David Carroll’s News and Notes: A Teacher’s New Job Description

In my job as an education reporter, I frequently hear from parents and teachers complaining about overcrowded classrooms. These days, that usually means 25 or more students at a time. I don’t argue the point. The smaller the class size, the better, in every way. I think back to my 6th grade class at Bryant (Alabama) School. Due to a […]

Census activities continued for 2020….for now

Though originally scheduled for October 5, the 2020 Census count will continue through October 30 according to a recent release from the Census Bureau. The constitutionally mandated task of counting the people in the nation takes place every 10 years and is a massive operation of infrastructure and personnel. The Census dictates the representation in the US House as well […]

October 15 marks start of mandatory burn permit for brush burning

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 – 10 by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires and obtain a debris burn permit for leaf and brush piles. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is Oct. 15. “With the recent and forecasted rain, […]

Western Sizzlin’ suffers apparent kitchen grease fire just days after reopening from COVID

Jasper, Tenn. – Barely a week after reopening after an almost six-month closure due to COVID, the Western Sizzlin’ in Jasper endured a kitchen fire mid-morning on Thursday. No injuries were reported attributable to the fire, but the restaurant’s short-term future looks hard to predict as a full assessment of the damage is in process. The initial dispatch went out right around […]

Arrest made in connection with disappearance of Wesley Ridge

Jasper, Tenn. – On March 8, 2016, Wesley Ridge was reported missing to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Over the course of the next four and a half years, MCSO Detectives and other law enforcement agencies have spent countless hours obtaining evidence in the case as well as searching for the body of Wesley Ridge. After searching dozens of different locations […]


Frances Lorraine Pearson Powers, born August 30, 1927, to the late James Barton Pearson and Lillian Salome Carmack Pearson transitioned from this life to the next on  Monday, October 5, 2020, at the blessed age of 93 years old. Lorraine grew up in the Gravel Town Community of Rogersville, Tennessee.  She was educated in the public schools of Hawkins County […]


Joseph Thomas Martin, 91, of South Pittsburg, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020. He was a social, active man who was born and raised in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. As a young man, he left his home and family to serve as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War until he was dutifully discharged after earning […]


Ricky L. Smith, 67, of South Pittsburg, went home to meet his Lord on Saturday, October 3, 2020. He was the son of the late Leroy F. and Katherine J. (Payne) Smith. Ricky was born on October 25, 1953, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ricky was a member of First Baptist Church of South Pittsburg and was active on the Building and […]


Raymond Eugene Burrahm, 75, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, died Wednesday, September 30, 2020. He was the son of the late William Roy and Nellie Mae Burrahm. Survivors include his wife, Delphie Hicks Burrahm; children, Roger Burrahm, Josh Burrahm; sisters, Marie Faris and Peggy Burrahm; five grandchildren. Services were held on Sunday, October 4, in the funeral home chapel. Burial was in […]