South Pittsburg Board addresses ancillary board memberships

After extensive discussion approve the hire of Heavy Equipment Operator

South Pittsburg, Tenn. – Mayor Samantha Rector started out telling the Board that there were some committees and board assignments that needed to be filled following the election in November. “We have an opening on the Planning Commission…I have discussed it with Commissioner [Matt] Stone to serve on the Planning Commission with myself and four other members,” Rector said. The […]


St. Clair’s art stirs memories for many

With my paintings of beautiful buildings in South Pittsburg, I had to include the old high school. I have lived across from South Pittsburg High School all of my life. I have memories of going to events held there long before I ever graced their doors as a student. Both of my brothers, Nat and Pete went here. I have […]

Town of Kimball discusses Harbor Freight Tools, COVID-19 updates at January meeting

The first Town of Kimball meeting of the year, held on January 7, was closed to the public and broadcast online, due to Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 71 put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while giving the public access to watch the meeting. Marion County News and The River Radio Station broadcast the meeting live via […]

SETHRA CASA is searching for volunteers to advocate for children in foster care system

The SETHRA CASA program is searching for volunteers to serve children in the foster care system in Marion County. CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a national non-profit organization that provides volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children in the court system. CASA was started by a judge in Seattle, Washington, in 1977 that wanted to make sure that the […]

MCHS proves inhospitable guest taking two wins from SPHS on the court

South Pittsburg, Tenn. – Like just about anyone in the area, or the state, knows, Marion County High School and South Pittsburg High School have a tiny rivalry. Whereas that is most famously illustrated on the football field, make no mistake, those emotions bleed convincingly onto the basketball court. These teams could be 0-19 and they can play like the L.A. […]

Local tax professional offers insight on COVID stimulus income

South Pittsburg, Tenn. – For taxpayers who have not received the full amount of their first or second stimulus checks, the 2020 tax return has incorporated a line item to add your missing stimulus payments to your tax return. When you file your 2020 tax return, FIRST STIMULUS: If the taxpayer was eligible for $1,200 ($2,400 if “Married Filing Jointly”), and […]

“Mine 21” documentary now available to view online for free 

Whitwell, Tenn. – “Mine 21,” the award-winning documentary about the Marion County coal-mine explosion which took thirteen lives in 1981, is now available to be viewed for free on the director’s website and on the Alexander Street online platform. Interested viewers can access the video by clicking the link on slgarrett.com/mine21 or by going to https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/mine-21. Located in the Griffith Creek area between Palmer […]


The Lord called Patsy R. Hudson to her heavenly home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Patsy was 84 years old, a resident of Jasper, and had been married to Grady E. Hudson.  She was born on June 3, 1936, to Francis and Lena Magouirk.  She had served as the Marion County Clerk at the Marion County Courthouse for numerous years. […]

WHS’ Layne wins statewide teaching award

Whitwell Middle School’s Shea Layne received the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2020.  To be nominated and receive this award, an applicant must: Be a member of TAHPERD and SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America Be a certified/licensed physical education teacher Have a minimum of 5 […]