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06/12/2021

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06/10/2021

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06/10/2021

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06/10/2021

📢 Attention: Gleason parents 📢

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06/10/2021

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Danielle VanCleave Johnson, second-grade teacher at Sharon School, has been named a Tennessee Teacher of the Year finali...
06/09/2021

Danielle VanCleave Johnson, second-grade teacher at Sharon School, has been named a Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalist. She has gone above and beyond in the classroom and in the community. Grand division winners will be announced this fall. Congratulations, Danielle! #WeakleyStrong #WeakleyCountyWednesday

Danielle VanCleave Johnson, second-grade teacher at Sharon School, has been named a Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalist. She has gone above and beyond in the classroom and in the community. Grand division winners will be announced this fall. Congratulations, Danielle! #WeakleyStrong #WeakleyCountyWednesday

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06/08/2021

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Ribbon Cutting for North Lindell Interiors.
06/04/2021

Ribbon Cutting for North Lindell Interiors.

06/04/2021

Tonight we were honored to present a proposal before the Weakley Co. School Board to officially name the gym floor at Gleason “Randy Frazier Court” in honor of his career coaching accomplishments. The board unanimously approved the proposal and the name will be incorporated into the new court design at Gleason in advance of the 2021-2022 school year.

Throughout his years of coaching at Gleason, Mr. Frazier had a high school record of 613-123 (83.3%)

*3 Single A State Championships
*1 Single A Runner-Up
*9 State Tournament Appearances
*3 Region Championships
*15 District Championships
*District Coach of the Year 17 times
*Region Coach of the Year 7 times
*Jackson Sun Coach of the Year
3 times
*Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association District Coach of the Year 15 times
*Best of the West Coach of the Year
6 times

In 1992, he was both the TN Sportswriters and TACA State Coach of the Year. In 1987, he was honored as the NW TN Officials Association Coach of the Year and captured the A.F. Bridges Sportsmanship Award’s Male Coach of the Year in 2000. For his career accomplishments, he was named a member of the 2000 Jackson Sun All-Century coaching staff. As a head coach of the TN All Star game in 1992, he led his team to victory over the Georgia All Stars by the score of 101-78. Throughout his coaching career, 20 of his players earned college scholarships. He coached 40+ All District players, 15 District MVP’s, 30+ All Region selections, 13 All-West TN recognitions, 6 Best of the West players, 11 State Tournament Team Honorees, 3 TACA All Star Game Selections, 13 All State Recognitions, 5 TN Miss Basketball finalists, 3 TN Miss Basketball winners, 1 All-American and 1 USA National Team member.
In junior high, Coach Frazier’s overall record was 299-68 (81.5%) with 12 Weakley Co. Championships, 4 Weakley Co. Runner-Up finishes, 16 Invitational Tournament Championships and 50+ All-County player selections. Overall, Coach Frazier had a combined record of 912-191 (82.7%) as a head coach.

Union City Drug Operation Nets Indictments and Arrestsby Keli McAlisterAn undercover investigation by the Tennessee Bure...
06/03/2021

Union City Drug Operation Nets Indictments and Arrests
by Keli McAlister
An undercover investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Investigation Division and the Union City Police Department into the sale of illicit drugs, including Fentanyl, has resulted in the indictment and arrest of numerous individuals. The investigation, which began in February of 2020, included controlled purchases and surveillance in Union City.
On Tuesday, the Obion County Grand Jury returned indictments charging more than two dozen people with multiple drug-related counts. Today, TBI agents along with law enforcement officers with the Union City Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the 27th Judicial Drug Task Force, located and arrested 15 of those individuals.
“We are proud to work alongside our local district attorney’s office and law enforcement partners to help get deadly and dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Darryl Richardson, TBI Assistant Director, Drug Investigation Division. “We are committed to working together toward this type of continued success in keeping our streets safe.”

