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HISTORICAL THEATER

HISTORICAL THEATER — Since 2017, area students have been given the opportunity to learn about theater through Discovery Park of America’s Historical Theater Academy. The 2018 class, which included (front, from left) Hannah Carroll of Clinton, Ky., Morgan Holtzclaw and Shaylee Bonsness, both of Union City, and Linus Pulley (back) of Fulton, wrote and performed…

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AND THE WINNER IS …

AND THE WINNER IS … — Amy Schleifer of Yorkville, who took this photo of her nephew, Alton Smith of Union City, with an iPhone 10 has has been selected as The Messenger’s June photo contest winner. Smith, who is the son of Michael and Melissa Smith, was feeding the birds while on a family…

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A RAMBLING MAN

A RAMBLING MAN — While his mode of transportation isn’t a luxurious, comfortable way to travel, Lee Cooper of Richmond, Ky., doesn’t expect luxury nor ultimate comfort. Passing through Union City recently on a bike ride that has spanned eight states, Cooper’s purpose for riding is to raise awareness and research funding for victims of…

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LEARNING TECHNIQUE

LEARNING TECHNIQUE — With summer vacation winding to its end for local students, the Union City Parks and Recreations Department’s summer athletic programs are doing the same. This week, girls volleyball and tennis camps are in full swing. Union City High School girls volleyball coach and Spanish teacher Jodi Powell (far left) showed girls volleyball…

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Bringing art from the classroom to the community

By Sabrina Bates News Producer What began as a love for the arts as a young child has come full circle for a local artist with national accolades. Jason Stout, a 1996 graduate of Westview High School, took his gift of painting to a level that some only dream about. Stout reflects on his attitude…

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END OF AN ERA

END OF AN ERA — Charlie T’s was more than just a place to eat for many area residents; it was home. Although Charlie T’s, formerly located on North First Street in Union City, closed its doors for the final time last week, the friends and memories made will last a lifetime. Enjoying one last…

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State passes new laws related to education, children’s health

By Marta W. Aldrich Chalkbeat Tennessee Tennessee students will have to pass a U.S. civics test to earn their high school diploma, while all teachers must learn about human trafficking under dozens of new state laws that took effect Monday. Public education was a favorite subject of many of the hundreds of bills taken up…

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TN Promise needs 9,000 mentors

tnAchieves has begun its effort to recruit 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every TN Promise applicant from the Class of 2020 with a local support system. TN Promise affords every graduating high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Nearly 64,000 students…

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Distracted driving law now in effect in the state

By Lucinda Leonard Special to The Press With the passage of several new laws by Tennessee’s General Assembly that took effect Monday, one such bill is designed to significantly reduce distracted driving. The new Tennessee cell phone restriction law prohibits a person from physically holding or supporting a wireless device of any kind, or a…

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WELCOME HOME

WELCOME HOME — A look of overflowing love could be seen Tuesday night as Luke Parker embraced his son, Caleb, upon the return of 10 local high school students and their chaperones following a near two-week adventure to Europe. The students were selected for the trip following an interview process conducted by Union City Rotary…

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