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Ryan Lewis

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JASPER, Tenn. — Changes to the plan to connect state highways 150 and 28 have necessitated an updated engineering agreement on the project for the city.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — As information about the dangers of concussions in sports becomes more prevalent, the state is requiring local municipalities to set guidelines on the matter for youth sports.

JASPER, Tenn. — City administrators have been implementing a massive project to automate the town's water meter reading duties since 2011.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — In the days after the July 10, 2013, flash flood that devastated the city, Marion County Emergency Management Director Steve Lamb couldn't help but think about the mass communication system his agency was planning to bring to the area.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Construction on a sewer line to Marion County's new career and technical center along U.S. Highway 41 is about to begin, but Kimball's loan money to pay for it hasn't been released yet.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — With an agreement in place to host South Pittsburg's Little League baseball and softball teams, city leaders are looking for someone to run Kimball Park's concession stand for the 2014 season.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Representatives with the AirMedCare Network will be in Kimball today for the city's first sign-up drive allowing residents to get extended air transport coverage in medical emergencies.

JASPER, Tenn. — The city hosted the area's only Veterans Day parade Nov. 9, and it was deemed a big success despite the complaint of at least one resident.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders in South Pittsburg and Kimball have worked out a deal that will allow South Pittsburg's little league baseball and softball programs to use the new ballfields at Kimball Park for the upcoming season.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are holding a contractor responsible for potential damage to a $25,000 electrical panel from a recent heavy rainstorm.

JASPER, Tenn. — When contractors are chosen for municipal projects, there are often completion deadlines that must be met or financial penalties are imposed.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders want a plan for the old Jasper Elementary School building along Betsy Pack Drive, but the town doesn't own the property.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen was considering making some exceptions for certain groups that wanted to organize roadblock fundraisers in town, but City Attorney Mark Raines said state law forbids that type of activity.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When the state’s health insurance saw another 5 percent increase in costs this year, city leaders searched for another, cheaper option.

JASPER, Tenn. — In order to stay current with a couple of essential programs, Marion County leaders have created an audit committee to review the county's yearly financial assessment.By Ryan Lewis

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City administrators are preparing to host Kimball's first health fair, which will include a sign-up drive for extended air ambulance coverage through the AirMedCare Network.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The city's unique plan to resolve its sewer fund deficit has received state approval.

JASPER, Tenn. — A dispute between property owners and a bankrupt developer someday could lead to several new Marion County roads.

JASPER, Tenn. — It's a refrain that longtime Marion County commissioners have heard countless times.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When officials discovered in August that there would be $242,000 in leftover grant money on Marion County's career and technical school project in Kimball, they had to find a way to spend it.

JASPER, Tenn. — The squabble over funding for Marion County's rural volunteer fire departments, rescue squad and emergency management agency will continue for at least two more months.

JASPER, Tenn. -- The budget for every local government is tracked to the penny, so any requests for funds outside of that usually draw careful scrutiny.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- The South Pittsburg police officer who arrested City Administrator Sammy Burrows last Friday night has been fired by the City Commission.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — After city leaders in South Pittsburg, Tenn., raised sewer rates by 40 percent in October, Kimball's commercial sewer rates will increase, too, since that town is one of South Pittsburg's customers.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball residents needing an airlift from Marion County to a hospital won't have to pay extra for the trip once the city signs a deal with the AirMedCare Network.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — A couple say two young men saved their lives during the American Bass Anglers Association Couples Championship Tournament on Nickajack Lake in September.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Fundraiser roadblocks can be a nuisance to many travelers, but in Marion County they are a near-necessity for nonprofit community organizations.

JASPER, Tenn. — Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6362 have been working since May to stage the area's only parade honoring local veterans for the upcoming holiday.

JASPER, Tenn. — When construction of the new U.S. Highway 41 bridge across the Tennessee River was planned several years ago, it became Jasper's job to relocate the waterline that runs across the old bridge to Haletown, Tenn.

JASPER, Tenn. — The long-awaited Love's Travel Stop & Country Store near Interstate 24's exit 158 opens today.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders and local law enforcement officers are trying to stop a growing problem across Marion County before it finds its way to Jasper.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have approved a deal among Jasper, Marion County and the county's 911 board to repave First Street from Oak Avenue to the end of the county 911 Center's property.

JASPER, Tenn. — The poor condition of Jasper's First Street West, which runs next to Marion County's Justice Center and 911 Center, has prompted the county and city governments and the 911 board to form an unusual partnership.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Several city residents are complaining about abandoned or burned-out properties that dot the downtown area of South Pittsburg.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The federal government shutdown has cost South Pittsburg $410,000 for flood prevention repair work.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Marion County Commission has approved the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year despite some strongly worded opposition to its contents.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- City leaders have chosen to get special coverage for Kimball employees and their families for air transport to a medical facility, and they are considering a similar plan for all Kimball residents.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- After Kimball Mayor David Jackson read recent newspaper articles about several Tennessee cities owing county school systems millions of dollars from liquor-by-the-drink sales taxes, he wondered if his city owed money, too.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The two-year effort to rid a couple of city buildings of a bat infestation has been largely unsuccessful.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- A hefty sewer rate increase in one Marion County town is having far-reaching consequences in another.

JASPER, Tenn. — The outdated video surveillance system at the Marion County Justice Center is going to get a much-needed digital recording upgrade.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- As this city continues to recover from catastrophic flash flooding on July 10, the threat of a similar event looms with every heavy rainfall.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Even though city officials still aren't sure they'll be able to get a $300,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to aid in flood relief, they still want homeowners to apply for help.

JASPER, Tenn. — The new owners of R&J Snack Shack on the site of the old Jasper Dairy Bar along Betsy Pack Drive want to open their business soon, but city leaders said they will have to abide by Jasper's strict zoning regulations to do it.

JASPER, Tenn. -- City leaders have approved buying two vehicles to help water department workers do their jobs.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — South Pittsburg is in one of the worst financial situations it has ever seen, and that was before a massive flash flood struck downtown in July.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen has voted itself a 2 percent pay raise, matching the one given to all other city employees this fiscal year.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Whether Kimball's creative plan to remedy its sewer fund deficit is legal or not remains to be determined, but Mayor David Jackson said it is likely the state will make it illegal in the future.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — For nine months, city leaders have been trying to come up with a solution for a small piece of property at 120 Raulston Cove Road that includes a rundown house.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders are tired of people requesting meetings with Kimball's Board of Zoning Appeals, and then not showing up.

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