“I appreciate the efforts of all our law enforcement partners,” said Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield. “These types of results would not be possible without the help of agencies like the TBI and the 27th Judicial Drug Task Force.” District Attorney General for the 27th Judicial District Tommy Thomas added, “I fully support this operation and appreciate all of the law enforcement efforts to investigate these types of drug offenses.”

Among the individuals who were arrested and charged as a result of the indictments:

James T. Booker (DOB: 12/26/58), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Marcus A. Burlison (DOB: 7/20/84), Union City – One count Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Raheem K. Dickey (DOB: 8/5/91), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Charles M. Floyd (DOB: 3/28/62), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Rakim O. Gaston (DOB: 11/21/91), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Marshall B. Hill (DOB: 10/23/83), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Laquinta D. Ingram (DOB: 10/02/77), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Michael A. Kimble (DOB: 2/10/68), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Stephanie A. Mays (DOB: 9/20/75), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine), one count Sale of Schedule II in School Zone (Cocaine)
Lawrence E. Mitchell (DOB: 3/6/67), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Heroin), one count Sale of Schedule II (Fentanyl)
Ike B. Pettigrew (DOB: 12/15/62), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Timothy Smith (DOB: 11/15/64), Obion – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Hydrocodone), one count Sale of Schedule II (Morphine)
Marcus D. Treadwell (DOB: 2/23/73), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Corey L. Williams (DOB: 9/11/72), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Tylondo E. Williams (DOB: 9/16/74), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine

Union City Drug Operation Nets Indictments and Arrests
by Keli McAlister
An undercover investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Drug Investigation Division and the Union City Police Department into the sale of illicit drugs, including Fentanyl, has resulted in the indictment and arrest of numerous individuals. The investigation, which began in February of 2020, included controlled purchases and surveillance in Union City.
On Tuesday, the Obion County Grand Jury returned indictments charging more than two dozen people with multiple drug-related counts. Today, TBI agents along with law enforcement officers with the Union City Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the 27th Judicial Drug Task Force, located and arrested 15 of those individuals.
“We are proud to work alongside our local district attorney’s office and law enforcement partners to help get deadly and dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Darryl Richardson, TBI Assistant Director, Drug Investigation Division. “We are committed to working together toward this type of continued success in keeping our streets safe.”

“I appreciate the efforts of all our law enforcement partners,” said Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield. “These types of results would not be possible without the help of agencies like the TBI and the 27th Judicial Drug Task Force.” District Attorney General for the 27th Judicial District Tommy Thomas added, “I fully support this operation and appreciate all of the law enforcement efforts to investigate these types of drug offenses.”

Among the individuals who were arrested and charged as a result of the indictments:

James T. Booker (DOB: 12/26/58), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Marcus A. Burlison (DOB: 7/20/84), Union City – One count Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Raheem K. Dickey (DOB: 8/5/91), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Charles M. Floyd (DOB: 3/28/62), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Rakim O. Gaston (DOB: 11/21/91), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Marshall B. Hill (DOB: 10/23/83), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Laquinta D. Ingram (DOB: 10/02/77), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Michael A. Kimble (DOB: 2/10/68), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Stephanie A. Mays (DOB: 9/20/75), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine), one count Sale of Schedule II in School Zone (Cocaine)
Lawrence E. Mitchell (DOB: 3/6/67), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Heroin), one count Sale of Schedule II (Fentanyl)
Ike B. Pettigrew (DOB: 12/15/62), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Timothy Smith (DOB: 11/15/64), Obion – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Hydrocodone), one count Sale of Schedule II (Morphine)
Marcus D. Treadwell (DOB: 2/23/73), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Methamphetamine)
Corey L. Williams (DOB: 9/11/72), Union City – Two counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine)
Tylondo E. Williams (DOB: 9/16/74), Union City – Three counts Sale of Schedule II (Cocaine

The Weakley County Reconciliation Project has recently taken steps to become a nonprofit organization. Leader, Joyce Was...
06/02/2021
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The Weakley County Reconciliation Project has recently taken steps to become a nonprofit organization. Leader, Joyce Washington says that since the word "protest" has such a negative connotation, they prefer to use the term "holding space for transformation." The WCRP holds space for transformation most Saturdays, weather permitting, in downtown Martin from 9-11 a.m. All are invited to participate! #WeakleyCountyWednesday

  The Weakley County Reconciliation Project (WCRP) believes that conversations based on discovery and acknowledgment of our shared history are...

