Local News

  • Marrett resigns from tourism commission

    Following a tense and heated tourism meeting Monday, Oct. 4, Commissioner Kenny Marrett decided to resign.

    "Tourism is on a path of destruction and I don't want to be a part of it," Marrett said during a telephone interview Wednesday morning.

    Tuesday of last week, Marrett sent a notice of his resignation to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw who appointed him to the commission in June. Crenshaw said Marrett's resignation was "a bit of a surprise" and he hasn't decided who will replace him.

  • Charity softball game will be Oct. 17 in Loretto

    The softball game between the 97.5 WAMZ HAMZ and the Loretto Fire Department has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at the city park in Loretto.

    The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 11 during the Mark Mattingly Memorial Loretto Homecoming.

    A DJ will play music, and concessions, raffles and a 50/50 drawing will also be available along with the game. All proceeds will go toward the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    For more information, call (270) 699-5669. 

  • Marching band competition Oct. 16 at MCHS

    Knight-Fest, a marching band competition, will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at Marion County High School. Seven bands will be competing to be the grand champion.

    The preliminary rounds are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The finals will start around 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

    For many of the bands performing, this will be their final performance before regional and state competitions.

  • Happy and healthy

    The Marion County Health Department hosted Family Fitness and Safety Day at Graham Memorial Park on Saturday.   Families were invited to take part in a variety of fitness, health, and safety-related activities.


  • Lebanon Fire, EMS responds to two fires

    The Lebanon Fire Department and Marion County EMS responded to two house fires in the past week.

    - At noon, Oct. 5, the Lebanon Fire Department and Marion County EMS responded to a fire at 950 Barbers Mill Road.

    Jimmy Bradshaw was home at the time of the fire. He received some minor injuries in an attempt to put the fire out himself, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

  • Finley family loses home to fire

    A family from Finley escaped unharmed from a fire at their home early Saturday morning, Oct. 9, but they lost their home and much of its contents.

    “We had just got home,” said Mary Mattingly, who lives at 2719 St. Matthews Cemetery Road with her husband and three children.

  • U.S. Rep candidate Brett Guthrie

    Federal office questionnaire

    Name: Brett Guthrie

    Age: 46

    Educational background: Bachelor's Degree, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Master's Degree, Yale University

    Work Experience: U.S. Army; U.S. Army Reserves; V.P. of Human Resources, Trace Die Cast

    Family Information: Wife Beth, children Caroline, Robby, Elizabeth

    Organizations (church, civic groups, etc.): Church of Christ

    1. Why did you decided to run for Congress?

  • Howl-O-Ween

    The fourth annual Barktober Fest was held Saturday, Oct. 9, at Graham Memorial Park.   Dogs and their proud owners celebrated Halloween a little early and competed in various contests, including best costume, smallest dog, largest dog, talent, best tail wag, owner-dog look-alike contest and an agility course.

  • Three school board seats on the ballot

    Three sitting members of the Marion County Board of Education are up for re-election Nov. 2, and all three are facing challengers.

    In District Three, Alex Ackermann is running against Michael Mullins. Mullins previously served on the board, but stepped down due to conflicts with his work schedule. Ackermann won the seat in a special election to fill the remainder of his term.

  • Flu clinic will be held Oct. 6 at Centre Square

    The Marion County Health Center is planning a seasonal flu clinic for adults from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Centre Square in Lebanon.

    The cost of the vaccine is $23. The cost is covered by Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Please bring Medicare or Medicaid cards to the flu clinic.

    For further information, call the Marion County Health Center at 692-3393.