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  • Search continues for new Director of Schools

    Katelin Carroll|May 5, 2022

    The Board of Education met on Friday, April 29, 2022, at the Middle School Auditorium. All members were present and they were met with an auditorium full of citizens and teachers, waiting to hear from the final four candidates. Shortly after last month’s meeting minutes were approved, the meeting started off with a bang. School Board member for District Seven Johnny Clayton began by saying he believed the board had unintentionally violated the Sunshine Law which states no governing board may hold a meeting in secret in which they take a vote o...

  • Twenty One North is officially On-Air

    Katelin Carroll|May 5, 2022

    The eclectic variety shop, Twenty One North, held their "ribbon cuttting" on Friday, April 29, 2022. Business owner Amanda Curtis was excited to share her new venture with all of her friends who were in attendance. "Welcome to Twenty One North," said Curtis, "I'm so happy to be here where I grew up." She went on to talk about some of her fondest memories of when she had her first singing gig right around the corner. With pots and pans, they sang, "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go. We're...

  • Ribbon Cutting at American Market

    May 5, 2022

    New owner of American Market Lathan Powers recently held a ribbon cutting at his store. Pictured, helping him celebrate are, from left, Todd Laster, Mike Ricketts, Todd Montgomery, Janet Turner, Robbie Moore, County Mayor Jonah Keltner, Tammy Ricketts, Debbie Landers, Landon Powers, Josh Powers, Sasha Powers, John Powers, Deb Powers, owner Lathan Powers, Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick, Terri Potts, Matt Tiller, Angie Landrum, Elisa McClinsey, Scottie Bass, Josh Keltner, City Mayor Danny McKnight,...

  • LCHS Senior Walk Tuesday

    May 5, 2022

    The Lewis County High School graduating class will participate in a Senior Walk on Tuesday, May 10 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Seniors will begin their walk at the Hohenwald Church of Christ, walk down Main Street, by the city parking lot and continue back to the church....

  • Planning Commission discusses hydrology on Industrial Park

    Katelin Carroll, Staff Reporter|May 5, 2022

    Present for the Monday night meeting of the Hohenwald Planning Commission were Chairman John Risner, Connie Sharp, Jim Lech, Steve Keeton, City Mayor Danny McKnight and Don Barber. Committee members Ben Floyd and Eddie DeNicolais were absent. The meeting began with Sharp motioning to accept last month’s meeting minutes, and Keeton seconded. The minutes were unanimously accepted. The first item on the agenda was to discuss the water drainage of Industrial Park. The Commission hired Braden Hinson to perform a hydrology study in order to d...

  • Frances Pruitt

    May 5, 2022

    Frances G. Pruitt, 71, of Summertown, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born December 28, 1950 to the late Genevieve Howell and John Franklin Inman. Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She loved gardening, her flowers and watching the hummingbirds and redbirds. In her spare time, Frances enjoyed playing spider solitaire. Frances had a loving and giving heart; she would help anyone in need. Those left...

  • Darrin Dotson

    May 5, 2022

    On April 30, 2022, Darrin Dotson "DD" unexpectedly passed away at the age of 53 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. Darrin was born on June 10, 1968, in Hohenwald to the late Geraldine and Eddie Hinson. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Lester Reeves and Jessie Hickerson Reeves and his aunt Teresa Williams. Mr. Dotson proudly served and fought for our country after enlisting in the United States Army National Guard. He retired from...

  • Melissa Smith

    May 5, 2022

    Melissa Smith passed away from natural causes at Magnolia Healthcare Center in Columbia on May 2, 2022. Melissa was born in Marion, Indiana on March 27, 1968, to Jan Allan Mayer and the late Patricia Lee Mudd Mosier. Along with her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepfather Ronnie Mosier and son in law Nathan Reeves. Missy had struggled in the past but had been sober for nearly nine months and doing well. A month ago, she was diagnosed with meningitis and fought hard to the very end....

