Area News

National EMS Week

Tim Sykes, now a 28-year veteran of Emergency Medical Services, remembers the ’88 Oldsmobile that did double duty as both an ambulance and a hearse back in the days when his father was a paramedic. To say the least, things have changed. Emergency Medical Services, as it is known today in Tennessee, was created by…

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Celebrating AEMTs

Traffic accidents; medical calls like heart attacks, strokes, or allergic reactions; dealing with drunks; gunshot victims … these are just a few of the situations awaiting an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) when he or she climbs from the ambulance in response to a call. According to the national website, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a…

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Danny Cook Is Content with Farm Life

Danny Cook has a $50,000 hay baler and a $30,000 hay wrapper … yet uses his throwback flip phone’s calculator to quickly tally the cost of doing business on his 62-acre beef cattle farm. Such are the head-shaking moments that take one by surprise after spending a little time with the Martin native, raised by…

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Field of Flags Installed in Martin

Before the storms came on Saturday, American Legion Post 55 chaplain Eton Wilkerson saw something in the wind blowing the 127 flags being placed on the Field of Flags in honor and memory of those who have served, shed blood, or died for this country. “I look at these flags as a reminder to people…

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Primary Election Expense Causes Concern

May’s primary election was an expense that many officials, and many other counties throughout the state, consider a waste of taxpayer money. According to Administrator of Elections Alex Britt, the May 1 election cost a total of $25,544, including $17,165 for election workers, $5,000 for programming the voting machines, $545 for paper and $1,834. Less…

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Honoring First Responders in May

Long hours, calls in the middle of the night, stress and strain on family relationships, and working in understaffed departments are not exactly guaranteed to net tons of applicants for openings in police and fire departments across the county. But such are the realities. Add in limited funds for pay, rotating hours and risks of…

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Martin Kiwanis Celebrates 50th Year

“Improving the world one child and one community at a time” has driven the work of the Martin Kiwanis Club for the last 50 years. While Kiwanis Club has left its mark on Martin by improving the lives of children, the children have reciprocated. Here are a few of the memories shared by Kiwanis Club members:…

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Gubernatorial Candidates Reflect on Rural Areas

Education was at the top of the list when candidates came to Martin on Thursday night to discuss their priorities if elected governor. The gubernatorial forum, held at Watkins Auditorium on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin, was sponsored by the WestStar Leadership Program and moderated by Meg Kinnard, a Memphis native…

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May is Foster Care Month

Bikes resting by the driveway waiting for the next burst of energy that will take them speeding down the steep hill, an open garage with room for most everything except cars, and two tan pups lounging on the porch – such are the sights that greet an early Saturday morning visitor to the home of…

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Great Customers and Faith Keep Body Shop in Business

The following is one of a series of stories celebrating mothers who tend to a business as well as family life, appearing on Mother’s Day Celebration pages in the Press this week.  When Elwanda Jones talks about her customers at Jones Body Shop, the car repair service she’s owned with husband Donnie for almost 40…

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