The West Junior High School Lady Lions soccer team kicked off its third season with a battle against defending district champion Chester County Middle School last Thursday. The Eagles prevailed 9-0 in a game closer than the final score indicated. The Lady Lions will look to build momentum throughout the season and position themselves for […]

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Police chief describes actions taken to ‘attack’ recent vehicle burglaries

Oakland Police Chief Chris Earl discussed actions last week that he has taken to “attack” a recent string of vehicle burglaries in the town. Earl said that, during the weekend of Aug. 7-9, approximately 40 vehicles were burglarized. “They were all unlocked,” he noted. “The bad guys got guns, computers and things of that value.” […]

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Oakland named third safest town in state

STAFF REPORTS Oakland has been named the third safest town in Tennessee by ValuePenguin, which recently analyzed the FBI Crime Report to determine the safety of cities in the state. Oakland was also named the fourth safest community in Tennessee, overall. The municipalities ranged in a crime score from 303 to 6,096, with an average […]

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On Aug. 14, a group of Oakland residents took home baked goods to Town Hall and presented them to Oakland Police and Fire Department personnel. Pictured with Mayor Chris Goodman and members of the Oakland Police and Fire Departments are Heather Tyler, Marion Tyler, Mason Tyler, Aleks McGraw, Ava McGraw, Emily McGraw and Brenda McGraw.

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Coffee Connections

The Oakland Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted Coffee Connections on Aug. 13 at First Alliance Bank, 5960 Highway 64 in Oakland. Coffee Connections is a free networking event that the Chamber hopes to host several times a year and eventually once a month at different chamber businesses. The Chamber will host a luncheon Wednesday at […]

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Ordinance reduces advance time required for BZA meeting notices

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has passed an ordinance on final reading that reduces the advance time required for Board of Zoning Appeals meeting notices. 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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New superintendent speaks on background, future hopes for district

BY MAC TRAMMELL Dr. Marlon King recently became Fayette County Schools’ superintendent after having served in both the state office and Haywood County in similar roles. He believes collaboration and building relationships will be key to the success of his plans for Fayette County Schools. Oakland News: Would you mind telling me a bit about […]

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Public Works director says water loss cut in half during 11 months

BY BILL SHORT Oakland Public Works Director Harvey Ellis said recently that the town has cut its water loss in half during the previous 11 months. At the July 16 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Ellis reported that the loss had decreased from 28 to 14 percent during that period. “I’d say […]

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Pell Grants, Planned Parenthood funding slammed, highway bill praised

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) commented Friday on the administration’s plan to make some state and federal prisoners eligible for Pell Grants. “This may be a worthwhile idea for some prisoners, but the administration absolutely does not have the authority to do this without approval from Congress, because the Higher […]

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Obituaries

ELDRIDGE EUGENE ‘SKIN’ BOWLING Somerville — Eldridge Eugene “Skin” Bowling, 91, passed away July 30, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital. Services were Aug. 1 at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville. Visitation was at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center 465-3535 or www.PeeblesFuneralHome.com. LON BENTON BYRUM III […]

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