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Federal grant helps bring new internet access to rural West TN communities

BETHEL SPRINGS, Tenn. — McNairy County residents can now expect to have more access to high speed internet. “It’s huge because this is going to serve us, 2,000 McNairy County residents, with high-speed internet,” McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks said. State Rep. Ron Gant says all this is due to a federal communication grant that was awarded to the community,…

Firework rules & ordinances to follow this Independence Day

GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — This Fourth of July, many people will celebrate with fireworks. Milan Fire Chief Steven Dillard says it’s important to know the rules to follow. “The main thing to think about with fireworks is they’re small explosives and they are dangerous,” Dillard said. Firework rules and regulations vary by county and city. Here are the regulations for…

How to locate public cooling stations to help beat the heat

MILAN, Tenn. — “We haven’t had any heat emergencies yet,” Milan Fire Chief Steven Dillard said. “We’ve been fortunate in that.” As temperatures rise into the mid 90s, it is important for those who may not have access to cool air to know where to go. “We’ve been trying to provide a place if needed where people can get in…

Wildlife experts say to watch out for turtles this time of year

JACKSON, Tenn. — Late May through June is an active season for turtles. “People see turtles come walking across their yards or walking across roads this time of year,” said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Regional Administrator Alan Peterson. “Most of them are females looking for a piece of dry ground to lay their eggs.” Peterson says that no one should interfere…

RIFA kicks off plans for annual ‘Canstruction’ fundraiser

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Regional Inter-Faith Association, or RIFA, has played a major role in community service in Jackson for the last 40 years. “We are the premier hunger-fighting agency in our community, and we do that through many different programs and ministries that we have,” RIFA Executive Director Lisa Tillman said. The nonprofit held an event Tuesday to kick…

Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Linda Holley

MARTIN, Tenn. —  This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery is Special Education teacher Linda Holley of Martin Middle School. After teaching for over three decades, this will be the final school semester for Holley. “I’m sad to leave the school building,” said Holley. “I love the routine. I can’t wait to check things off my…