Area News

Refillable water stations aiding students’ habits

School and health officials are seeing an increase in the amount of water being consumed by students, after the installation of refillable water stations. Some of the stations are in place at Griffith Elementary School and were visited by members of Step Up Sequatchie, a local organization, and others last week. For more see the…

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Hudson chooses baseball at Roane State

Collin Hudson, a three-sport standout at Sequatchie County High School, has chosen baseball as a method to help continue his education after graduation in May. Hudson, surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, signed with Roane State Community College on February 6. For more see the February 14 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Woodlee’s dedication earns Pay it Forward

Nearly 200 children took part in Sequatchie County Youth Basketball (SCYB) this winter, from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and the program’s director was surprised last week for her countless hours of hard work. Kasey Woodlee, Griffith Elementary School Physical Education teacher and Sequatchie County High School girls head basketball coach, received the $500 “Pay it…

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Taylor killed in single-vehicle wreck

Fallan Taylor, 28, passed away from injuries in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 28, Saturday, January 19, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported. Emergency personnel from several departments reported to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. The THP stated Taylor’s vehicle left the highway and struck a tree. An infant in the back seat was transported…

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Layne reinstated as Sequatchie County High School Principal

Tommy Layne, Principal at Sequatchie County High School for 24 years before a reassignment was ordered in October by Director of Schools Pete Swafford, has been reinstated to his position. “We had a conversation in early December, and Mr. Layne acknowledged mistakes had been made. He took responsibility,” Director Swafford said. “He asked if I…

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Deputy relieved of duties

Since being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on December 1, Ryan Patterson has been fired from the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department. Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger reported Patterson, a deputy for several years, was relieved of his duties on December 18. For more see the January 3 issue of The Dunlap…

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Renovations to Liberty School begin

A landmark in the Cartwright community of Sequatchie County for nearly 80 years, the former Liberty School is undergoing renovation for eventual apartments, and possibly, a community center. New owner Michael Hudson is heading the project, with help from contractor Jeremy Parker and First Farmers and Commercial Bank. For more see the January 3 issue…

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Smoking, while oxygen in use, cited for residence fire

Smoking while utilizing oxygen from a breathing machine was determined to be the cause of a fire at a Cline Road residence on November 19, Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) Chief Norman Hatfield reported. Two individuals at the home received non-life threatening injuries but required medical transport, he noted. For more, see the November 29…

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Stringer races in New York City Marathon

Despite starting to run competitively only about two years ago, Dunlap resident Jevon Stringer made the decision to run in the world’s most famous marathon. Stringer, 42, joined tens of thousands of others on November 4 running in the New York City Marathon, 26.2 miles. Stringer finished the distance in 4 hours, 52.56 seconds, placing…

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