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  • Philbilly Cancer Ride

    Sep 21, 2023

    The 10th Annual Philbilly Cancer Ride was held Saturday, September 16. The event raised $15,000 for the Lewis County Cancer Victims Fund. There were a total of 50 motorcycles and a record number of car riders due to the rainy weather. The auction was a huge success as always with the highest bid being $2,000 for a set of custom cornhole boards hand-crafted by Shayla Lay. The total miles ridden was a little over 150 miles. This ride is organized by Phillip "Philbilly" Andrews, his dad, William...

  • Homeless in Hohenwald

    Amanda Curtis|Sep 21, 2023

    Complaints of panhandling, theft and loitering have risen in 2023, and a majority of those are coming from citizens referring to unsheltered, unemployed people walking the streets of Hohenwald. Prior to the recent uptick, the homeless population in this community has stayed almost hidden. Staying on a friend or family member’s couch, living night-to-night at motels and in abandoned buildings around town has been the norm in this circle. However, according to the outcry of many locals, it has b...

  • Lewis County

    Sep 21, 2023

    Lewis County is currently ranked in the top quarter of Tennessee counties in child well-being. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) recently released its 2023 County Profiles of Child Well-Being in the state of Tennessee, and out of 95 counties, Lewis County ranked 13th overall in child well-being. According to the TCCY, each profile takes into account 52 indicators in that affect child development. This includes economic well-being, education, health, family and community. Lewis County’s strongest indicator was the percent o...

  • Clippers and Cash

    Amanda Curtis|Sep 21, 2023

    Imagine coming into work at your small business to find money missing, then watching the security camera footage to see who took it was the same man walking the streets of Hohenwald in a tin foil hat and Scream mask days before. That's exactly what happened to local salon owner, Taylor Swanson. On September 12 at approximately 11:06 a.m., Officer Osborne and Investigator Bridges responded to TLC Hair Salon on East Linden Avenue where they were met by Mrs. Swanson who stated she was missing $100...

  • The Elephant Sanctuary

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Sanctuary is excited to announce the safe arrival of African elephant Donna on September 13. Donna made the journey from Oakland, California, to Hohenwald, Tennessee, alongside dedicated zoo staff and veterinarian. Upon her arrival at The Sanctuary, Donna approached her new barn with a deliberate pace, meticulously examining every detail with her trunk. With lots of trumpets and rumbles, Donna dusted herself with sand and engaged with the enrichment provided by The Sanctuary Staff. She snacked on fresh watermelon and hydrating banana...

  • Phillip Majors Jr.

    Sep 21, 2023

    Mr. Phillip "Peter Rabbit" Majors, Jr., 53, of Linden, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023 following an accident. He was born in Hohenwald to Jewell Yarbrough Majors and the late Phillip Majors, Sr.. He was self-employed as a Handyman. He enjoyed fishing, bowhunting and spending time with his family. Survivors include his mother, Jewell Majors of Nashville; daughters, Kaliana Majors, Ayndalin Majors and Keaudra Majors, all of Linden and Phillana Majors of Gallatin; a grandson, Royce Brown of...

  • Leamon Joyl Quillen

    Sep 21, 2023

    Mr. Leamon Joyl Quillen, 81, was born January 15, 1942, in Hohenwald, to the late Sidney and Minnie Turnbow Quillen. He was united in marriage to Margie Lee Holt on September 12, 1959. He worked and lived in Waynesboro where he and his wife of almost 64 years raised their family. He attended the Wayne County Bible Center where he loved worshiping , praising God and as he would describe it "singing the Gospel". He served his community and the surrounding areas as a car salesman and mechanic. He...

  • Carolyn Bonner

    Sep 21, 2023

    Carolyn Burke Bonner, resident of Hohenwald, formerly of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on September 13, 2023, at the age of 82 years. Miss Bonner was born to Joseph L. Bonner and Kathryn E. Atterbury on the 11th day of September 1941, in the city of San Antonio, Texas. She lived and worked in San Antonio; when in 2007, she moved to Hohenwald to retire. Carolyn had a long career as a medical transcriptionist, until medical issues forced her into retirement. Her dedication to the Catholic...

