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Advocates Launch Weakley Arts Can

If a growing group of arts advocates succeed, Weakley Arts Can will be more than just a slogan; it will be the reality that translates into academic and economic gains throughout the county. What began as research in response to parents in the Martin area voicing concerns about the lack of music and art opportunities…

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EAGLE FESTIVAL

EAGLE FESTIVAL — Thousands of people from around the area and across the state and nation converged on Reelfoot Lake State Park’s Visitors Center this weekend for the 15th annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival. In addition to seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, Saturday’s visitors were treated to a show by Native American John Lone…

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EAGLE FESTIVAL

EAGLE FESTIVAL — Thousands of people from around the area and across the state and nation converged on Reelfoot Lake State Park’s Visitors Center this weekend for the 15th annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival. In addition to seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, Saturday’s visitors were treated to a show by Bob Tarter, who presented…

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER — Foster parents Andy and Kelly Wiggins met with Jimmy Wayne following the Union City Rotary Distinguished Speaker program Thursday evening at The Venue in Union City. Wayne, who is a singer, songwriter and book author, was a foster child and works to raise awareness for at-risk foster children, including urging legislation to…

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CLASSROOM CLEANING

CLASSROOM CLEANING — Obion County School System employees (from left) John Gargus, Jesse Muse and Alan Terrell worked early this morning to disinfect a classroom at Lake Road Elementary School, ahead of the scheduled return of students on Monday. All county schools are closed today and Friday due to the significant amount of student illness.…

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BEST TEACHER

BEST TEACHER — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 announced Sunday that Eric Lipford (second from right) has been named the post’s Teacher of the Year. He is the music teacher at South Fulton Elementary. He was nominated by school principal Laura Pitts and was congratulated by post commander Chester Crone (right) and senior vice…

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LOST & FOUND

LOST & FOUND — James Ray Collins (left) of Red Bay, Ala., who lived in Obion County as a youngster, recently had a special meeting with David Purser of Killen, Ala. Purser, a metal-detecting enthusiast, found Collins’ 1992 Black Oak Elementary junior high ring some 20 to 25 years ago and had searched in vain…

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THE ICE MAN COMETH

THE ICE MAN COMETH — John Blanton, warehouse manager at Aloha Pools & Spas in Union City, dumped a wheelbarrow full of ice into a swimming pool Monday to illustrate how cold the water could be on Feb. 9 for the 8th Annual Polar Plunge, which raises funds and awareness for Upper West Tennessee-Area 7…

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GO WITH THE FLOW

GO WITH THE FLOW — Ada Nolan waved to a passing motorist last week as she directed traffic on Bishop Street alongside Union City Elementary School. The 70-year-old Ms. Nolan has 32 years of service and says she can’t even think about not doing the school crossing work she has come to love, explaining that…

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THE RIGHT DIRECTION

THE RIGHT DIRECTION — Bertie Allen directed traffic on a rainy day last week at her post on Miles Avenue at High School Drive in front of Union City High School. She is a second-generation traffic monitor and the third person in her family to handle the responsibilities. Ms. Allen has worked at other posts…

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