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Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Cops & Kids bring smiles at Christmas

    Dec 28, 2023

    Just walking through the doors, one could sense the excitement! The lights were festive and bright, Christmas tunes were turned up on the loud speaker, kids and their families were buzzing around in anticipation, and costumed characters added to the feeling of Christmas. Even the Grinch was there, DANCING with people! "Cops & Kids" (formerly known as Shop with a Cop) celebrated yet another year of true giving. This year, the F.O.P Alan Ragsdale Memorial Lodge #73, along with several volunteers,...

  • Jingle Jeeps

    Dec 28, 2023

    The "caboose" to the annual Christmas in Hohenwald festivities is always the "Jingle Jeeps and Yuletide UTV ride." This year, on December 16th, 59 Jeeps and UTV's braved the cold, rainy weather to raise money for two great organizations. Both Hope Hohenwald, inc., and the Fraternal Order of Police were equal part recipients of the nearly $10,000 raised by generous donors participating in the event. Several businesses in town also donated prizes which were awarded during the pre-ride festivities,...

  • $76,000 in State Funding to Pay for County Tourism Efforts

    Dec 28, 2023

    New tourism signage will be installed soon thanks to $76,000 in state funding. Lewis County was awarded $76,000 during a competitive state grant process with the Tennessee Department of Tourism to continue investing in county tourism efforts with the Public Access Points at the Buffalo River Blueway and the Natchez Trace. "The fact that these state dollars are coming to Lewis County to help fund these projects we've been planning shows that Lewis County really is leading the way in tourism effor...

  • Commodity Food Distribution

    Dec 28, 2023

    There will be a Commodity Food Distribution for Lewis County residents only on January 9, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Memorial Park Community Building, 115 Smith Avenue. This distribution will be drive through and participants are to remain in their vehicles and South Central Human Resource Agency staff will get the required information needed. The South Central Human Resource Agency staff will place the food in the trunk of the client vehicle. If you have any questions please call your local SCHRA office at 796-48...

  • Carla Faye Murphy

    Dec 28, 2023

    Carla Faye Murphy, age 58, went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2023, at her home in Hohenwald, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on October 14, 1965, in Waynesboro to James Claude Carroll and Dorothy Faye Cate Carroll. Carla was the owner of Jellybean Junction. She was proud to be "Nana" to all over her beloved daycare babies. She was proud to play a part in their lives. Carla put God first in everything she did. She worshipped with Central Christian Fellowship...

  • William Archer

    Dec 28, 2023

    William "Bill" Miller Archer, age 76, of Hohenwald, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Bill was born in Gadsden, Alabama on September 4, 1947, the son of the late Robert Durwood and Mary (Miller) Archer. He graduated from Huntsville High School. Bill was co-owner of Archer Plumbing LLC working in utility work for many years. He also was very proud that he and his Dad laid over 1000 miles of gas line in Alabama. When he came to Tennessee, he worked for Nashville Gas...

  • Carrie Leann Black

    Dec 28, 2023

    Carrie LeAnn Black, age 47, of Ethridge, peacefully passed away on December 21st, 2023 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. She enjoyed spending her time at the Amish Welcome Center, working with arts and crafts, and spending time with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her Father, Rick Cogdill; Maternal Grandparents, Billy and Jeanette Bergin; Paternal Grandfather, Edgar Cogdill. She is survived by her Children, Stanton O'Guin, Jordan Haislip (Eric), Ian Black (Shay),...

  • Deborah Sue (Rodgers) Prater

    Dec 28, 2023

    Deborah Sue Rodgers Prater was born June 26, 1961 in Lima, Ohio, to the late Jimmy Rodgers and Deanna Rabe Rodgers, who survives. Mrs. Prater departed this life on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 making her stay in this life some 62 years, 5 months, and 24 days. She was united in marriage to Greg Prater on May 29, 2005. Mrs. Prater loved gardening of most any kind and spent the last few years working hard in her flower beds. She enjoyed canning, reading, especially mysteries, and will be fondly remem...

  • Shirley Yager

    Dec 28, 2023

    Shirley Yager, age 80, a resident of Hohenwald, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023, at her residence. Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia is assisting the family with arrangements....

  • Raymond J. "Dad" Belew

    Dec 28, 2023

    Raymond J. "Dad" Belew, age 87, of Lawrenceburg, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 22, 2023, at North Alabama Medical Center in Florence, Alabama. He was a native of Westpoint,, retired from Murray Ohio, and an active member of Summertown Bible Christian Church. Raymond loved to spend time with his family, an avid coin collector, and traveling, where he enjoyed attending gun shows, coin shows, and visiting old bookstores. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paulie and Bessie...

  • Dr. Mark Wayne Sigler

    Dec 28, 2023

    Dr. Mark Wayne Sigler, passed away on December 23, 2023, in Hohenwald, at the age of 72. He was born on May 14, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Harold Morgan Sigler and Betty Jo Easley Sigler. A proud graduate of Bellevue High School, Mark's pursuit of knowledge led him to further his education at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville, where he earned his degree in psychology. He worked tirelessly as a psychologist in the Lewis County School...

  • Michael Everett McCaig

    Dec 28, 2023

    Emergency personnel were summoned to Gray Road Friday, December 15, for a welfare check. after the stepson of the individual could not be reached by phone. Lewis County Coroner Lori Grillo was called to the scene and reported that Michael Everett McCaig was deceased and had been for some time. His stepson had regularly kept in contact with McCaig after the death of his mother Janet McCaig in May. The last time the stepson talked with Michael was at Thanksgiving. It was reported the McCaig was from Robertson County. No services have been...

