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Local News

  • Tornado destroys Lebanon barn

     A barn destroyed in Lebanon last week was indeed destroyed by a tornado.

    The National Weather Service confirmed an F0 tornado touched down late on Nov. 5, according to Deputy Emergency Management Director Gary Luce. A tornado rated F0 has wind speeds between 40 to 72 mph.

    The barn, located on Highway 289 in Lebanon, near Cut-Rate Liquors, is reportedly owned by David Ewing.

  • Lebanon man indicted for endangering police officers

     Matthew J. Rigdon, 25, of 940 Sulphur Springs Road in Lebanon was indicted for two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree fleeing/evading, first-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render and/or aid assistance, operating vehicle with expired operator’s license, speeding 20 mph over/greater, reckless driving, no/expired registration plate and second-degree persistent felony offender. 

  • School board briefs

     The Marion County Board of Education held a regular monthly meeting on Nov. 8 at Glasscock Elementary School. The following are news briefs from that meeting:

    Energy Star site recognitions 

  • Reed, Higdon re-elected

     Tuesday’s General Election was déjà vu for Democrat Terry Mills.

    He was defeated, once again, by Republican Brandon Reed for the office of state representative in the 24th District. Mills suffered the same fate in the November 2016 General Election after serving in that seat for six years.

  • Unreliable emergency communications equipment putting county at risk

     Malfunctioning emergency communications equipment is putting emergency personnel and county residents at risk, and local officials want the problem fixed now.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting on Oct. 31 to speak with Mike Munafo, owner of Southern Communications, who submitted the winning bid to the City of Lebanon for new equipment at the emergency dispatch center, which is located at the Lebanon Police Department.

  • This week's news briefs

     Bradfordsville Jamboree is Friday

  • Ham Days Committee voices concerns with safety, police presence

     Concerns about safety issues and damage during Ham Days weekend were discussed at the annual Ham Days wrap-up meeting on Oct. 23.

    Greg Gribbins, executive director of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, addressed the safety issues that took place during this year’s festival.

  • Checkpoints program being offered for teen drivers
  • ‘I was born to be a soldier’

     Command Sergeant Major Joseph Brockman, a Lebanon native, has proudly served his country for 45 years as an active duty soldier, and now as a JROTC instructor in his retirement.

    “I’m 65 years old and people keep asking me when I’ll retire,” he said. “I just tell them that I’ll retire when it stops being fun and the good Lord tells me he doesn’t need me there anymore. Until then, I’m going about my business.”  

  • MCHS holds safety assembly, seat belt checks in wake of student deaths

    The Lebanon Police Department and members of the Marion County Health Department helped Marion County Public School staff complete a second unannounced seat belt check as staff and students arrived at Marion County High School campus on the morning of Nov. 2.