  • Mary Lee Spurgeon

    May 5, 2022

    May 5, 1936 ~ April 27, 2022 Mary Lee Baxter Spurgeon, 85, peacefully passed away in Murfreesboro, surrounded by family and friends on April 27, 2022. Ms. Mary was born on May 5, 1936, in Hohenwald, to the late Carmel and Cora Baxter Stutts. Ms. Mary was a member of Blondy Church of God where she loved to listen and follow the gospel. In her free time nothing was more important then surrounding herself with her family and close friends. She had a passion for any and all animals and enjoyed...

  • Drew Holt

    May 5, 2022

    January 10, 1986 ~ April 27, 2022 In the evening hours of April 27, 2022, William Andrew “Drew” Holt unexpectedly passed from this earthly world at the age of 36. Drew was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Elizabeth Jones Holt and the late Larry Wayne Holt on January 10, 1986. Drew enjoyed listening to music while tinkering around on different projects. He had a smile that would light up the room and would never hesitate to help anyone in need whether he knew you or not. He will truly be missed by all that knew him. Along with his mother, Ms....

  • Barbara Staggs

    May 5, 2022

    Barbara Staggs was a lifelong resident of Hohenwald. She passed away early in the morning in her sleep on April 14, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Obie and Mamie Staggs. Mrs. Staggs is survived by her five children: Jessie Tims, William Hobbs, Gerald Hobbs, Nickie Shoemake, and Regina Woods; one sister, Bettye Frazier; ex-husband, Larry Allen; 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was loved by her family. There will be no services per her request....

  • Readus Ray Tatum

    May 5, 2022

    Readus Ray Tatum, 77, of Beebe, Arkansas, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He was born in Lewis County, Tennessee, on October 29, 1944, to the late Bert and Bessie Tatum. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathy Terry Tatum; sons, Jeremy Tatum (Valerie), and Joshua Tatum (Tiffani); grandchildren, Chloe and Callie Tatum; sisters, Joyce Hildenbrandt (Jerry), Sherry Beck (Ron), and Teresa Hogan; brother, Keith Tatum (Jennifer); and furry friend, Sweetie Pie. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Pat Hoga...

  • Janice G. Roberson Pulley

    May 5, 2022

    April 24, 1956 - April 18, 2022 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Janice G. Roberson Pulley of Waynesboro. She was born in Florence, Alabama, and passed away on April 18, 2022, at the age of 65, leaving to mourn family and friends. She was predeceased by her brother Ronnie Roberson. She is survived by her parents, Glen Roberson and Emma Jo Phillips Roberson; her husband Charles Pulley of Waynesboro; her daughters, Amanda Camfield (Michael) of Waynesboro, Brittney Bastin (Collin) of Hohenwald, and Lori Pulley of Huntsville,...

  • Jeannette Marie Walker

    May 5, 2022

    September 9, 1939 - April 26, 2022 Jeannette Marie Walker, age 82, wife of James D. Walker, Sr., and a resident of Hohenwald, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at her residence. Heritage Funeral Home, Columbia, is assisting the family with arrangements....

  • 7th Annual DoubleCreek Turkey Hunt

    May 5, 2022

    Army and Marine Purple Heart recipients recently came to Hohenwald to experience a time of connecting and healing at the 7th Annual DoubleCreek Turkey Hunt. This event, sponsored by Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIAF.org), was hosted by Dennis Reynolds and Shelley Cohen. With incredible support from this community, two birds were taken and these heroes had an opportunity to connect with a commonality of being wounded while serving. These heroes were from NY, TN, AL, FL, and TX, one of...

  • Sheriff Report

    May 5, 2022

    The following was submitted by Lewis County Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick for April 9-29, 2022. This is a record of law enforcement action and is neither intended to imply innocence or guilt of charges placed. Christina McKennon, Haylong Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, was charged with methamphetamine-manufacture, deliver, sell, or possess on April 9. Alex Gray, Bellwood Road, was charged with contempt of court on April 9. Loran Pate, Sycamore Lane, was charged with indecent exposure and criminal trespassing on April 11. James Bramlett, Swan Avenue, was...

