Archive | August, 2012

Board approves contracts to provide planner services to four other towns

By Bill Short   The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously approved contracts to provide planner services to four other municipalities in the West Tennessee area. Board members took the action during their July 19 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman John Evans and seconded by Alderman Karl Chambless. Mayor […]

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Volunteering may be ticket to annual charity event

By Alexandra Wardlaw Special to the Oakland News “There is buzz about this event all year long,” said one Fayette Cares volunteer who is amazed to hear year-round praise from guests and volunteers who participate in A Night of Southern Elegance. With a 2012 theme of Fire & Ice, this premier Fayette Cares fundraiser is scheduled […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear editor, Most people will agree that public education is the life blood of most rural communities. I am writing out of concern for the attacks on public education in general, but on the teacher retirement system in particular. Before anyone jumps to conclusions regarding the retirement system, the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System is actuarially […]

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Local agents and prosecutors complete training

By D. Michael Dunavant District Attorney General Members of the 25th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the 25th Judicial District Drug Task Force attended training last week in Nashville, where former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers was a keynote speaker. Prosecutors and agents participated in intensive training in new trends and techniques in successful […]

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Small town Cotton Pickin’ Race goes international

This year, participants can say “hi, eh” and “aloha” to Canadian and Hawaiian guests at the Sept. 8 Cotton Pickin’ 5k in Somerville benefiting Fayette Cares. The popular race has previously drawn participants from across the continental United States, but this year has a larger reach. All runners, walkers, strollers and wheelchair participants are welcome […]

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Eagle Scout

Seth Underhill of Boy Scout Troop No. 133 in Oakland has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is pictured with Nick Barajas Troop 133’s first Eagle Scout. Photo by Laura Boling

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Action postponed for third time on purchase of office building

By Bill Short For the third consecutive month, the Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously postponed the purchase of an office building at 70 Clay St. Board members made that decision again during their Aug. 16 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Maggie Powers and seconded by Alderman Karl Chambless. […]

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Fourteen candidates file for five elected positions

Three candidates filed qualifying petitions for mayor last week and 11 for the four alderman positions in the Nov. 6 Oakland city elections. The three mayoral candidates are John Evans, Scott Ferguson and Robert Redditt. The alderman candidates are Karl Chambless, Gregory Duncan, Chris Goodman, Gloria McFerren, Dennis Moody, Shawn Morgan, Billy Ray Morris, Tammy […]

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There must be a better fracking way

By Robert McGowan Several issues ago, in these pages, Gene Qualls mentioned the word “fracking.” The term refers to the activity as an environmental danger. I am almost ashamed to admit, claiming to be an ecologist, that I was unfamiliar with the term or the process of fracking. But no more am I unfamiliar. Hydraulic […]

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Fayette County General Sessions Court Reports

Sentences • Jerry Watson, 377 Watson Drive, Gallaway, driving under the influence, 11 months and 29 days in jail, sentence suspended except time served, fined $350 with costs, supervised probation, license revoked for one year. • Paula Antanette Johnson, 2940 Highway 222, Somerville, driving with a suspended license, six months in jail, sentence suspended except […]

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