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Ryan Lewis

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JASPER, Tenn. — Some Jasper employees have done their jobs for so long, they're the only ones who know how to do the work.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders in South Pittsburg have removed Public Safety Director Dale Winters from his position as fire chief, but he will remain as the town's police chief.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders say 29 Chinese ginkgo trees planted around Jasper's courthouse square in the early 2000s have begun causing trouble.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders are backtracking to opt out of some potentially costly commercial and residential building code requirements.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Marion County Commission is considering joining the AirMedCare Network, which could eliminate the enormous costs associated with air ambulance flights for county residents.

JASPER, Tenn. — A disagreement over Jasper's responsibilities as a sponsor of local Cub Scout Pack 3058 could lead to an end of that partnership.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- The South Pittsburg police department could get a free drug dog and officer training if city leaders approve the deal this week.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — A section of Raulstontown Road is sliding off the side of South Pittsburg Mountain, and the city has gotten a grant to find out why and possibly fix the problem.

JASPER, Tenn. — There is a tradition of deep-rooted rivalries and downright mistrust across Marion County, and cooperation among the various local governments hasn't always been popular.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- Since the Marion County Regional Institute of Higher Education opened along U.S. Highway 41 in Kimball in September, officials have noticed a potential traffic hazard at the entrance to the campus.

JASPER, Tenn. — After several public discussions about lowering Marion County's property tax rate, county leaders have chosen to keep it at its current level.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have approved a change to North Pryor Cove Road, and now they're examining a similar situation elsewhere in Jasper.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — South Pittsburg City Administrator Sammy Burrows recently took a moment to address what he perceives as negativity directed toward the town’s leaders.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — While city leaders in South Pittsburg consider outlawing sagging pants, they're also moving to make it nearly impossible for adult-oriented businesses to set up inside the city limits.

JASPER, Tenn. — Issues with the Chinese ginkgo trees planted around Jasper’s downtown square have been brought to light once again, and this time, city leaders may have no choice but to address the developing problems.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — With two vacant positions on its police force, South Pittsburg city leaders are considering their options in the face of mounting overtime payments.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Marion County American Legion Post 62 is just across the street from the South Pittsburg City Hall where an annual donation was once given to help keep the organization going.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders' attempt to sell some surplus property on Anderson Ridge has become somewhat muddled recently.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball Park has grown exponentially in recent years, but a couple of minor issues have caused city leaders to start from scratch on some planned upgrades.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — There has been a growing movement in recent months to change a state law that restricts some high-speed Internet providers from bringing fiber-optic technology to rural areas like Marion County.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — David Jackson has resigned as Kimball’s mayor so he can officially take over as Marion County’s new leader.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — Marion County residents have been caught off guard more than once when disasters have struck the area.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders are pushing for changes to state laws that restrict companies like Chattanooga utility EPB from expanding high-speed Internet, TV and phone services outside their electric service areas.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Motorists on North Lee Highway, part of the state's Highway 11 corridor, in Bradley County will have a smoother ride once a resurfacing project and new traffic signal installation are complete.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County residents along Greentown and Browns Hollow roads came together to get the speed limits changed on those streets. And they won.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Public Library is in need of two costly upgrades, and city leaders are examining the potential costs.

JASPER, Tenn. — Assault rifles, night-vision goggles and Humvees aren't just for military zones. Some such equipment could be coming to a street near you.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — St. Luke Interfaith Clinic will have a new home in South Pittsburg after a contract is finalized with the city.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders have been working unsuccessfully for more than a year to resolve problems with a neglected house at 120 Raulston Cove Road.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The long road county leaders took to get to the first building on the Marion County Institute of Higher Learning campus along U.S. Highway 41 is about to come to an end after five years.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — As the Kimball Park area continues to grow, city leaders are considering installing a new playground inside the Chester Blevins Sports Complex with some of the grant money that remains for upgrades.

JASPER, Tenn. — A plan to upgrade and construct three lengthy sections of sidewalk in the downtown Jasper area has been delayed while a historical preservation survey is completed.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have changed the rules for Pryor Street alongside Jasper Middle School in an effort to ensure children's safety each afternoon.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — After 24 years on the Kimball Board of Mayor and Aldermen, it will be a bittersweet day for Marion County Mayor-elect David Jackson when he steps down from his current position Sept. 4.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Alderman Steve Looney discovered there was a new part-time summer worker with the city's parks and recreation department, he couldn't remember when the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved that.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders plan to weigh the consequences of creating a sagging pants law against the financial implications should the statute be challenged in court.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Marion County Commission's Finance Committee met last week to review the county's debt structure, and Commissioner Don Adkins said members found some possible ways to save money.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders want Chattanooga utility EPB's gigabit Internet, TV and phone services to come their way and will consider supporting legislation to make that legal.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen has decided to sell off a portion of city-owned property after a request from a nearby landowner.

JASPER, Tenn. — When a natural disaster strikes, local government officials across Marion County want to be prepared.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When city leaders committed $750,000 to the Marion County Regional Institute of Technical Excellence for the installation of a new sewer line, there was one variable that concerned them.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The South Pittsburg City Commission will study ordinances passed by other municipalities in an effort to rid the city of sagging pants.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- City leaders have seen their share of expensive problems with Kimball's sewer system, and now they're trying to prepare for trouble before it even exists.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- After the South Pittsburg City Commission re-established the town's rules on nepotism in June, some confusion arose about what the policy is intended to do.

JASPER, Tenn. — Some Marion County residents want repairs to parts of Hargiss Cove Road and a bridge leading to an old cemetery there, but county leaders said state law forbids it.

JASPER, Tenn. — As the new Marion County Regional Institute of Technical Excellence prepares to open its first building this fall, state officials are preparing to construct a new turning lane for it along U.S. Highway 41 in Kimball, Tenn.

JASPER, Tenn. — City officials are planning a large Fourth of July celebration at Jasper Park, and the opening ceremonies will feature a visit from the cancer-fighting group known as Pink Heals.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders have chosen a new phone system for their municipal buildings after a lightning strike caused more than $25,000 in damage to the existing one in April.

JASPER, Tenn. — Problems with a new sewer pump station near an area known as the Shellmound Business Park have city leaders concerned they may have gotten a lemon.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders are unsure where South Pittsburg will host its annual Fourth of July celebration this year, but all agree that a decision needs to be made soon.

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