The South Pittsburg Board of Mayor and Commissioners acted on a recommendation by City Administrator Gene Vess to demote Chief of Police Ryan Meeks to night sergeant. The board acquiesced to Vess' recommendation unanimously. When pressed later in the meeting, Vess stated that personnel decisions required consultation with the city attorney before a public statement was made. During the inquiry,...
Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, currently serving the 7th district which includes a huge swath of middle Tennessee has announced that she will be running for Senator Bob Corker's senate seat. Corker recently announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018. Blackburn will likely enjoy more name recognition and base party support than the other announced Republican candidates:...
The investigation into a shooting that occurred October 3 in South Pittsburg, TN has resulted in the the South Pittsburg Police Department pursuing an arrest warrant for Michael Godsby. Initially reported to be a person of interest in the investigation, SPPD Police Chief Ryan Meeks has confirmed that the department is in the process of getting an arrest warrant...
A shooting that took place on the 200 block of Birch Avenue in South Pittsburg on October 3 at 10:20 pm continues to be investigated by multiple agencies today. South Pittsburg Police Department Chief of Police Ryan Meeks confirmed the shooting victim as Zachary Cantrell. Meeks said, "The victim was shoot twice. Once in the back and once in...
The Marion County High School Warriors break a three game slide with a win over regional foe Tellico Plains last Friday night. The Bears were bringing an identical 2-4 overall record into the contest and were nursing a two game losing streak themselves. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Warriors sported more grit early and were able to keep the pressure...
During the month of September 2017, a series of business burglaries have been reported in the Sand Mountain area of Jackson County.  These burglaries have ranged from Rosalie to Section and have specifically targeted gas stations/convenience stores.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division began an investigation into these burglaries and established a pattern of operation by the suspects. ...
The 2017 Whitwell High School Tigers’ football program, even if they accomplish nothing for the rest of the season, have set a record for the school’s program. This season marks the first time the Tigers have started the season 6-0. With the convincing victory over the Polk County Wildcats last week, the 2017 Tigers have etched their mark in the...
In the presence of several area health specialists, Marion County Mayor David Jackson officially signed a proclamation designating September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month for the county. According to documents from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), for the last year of complete data suicide ranks as a top ten highest cause of deaths in the state across six of...