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Missing inventory topic of tense Sharon board meeting

By Josh Lemons, Press Editor Tensions ran high in Monday night’s meeting in a packed Sharon City Hall, as former Police Chief Mark Kimsey, when Mayor Donna Stricklin asked those in attendance if they had any questions, answered with a simple, “I have some questions. Actually, I have three.” Kimsey was terminated in a special…

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Community Concerns with Shannon

Our next question comes from Michael Stout from Martin. Stout asked, “Why is there no County Humane Society or Kennels? Red fern and Karin 4 Kritters have been taking in strays for almost 20 years and both the ladies that run these are getting up in age. The volunteer and donations to these wonderful institutions…

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Dresden board approves exterior design for Municipal Complex

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter The Dresden board of mayor and alderman met Thursday, March 9 to discuss the plans and designs for the Dresden Municipal Complex. After 40 minutes of discussion regarding the project, the board voted to move forward with the project minus a few suggestions they wanted the engineers to…

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Dresden votes for floating wetlands as their CDBG project

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter The Dresden board of mayor and alderman voted unanimously to go with the floating wetlands for the Community Development Block Grant Project (CDBG) and adopted Resolution 2023-07 which would authorize matching funds of 17% for the application for the CDBG for up to $400,000. During citizen input, Brandi…

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Hard times forge strength, resilience and kindness for the Taylors

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter The true resilience and strength of a family is found when they go through hard times and for one family in Martin, those struggles helped shape the journey of what his mother refers to him as “the kindest person on the earth.” Bryson Taylor is well-known around Martin…

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Dresden woman claims due process rights violated

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter Multiple issues and questions have been raised regarding a Dresden resident’s divorce proceedings which she has claimed violated her due process rights. Jo Floyd contacted the WCP claiming that her divorce from Dresden businessowner Tommy Wu, who owns Smart Dollars in Dresden, went sideways. Floyd claimed that she…

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Martin couple arrested for child abuse

On Nov. 16, 2022, an 8-year-old male juvenile was transported via medical helicopter to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for further medical treatment, weighing only 32 lbs. at the time. On Jan. 20, Investigator Kerry Workman with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, after investigation determined that an 8-year-old was malnourished due to lack of care. 28-year-old…

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Weakley County fentanyl overdoses on the rise

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter In a health council meeting on Jan. 11, Weakley County Prevention Coalition’s Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Melesa Lassiter spoke on overdoses in the county. From 2012 to 2017, prescription opioids were involved in most of the overdose deaths in Tennessee. Deaths due to prescription opioids declined from 2016…

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County approves moving forward with multiple revenue projects

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter The Financial Management Committee met Jan. 3 to discuss and move forward with multiple revenue projects for the county. The first, a CDL training center, would help locals not have to travel over an hour away to get their CDL license and it would also bring in customers…

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