Investigator with Marion County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) are offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the fire. The image provided is not of a suspect, but only a person of interest confirmed Michael Knight of...
With a 4-1 vote by the city council, Ryan Meeks was selected as Chief of Police for the City of South Pittsburg. The board also unanimously selected Bill Lawrence to the post of City Administrator. Ryan Meeks has been interim Police Chief since the board voted to severe the employment of former Police Chief Bobby Simpson. This move was hardly...
The National Weather Service has issued a "hazardous weather" notice for several counties in Southeast Tennessee including Marion County. Steve Lamb, Marion County EMA Director, says concern should be reserved for those traveling north. "Most of the concern is for the mountains of northeast Tennessee. All they are calling for around here is rain with maybe a little snow mixed...
Officials with the newly chartered Dizzy Dean Softball League in Whitwell partnered with the Park Board to have a Cleaning Day at the Park Saturday. Additionally, the league also was offering barbecue plates as part of their league's fundraiser. Braving the cooler temperatures, members of the community came out to help get the park cleaned up for the Spring and...
Under the old adage that you can't start building a vision for your future too young, the staff and administration at South Pittsburg Elementary School facilitated a "Career Day" for student Friday, March 10. With a wide variety of participating potential mentors, students were exposed to many options that are available to them in the future. With law enforcement...
The Sequatchie Valley community continues to serve as the stage for notable weather events. While not on the scale of a tornado, the early Friday morning high winds and hail may have some Jasper residents may argue on that point. Whereas the damage extends throughout the county sporadically, Jasper appears to have received the heaviest brunt of the damage. Around...
The Sequatchie Valley is a popular destination for all kinds of less traditional air travel. Whether aircraft gliders or hang gliders, the valley just makes a perfect environment. One of our neighbors also enjoys the path less traveled to climb skyward as a hot air balloon enthusiast. Be sure and pick up the March 14 Jasper Journal to get the...
  Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), voted to boost troops’ numbers, pay, training, and equipment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin today. The military funding bill reverses the Obama Administration’s proposed troop reductions and includes $1.6 billion over the previous president’s budget request. President...
The controversial legislation in the Tennessee House to increase the gas tax in the state  has been delayed one week in the House Transportation Committee. The legislation, which was initially presented as the legislative language of Governor Bill Haslam's IMPROVE Act, emerged from the Transportation Subcommittee amended to remove the raise in gas tax. Representative David Alexander (TN-39), whose district...
Tennessee House Representative David Alexander (TN-39) has been playing the role of the villain and the hero depending on who you speak to in Nashville…and the rest of the state. The recent legislation calling for a raise in the gas tax to, ostensibly, address Tennessee’s depleting roadways and infrastructure passed its first hurdle recently.  The House Transportation Subcommittee passed...