Keeper of the Dream

Last week, Fayette-Ware junior Katlyn Bryant won the Keeper of the Dream Award during the 2014 Freedom Award Public Forum. Among those with her to receive awards were Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Robert Parris Moses, Frank Robinson and Tom Brokaw. Each of the recipients spoke to students across the Mid-South about the importance of making a difference […]

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Wildcats take first loss of season

The Fayette-Ware Wildcats lost their first game of the season Saturday 84-47 to Houston in the championship game of the Cordova Lupus Classic. The Wildcats knocked off Cordova 74-61 one day earlier to earn a right to play in the championship game. Junior guard Mikkel Norment was named The Commercial Appeal Player of Week after […]

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Angels Among Us

• David Jones, a Public Works foreman for the town of Oakland, was anonymously nominated for Angels Among Us. This is his nomination letter. “David is a thoughtful person who makes Oakland a much nicer place. He takes the time to think of other people’s needs, like our elders, widows and handicapped citizens. “He warms […]

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Mission Accomplished

Marine Corporal Jacob Romo and his family received the keys to their new home in Somerville on Dec. 6. Romo, who previously lived in Shelby County and attends Whitten Memorial Baptist Church, was on his first deployment in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan when an IED blast on Feb. 11, 2011 resulted in the traumatic amputations of […]

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Board adopts resolution to provide per-call fee to volunteer firefighters

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously adopted a resolution that establishes a nominal “per-call” fee to be paid to volunteer firefighters. Board members took the action during their Nov. 20 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Karl Chambless and seconded by Alderman John Troncone. The resolution describes compensation for […]

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Manager of company handling Oakland’s trash disposal now working on ‘re-route’

A manager of the company handling Oakland’s refuse and trash disposal said recently he is working on a “re-route” that would begin on Jan. 1, 2015. Gerry Burke, municipal services manager for Republic Waste Services, said he has been working with Mayor Chris Goodman to get a “good list of addresses,” so service days can […]

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Fayette County General Sessions Court Reports

SENTENCES • Jamarius D. Gant, 4735 Warren Road, evading arrest and driving without a license, time served and supervised probation. • Willie D. Smith, 203 Senator, Gallaway, driving under the influence (2nd offense), fined $600 with costs, 45 days in jail, supervised probation and ordered to pay $50 in restitution to the Fayette County Sheriff’s […]

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Officer’s path to law enforcement started with military service

Joining the U.S. Marine Corps allowed Oakland Patrol Sergeant Cliff Atkins to achieve his longtime goal of becoming an officer of the law. Growing up in a military household in Union City, Atkins always dreamt of becoming a police officer. “It’s the only thing I ever saw myself being as a child,” he said. Atkins […]

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Ribbon Cutting

Hilltop Wine & Spirits held a grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday at the new location on 7034 Highway 64 in Oakland. Michael Ballard of Full Throttle S’loonshine was on hand signing bottles. Rock 103 did a live remote. There were wine and moonshine tastings. As store owner Justin Walls said, “The more you shop […]

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Town recorder expects Oakland’s financial audits will be finished sometime this month

Citing four and a half months of audits of Oakland’s finances, Town Recorder Tammie Hightower said recently that she expects they will be completed later this month. “Basically, we’ve been under an audit since June,” she noted. “Four to five weeks is what we’re looking at, and then we’ll be done until next year.” Hightower […]

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