  • Don't Let Holiday Debts Snowball

    Dec 28, 2023

    Between gifts, decorations, family meals and travel, the holiday season is more expensive than ever. A sizable percentage of Americans take on debt to pay for costs associated with the holidays. That includes those on low incomes, for whom it can be much more difficult to get back on firm financial footing afterward. The cost of borrowing money has gotten more expensive as inflation concerns have caused the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. For those with low credit scores, many credit cards are now carrying APRs as high as 25% to 30%....

  • They Call Him "Rambo"

    Dec 28, 2023

    His check has been signed by the Lewis County School District in Tennessee for forty years, but he works for the kids. Generations of kids know the tall, thin man who always has a smile and encouraging word and who keeps the interior and exterior of their school looking nice as "Rambo", a nickname he earned when he first started working there and was the antithesis of the Sylvester Stallone character. Why does he enjoy being around the kids? Because he understands what it's like to struggle in...

  • Centerville man arrested following fatal shootings

    Dec 28, 2023

    An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into a fatal shooting in Centerville has resulted in the arrest of a man in connection to a subsequent deadly shooting. On Friday, at the request of 32nd Judicial District Attorney General Hans Schwendimann, TBI special agents began investigating the death of Wallace D. Rediker (DOB: 3/19/53) who was found fatally shot outside of his home in the 3100 block of East Beaverdam Road. The investigation revealed his neighbor, David N. Katahn (DOB: 3/25/53), was the person...

  • Head Start Council to meet

    Dec 28, 2023

    The South Central Human Resource Agency Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council meeting will meet at 10:30 a.m. on January 18, 2024, at the South Central Human Resource Agency Central Office, in Fayetteville, Tennessee....

  • Fact finding collaborative advocated by Walley on Summertown-area health

    Dec 28, 2023

    As a self-described agriculture advocate, a state senator says Tennessee leaders need facts on whether there’s a disproportionate number of sick people in the Summertown-Ethridge area and, if so, why. While preparing for a 2 p.m. Jan. 4 public meeting with his constituents in Lawrenceburg, Sen. Page Walley said that, among other things, information from the Summertown-based Citizens for Clean Air, Water and Food provides a reason to ask the state’s Legislative Services Office to draft legislation, or a resolution, requiring several state depart...

  • Girl Scouts kick off cookie season

    Dec 28, 2023

    Lewis County Girl Scouts kicked off 2023 cookie season with a Cookie Rally recently. In and around their custom old fashioned cardboard cookie store the girls played games to refresh their memories on: cookie names, cookie prices, counting change and customer service....

  • Bicycle GiveAway

    Dec 28, 2023

    On December 22, 2023, The Bank of Lewis County, gave away 9 bicycle's. All childern that were given a bicycle were entered in a drawing. One of the winners of a Bicycle was Oaklynn Simpson....

  • Brownie Bridging and Christmas Party

    Dec 28, 2023

    Lewis County Girl Scouts held their 2023 Daisy to Brownie Bridging and Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 19. Three of the Daisy Girl Scouts bridged to Brownie level and received their new uniforms. After a lively game of "musical grab bag", where a bag was passed around and when the music stopped, whomever was holding the bag, got to choose a present, the music began again...until everyone had a present! Then the swapping began!!! It was great fun! Then the snacks and painting ornaments or...

  • Gordonsburg / Little Swan News

    Dorothy Warf|Dec 28, 2023

    Another week with winter nights and fall days with temperatures at night in the low twenties and teens and days up in the fifties some days. There have been some showers this past week with rain in the night and even in the days sometimes, there was lots of rain on Saturday and again on Sunday afternoon and evening on into the morning and during the day Christmas Day but the temperature was in the upper fifties and sixties during day but there was some sunshine in the afternoon. Those I know of who are sick either at home, in nursing...

  • One Day at a Time

    Evelyn 'E.T.' Trevathan|Dec 28, 2023

    Well it is a warmer than usual morning here in our little valley, we did get a little rain but now the sun is trying to shine through the clouds, but I think we might get some more rain. The cats came up early this morning for breakfast and they were really hungry. They have now finished their breakfast and have gone off to take their naps until it is time to get up and play or time to eat supper. The other day Bobby put some bird feed in the feeders in the backyard, and this morning around the feeders there were a lot of pretty red Cardinals...

  • Three generations of Titans fans

    Amanda Curtis|Dec 28, 2023

    Three generations of Titans fans traveled to Nashville to attend their first Tennessee Titans game on Sunday, December 24, 2023, after winning tickets given away by Abby and Steven Ruddle. A great time was had by all, and although the Titans walked away with a loss, Nana still walked away with a coveted Titans foam finger, and the girls were featured on the Jumbo Tron twice!...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Dec 28, 2023

    December 31, 1954 The Lewis County Herald was not published this week. January 2, 1964 Lewis County was crippled by its second large snow of the season, when 10 to 15 inches fell throughout the county. A single-engine Cessna 150 plane crashed North of Hohenwald during a snowstorm on December 22, 1963. The pilot was treated for minor lacerations and exposure. Hershel Spears’s home received first place in the annual home lighting contest held by the Lewis County Civic Club. Cecil Baker, Coy B...

  • Senator Joey Hensley, MD

    Sen. Joey Hensley|Dec 28, 2023

    The 2nd session of the 113th General Assembly will be convening January 9, 2024. These are a few of the issues that were addressed in the first half to the 113th General Assembly. Cracking down on TikTok use at Tennessee College Campuses - This law prohibits the Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat from being accessed on Tennessee public higher education institutions’ internet networks. The State of Tennessee and the Federal government have taken similar steps to mitigate t...

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