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Kimberly McMillian

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SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Avid motorcyclist Tim "Poppa T" Duncan's tattooed forearms and biker jacket might represent one passion, but his pastoral duties at Johns Chapel in Spring City, Tenn., reveal another.

GRAYSVILLE, Tenn. — For Graysville Elementary School fifth-grade student Tanner Turner, the slide show presentation about energy conservation hit close to home.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — Locals took to Splash Pad like ducks to water during a week of testing for the $322,435 aquatic feature at Veterans Park in downtown Spring City, Tenn.

Ben Brown said his goal is to grow as a "well-known auction house" and feature high-dollar items that avid collectors would appreciate and purchase.

DAYTON, Tenn. — For Theresa Snyder, the instigation of her dismissal as Rhea County's election administrator was a methodical campaign that progressed over the past year, if not longer.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — A leadership overhaul in Spring City government will offer a diverse perspective on upcoming needs and tourism-related changes, the new city manager says.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Officials are offering residents who live east of U.S. Highway 27 in Dayton assistance to help keep the area cleaner, City Manager Frank Welch said.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bryan College alumni Bryce McGuire and Colton Davie debuted their collaborative film "Jesus Fish" at the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, S.C., over the weekend, and it's coming to Dayton tonight.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Dayton Mayor-elect Gary Louallen, who won the office Wednesday by fewer than 30 votes, said the close race brought home to him the importance of every registered voter exercising that right.

DAYTON, Tenn. — MainStreet Dayton will begin the third phase of its courthouse square revitalization project later this summer, officials said at the group's monthly meeting this week.

DAYTON, Tenn. — A former Rhea County Animal Shelter volunteer pleaded "no contest" Tuesday to a charge of animal cruelty.

The clinic will offer adoptable spayed and neutered outdoor cats for free, along with indoor cats for $35 which have had additional precautionary treatments.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Vice Mayor Bobby Doss and fellow Councilman Gary Louallen will compete in April in the Dayton mayoral race. Current Mayor Bob Vincent won't seek re-election.

Abel and Spengler kept the restaurant's popular name, which originated over 20 years ago under its previous ownership, to help with its recognition of having the basic menu and hometown familiarity. "It works," said Abel.

DAYTON, Tenn. — For Rhea County to grow and thrive, efforts by its leaders and maintenance of improvements will be required, officials said at a recent Rhea Economic and Tourism Council meeting with Thrive 2055 project representatives.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Two Rhea County groups have appealed to county commissioners about the possible appearance of an expanded jail next to the courthouse downtown.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Life Care Centers of America will show off its new nursing home and assisted living center at 10055 Rhea County Highway in Dayton, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during a community open house.

DAYTON, Tenn. — For Rhea County historian Pat Guffey, paying tribute to her mentor Bettye Broyles meant she'd have to sort through mounds of unsalvageable paperwork, books and photos before she uncovered the treasures left behind.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County animal activist Richard Orlowske was greeted on Valentine's Day not with flowers but with a half-inch-thick mattress on the floor of the county jail after his arrest that day on an animal cruelty charge.

DAYTON, Tenn. — A survey of city residents and merchants could highlight needed improvements and ways to boost downtown businesses, according to MainStreet Dayton officials.

DAYTON, Tenn. — An influx of fishing tournaments will attract oodles of anglers and create a trickle-down effect for businesses in Rhea County, a Dayton city councilman said this week.

GRAYSVILLE, Tenn. — For 66-year-old Wesley Denson, recalling his former softball days at Graysville's ballpark sparked a renewed interest in the sport he loved.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bryan College's annual student community service day, traditionally held on Martin Luther King Day, is changing its focus and its name and moving to April, school officials said.

BIRCHWOOD, Tenn. — Ron Cooper is searching — but he's not quite sure what he's seeking.

Name: Shear Strength Location: 7935 Rhea County Highway in Dayton, Tenn. Contact: 423-290-6482

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — A petition by activists seeking to establish the Rhea County Animal Shelter as a "no-kill" facility is attracting attention online.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea County school board member Patrick Fisher, still in jail after his second recent arrest on drug and weapons charges, may face an ouster petition if he doesn't resign.

DAYTON, Tenn. — A Rhea County school board member was being held without bond in the Rhea County Jail on Wednesday following his arrest Monday on DUI, drug and weapons charges.

Bruehl said that she'd wanted her grandchildren to reference her with a more unique name, preferably not Nana or Mamaw.

College students and older folks have a tendency to enjoy the smokehouse flavor of their house specialties.

A Rhea County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday evening found former state Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, not guilty of assaulting a woman in a wheelchair who supported Cobb's opponent in the Aug. 2 primary election.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Merchants in downtown Dayton are planning weekly drawings, increased offerings and more as they kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday.

  • Nov. 5th, 2012  |
  • By By Kimberly McMillian

DAYTON, Tenn. — Preventive measures to ensure the health and longevity of the 37 trees surrounding the historic Rhea County Courthouse in downtown Dayton will begin in November, officials said.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- For 86-year-old Rhea County artist Nell Moretz, painting her area's landscape on a Christmas ornament for the governor's residence is a highlight of her long career.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. — The anticipated grand opening of the splash pad water attraction at Veterans Park has been pushed back until temperatures warm up again.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Former and current residents of the Old Washington community will showcase the once-thriving gateway to the Tennessee River today at its bicentennial celebration.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- An ongoing dispute between the North Utility District of Rhea County and Spring City over which is supposed to provide water to a business has been resolved.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Matthew Calbaugh, a senior at Rhea County High School, will find the hurdles easier to handle this year on the school's new track and football field.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Downtown holiday shoppers this year will find the streets more festive and brighter, according to MainStreet Dayton leaders.

DAYTON, Tenn. — For veteran Billy Gardner, paying tribute to America's fallen men and women is heartfelt.

Name: Dayton Boat Dock & Grill Location: 175 Lakeshore Drive, Dayton, Tenn. Phone: 423 428-9090

DAYTON, Tenn. — Twenty-five years ago, John Sprankell, a former U.S. Navy officer, and his wife, Anna, used their artistic talents to embark on a journey that has strengthened their faith and marriage.

Newkirk and Tope agreed that they'd wanted to provide Rhea County with nearby customer service, as the leading repair shop that's not more than 15 miles away, but that word has since reached to Bledsoe and Cumberland counties.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Consideration of the Rhea County areas ripe for development will begin soon now that an economic report by Tennessee Valley Authority personnel is complete, the county's economic director said.

Since she lived on Dayton Mountain and had originally made the candles in her kitchen for Christmas gifts last year, she sought inspiration from the comforts of home.

Osborne's wife, Joanna, had helped with the store's namesake, he said. Most of the items had a "yesteryear" appeal to offer customers a moment to reminisce with their children and grandchildren, or to purchase for themselves or a loved one.

SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- This summer, the family-oriented Veterans Park in Spring City will offer fountains of fun, the city manager said.

Name: Café Pascale & Deli, Bakery, Catering

RHEA COUNTY, Tenn. -- Phil Cise Sr., a Summitt, N.J., volunteer firefighter who helped clear debris at ground zero in New York City, knows firsthand the importance of having turnout gear readily accessible whenever it's needed.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- At least one person was killed and one or more others suffered unknown injuries Saturday when their motorcycles collided with a car on U.S. Highway 27 North, authorities said.

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