  • Ralphard "Skip" Wayne Kirby

    Sep 21, 2023

    Ralphard Wayne "Skip" Kirby, 62, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on September 16, 2023, in Columbia. Born on November 16, 1960, in Danville, Illinois, Skip was a beacon of creativity and love throughout his life. Skip was the beloved husband to Alisa McCann Kirby for 32 beautiful years. Together they raised a wonderful family, which included their children Keila Kirby of Linden, Bria Kirby, Sacha Hinson, and Clesha Seiber all of Hohenwald. Skip was a devoted...

  • Billy Robin Runions

    Sep 21, 2023

    Billy Robin Runions passed away at Maury Regional in Columbia on September 14, 2023, at the age of 69. He was born in Hohenwald on December 16, 1953, to the late Mack Allen Runions and Rebecca (Himes) Runions. Billy was an avid fisherman, he spent countless hours by the water. He enjoyed hunting and the calm of the woods around him. Billy’s hands were rarely idle. He had a knack for tinkering with vehicles, turning rusted pieces into shiny treasures. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Donald Runions, his s...

  • Nora Mae Sciacqua

    Sep 21, 2023

    Nora Mae Sciacqua, age 80, a resident of Hohenwald, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023, at her residence. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements....

  • Sam Matteson

    Sep 21, 2023

    John Samuel Matteson, affectionately known as Sam, passed peacefully on September 13, 2023, in Columbia, at the age of 61. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, on July 26, 1962, Sam was the son of Leland Junior Matteson and Jean Loudermilk Matteson. Sam is survived by his loving wife, Amanda (Edwards) Matteson; their cherished son, Raylan Vale Matteson of Hohenwald; a daughter of the heart, Rachelle of Marion, Ohio; siblings, Lynn Craig of Wellston, Ohio, Kathy (Terry) Weller of Bourbon, Missouri, Robert...

  • Gene Raymer

    Sep 21, 2023

    Generalle Waine "Gene" Raymer passed away on September 17, 2023, in Centerville, Tennessee. Born in Morgantown, Kentucky, on October 26, 1950, to Uda Sylvester Raymer and Gypsy Verline Miller Raymer, Gene lived a life filled with hard work, dedication, and love for his family and country. A proud Army veteran, Gene served his country with honor and integrity. His service was a significant part of his identity. Gene was a man of the outdoors; hunting and fishing with his family were cherished...

  • Linda D. (Wills) Grinder

    Sep 21, 2023

    Linda D. Grinder, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and educator, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2023, in Centerville. Born on November 19, 1940, in Dickson, to the late Winfrey and Geneva Wills, Linda was a beacon of kindness and love who touched countless lives throughout her 82 years. Linda was the cherished wife of the late Eugene "Coach" Grinder, with whom she shared a lifetime of love and treasured memories. Together, they raised a beautiful family, instilling in...

  • Senator Joey Hensley, MD

    Sen. Joey Hensley|Sep 21, 2023

    The 113th General Assembly has adjourned for 2023, and it was a very successful year. We have taken measures for Tennessee to be a better place to live, work and to raise a family. I will go over some of the laws passed this session. Adding “In God We Trust” to the state seal - The General Assembly approved a measure to add “In God We Trust” to the Tennessee state seal. The new law asks the governor, who is the keeper of the seal, to direct the Secretary of State to redesign the state seal. O...

  • Suspended In Time-Painting Time Frame

    Elissa Tracy|Sep 21, 2023

    Recently, I was asked, “How long should it take to finish a painting?” Unless you work for someone where you are under a distribution timeline, then the simple answer to the question is: whenever you, the artist, think it’s done. Instead of approaching a painting with predefined expectations of when it should be finished, we should trust our intuition and let the painting tell us when it’s a completed work. I know this may sound Hippie Dippy, but our real glory as artists is our imagination, and this is one area where time, schedules, deadlin...

  • Second grade

    Sep 21, 2023

    Second grade students receiving the Character Trait Award for Respect are pictured, front, from left, Isabelle Dodson, Adelynn Moriarity, Chloe Creasy, Nalah Crowell, Anja Clift, Janessa Rucker, and Aliana Doree; back, Hayden Holley, Levi James, Brayden Mumaw, Parker Carroll, Ronan Laumann, Brody Brown, and Colton Swinea....

  • Are free refills the arch-nemesis of the Golden Arches?

