Van Buren County, TN

Van Buren Commissioner Questions How To Fix Courthouse Steeple

Van Buren Commissioner Bill Mosley voiced his frustrations Tuesday night after the county received zero bids to repair the courthouse steeple. “I’m asking it for everybody that is listening to this,” Mosley said. “I’m asking for the commissioners if they know anybody. I would like to get it fixed.”
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WHS Lady Tigers take 6A Tournament Championship

South Pittsburg, Tenn. – After outlasting a matchup with Van Buren Tuesday night, the Whitwell Lady Tigers emerged as District Tournament Champions for 6A, defeating the regular-season 6A top seed South Pittsburg Lady Pirates 11.-1. Thursday night. The semifinal matchup with Van Buren saw the Lady Tigers’ Maria Basham...
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Why are the numbers and letters reversed on Tennessee's In God We Trust license plates?

The newly redesigned blue and white Tennessee license plates are getting a lot attention. Some people have noticed the order of letters and numbers is different depending on whether or not drivers choose the In God We Trust version of the plate. The standard plates use a letters first configuration – ABC 1234, for example – but the In God We Trust plates reverse the letters and numbers: 123 ABCD. ...
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Grissom Top Vote Getter In Van Buren Executive Race

Van Buren County residents made Jessica Grissom the choice for county executive in Tuesday’s Republican Primary. Grissom received 474 votes to lead the three candidates Tuesday. Laura Wallace finished second with 342 votes while Kevin Bivins totaled 275 votes. Mayor Greg Wilson did not run for reelection. In the...
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3 Tennessee Watershed, Flood Prevention Projects Draw $2.9M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three watershed and flood prevention projects in. are receiving $2.9 million from the federal government. The funds are part of a $420 million investment in 132 infrastructure projects in 31 states, including rehabilitating dams, flood prevention and watershed restoration. “This investment will help several communities...

Lincoln County Sheriff continuing 2015 murder case

LINCOLN Co, Tenn. (WAFF) - The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department announced in a Facebook post that it will be continuing a murder investigation from 2015. The department says that it was investigating the disappearance of Jason Turner who had last been seen on Nov. 27, 2015, at a residence on Cedar Circle in Lincoln County.

Van Buren Commission Approves Federal Money For VFD Maintenance

The Van Buren County Commission has approved about $50,000 to help the county’s volunteer fire departments with maintenance efforts. Mayor Greg Wilson asked the commission Tuesday night to use some of its remaining ARP funding of $128,000. Wilson said one example of need was the Fall Creek Falls Department that dished out over $6,000 for a repair.

Spencer Elementary Hosting Hands On Learning Event Thursday

Van Buren County students can get a change of pace this week as Spencer Elementary School hosts the Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga Thursday. School Health Coordinator Kelly Lewis said the event is called Full Steam Ahead. “The word steam is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math,”...

Van Buren Commission To Consider Water Committee’s Spending Plan

Van Buren County’s Water Committee has approved a TDEC ARP spending plan for the county commission to consider. Mayor Greg Wilson said Spencer Utility District’s raw water source project headlines the proposal. “The City of Spencer was awarded about $2,110,000 for raw water to be pumped straight from...

Van Buren Commission To Consider Bidding Out Courthouse Work

Van Buren County Committee B has recommended to bid out restoration work for the courthouse steeple. Mayor Greg Wilson said the project has been bid out three times already with no interest. “The north and south end we have some siding that has come off of that,” Wilson said. “We...
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Grundy softball earns first win, falls in late innings to Whitwell

The Grundy County softball team enjoyed its best week of the season last week. Despite a loss to Community last Thursday, the Lady Jackets (1-8) topped Van Buren County 8-1 last Monday for their first win of the year and nearly bested Whitwell in a nail-biting 7-6 defeat. GCHS one-hit...

Pirates win both games in double header against Van Buren

Monday, April 4, the South Pittsburg Pirates baseball team took to the diamond for a double-header against the Eagles of Van Buren High School. The Pirates’ improved hitting made quick work of the Eagles, winning game one 7-2 and ending game two in only 5 innings 18-1. Luke Rector...
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Grundy softball working to improve on slow start

The Grundy County softball team dropped its sixth game in a row last Thursday with a 10-0 loss at Van Buren County. The Lady Jackets (0-6) were shut out for the fifth time and held to just three hits in the loss to the Eagles. Lacie Woodlee, Keeley Kantack and Kathryn Lusk each tallied hits, but the trio of bats was not enough to produce the season’s first win.

Appeals Court Denies Van Buren County Man Appeal Of 212-Year Sentence

The State Appeals Court has denied the appeal of a Van Buren County man charged with raping his eleven-year-old daughter. Joel Ernest Blanton faces 212 years in prison after being convicted on seven counts of rape during the 2018 trial. Blanton also convicted on one count of aggravated sexual battery involving his ten-year-old daughter. Blanton appealed the verdict citing insufficient evidence. His attorneys also argued the sentence was excessive.

18 people arrested in warrant operation in Sequatchie, Marion and Van Buren counties

On March 22, the 12th and 31st Judicial Districts Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, and the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint search warrant operation which was meant to arrest people who had active warrants in Marion, Sequatchie, and Van Buren Counties. During the joint operation, law enforcement executed multiple search and arrest warrants with a total of 18 people taken into custody.