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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Obituaries 2/18/20

Faye Spivey Ragland Faye Spivey Ragland, 89, of Gainesboro passed away Feb. 12 at her residence. Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Anderson and Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Union Hill-Flatt Cemetery on Shepardsville Highway. She was born Sept. 7, 1930 in Jackson County.…

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Obituaries 2/11/20

Louise Upchurch Dudney Louise Upchurch Dudney, 100, of Gainesboro, passed away Jan. 31 at her residence. Graveside services were held Feb. 3 at the Dudney Family Cemetery in the Free State community with Bro. Chris Ramsey officiating. There was no visitation or services at the funeral home. She was born Feb. 19, 1919 in Jackson…

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Obituaries 2/4/20

Herbert Lee Smallwood Herbert Lee Smallwood, 74, of Gainesboro passed away Jan. 29 at Mabry Health Care Center. Funeral services were held Feb. 3 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with John Adcox officiating. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery in the Fairview Community. He was born Aug. 3, 1945 in Crossville. He worked as a…

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Recent News

Drugs, Guns And Stolen Property Recovered

On March 19, the 15th Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in Jackson County. The Drug Task Force received information from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office that led the investigation to Smith County. The DTF received the information and conducted an investigation, which led to…

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2nd Amendment Resolution Passed

The Honorable Legislative Body of the Jackson County Commission met in Regular Session on Monday, the 24th day of Feb. 2020 at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom of the Jackson County Courthouse. The Honorable Marty Hinson, Sheriff opened court promptly at 7 p.m. The Honorable Randy Heady offered the invocation. All in attendance led…

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Home A Complete Loss

Central Fire Department responded to a fully involved structure fire in the early morning hours of March 20. Upon arrival crews knocked the fire down quickly and safely. 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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COVID-19 What You Need To Know

The Coronavirus. It’s not just about you and me. The fact is that many of us are in an age group or health status that has a very small risk of serious complications. Does that mean we have nothing to worry about and that we should ignore the advice from our federal and state leaders?…

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Walk Across Tennessee Program Announced

Walk Across Tennessee, a University of Tennessee Extension program, will be conducted in Jackson County March 23 – May 17. This program is a free team-based walking program. It’s an eight-week challenge that encourages teams of four to be active by walking or choosing your favorite physical activity. Team members do not have to walk…

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Quiz Community Recognized

New signs have been installed and are being dedicated for the Quiz Community that lies in both Jackson and Putnam counties. Quiz’s Post Office moved from one location in Putnam County in 1898 to its second location, which was just inside Jackson County on Smith Chapel Road. This second post office was located near the…

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