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Weather fails to stop county’s veteran support

Cold and rainy weather conditions forced a change to Veterans Day plans in Sequatchie County on November 12, but the community still showed its support over the past week. Veterans Day, November 11, was observed a day later this year due to falling on Sunday. For more, see the November 15 issue of The Dunlap…

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Fall Festival is Saturday

From a womanless beauty contest to karaoke featuring Merle Dog, the Sequatchie County Fall Festival on November 17 has something for everyone. The day-long event at Sequatchie County High School benefits the county’s emergency services and is sponsored by Sequatchie County Emergency Management and the Sequatchie County-Dunlap Chamber of Commerce. For more, see the November…

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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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