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Elliot writes book on Iraq experiences

Retired U.S. Army Major, Dr. Robert Elliott, a former Dunlap resident, describes the journey of a 39-year-old serving during a year of combat in Iraq in a new book, Citizen Soldier. He will be signing the book over two days in February in Dunlap. The nonfiction book speaks to those curious about why soldiers serve…

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Barrel racer qualifies for nationals

After successful finishes across Tennessee in 2022, Sequatchie County Middle School eighth grader Fiona Gholston will compete in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth Championship in Perry, Georgia July 23-29. The daughter of Randy and Summer Gholston owns three horses, Roxie, Sugar, and Celine. Fiona, riding Celine, was the 2022 state reserve champion. For more…

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Teachers, supervisor of the year announced

Several outstanding educators have been recognized by Sequatchie County school staff as teachers of the year and supervisor of the year. “Principals chose the teachers of the year from their schools,” explained Director of Schools Sarai Pierce. “Supervisor of the year was selected by vote from system employees.” Pierce added, the local recognition is part…

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Land enjoys 100th birthday

Reita Bess Hartman Land has accomplished something not many will ever achieve. She celebrated her 100th birthday with a party surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, January 8. She said those seeking a long life themselves should eat healthy food at a regular time each day and always work hard. “Hard work won’t kill…

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Fourth graders share what they learned about history with Board

Several fourth graders demonstrating outstanding achievements in a detailed history project were recognized at the Sequatchie County Board of Education meeting January 9. 4-H speech winners were also applauded. “After students returned from fall break they were presented with the question, ‘How does one’s perspective influence his or her opinion?’,” explained Griffith Elementary School Principal…

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Songwriters qualifying round at Mercantile

The Dunlap Mercantile in downtown Dunlap is hosting a qualifying round for songwriters vying to participate in Tennessee Songwriters Week, announced local musician Cody McCarver. Performances begin at 6:00 p.m. on February 4 with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. For more see the January 19 issue of The Dunlap Tribune.

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Basham authors children’s book

Lakyn Basham, a Sequatchie County native, has written and published a children’s book being released Friday, January 20. “Growing Hope is a touching story of a fox and its mother and the life lessons learned through planting seeds of hope in their ‘magical’ garden,” Basham explained. The story in the book is based on some…

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Dr. Brown greets teachers after Christmas break

During their administrative work day and return to school January 2, Sequatchie County teachers were met by guest speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown, a renowned teacher, motivational speaker, and co-host of the ABC television show, “The Parent Test.” The title of Dr. Brown’s seminar was “Two Backpacks: Unpacking the Unseen-Trauma Informed Teaching.” “The entertaining and informative…

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