Area News

Large crowd shows support for Layne

The majority of people filling Griffith Elementary School’s multipurpose room November 6 appeared to show support for reinstatement of Tommy Layne as Sequatchie County High School Principal. Questions remain following the Board of Education’s monthly meeting, as the Board and Director of Schools took no action on the matter. For more, see the November 8…

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Veterans gave a portion of their lives for future generations

Charles Clifton, 87, spent time in Germany several years after World War II, when the threat from the Soviet Union continued to grow. In 1945, Gene Hixson, 91, volunteered for the U.S. Navy. “When you turned 18, they’d probably draft you,” Hixson said. “I felt I needed to get involved, anyway, so I went ahead and…

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Principal Layne reassigned

After 24 years of leading Sequatchie County High School, long-time educator Tommy Layne is no longer the school’s principal. Sequatchie County Director of Schools Pete Swafford said the decision to reassign Layne to Griffith Elementary School was in the best interest of county schools at this time. For more, see the November 1 issue of…

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90 animals rescued, 2 people arrested

Dozens of dogs and cats, some in very poor health, were rescued at a Dunlap home on Thursday, October 25. Arrested and charged with animal cruelty were Phillip R. McGhee, 48, and Mary Smith, 59. Many of the animals are being cared for at the former Dunlap Industries site adjacent to Harris Park in Dunlap.…

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Signs honor Hudson

New signs placed on Highway 127 and Highway 28 in Dunlap honor St. Louis Cardinals baseball pitcher Dakota Hudson, a first round draft pick by the organization three years ago. For more, see the October 25, 2018 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Jet ready for take off to Veterans Park

For the past two years, volunteers have worked to restore a T-33 Air Force jet for placement at the Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park. The efforts have paid off and the jet is scheduled to be transported through Dunlap on Saturday morning, October 27. For more, see the October 25, 2018 issue of The Dunlap…

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Sequatchie’s graduation rate among best in region

After being a concern for several years, Sequatchie County’s graduation rate is on the upswing. For the 2017-2018 school year, the system’s graduation rate was 94 percent, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) reported. The figure compares well to other systems and schools in Southeast Tennessee, rising 7.6 percent from the previous year for fourth…

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Brakes put on Erlanger proposal

Following two years of discussions and meetings related to a new 25-bed hospital in Sequatchie, an agreement with Erlanger Health System on funding has still not been reached. At the October 15 Sequatchie County Commission meeting, County Executive Keith Cartwright said it would not be in the county’s best interest to move forward with the…

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Chance sighting leads to scenes filmed at Coke Ovens

Producers seeking a location for their film came across a perfect spot recently, the Dunlap Coke Ovens Park. Local historian Carson Camp explained the site was found by chance, but turned out well for everyone involved. For more, see the October 11 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Vice Mayor Johnson passes away

Jeff B. Johnson, Vice-Mayor of Dunlap and member of the Dunlap City Commission, passed away unexpectedly Monday, October 8. Johnson, 46, was Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Office of Mountain Valley Bank and was active in a number of community organizations. For more, see the October 11 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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