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Kimberly McMillian

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DAYTON, Tenn. -- Rosie Penney, 85, had a safe place to seek shelter and a backpack with three days of supplies when devastating tornadoes struck parts of Rhea and Bledsoe counties in 2011.

Rodney French's dad, Tommy, worked at the former Walker's Shoes on Main Street in Crossville, Tenn. Tommy renamed the store in 1972, where his son Rodney worked as a shoeshine boy until he took over in 1992.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Dayton City School third-grader Annaliese Tester will compete with 49 finalists from other states in the national Doodle 4 Google drawing competition May 21 in Mountain View, Calif.

DAYTON, Tenn. – Matt McClure’s family has maintained their legacy of furniture renting and retailing along Market Street for 105 years.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Officials in Dayton are considering relocating the downtown farmers market to Washington Street if farmers consent.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Work to replace traffic and street signs throughout downtown Dayton is close to completion, a MainStreet Dayton design committee member said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County economic leaders this week discussed plans for a 60-mile, countywide bicycle race in September, just one of a series of events planned to draw tourists this year.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The Rhea Economic and Tourism Council board has hired county native Dennis Tumlin as its new executive director and announced goals for 2014.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Rhea County Fair organizers recently bought 14 acres next to the fairgrounds in Evensville to allow for expanding the event.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — For 15-year-old playwright Bailey Hufstetler, tackling dramatic themes in his play "Changed" was inspired by the tragic loss of 5-year-old Rhea County resident Landon Robbins earlier this year.

Terry Wilkey, a former manager and longtime collector, said that his passion and expertise over the years for finding rare items helped with the transition as a business owner with his gallery of items.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County's new finance director, William Watson of Hixson, is expected to start his new job today.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea Economic and Tourism Council members have weeded through nine applicants in their search for an executive director and are awaiting a response from their chosen candidate.

BIRCHWOOD, Tenn. — Looking at the names incised on a granite wall at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park on Sunday, Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, had to choke back tears.

DAYTON, Tenn. — After Jennie and Mike Landreth adopted their eldest child, Abbie, feelings of helplessness overshadowed the joy they'd anticipated.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bolder, more easily seen street and parking signs have been installed at intersections along Market Street in downtown Dayton.

Victory Pre-Owned of Dayton buys, sells and trades pre-owned vehicles.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Rhea County Executive and multibusiness owner George Thacker has been honored for operating one of the top Howard Johnson hotels in the country.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Two local attorneys have said they plan to run for Rhea's County General Sessions Court judgeship in the 2014 election.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County school board members agree that added safety precautions are needed for Frazier and Rhea Central elementary schools.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The 65 downtown street signs here will have height and aesthetic consistency later this month, a MainStreet Dayton representative said.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Costly repairs to current police radios prompted the Dayton City Council to weigh its options on purchasing new or refurbished equipment.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Members of the Rhea County clerk's staff recently were trained to renew Tennessee driver's licenses after 15 years without offering that service.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Rhea County economic officials are interviewing candidates to replace the former director of the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council, that panel's chairman said.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- A Rhea County High School science teacher suspended after allegations of "inappropriate conduct" with a student has resigned.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Better communication in a nonpolitical atmosphere will allow leaders "to work together to promote Rhea County," Rhea Alliance President Jim Reed said at the group's first executive board meeting.

The store offers hand-crafted glass pendants with photo art, photo key chains, multiple-charm key chains and European glass beads, among other products and services.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Haven House, We Care Community Services' transitional emergency shelter off Railroad Street, will close its doors Dec. 31 and reopen as public housing.

DAYTON, Tenn. — For B.J. Tiller, 78, the fire department's installation of free smoke alarms has meant a newfound peace of mind.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The installation of 65 updated street signs in downtown Dayton will begin by early September, a MainStreet Dayton spokesman said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The Dayton City School system’s overcrowded classrooms could get some relief in the 2013-14 school year.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Dayton’s fire and police chiefs asked the City Council this week to approve the purchase of a number of big-ticket items.

DAYTON, Tenn. — The nonprofit agency We Care Community Services plans to develop a four-acre Dayton property into a “platinum” senior citizen housing, officials said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County officials say the Rhea County Leadership Program is coming back, possibly by November 2014.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County school officials this week rewarded Director of Schools Jerry Levengood with a contract extension.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution allowing the county to take part in the state's RetireTN program intended to attract retirees.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Property loan bids approved without the Rhea County Budget Committee's knowledge had commissioners voting at odds recently.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Early results from a survey seeking opinions on downtown Dayton improvements show many business owners and residents want more musical events, officials said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Two local YMCA groups have received city officials' approval for the use of a downtown building, but they'll need to figure out a scheduling conflict first, officials said at their monthly meeting.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Fire officials are asking the Dayton City Council's approval to join with Rhea County officials in an automatic aid agreement for high-risk residents.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County commissioners on Friday voted unanimously to award nearly $8,000 to ousted former county Elections Administrator Theresa Snyder for uncompensated work.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Organizations across Rhea County worked together to land this weekend's pro fishing tournament here and accommodate its anglers, officials agreed.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County school officials held a Saturday workshop to review immediate needs for 2013-14 and goals for everything from teacher pay scales to curriculum.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Officials from all over Rhea County are planning a nonprofit alliance to unite efforts on annual events, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's leader said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — After a spirited public discussion, Rhea County Commission members Tuesday night approved the $350,000 purchase of land owned by Dayton's mayor as the site for a new jail or justice center.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- The Dayton City Council this week authorized a water and sewer rate increase ordinance and a proposed city budget of more than $47 million.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Sixty-five street signs in downtown Dayton will be replaced with ones that are consistent in height and appearance, a MainStreet Dayton spokesman said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Moving day and updated textbooks were among topics discussed at a Rhea County school board meeting Thursday evening.

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