On May 24, 2021, the Martin Police Department sent out information pertaining to a missing man.  Lt. James Hatler with M...
06/02/2021

On May 24, 2021, the Martin Police Department sent out information pertaining to a missing man. Lt. James Hatler with M.P.D. has made contact with 29-year-old James Irby and he is safe and unharmed. We would like to thank the public for their assistance with this matter. There will be no criminal charges associated with this incident.
-Don W. Teal, Chief of Police

On May 24, 2021, the Martin Police Department sent out information pertaining to a missing man. Lt. James Hatler with M.P.D. has made contact with 29-year-old James Irby and he is safe and unharmed. We would like to thank the public for their assistance with this matter. There will be no criminal charges associated with this incident.
-Don W. Teal, Chief of Police

Today's Edition is on the Counter! Saluting our 2021 graduates, honoring a local centenarian and promoting Weakley Count...
06/01/2021

Today's Edition is on the Counter! Saluting our 2021 graduates, honoring a local centenarian and promoting Weakley County, Tennessee .
#LocalNewsMatters
#ThereWithYou

Weakley County Remembers Soldiers that lost their lives in service to our Country.  (Pictures courtesy of Julie Arnold)
05/31/2021

Weakley County Remembers Soldiers that lost their lives in service to our Country. (Pictures courtesy of Julie Arnold)

Fly theUnited States Flags at Half-Staff Monday, May 31, 2021 From Sunrise Until Noon in Honor of Memorial Day 2021Memor...
05/28/2021

Fly the
United States Flags at Half-Staff
Monday, May 31, 2021 From Sunrise Until Noon in Honor of Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day Flag Display
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of Memorial Day, fly the United States flag at half staff from sunrise until NOON , and then raise it to full height from noon to sundown.
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

Other Ways to Observe Memorial Day
Attend a Veteran's Day Ceremony
Visit a Veteran's Memorial or Museum
Donate to a Veteran's Organization
Thank a Veteran
Wear a Red Poppy
Show Your American Pride, Fly the Flag

Fly the
United States Flags at Half-Staff
Monday, May 31, 2021 From Sunrise Until Noon in Honor of Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day Flag Display
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of Memorial Day, fly the United States flag at half staff from sunrise until NOON , and then raise it to full height from noon to sundown.
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

Other Ways to Observe Memorial Day
Attend a Veteran's Day Ceremony
Visit a Veteran's Memorial or Museum
Donate to a Veteran's Organization
Thank a Veteran
Wear a Red Poppy
Show Your American Pride, Fly the Flag

Use caution at Elm and Peach streets. Martin Police, City of Martin Public Works, Weakley County Electric and Pearce Wre...
05/27/2021

Use caution at Elm and Peach streets. Martin Police, City of Martin Public Works, Weakley County Electric and Pearce Wrecker are working to clear the scene. No injuries reported

05/26/2021

There will be a special-called Sharon Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting held Friday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. inside city hall. This will be the first reading of this fiscal year's budget. The public is invited to attend.

Posting a day late... But worth the wait! See our Memorial Salute, read about local happenings and take advantage of sav...
05/26/2021

Posting a day late... But worth the wait! See our Memorial Salute, read about local happenings and take advantage of savings around town.
#LocalNewsMatters
#ThereWithYou

05/25/2021

We are in desperate need of O+ and O- blood types. Please make plans to donate this week!

