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Weakley Schools Receive Reading Grants

Read to be Ready Summer Grants were awarded to 218 public school recipients which will provide a total of $8,900,000 in funding for tuition-free, month-long literacy-focused summer camps for 8,910 students in need across the state, announced Education Commissioner Candice McQueen last week. Weakley County students in Dresden Elementary, Gleason School, Greenfield Elementary School and…

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Weakley School Board Approves Hiring Change, Purchase and More

In Thursday’s brief monthly meeting, the Weakley County School Board heard an update from a student-led project and a teacher completing a university-led program, and approved the purchase of a Booster Club-led parking lot along with several other items of business. Board Member Joshua Moore filled in for the traveling chair Steve Vantrease during the…

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SECOND RETIREMENT

SECOND RETIREMENT — Discovery Park of America chief executive officer Jim Rippy (left) joined his friend and DPA founder the late Robert Kirkland on the grounds of the museum/park while Discovery Center was being built. Rippy volunteered in the CEO position until 2013, when he became a paid member of the staff after his retirement…

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CHRISTMAS CRUISING

CHRISTMAS CRUISING — Justin Hodge and daughter, Maria Adi, of Hornbeak were riding in style at the Obion Christmas parade Friday night. Their highly festive golf cart was decked out in full Christmas regalia, including tinsel, lights and, most importantly, a fully decorated Christmas tree on top. Even the bitterly cold temperatures didn’t deter participation…

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WINTER WEATHER READY

WINTER WEATHER READY — Annie Pitts (left) of Troy and Deloma Pitts of Hornbeak, representing DD’s Diner in Hornbeak, were ready for the winter weather dressed as penguins who love the cold weather during Troy’s Christmas parade on Saturday. Initially, the weather forecast called for rain, sleet and snow, so parade organizers postponed the parade…

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LIGHT CHECK

LIGHT CHECK — Tim Sims of Union City double-checked the strand of lights on the gingerbread house on the Lowe’s float prior to the Union City Christmas parade Thursday evening. The near hour-long parade included 75 entries, with 150 individual pieces. Jaycee Ron Parks, who helps organize the event each year, said, “I think it…

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FLIPS THE SWITCH

FLIPS THE SWITCH — With an assist from his father, Scottie Hayes (right), and 2018 Pride of Obion County Tracy Bruff, Union City Elementary School third-grader Hudson Hayes flipped the switch to light the Community Christmas Tree at the Obion County Courthouse Thursday night. Master of Ceremonies Joe Ward (not pictured) asked Hudson what he…

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Responses to Fiber Optics Comments

A recent article on a grant received by West Kentucky & Tennessee Telecommunications to install fiber optic cable in the Dukedom area generated varied comments on the Weakley County Press Facebook page. Tracy Eddlemon of Martin calculated the cost worked out to $8,500 per home for the 406 households to be connected, if they desire.…

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Weakley Bus Drivers Receive Extensive Training

Ron Byington, transportation supervisor for Weakley County Schools, wants to assure residents reading the Monday morning news of a tragic bus wreck in Arkansas that “our school bus drivers are literally the safest drivers out there on the roads today.” The Associated Press reported Monday that a charter bus carrying a youth football team from…

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A WALK IN THE PARK

A WALK IN THE PARK — Six-year-old Caleb Hutchison of Fulton, a first-grader at Carr Elementary School there, paused Saturday night at the first stop on the Book Walk Through the Park, held during the Fulton Tourism Commission’s annual Christmas in the Park activities at Pontotoc Park downtown. The free book walk, hosted by Fulton…

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