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2024 National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24; Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will participant in the 2024 National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, reminding all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season. This observance week is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most …

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Live Broadcasts of Meetings Moving from The River 104.9 Facebook Page to the Sequatchie Valley Facebook Page

The River 104.9 announced on Thursday that all future meetings for the Town of Jasper, Marion County Commission, the City of South Pittsburg, and the Town of Kimball will be broadcasted on the Sequatchie Valley Now Facebook. Some upcoming meeting dates have been changed. The Town of Jasper meeting that was set for June 10 …

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Tennessee Highway Safety Office Reports 92 Percent Seat Belt Usage Rate

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) has announced results from its annual roadside observational survey to determine the state’s average seat belt usage rate. This survey returned a statewide usage rate of 92 percent. The 2023 usage rate represents an increase of approximately 1.5 percent compared to Tennessee’s 2022 survey result of 90.5 percent. The …

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Fly Flags at Half-Staff on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the American flag will be flown from sunup to sundown at half-staff to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day. It is one of two days that federal law requires American flags to be lowered to half-staff. The other is Memorial Day. Peace Officers Memorial Day is held on May 15 each year. It is a …

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Update: Portion of Hwy 111 in Sequatchie County has been Closed after Large Hole Forms

Highway 111 North near Lewis Chapel Road in Sequatchie County was closed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation late Monday afternoon. Pipe failure is to blame for what looks like a sinkhole across the roadway. Weather permitting, TDOT is hoping this will be a short time closure. Crews are working to reopen the roadway (right …

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Trenton Man Convicted of Child Sex Crimes

James Clay Mayo, a 25-year-old Trenton man, has been convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor. The incident took place in late 2021, according to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney. At the time, Mayo was 23 and was having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old, the DA’s office said. They added …

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REAL ID Act of 2005 Goes into Effect May 7, 2025

Beginning May 7, 2025, the REAL ID Act of 2005 will go into effect. Anyone 18 years of age and older must have a REAL ID credential to access certain federal facilities, board commercial flights, nuclear power plants, and military bases in the U.S. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) began issuing REAL …

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Strong Storms Powered their way through the area Wednesday Night into Thursday Morning

Six high-voltage TVA transmission lines were damaged, and multiple structures were destroyed by tornados and strong storms in Tennessee and north Alabama on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Power has been rerouted to most of the affected local power companies, and crews are working on repairs. Local power companies are working hard to assess and …

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Drowning Victim’s Body has been Found

According to the family, the body of the 17-year-old kayaker who fell into the Sequatchie River at the hydraulics area at Ketner’s Mill in Marion County was found on Tuesday afternoon. The family reported his name via social media as Devin Lane Kunkle. Those assisting in the recovery efforts were: Marion County Rescue Squad, Marion County …

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Open House at Fall Creek Falls Will Address Restoration Plans

Fall Creek Falls State Park will host an open house on Thursday, May 9, to share information with the community about a project at the park’s scenic loop. Last year, thousands of trees were downed by storms, creating hazards within the park and the gorge. Work to remove the fallen trees will begin this summer …

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