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05/24/2021

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05/22/2021

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05/22/2021

Westview's baseball season came to a close with a 3-1 loss tonight at Ripley in the Class AA sectionals. The only run for the Chargers came on a leadoff home run by Ty Simpson in the top of the first inning. Ripley scored all of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

*UPDATE* She has found her home. Thank you for sharing!
05/21/2021

*UPDATE* She has found her home. Thank you for sharing!

Found on Mount Vernon rd Sharon tn.

05/21/2021

We could not be more excited to be cutting THREE ribbons this Friday! Please celebrate with us Vantage Coffee Roasters Town & Country Dry Cleaners Tennessee Quality Care🤩❣🥳

05/20/2021

Westview lost 6-5 to South Gibson in the Region 7AA title game. The Chargers will play at Ripley in the sectionals, which will be the first time making it this far in the postseason for the baseball team, Friday night.

Photos from City of Martin Fire/Rescue/EMS Department's post
05/19/2021

Photos from City of Martin Fire/Rescue/EMS Department's post

**MISSING** Last seen about a week ago on Tarver Road, near Hwy. 45 in Martin. Message the Press with any information an...
05/19/2021

**MISSING** Last seen about a week ago on Tarver Road, near Hwy. 45 in Martin. Message the Press with any information and we will relay to the owner.

**MISSING** Last seen about a week ago on Tarver Road, near Hwy. 45 in Martin. Message the Press with any information and we will relay to the owner.

Weakley County small businesses, employing 50 or less, have a state advocate in J.D. Cressman, small business advocate w...
05/19/2021

Weakley County small businesses, employing 50 or less, have a state advocate in J.D. Cressman, small business advocate with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Cressman guides small businesses through bureaucratic messes, disputes and information gathering. He can be reached at (615)401-7806 or [email protected]. #WeakleyCountyWednesday #ThereWithYou

Weakley County small businesses, employing 50 or less, have a state advocate in J.D. Cressman, small business advocate with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Cressman guides small businesses through bureaucratic messes, disputes and information gathering. He can be reached at (615)401-7806 or [email protected]. #WeakleyCountyWednesday #ThereWithYou

05/18/2021

The Westview baseball team has clinched a spot in the sectionals after beating Scotts Hill 3-2 in the Region 7AA semifinals on Ty Simpson's solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. The Chargers will play at South Gibson Wednesday evening for the region championship. A win over the Hornets will have the Chargers playing at home Friday evening in the sectionals, while a loss will put them on the road. This will be the sixth meeting this season between the Chargers and Hornets. The Hornets have won three of the meetings.

Local community members Eric Hankerson, Courtney Shane, Malik Thomas, Courtney Booker, and Brittney Booker are determine...
05/17/2021

Local community members Eric Hankerson, Courtney Shane, Malik Thomas, Courtney Booker, and Brittney Booker are determined to teach children the value of #LoveWhereYouLive!

This past Saturday, they invited children and families to help with a new project, keeping Martin Beautiful, by picking up litter in areas that are usually looked over in the Martin area.
Over 20 people, mostly children, spent several hours picking up trash throughout the city.
Afterwards, volunteers were treated with a meal provided by donations from locals who noticed their efforts.

Hankerson would like to let the community know they are very grateful for the participation, donations and time given by everyone involved. He also would like to invite the public to their next clean-up this coming Saturday, which will begin at the 12pm at the park of The Park Place Apartments on Old Fulton Rd. The group plans to make this an ongoing event throughout the Summer.

