Fayette County Property Transfers

July 20-24 District 7 Renaissance Development Company, WBC Land Trust 1, and WBC Land Trust 2 to Land Investments LLC for $10 (Hickory Withe Estates Subdivision) James H. Ganier and State of Tennessee Attorney General to Christopher D. Sharp and Jennifer S. Sharp for $350,000 (Huntington Subdivision) District 15 Vickie Y. Whitaker to Eugenia Whitaker […]

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King named superintendent

On July 23, a special called meeting of the Fayette County School Board was held for the purpose of interviewing and selecting a new Director of Schools in Fayette County. Marlon D. King and Debra L. Jones were selected from a field of five potential candidates for follow up question and answer session with the […]

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Oakland mayor has selected firm to develop Master Plan for town

Oakland Mayor Chris Goodman announced earlier this month that his administration has selected a firm to develop a Master Plan for the town. “Of the three firms that we contacted,” he said, “this is the only one that responded in the time frame allotted. So, that kind of narrowed it down.” Goodman made the comments […]

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Somerville man teaches art with meditative qualities

By Mac Trammell It’s not doodling, he’s quick to point out. Doodling is mindless scribbling, usually an attempt to make time go by quicker. But Zentangles, that’s not doodling — quite the contrary, mindful attention is required for each mark. One must be completely focused on the drawing at hand and nothing else. Somerville’s Nysha […]

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Ordinance repeals zoning regulations on boarders, tourists, renting of rooms

By Bill Short The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has passed an ordinance on final reading that repeals regulations regarding boarders, tourists and renting of rooms. Board members took the action during their July 16 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Billy Ray Morris and seconded by Alderman Kelly Rector. The […]

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Taylor talks hospital closing, higher education during State of County address

At the Oakland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s June luncheon, Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor noted modest growth and remained optimistic about challenges facing the county. “We’ve got things going for us,” he said in his annual State of the County Address. “But we do have challenges.” One of the county’s biggest challenges will be […]

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Ordinance would reduce notices of BZA meetings from seven to five days

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading that would reduce the time required for Board of Zoning Appeals meeting notices. Board members took the action during their June 18 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Kelly Rector and seconded by Alderman Billy Ray Morris. […]

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Letter from the Mayor

I want to first thank the Oakland News for this opportunity to communicate with the citizens of Oakland. I also want to thank them for the continued effort to provide a means of news to our citizens. The Town of Oakland continues to move forward and to stabilize each and every day. Our growth has […]

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Turning the Tide

By Mac Trammell The Fayette-Ware High School football program is not one of wealth, prestige or talent. On the contrary, it has historically been a program diagnosed with an epidemic of losses, disappointment and shame. Students avoid trying out for the football team for fear of being ridiculed at school. The program has even been […]

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$11.5 million needed for local veterans’ home

Building a veterans’ home in nearby Arlington will require $11.5 million in local funds over the next year, organizers said at the town board’s June 25 work session. The funds are expected to come from the city as well as area businesses, churches, organizations, and individual citizens. Project organizers asked the town’s leaders to set […]

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