  • Cancer Victims Fundraiser Thursday

    May 5, 2022

    The Lewis County Cancer Victims group has planned a fundraiser for Thursday, May 5, 2022 in the Community Building at Memorial Park from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Available for purchase will be a choice of hamburger or hot dog with chips, dessert and drink; or beans and hushpuppies with dessert and drink. This organization has been helping Lewis County Cancer Victims for over 20 years. All monies raised will be used for cancer patients of Lewis County to help with transportation and prescription costs. For more information, contact: Charlie...

  • Decoration at Dabbs Cemetery

    May 5, 2022

    A Decoration Day for Dabbs Cemetery, Rockhouse Creek, Perry County, is planned for Saturday, May 7, 2022 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The cemetery is in need of donations. There will not be a meal provided this year but anyone attending may pack a sack lunch for themselves. For more information, call 931-589-2866....

  • 2022 SCOPE Conference

    May 5, 2022

    On March 16, 2022, TSBA hosted its Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) conference, which gives students a voice on public education issues that are currently faced by school boards. This year's conference was held at Belmont University. Two hundred twenty-two high school students from across the state participated in mock school board sessions where they assumed the roles of school board members, school officials, parents, students, and concerned citizens. Students attending from...

  • Hohenwald Springfest

    May 5, 2022

    Hohenwald Springfest will be held at Lewis County Memorial Park this Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 6th and 7th. There will be craft vendors, food trucks, kids games and more! On Friday the Lewis County High School Band will kick off the festival with a performance for Opening Ceremonies at 11:00 a.m., and there will be a Storyteller contest all day. On Saturday, there will be cakewalk contests at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Kenny Durham will perform at...

  • Forgery, theft suspect arrested

    May 5, 2022

    On April 18, 2022 Sergeant Michael Dunn of the Hohenwald Police Department was notified by off duty officer Travis Koch that a theft had taken place in Hohenwald. Officer Koch, president of the Hohenwald Masonic Lodge #607, stated he was contacted by treasurer of the lodge, Brad Rasbury, about checks and money that had been taken out of the lodge bank account. Rasbury stated that secretary of the lodge, Adam Tomlin, had forged checks and taken money out of the lodge account without permission,...

  • Accident on 412

    May 5, 2022

    Around 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Hohenwald Police Department, Hohenwald Fire Department, and Maury Regional EMS responders were called out to a motor vehicle accident on East Main, at the intersection with Elm Street. An HPD Officer reported that it appeared the female driver of a gold Dodge Ram pick-up was turning onto Elm Street from Hwy 412, and pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Dennis Ray, was unable to stop before colliding with the...

  • St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

    May 5, 2022

    In an effort to instill a love for others and a helping hand in the hearts and minds of our preschoolers, Pre-K promoted bicycle safety while raising money for childhood cancer research. The trike-a-thon taught riding safety tips by using coloring sheets, stories, and riding activities. Teachers incorporated/read a short story, each day for a week, from The Adventures of Bikewell Bear. Children practiced using their safety rules on bikes or tricycles. A total of $2,400 dollars was raised for...

  • Amber Falls Winery selected for cultural diplomacy

    May 5, 2022

    The Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy is honored to announce Amber Falls has been selected as the official winery of the US branch of the 16-nation non-profit based in Athens, Greece. Throughout history, wine has been a symbol of regional pride and hospitality and an expression of friendship and Cultural Diplomacy. Criteria for selection by the US branch, headquartered in Nashville, was threefold: excellence of product, brand initiative in highlighting Tennessee, and outstanding representative of the growth of wineries in Tennessee....

  • One Day at a Time

    Evelyn 'E.T.' Trevathan, Contributing Writer|May 5, 2022

    Well it is a beautiful and peaceful morning here in our little valley. I went out earlier this morning and the cats were up and sitting at the door looking in, like where’s breakfast. The birds were busy, and there was bumble bees up on the porch, I haven’t seen that before and I have noticed there have been a lot of bees this spring. After we had breakfast while Bob cleaned up the kitchen, I took my coffee and went to the front porch swing, everything was so peaceful and the flowers and trees are so pretty, if any of you have come by my hou...

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