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Help us get the word out! Fiddle & Clay pop-up shop this Saturday! We have some great vendors and full stock of plants and cacti!
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Please, share the following. AFS International Opportunities for Families, Educators and Students for 2021 The local Miss Tennky Area AFS Volunteer Leadership Team would love for you to take advantage of some of our many opportunities. Go to www.afsusa.org to find these. They include: volunteering, hosting, study-abroad, scholarships, educators, etc. Locally, contact Becky Heywood at [email protected] and 615-473-4389. The mini-bios for the new AFSers for the fall may be seen at www.afsusa.org/host. There are a few slots for study-abroad in various countries. To see these go to www.afsusa.org/study-abroad. Locally, two (2) $4,000 scholarships are available for only students from Montgomery County, TN, to study German in Germany or Austria. For more information contact Christina Pettinelli at [email protected] and 315-525-7182. AFS-USA is a leading provider of international exchanges in the world. AFS has been hosting and sending students since 1947. AFS-USA is a non-profit, international and multicultural organization. Thanks for any assistance you may give us. Dr. Barbara Y. Wills. NCC. LPC AFS Educator to Thailand 2000 Miss Tennky Area AFS PR Team Chair [email protected] 615-210-1552
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Do we have a newspaper delivery person yet? If not, is there any way we can get the online version for Free? We are paying for delivery on the day the paper comes out, but actually getting the paper a day late. Thank you for considering this.
Sometimes Cost and Worth are two very different things. Every single time I've walked up to talk with CEO Trevor Bonnstetter, which has been many times, he didn't just walk away or make up some excuse. This man listened and held a conversation till I was finished talking. That is an admirable quality. Mr. Bonnstetter would make a good politician some day, if he ever decided to pursue it, on that basis alone. He put a $100.00 dollar bill in my fundraiser jar when I raised money to buy Ms. Lou Ann Powers a new sign, and he did it not to gain favor over me, but because he said he grew up with nothing. When WK&T gave us 3 months free internet, my Mother had misplaced the password to connect to the internet. It was very late and I was unable to get the password that night, but as soon as mourning hit WK&T called me bright and early. Let me say that again; they called me, I didn't have to call them. The matter was resolved, and that was outstanding customer service. Trevor Bonnstetter and his employees have did the leg work driving mile after mile because of the potential he sees not only in his company, but in our county as well. When Frontier Communications was ripping off my Mother on her phone bill, I went down to Martin trying to see if Charter would come to Dresden. I was ignored and scuffed off by one of Charter's employees, and this was before WK&T came to our county. For Weakley County Citizens on a tight budget, you can have tv, Internet, and a house phone using WK&T's cheapest internet plan. How may you ask? First you pay $89.99 for the internet so theirs your internet. Second you can buy a cheap smartphone and get a free phone number through the internet and theirs your house phone. Lastly, with a smart tv you can get a Roku stick and theirs your tv. This is where cost and worth come into play. The cost may be higher then some of the commissioners like, but it doesn't matter because we will easily make our money back and a lot more. The character CEO Trevor Bonnstetter of WK&T has shown towards me and my county is worth more then the cost. It's of my opinion, and that is my first amendment right, that the Weakley County Commissioners should vote for WK&T. Let the TVA and Weakley County Electric Company stick with doing electricity, and let WK&T handle our internet.
Weakley County Press sure need to refund us some money . #1 we paid for twice a week paper , you cut back to once . # 2 we don't get a paper half the time . Dresden Enterprise is sure looking good now .
We must keep pushing for access to high speed internet for EVERYONE in Weakley County! If our schools have to shut down—- because of Covid.... We are not prepared! Urge your Commissioner to support the broadband proposal! Urge your School Board Rep to support the proposal! Make Weakley County BETTER! 💙💙💙💙
Please help support We Care. Scouts in Martin will be collecting non perishable goods for WeCare. Saturday October 31st from 8 am to 2pm at Martin Walmart. https://fb.me/e/4uxs6HDvo
The Weakley County Republican Women will meet this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 in the headquarters in Martin. We will make plans for the Oct. 3 Reagan Day Event. Sandwiches will be served. Members are encouraged and visitors welcomed to attend. Men are welcomed, too. For more information contact Katana Hawks at 514-7086.
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