2020 Graduation Announced

After much consideration, we have finalized plans for the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony. We appreciate the support and suggestions from students, parents and community members. It is clear that the graduating class and most others prefer to have a ceremony as close to traditional as possible and as close to the original date as…

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TVA Announces Planned Outages

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is scheduled to disconnect power overnight Saturday, May 9, to do vital maintenance on their equipment. Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation members in Jackson County will be affected. The interruption of power will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 for up to eight hours into Sunday Morning, May…

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Lemonade Anyone?

Payson Agee was taking advantage of the beautiful day on Friday. She was selling two flavors of lemonade at her stand on Old Field Drive. Payson is the daughter of Travis Agee and the stepdaughter of Brittany Agee.

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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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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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Obituaries 1/28/20

Robert D. Dudney Robert D. Dudney, 74, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 23 at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Anderson-Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Brown and Bro. Jeremiah Tatum officiating. Interment followed in the Dudney Family Cemetery in the Free State community. Pallbearers were George Dudney, Brian…

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Recent News

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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Stay At Home Order In Effect

Governor Bill Lee ordered a “Safer At Home” order early last week to take precautionary action in lessening the spread of the COVID-19 virus; however, Lee changed the “Safer At Home” order to a “Stay At Home” order due to an increase in movement across the state. Data from the Tennessee Department of Transportation analyzed…

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Festivals Rescheduled

Historic Granville has announced that they have rescheduled their April and early May Festivals. The Grand Opening of Tennessee’s Mayberry Town; opening of Mayberry “I Love Lucy” Museum; Mayberry Cruise In; and the Genealogy Festival will now occur on June 13 with the Cornbread and Moonshine Festival occurring on June 13 as well. The 22nd…

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Conference Call Held With Local News Outlets

The Tennessee Press Association (TPA) facilitated a call between local newspapers and Governor Bill Lee concerning the COVID-19 response last Thursday. Gov. Lee expressed his gratitude toward the TPA and each of the individual 129 local papers throughout the state. “We have talked in our office about how important it is that we get information…

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