Area News

Greenfield Wins Big in State Fire Prevention Messaging

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) recently recognized the winning entrants in its 2018 Fire Prevention Poster Contest and Fire Prevention Video Contest with an awards event on Saturday at Williamson County Emergency Operations Center in Franklin. The Greenfield community took home several honors from the contest. Both statewide contests, which kicked off last…

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UTM Grad/Advocate Continues Marching

Marching down the historic streets of Memphis that so many have marched before, you can hear the familiar chanting of a crowd ranging in gender, age, and social classes. Up front, University of Tennessee at Martin graduate, Amber Sherman, leads the hundreds gathered in her favorite protest cheer. As she shouts, “What does Democracy look…

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Mother/Daughter Bound Over to Grand Jury

An October fire at the home of Lt. James Stone of the Greenfield Fire Department underscored the statewide message to Close the Door to mitigate damage to homes and provide for family safety. A subsequent burglary by neighbors a few weeks later has now shut the door on the possibility the family will return. A…

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Young Talent Performs to Benefit Local Arts Ed

Billed as the Emerging Youth Benefit Concert, a first-time partnership with Martin’s Town and Gown and the University of Tennessee at Martin music program on Monday night, saw young but seasoned performers taking the stage to support the arts in Weakley County. Harrison Finks and Evie Grace Fowler belied the event’s title as they quickly…

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Gleason School Hosts Family Reading Night

When Gleason School Principal Lee Lawrence offered to help the school librarian (and his wife) Amy Lawrence with “whatever you need me to do,” he might not have suspected the request would be such a “sweet” one. But on Thursday night, he fulfilled his commitment as he stood before the crowd of 170 students and…

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Weakley School Board Hears Arts Request and Sets Graduation

Heavy rains and flooding roads did not deter the Weakley County School Board members, Gleason School faculty and staff and supporters of the arts from attending last week’s monthly meeting where reports on security, requests for new positions and setting a graduation date were on the agenda. Gleason principal Lee Lawrence welcomed the standing-room only…

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UTM Rodeo Student-Athlete Killed in Sunday Night Crash

Wyatt Cole, a rodeo student-athlete at the University of Tennessee at Martin, died as the result of a fatal car crash on Sunday evening. He was 20 years old. Cole was majoring in agricultural business during his sophomore season as a UT Martin cowboy. Before attending UT Martin, he graduated from Owen County High School…

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American Legion Riders Undertake Monumental Project

The American Legion Riders, a working group of American Legion Post 55 of Martin, have launched a campaign to ensure that all veterans’ burial sites in Weakley County are visible and the veterans receive the honor they deserve. While the Veterans Administration provides a foot marker for the graves of veterans, the installation of the…

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WHS Teacher Graduates in WestTeach Inaugural Class

Westview faculty member Kimberly Elliott believes that teachers are preparing future employees for the workforce, whether that classroom is filled with kindergartners or high school seniors. Her belief was reinforced last fall as she participated in the inaugural WestTeach class, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program. Elliott joined fellow WestTeach…

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Story Project Seeks WC Training School Storytellers

When the families of the Weakley County Training School reunite for the annual homecoming events in Martin in August, the laughter and sometimes tears erupting around picnic spots in the park or formal dining tables are hints of the power of memories shared and celebrated. Two women want to ensure that at least some of…

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