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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.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders have completed the process of changing South Pittsburg's 97-year-old charter to speed up passage of new ordinances.

JASPER, Tenn. — The push to reduce Marion County's property tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year has begun.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When high winds severely damaged the old National Guard Armory in South Pittsburg, Tenn., several months ago, the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard was forced from its home base.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The Jasper Highlands mountaintop development is moving forward despite setbacks involving water availability and road conditions.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The Marion County Regional Institute of Technical Excellence is set to open as a satellite campus for Chattanooga State Community College along U.S. Highway 41 this fall, and county leaders have dedicated the first building and entryway in honor of two men close to the project.

JASPER, Tenn. -- The new Marion County Regional Institute of Technical Excellence in Kimball, Tenn., has an official occupant pending minor changes to a lease agreement.

JASPER, Tenn. — The long-running border dispute between Marion and Franklin counties has just one more hurdle before it comes to an end.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Members of South Pittsburg's previous administration dumped rules against hiring relatives, but current Commissioner Jimmy Wigfall wants those standards reinstated.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders are waiting on final state approval for a change to South Pittsburg’s charter, which would speed up the process of passing new ordinances.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — An informal proposal that Jasper Highlands developer John "Thunder" Thornton made recently to Mayor David Jackson has irritated some city leaders.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Growing pains are a part of opening any new facility, and the Chester Blevins Sports Complex at Kimball Park is no exception.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — A lightning strike burned up equipment at Kimball City Hall and the nearby police station last month.

JASPER, Tenn. — Some election officials in Marion County are about to get a significant pay increase for the work they do.

JASPER, Tenn. — Nine out of 10 prisoners at the Marion County Jail at any given time are returning offenders, and for the past year a group of dedicated volunteers has been working to change that.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Police Department has outfitted its officers with new weapons and equipment without costing the city any money.

JASPER, Tenn. — The plan to build and improve some sidewalks in downtown Jasper is moving forward now that city leaders have chosen an engineer for the project.

JASPER, Tenn. -- City leaders are encouraging private property owners to clean up their unsightly real estate so Jasper doesn't have to take legal action against them to get that done.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Soon, when a car accident occurs inside the city limits here, those involved will be able to purchase the crash report online.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — An "illegal" stop at a busy intersection has appeared again at the Kimball Crossing shopping center, and city leaders are afraid a traffic accident is imminent.

JASPER, Tenn. — Some Marion County leaders are refusing to give in to a state statute that outlaws roadblock fundraisers.

JASPER, Tenn. — Longtime Marion County employees will enjoy an extra week of vacation per year after the County Commission voted to approve the measure this week.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Marion County commissioners voted to replace a county Planning Commission member last month, they did so because that member had resigned.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have chosen an engineering firm to address Jasper's sewer inflow and infiltration problems if they can get grant funding for the work.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are about to make changes to Jasper's zoning ordinance that would allow residential uses for buildings around its courthouse square.

JASPER, Tenn. — Recommendations for appointments to the Marion County Planning Commission caused an extended squabble last week among County Commission members.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders have chosen a contractor for Kimball's mowing needs, but it isn't the company that submitted the lowest bid.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball is set to host two high school fishing tournaments this fall, but city leaders said they'd like to see some local talent in those competitions in the future.

JASPER, Tenn. — Recommendations for appointments to the Marion County Planning Commission caused an extended squabble last week among County Commission members.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders will pump $21,000 into its ailing farmers market in hopes of getting a total of $80,000 to spend on significant upgrades.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every local government likes to hear good financial news, and that's what the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen got this week.

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