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UPDATED INFO (February 14): TBI investigating officer involved shooting of inmate

UPDATE ON OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING Sequatchie County Sheriff Bill Phillips has released the name of the Correctional Officer and the inmate who was shot allegedly escaping after medical treatment at Erlanger Bledsoe in Pikeville on February10 that is being investigated by the TBI. The Sequatchie County Correctional Officer involved was Karen Line and the inmate/escapee involved…

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Huths say God makes their marriage strong

Clint and Rhia Huth have been valentines for 37 years. “Being committed to grow together and not apart is what we’ve learned through the years,” said Rhia. “And we believe that trust and faith in God, respect for each other, cooperation and a good sense of humor make our marriage strong.” “When we first met,…

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Songwriters advance to Songbirds showcase

Three individuals and a duo advanced to the next round of the Tennessee Songwriters Week showcase Saturday, February 4. Ten talented songwriters performed before a large crowd in a qualifying round held at Dunlap Mercantile. Moving on to the showcase at Songbirds in Chattanooga on Tuesday, February 21 will be Lew Card, Jr. of Chattanooga,…

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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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