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Living History of Perry County: Civil War Days

The 161st anniversary of the Capture and Burning of the Courthouse by Federal Troops will be commemorated on May 11, 202.4 on the actual historic site where this momentous event occurred on May 12, 1863. Dedicated re-enactors will present a Living History Day, Friday, May 10, 2024  on Linden’s West Main Street between First Baptist…

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SCORE: Perry Has Fifth Highest Youth Vulnerability Rate in State

The State Collaborative On Reforming Education (SCORE) and Nashville Health recently hosted more than 200 community, education and mental health leaders to explore ways to address challenges facing student mental health and its impact on educational outcomes in Tennessee. With nearly one in four Tennessee youth dealing with at least one of the ten most…

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Community Resource Fair April 24 at Veterans Park

A Community Resource Fair, a one-day, one-stop event to provide services and supports for individuals and families in Perry County, will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Veterans Park, Old Highway 13, in Linden. Discover health, employment, and other resources from community organizations to help you and your family.…

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All But One Incumbent Unopposed on Aug. Ballot

The qualifying deadline has passed, and with the exception of one race, incumbents are facing no opposition on the August 1 ballot. Longtime Board of Education member and chairperson Martha Sharp is the only elected official being challenged; Linden business owner Jackie Duncan is seeking Sharp’s District Four seat on the Board. Lobelville incumbent aldermen-at-large…

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Perry County #1 in Projects

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced this week that Perry County, in 2023, landed more projects than any of the state’s eight distressed counties. TN ECD said the projects resulted in 240 new jobs and more than $12 million in capital investments. Perry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Allyson Dickey, who…

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Body of Missing Man Found In Pond

Fifty-four days after he went missing, the body of James Wray was found Sunday not far from where witnesses saw him walk into the woods. The body was discovered by a local individual out riding his four-wheeler on Easter Sunday on property bordering the Rogers Group sand and gravel site on the south side of…

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Mental Health Court: An Alternative to Incarceration

If you have a loved one who has been arrested in Perry, Lewis, or Hickman County and is living with mental health challenges, the 32nd Judicial District Mental Health (MH) Court may be able to assist with an alternative to incarceration within the criminal justice system. The MH Court is a voluntary program designed to…

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Fishing Trip Turned Into Tragedy

A fishing trip turned into tragedy for a father and young son who drowned last week in the Tennessee River in what authorities are calling an accident. The body of Michael Allen “Porkchop” Tucker, age four, of Clifton, was discovered in the water by a Rogers Group employee early Wednesday morning. Just after noon that…

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Single Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Local Minister

A single vehicle accident around 10:00, Friday morning, March 22, claimed the life of a local minister. Dr. Stan Vespie was declared dead at the scene on Tom’s Creek Road by EMS Director Gary Rogers. Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said Dr. Vespie was traveling to Tom’s Creek Baptist Church, where he pastored, for a…

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