in the fight against the pandemic, including in our very own. National Guard medics will be set up outside of the Jackson County High School Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every week…

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