Area News

Dollar General adds store north of city

The fourth Dollar General Store in Sequatchie County is expected to open in the coming months, reports Mary Kathryn Colbert, Public Relations Manager of Dollar General Corporation. The new store is being built off U.S. Highway 127, just south of the Sequatchie-Bledsoe county line near Mt. Airy Golf Course. For more, see the June 9…

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Cooley to perform at Riverbend June 9

Shawn Cooley joins several other local musicians taking the stage at Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival on Saturday, June 9. Cooley, along with Curt Lee (drums), Gavin Tate (lead guitair), Matt Colvard (bass), and Matt Brock (backup vocals) will perform on the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage at 6:15 p.m. Eastern. “We are going to have…

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Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival is Friday and Saturday

Since the mid-1980s, the Sequatchie Valley Historical Association has worked to preserve the Coke Ovens Park in Dunlap. The main fundraiser each year is the Bluegrass Festival with this year’s event being held Friday and Saturday, June 1-2. For more, see the May 31 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Five treated after SUV plummets down 40 foot embankment

Several people were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 111 on Cagle Mountain May 28. An SUV left the highway and was found 40 feet over the embankment, reports Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department Chief Norman Hatfield. For more, see the May 31 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Harmon killed in tree accident

D.J. Harmon, 45, was killed by a falling tree on Carpenter Road in Dunlap, Chief Clint Huth confirmed on Wednesday morning. The accident took place a day prior at about 2:30 p.m. Chief Huth said Harmon was working for a tree service and was struck by a falling tree, weakened by recent heavy rain. For…

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Tourism study presented to County

Tourism generates approximately $6 million annually in Sequatchie County, and efforts are being made to expand the industry locally. Ben Farmer of Farmer-Morgan LLC presented Sequatchie County commissioners detailed plans to increase tourism in Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties during their special called meeting on May 21. The funding for the planning was provided by the…

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Dunlap man indicted in TBI human trafficking operation

     Kenneth Hobbs, 51 of Dunlap, has been indicted by a Putnam County Grand Jury after a human trafficking operation was conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and other law enforcement partners earlier this year, TBI officials announced Thursday, May 17.      In total, 10 men were indicted by the Putnam County Grand Jury on May…

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Keener bowls her way to Tennessee Wesleyan

     Mattie Keener, daughter of Lavaughn and Amanda Keener, will continue her education and athletic career at Tennessee Wesleyan University (TWU) in Athens. Keener signed with TWU Bowling Coach John Ferguson during a ceremony at Sequatchie County High School on May 7.      For more, see the May 17 issue of The Dunlap Tribune. 

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Stabbing leads to three arrests

     Three suspects are being held at the Sequatchie County Justice Center without bond, awaiting court appearances, after a reported stabbing on Jones Drive May 7. Charged with aggravated assault was David Anderson Hatcher, 23. Megan Leann Weaver, 21, and Shelby Lynn Johnson, 19, face drug charges.      For more, see the May 17 issue of The…

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Organ recipient encourages organ donations

     While battling auto-immune hepatitis, Sequatchie County resident April Easterly White currently takes nine different medications.      “They can’t fix the issue without determining exactly why it’s happening,” White said.      As her fight continues, White has been aided by organ transplants, a procedure Tennessee Donor Services states is greatly needed through the state and nation.    …

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