Area News

An Interview with Ryan Rooster Lee

By Brandy Cochran Art is the mind’s medium when coping with stress of all kinds. Whether it is a relaxing night of a wine-and-paint-class with close friends after a long week at the office, writing poetry alone at the local park on a sunny day, or creating pottery with your partner in the backyard on…

Read More

Final #WalkandReadAcrossWeakley Concludes

By Karen Campbell “I’m ready to ‘have done’ this.” The first time I uttered those words was 30 years ago on my first international trip. I was in my mid-20s and leading a group of 17 people (half of whom only spoke Japanese and one of whom was blind) on a tour of China that…

Read More

Recruits Proving to Be Army Strong

By Sabrina Bates They piled into the office of the recruiting station — it was obvious their backgrounds were diverse, but they knew one another as if they were family members. Each wore a smile, and some a bit of nervousness around their eyes. Although their stories were quite different, they all shared a common goal…

Read More

Healthy Outlook for Local Hospitals

A recent CBS Sunday Morning report by Lee Cowan included a montage of tv newscasters announcing the closure of numerous hospitals across the country. McKenzie Regional Hospital was in that montage. The segment noted that since 2010, 99 rural hospitals have closed across the country. Tennessee Hospital Association reports that since 2012, 10 hospitals in Tennessee…

Read More

Reed’s Seeds Reflects Namesake’s Energy & Heart

By Karen Campbell Like its namesake, Reed’s Seeds is action-oriented, ensuring that needs are met. Matt and Charla Butler started the support organization that helps families facing a grave illness or catastrophic event in 2016. The upcoming Team Reed Spring Shootout on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Westview High School’s gym will be the fourth…

Read More

Child Advocates Recognize Weakley County Press

As child advocates gathered recently in Nashville at the 31st annual Children’s Advocacy Days to network, learn from leaders and share their unique knowledge of ways the state can improve child well being with policymakers, they also honored those who have contributed to a better state for its children. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth…

Read More

4th Walk Nets Gleason Library Recognition

By Karen Campbell Press Reporter If I hadn’t made the commitment to meet a fellow journalist and the county mayor, if I hadn’t been chronicling my adventures week to week in The Press and online, if I hadn’t told Gleason dignitaries I’d be arriving around 9:15 on Saturday morning, I might have just stayed in…

Read More

Ezell Pays Visit to Promote Visitors

Tuesday the self-described “milk man” charged with increasing tourism in the state of Tennessee paid a visit West. After Mark Ezell, Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Tourist Development, told the group gathered at the Northwest Tennessee Tourism Summit at Discovery Park of America they needed to start “taking the bacon from another man’s hog,” it was…

Read More

Martin Public Library Fundraising Reaches Milestone

The Martin Public Library Foundation announced today that $1,000,000 has been raised for the new Martin Public Library. The private fundraising campaign continues with a total goal of $1.5 million for the project which is a part of the City of Martin’s total financing plan for the 35,000 square feet building that will be built…

Read More

SNAP Makes Locally-grown Accessible

By David Hochreiter Farm fresh food is now more accessible to low income families that are recipients of SNAP benefits from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The USDA has partnered with many local farmers markets and local producers to help ensure that every family has wholesome and locally raised food that is raised by their own…

Read More