Jackson No Longer A Distressed County

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that Tennessee has the fewest distressed counties statewide since 2007, down from 15 in 2019 to 11 counties according to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). “McNairy, Jackson, Fentress and Morgan counties have shown tremendous improvement and we are proud to support continued efforts for greater stability and prosperity,” said Gov.…

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County Gets New School Buses

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced that the 39 entities will receive $8,854,685.42 in grant funding to support school bus replacement projects across Tennessee: Jackson County Board of Education was one of the counties. The competitive grant program, which is the state’s first grant program funded by the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement…

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Unemployment Rate Decreases

Record-high unemployment rates recorded in counties across Tennessee in April experienced sizable decreases as the state slowly reopened in May 2020, according to preliminary data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. All 95 of Tennessee’s counties had lower unemployment rates in May, compared to the number of individuals who could not…

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Bust Vandalized

In the early morning hours of June 22, an individual decided to vandalize the monument of General Andrew Jackson located on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Gainesboro. It’s unknown why someone would vandalize government property that symbolizes part of Jackson County’s history, but nonetheless they did. Mayor Randy Heady made the statement after the incident…

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Obituaries 4/28/20

Jack Simpson Johnson, M.D. Dr. Jack, as he was known by friends and patients, passed away on April 23, 2020, at the age of 94 years. Born and raised in Flynn’s Lick, Jackson County, he later served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Dr. Jack obtained his medical degree from…

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Obituaries 4/21/20

Alan Ramsey Alan Ramsey, 64, of Gainesboro, passed away April 4 in Whitleyville. Graveside services were held April 7 at the Lynn Cemetery in the Burristown community with Bro. Kenneth Anderson officiating. He was born Nov. 11, 1955 in Jackson County. He worked for Nielsen Corp. and was affiliated with the Burristown Church of Christ.…

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Obituaries 4/14/20

Card of Thanks We would like to thank all for the prayers, cards, memorial gifts and kind words in the passing of our precious mother. Thanks to Mabry Health Care for the wonderful care and Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home for their service with a special thanks to Jason Anderson for his kindness and time…

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Recent News

First Lady Helps Out

First Lady of Tennessee Maria Lee joined volunteers of the Care Center at New Hope Baptist Church in Gainesboro to serve and support over 100 families facing food insecurity. For more on this story, pickup a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel on newsstands now, or subscribe online at jacksoncountysentinel.net.

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Jackson Arrested For Burglary

On June 8 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious person call in the area of New Hope Road. Deputy Dillon Sandlin arrived at the location and made contact with a resident that gave him information about a female who had made unlawful entry into her home. The suspect fled the residence when…

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Disturbance Call Leads To Arrest

On June 9, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a disturbance call on Robert Smith Lane. Shortly before Deputy Wade Draper arrived on the scene, it was reported that the suspect had a firearm and was threatening people at the scene. Deputy Draper approached the scene and witnessed the suspect kneeling behind a truck. Deputy…

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Primary Theft Suspects Identified

In early March a residence in the Big Branch area of Jackson County began seeing thefts and burglaries on the property due to being unoccupied. The executor of the property reported the activity to the Sheriff’s Office. Game cams were installed on the property with the assistance of people in the neighborhood. During the middle…

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Clean Marina Status Achieved

Wildwood Resort & Marina at Cordell Hull Lake raised the “Clean Marina” flag during a dedication ceremony recognizing the marina’s voluntary efforts to reduce water pollution and erosion in the Cumberland River watershed, and for promoting environmentally responsible marina and boating practices. Lt. Col. Sonny B. Avichal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander,…

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Traffic Stop Yields Drug Charges

On May 17 Jackson County deputies discover methamphetamine during a traffic stop. Deputy Josh Ford conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 56 South near Gainesboro. The subject was known to be driving on a revoked license. Deputy Dillon Sandlin and Deputy Kamron Johnston arrived to assist in the traffic stop. For more on this story,…

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