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Senators Express Doubt Of Oversight/Objectives of Certain Infectious Disease Mutation Studies

By Staff Reports | December 01, 2022

Washington, D.C. –  In a letter to the White House, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Marco Rubio (Fla.) demanded that the federal government implement a government-wide ban on all ongoing and new viral Gain-of-Function (GoF) and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) studies in the life sciences involving all enhanced pathogens of […]

TDOH New Commissioner Announced Ahead of Holiday Season

By Staff Reports | November 23, 2022

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Dr. Ralph Alvarado, MD, FACP, as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), effective January 16. Dr. Alvarado will succeed Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Morgan McDonald, MD, FACP, FAAP. “Dr. McDonald is a dedicated public servant, and I commend her continued leadership during this time of transition,” […]

Interstate accident in Marion County TN results in death of Willie Spence; American Idol finalist

By Staff Reports | October 12, 2022

Marion County, Tenn. – Willie Spence, 23, endeared himself to a huge television audience by belting out a variety of bluesy, corner-worthy covers, including Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Going To Come My Way” as well as contemporary pop favorites like Rhianna’s “Diamonds” with his own flavor on American Idol. Judge Lionel Richie said following Spence’s audition, “You are an […]

11 TN Promise Mentors Needed in Marion County by October 21

By Staff Reports | October 10, 2022

Marion County, Tenn. – With less than two weeks remaining until the October 21 tnAchieves mentor application deadline, Marion County still needs 11 mentors to meet local student demand. More than 3,300 volunteer mentors are still needed statewide!  Those interested in applying to mentor can visit www.tnachieves.org/mentors.  “Seven thousand fewer students have entered the college pipeline in Tennessee since 2021,” said […]

Marion County TN Restaurant Report 8/31/2022-9/30/2022

By Staff Reports | September 30, 2022

Score 100 – The Sweet Spot Mobile, 207 Magnolia Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Score 99 – The Sweet Spot, 307 Elm Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Score 85 – Harvey’s Pirate Drive Inn, 111 W. 2nd St., South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Listed as “Out of Compliance” Thermometers provided and accurate Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display Wiping […]

Four Marion police departments named 2022 Tn Highway Safety Office grant recipients

By Staff Reports | September 29, 2022

Marion County, Tenn. – Recently, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announced $24.5 million in federal grant funds to be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the 2022–2023 Federal Fiscal Year. Among the awardees are four police departments in Marion County: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper Police Department, South Pittsburg Police Department and Kimball Police […]

Unemployment dips slightly across state for August

By Staff Reports | September 23, 2022

Statewide, Tenn. – Every county in Tennessee experienced lower unemployment rates in August, according to new data released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. For the month, 89 counties recorded rates below 5%, while the remaining six counties came in with rates higher than 5%, but less than 10%. Williamson County’s unemployment rate was the lowest in Tennessee […]