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New doctors’ offices will be complete by end of the year

The new doctors’ offices currently under construction near Rhea Medical Center will likely be complete in mid-November or early December, according to project manager Jim Vincent. The Rhea Medical Center Board of Directors began considering the new offices soon after the county began the process of constructing the Rhea County...
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Commentary: Our treasure, the Rhea County Courthouse

In 1889 the Rhea County Court moved the county seat to Dayton (previously Smith’s Crossroads) from Washington, and appropriated $35,000 for the building of a courthouse. The courthouse in Washington was torn down and bricks from that building were used in the construction of the new courthouse, thus building a relationship between this new courthouse and the former one in Washington. Built in 1890-91, the Rhea County Courthouse is a combination of Romanesque Revival and Italian Villa-style architecture. The Knoxville architectural firm of Wm. Chamberlin and Company designed the building and Wm. Dowling and J.R. Taylor, Chattanooga contractors built it. Our courthouse was used as a model for other buildings, and is significant in that it is the first county courthouse designed by a firm that would design courthouses in at least four southern states and Missouri. The main staircase links the floors of the courthouse together; the doors and their frames show the bulls-eye blocks, which represent the beautiful wood craftsmanship of the time which the courthouse represents. (The courthouse was opened for business in 1892.)This building is one hundred and thirty years old this year and has been in constant use as a courthouse since it was built, except for being closed at the present time due to its offices and courts being moved to the new Rhea County Justice Center.
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Swafford named Bryan College associate athletic director

Bryan College is excited to announce that Alumna Jenny Swafford will take on the role of Associate Athletic Director. Jenny is a Rhea County local and played for the Lion’s softball team. She earned a BA in Psychology in 2012 and an MS in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2015.
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Child advocacy center opens in Rhea County

Rhea County’s new Child Advocacy Center [CAC] held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, officially opening “Landon’s Place,” near the Rhea County Justice Center. The new child advocacy center is named after 5-year-old Spring City resident Landon Robbins, who was killed in 2013 after suffering what investigators called the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.
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ROSSVILLE, Ga. — Three outgoing seniors from the 2021 Rhea County High School Golden Eagle baseball team played in the 23rd Annual Stump Memorial Tennessee/Georgia High School All-Star game, which was held at Ridgeland High School (GA) on Thursday, June 10. Houghston Schaefer, John Combs and Keaton Ray represented the...
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Rhea County Child Advocacy Center has grand opening

RHEA COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Rhea County’s first child advocacy center is now open to the public. There was mix of optimism and sadness in the air at its grand opening . “It was really important for these rural counties to be served and for. the children and the victims...
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(Sunday, June 13, 2021 edition) Pictured, are scenes from the annual Rhea County soccer camp, which took place at RCHS from June 7, through Thursday, June 10, and included the famous ‘Water Day.’ To view more camp photos, visit www.rheaheraldnews.com and The Herald-News’ Facebook page.
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Jenny Swafford Named Bryan College Associate Athletic Director

Jenny Swafford Named Bryan College Associate Athletic Director. Bryan College is excited to announce that Alumna Jenny Swafford will take on the role of Associate Athletic Director. Jenny is a Rhea County local and played for the Lion's softball team. She earned a BA in Psychology in 2012 and an...
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(Wednesday, June 9, 2021 edition) The Rhea County High School Golden Eagle Cheerleading squad for the 2021-22 school year was recently selected after tryouts in May. The RCHS cheerleaders have been quite busy, beginning in late April and into the middle of May, as the cheer competition team, and a few others competed in national competitions held in Orlando.
Dayton, TNWDEF

Rhea County Hosts Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour

Dayton Boat Dock is hosting the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour this week with the top anglers across the country competing for the grand prize of one hundred thousand dollars. “This is the highest professional level of bass fishing there is. These guys are the top notch anglers in...
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(Wednesday, June 9, 2021 edition) Pictured, is graduating senior RCHS Lady Eagle softball player, Ellie Hickman, as she was recently selected to represent Rhea County and East Tennessee at this year’s Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (TSCA) All-Star Series. Hickman will participate in the All-Star All-State game being held June 17, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Hickman has also been selected as a Class AAA All-State player for the East division by the TSCA. After helping the RCHS Lady Eagles softball team win their District 6-AAA Championship with a 9-0 win over White County, center fielder Hickman was named District 6-AAA Outfielder of the Year.
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Dayton Fire-Rescue pay tribute to Bo Booth of Bo's Wrecker Service

The city of Dayton Fire-Rescue pays tribute to a man of emergency services, Mr. Bo Booth. Booth has responded to thousands of motor-vehicle crashes throughout his decades-long career with professionalism. Bo has raised a new generation of towing and recovery professionals who will carry on his legacy in Rhea County.
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Book Bus schedule released

The Book Bus will roll out to its first stop on Monday, June 7, and continue its tour throughout Dayton, Spring City and Graysville throughout the week. The Book Bus has been in the works for years — and progress slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic — but finally unveiled in a ceremony at Centennial Park in early May.
Spring City, TNrheaheraldnews.com

Diane Marie Ferguson Brown (63)

Diane Marie Ferguson Brown, 63, of Spring City, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Diane was born on Jan. 1, 1958, in Rockwood, Tenn. She was a lifetime resident of Rhea County. Diane married Kevin Brown and they enjoyed life together for 17 years. Diane enjoyed reading and working on puzzles and loved to attend Indian reenactments. She loved her family and spending time with them.
Dayton, TNrheaheraldnews.com

Strawberry Fest resumes next week

The Strawberry Festival is set to return this year, and after the Strawberry Chase and Distinguished Young Woman Program were held in May, the festival is set to resume next week. The bulk of the events at this year’s festival have been moved to the third weekend in June. Officials...
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(Wednesday, June 9, 2021 edition) Chuck Copeland Memorial Kids Free Fishing Rodeo announced. The Town of Spring City and the Watts Bar Lake Association recently announced that the annual Chuck Copeland Memorial Kids Free Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 12, at Veterans Park. Gates open and fishing begins at 7...