    Danny Tyree|Sep 21, 2023

    So, now the fuzzy purple critter isn’t the only “grimace” I’ll associate with the McDonald’s chain. “I’m lovin’ it” was assuredly not my gut-level reaction when I read of a 10-year corporate plan to phase out self-serving soda machines in all the restaurants and require customers to request (grovel for) refills at the counter. Consumers should have suspected beverage stations were endangered when one of last year’s Happy Meals contained the proverb “Anything worth doing is worth dragging out fo...

  • Tinslee Boyd turns five

    Sep 21, 2023

    Tinslee Boyd turned five on September 17, 2023. Family and friends helped her celebrate with a "Five and Fabulous" theme party at her parents private river lot. Guests were treated to a cookout, cupcakes, and a candy bar. Tinslee is the daughter of Timmy and Tiffany Boyd, and the sister of Hunter and Easton Boyd. She's the granddaughter of Tim and Tonya Boyd, Leroy and the late Kim Holloway, and the great-granddaughter of McKinley and Norma Wages, Tammy Boyd, Roger and Sue Holloway, Tammy and...

  • By "E.T. Trevathan, Contributing Writer

    Evelyn 'E.T.' Trevathan|Sep 21, 2023

    Well it is a nice morning here in our little valley. We are getting a little shower of rain and I hear thunder, but I do not think we are supposed to have any storms. On mornings like this I sure like sitting here on the porch swing. The cats do not like thunder, they quickly ate their breakfast and now have gone to their safe places until the rain stops. The cats sure liked that cooler weather that we had recently, on those few nights when it was really cool I put a little blanket over them so they would be warm, no they are not spoiled and if...

  • Amy Jett

    Sep 21, 2023

    A local hairstylist and owner of Main Street Beauty Company, Amy Jett, has just returned from an unbelievable experience styling models hair for New York Fashion Week. Amy has been serving our community as a hairstylist for the last 11 years and is dedicated to excellence. Amy was invited in February of this year to join a team of 25 stylists, mostly consisting of her fellow coworkers on the education team for the global haircare brands Rusk and Aquage, for this September's New York Fashion...

  • Celebrating

    Callie Dunn Sharp|Sep 21, 2023

    Birthdays Shelly Ragsdale, September 21 David Grinder, September 21 Martha Treadwell, September 21 Joe Griner, September 21 Jasper Treadwell, September 21 Arnold Lee Cowan, September 21 Joey Taylor, September 21 Louise Treadwell, September 21 Daniel Lewers, September 21 Linda Gayle Witherington, September 22 Darrin Barber, September 22 Lacey Sisco Cameron, September 22 Judy McDonald, September 22 Aubrey C. Edwards, September 22 Gabriel Anthony, September 22 Cassie Hallman, September 22 Claude King, September 23 Keith Bobo, September 23 Kellie...

  • By Dorothy Warf Contributing Writer

    Dorothy Warf|Sep 21, 2023

    The weather has been somewhat like fall and the lower temperatures at night and morning are welcome to me. We have had some rain that is always appreciated for it cleans the air and washing the vegetation that God has prepared for us to enjoy- the trees, wildflowers and shrubs that dot the hillsides. Those I know of who are sick either at home, in nursing facilities or in the hospitals are: Kasey Baker, Joyce Barnes, Colene Beasley, Lois Bennett, Lynn Brown, Gertie Carroll, Spencer Clark, Robert and Pat Dickson, Ophelia Green, James Hammack,...

  • September 17, 1953

    Crystal Nash|Sep 21, 2023

    September 17, 1953 B. & O. Pharmacy had a camera go missing from the store and received a letter from the shoplifter a few days later. Dr. Hurt reported that the letter included a one-dollar bill along with a note stating that twelve dollars would be sent, a dollar a week, to pay for the camera. The newspaper added, “Doc days he believes their conscious must be hurting them… he will be glad to get the twelve dollars, although it was a $14.95 camera.” Members of the Hohenwald Baptist Churc...

  • Football

    Jason Fite|Sep 21, 2023

    The Lewis County Panthers traveled to Loretto on Friday, September 15, for a region matchup with the Loretto Mustangs. It was the Panthers that grasped the lead early when Micah Godfrey bounced away from Mustang defenders and sprinted 83-yards for a touchdown. Godfrey was good on his point after attempt and the Panthers took a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Loretto responded with a first quarter drive into Panther territory and found the endzone on a 13-yard touchdown pass and s...

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