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Chester Co. athletes compete in special ‘Eagle Olympics’

JACKSON, Tenn. — Chester County High School hosted the first ever special Eagle Olympics on Friday. Athletes entered Eagle Stadium with all the traditional pomp and circumstance, and 41 special athletes from across Chester County competed. “It’s something for them to take pride in,” Special Education Teacher Beth Whitman said. “It’s something for them to work toward.” Athletes like Breauna…

Dyersburg firefighters complete vehicle rescue training

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Your local firefighters do more than just put out house fires. “We also respond to motor vehicle accidents, and we never know what type of accident it might be,” Capt. John Doyle of the Dyersburg Fire Department said. So this week, the Dyersburg Fire Department went over the proper tools and methods that would be used in…

Memphis-area school voucher bill dead for the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal that would set up a school voucher pilot program in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, is dead for the year. On Wednesday, the bill by Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville was delayed from further consideration until 2018. The bill would have allowed public school children to use taxpayer money to go to private…

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival 5K & 10K

33rd Annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival 5k & 10k road race through the streets of Humboldt $20 pre-registration (closes May 10) on https://racesonline.com or mail-in information and form is on Humboldt TN Chamber of Commerce’s website (must be received by May 10th) $25 late registration and early packet pickup:Friday, May 12th 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Bailey Park Pavilion Race Day…

‘Partnership district’ could help improve 5 failing schools

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Local and state leaders in Tennessee are working to create a separate school district to help improve low-performing schools. The Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/2pwRtK4) reports that education leaders hope to launch Tennessee’s first “partnership district.” The plan would allow school districts and local initiatives to collaborate instead of the state taking over low-performing schools. Tennessee Education…

Memphis company recalls ham products due to possible listeria

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis meat packing company is recalling over 8,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with listeria. The items were shipped to distributors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food…

County commissioner arrested on assault charge in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee local official has been arrested after police said he choked his girlfriend at a fast food restaurant. Memphis police said Monday that Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford has been charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Police said Ford’s girlfriend told officers he physically assaulted and choked her during an argument at a Church’s…