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Today's News

  • Striking the right notes

    Beginning musicians are encouraged to take their time learning how to play before learning to play bigger and faster.

    The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff followed that same pattern, and it has continued to expand its repertoire each year. The 2012 festival will take place Jan. 27-28 at Marion County High School, and it may be the biggest one to date.

  • Back-to-Back

    Mobile, Ala., better be ready because a Marion County contingent will be taking that city by storm again this summer when Paige Wilson competes in the Distinguished Young Woman competition.

    Wilson won the state competition Saturday evening.

    And, she's following familiar footsteps.

  • All God's people

    Scores of people gathered at the Lebanon Post Office Sunday afternoon. Before they started a march to Lebanon First Baptist Church, Maria Bell, president of the United Concerned Citizens Organization, reminded them why they were there.

    "We're here today to show respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," she said, later adding. "He was a man, a man who stood up for what he believed in."

  • All God's people

    Scores of people gathered at the Lebanon Post Office Sunday afternoon. Before they started a march to Lebanon First Baptist Church, Maria Bell, president of the United Concerned Citizens Organization, reminded them why they were there.

    "We're here today to show respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," she said, later adding. "He was a man, a man who stood up for what he believed in."

  • Hilltop Tavern damaged by fire

    A weekend fire left the Hilltop Tavern a little worse for wear.

    "I wouldn't say the building was condemned, but it will take a bit of work to repair," Loretto Fire Chief Tony Hamilton said.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of a fire at 6350 Holy Cross Road at 2 a.m. Sunday. The Loretto Fire Department and the New Hope Fire Department also responded to the scene.

    By 2:35 a.m. the firefighters had the flames under control.

  • Tourism taxes $11,000 delinquent

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is waiting to receive $11,000 in delinquent taxes, interim executive director Wayne Keen reported during the commission's Jan. 9 meeting.

    This was down from the previous month's delinquent tax estimate of $19,000.

    Five restaurants and one temporary concession vendor remain more than two months delinquent on turning in restaurant taxes collected by their businesses.

  • New face of tourism

    Nicky Reynolds didn't set out to have a career in tourism, but that's exactly what happened, thanks in part to a job she had in college working for the National Parks Service.

    "Honestly, at the time, I couldn't have told you that I knew that I was in the tourism industry," said Reynolds, 33. "I just knew that I had a job and I enjoyed it."

    After college, she accepted a part-time position with the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • First-grader recovering from fall

    A West Marion Elementary School student returned to school one day after falling from gym bleachers before classes started Jan. 11.

    West Marion Principal Benji Mattingly said the student, a first-grader, may have been leaning on a rail on the bleachers when he fell from the third or fourth bleacher and hit his head on the floor.

    "I don't know for certain, but the railing may not have been in the loop the correct way. When it fell, he fell," Mattingly said.

  • Knights Fall Just Short

    The Marion County Knights found themselves behind nearly the entire game against the Adair County Indians in Columbia on Tuesday night.  A 36% shooting night doomed the Knights efforts for a comeback as the closest they came to the Indians was tied late in the game.  The Indians converted on nearly all their free throws down the stretch to send the Knights to their first district loss on the season, 65-57.  The updated 20th district standings are as follows:

    Taylor County 3-0

    Marion County 3-1

    Adair County 2-2

  • Lady Knights Hold Off Lady Indians

    The Lady Knights of Marion County had to hold off a series of comeback attempts by the Lady Indians of Adair County before coming out with a victory.  The Lady Indians were led by an impressive 32 points by Mercedes Cox, but the Lady Knights had five players in double-figures and came away with the tough 82-59 win.  With the victory, Marion County stays in first place in the district race with a 2-0 record.  The current 20th district standings are as follows:

    Marion County 2-0

    Taylor County 2-1

    Adair County 2-2