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BRWDA Approves Permit Increases for 2023

Article by Steve Corlew- The Beech River Watershed Development Authority board approved an increase in lake permit fees during its quarterly meeting on September 23, 2022. A new annual permit will increase from $20 to $25. The daily use permit increase from $3 to $5. The current permit fees were set in 2009. The daily…

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Fire Destroys Home Near Reagan

Article by Steve Corlew- A late-night fire destroyed a home on Highway 100, September 20, 2022, according to Henderson County Fire Chief Lynn Murphy. Luckily no one was home at the house owned by Skeeter Joe Harmon, 5400 Highway 100. A neighbor was alerted to the fire by dogs barking. The house was fully engulfed…

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County Commission Approves Sheriff Lawsuit Settlement

Article by Steve Corlew- The Henderson County Commission approved a settlement in Sheriff Brian Duke’s lawsuit seeking more funds for his office. In the commission’s first meeting since their swearing in ceremonies, commissioners voted 11-2-1 to approve a longevity pay plan for sheriff’s department employees and voted to give Duke permission to hire a social…

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City Board Accepts Broadband Grant, to Begin Work

Article by Steve Corlew- The Lexington City Board voted to accept the $27.49 million grant for broadband service, September 15, 2022, setting in motion the process to bring high speed internet to the Lexington Electric System’s service area. “It is a big deal. It is a really really big deal,” Mayor Jeff Griggs told the…

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Sheriff’s Department Seeks Deputies

Article by Steve Corlew- Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke has a few job openings. With the Henderson County Board of Education’s recent approval of four additional resource officers for schools, Sheriff Duke needs to fill those positions as well as three additional deputies. These positions are just to fill openings in the regular 2022-23 budget…

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Scotts Hill Mayor Sees Work Ahead

Article by Steve Corlew- A long-time alderman and now mayor of Scotts Hill, Woody Capley wants to keep the town of Scotts Hill moving forward. Mayor Capley was sworn-in and took office on September 6, 2022. “I want to continue to move the town forward,” the mayor said recently. “My goal is to help Scotts…

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Lexington City Schools One of 16 Exemplary Districts

Article by Steve Corlew- The Lexington City School was named one of the 16 Exemplary districts in the state by the Tennessee Department of Education last week. Both Lexington Middle School and Caywood Elementary were Level 5 schools and named Reward Schools, September 12, 2022. The Tennessee Department of Education announced those designations which include…

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County Commission Has Full Agenda for September Session

Article by Steve Corlew- After some discussion about whether the original planned County Commission meeting would have met proper public notification, the Henderson County Commission changed its meeting date and will hold its first session since being sworn in, September 26, 2022. The commission has a full agenda, including the selection of a chairman and…

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Election Commission Seeks to Relocate

Article by Steve Corlew- The Henderson County Election Commission is looking to relocate its offices, saying the current office has several issues, including it is not as handicap accessible as it should be. The Election Commission will present its request to the Henderson County Commission when they meet, September 26, 2022. In July the commission…

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Scotts Hill, Doe Creek School Plans Appreciation Day

Article by Steve Corlew- Many activities are planned around the celebration of the Doe Creek school house and the city of Scotts Hill. The City of Scotts Hill will host its 40th annual Scotts Hill Appreciation Day September 30th and October 1st at Scotts Hill City Park. The 15th annual historic Doe Creek School House…

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