2015 Year In Review

Following are the top stories of 2015, as taken from the Courier files.

JANUARY 7, 2015

Evan Denton Potter, age 47, Doctor of Pharmacy, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville.

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Funeral services were held December 28, 2014 for  local businessman Teddy L. Shelton, 78, of Grimsley.

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The Law Offices of Galloway and Kissel are now open at 336-C West Central Avenue in Jamestown.  John Galloway, Jr. is a former Deputy District Attorney General and his wife,  Pamela Kissel is a former Assistant District Attorney General.

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Newly-appointed Jamestown City Judge Thomas H. Potter was officially sworn on Friday, January 2, 2015.

JANUARY 14, 2015

Steve R. Mullinix, 69, of Allardt, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at his home following a brief battle with cancer.  Steve was a veteran of the Army National Guard and he and his wife Ruth were owners and operators of the former Mark Twain Restaurant and later Ruth’s Restaurant in Jamestown for many years.

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The Jamestown City Council, meeting in regular monthly session on Monday, January 13, 2015, took action on a number of items, including reducing the cost of natural gas by $3.00 per thousand cubic feet for the next billing cycle and $2.00 for the next billing cycle after that.

JANUARY 21, 2015

The Fentress Co. Commission,  meeting in regular monthly session on January 19, accepted the low bid of $232,856 from Medix Specialty Vehicles for two new ambulance units, and a bid from Zoll Medical Corp of $52,518 for two heart monitors which will be installed in the new ambulance units.

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Funeral services were held January 16 for Mrs. Alta Mae (Hull)  Hicks, age 87, who passed away Tuesday, January 13 following an extended illness.

She and her husband, Theodore Hicks, owned and operated three restaurants, the Jamestown Cafe, Southside, and the Hamburger Stand at the same time in the 1960’s, and she later spent 29 years working for the Fentress County Board of Education.

JANUARY 28, 2015

The Fentress County Fair was named Champion in the Single A Division at the 93rd Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs, held at the Music City Sheraton in Nashville.

This is the fourth time that the Fentress County Fair has achieved this honor, previously coming in 2001, 2004, and again in 2007, and for many years has ranked among the top fairs in Tennessee.  In 2007, for the second time, the Fentress Co. Fair was chosen as Tennessee’s “Champion of Champions” Fair.

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

A marathon session of Criminal Court was held in Fentress County on Monday, January 26 before Judge Shayne Sexton, who heard a record number of 34 pleas entered.

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State Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) was recently appointed as Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee by Speaker Beth Harwell.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

The Jamestown City Council met in regular monthly session on Monday, February 9, 2015 with much of the 90 minute session  taken up in discussion concerning bids for a new boring machine and trencher.

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Fentress Courier Publisher Bill Bowden was among fifteen newspaper industry professionals to be inducted into the Tennessee Press Association’s 50-Year Club last week during the Tennessee Press Assciation’s Winter Convention in Nashville.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Mr. James W. “Fetch” Dalton, age 82, of Jamestown, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County.  Mr. Dalton owned and operated a well drilling business in Fentress County for 45 years, and was a most colorful character, who always had a humouous or witty story to share with his friends.

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Cold weather and snow swept over much of the area over the weekend, slowing traffic and travel, and forcing several local businesses and government offices to curtail their hours of operation Monday and Tuesday and giving the school children and teachers an extra-long holiday weekend.

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

After struggling through five days of heavy snow and bitter cold weather, including record lows of -5 and -7 degrees on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20, Fentress County and the Upper Cumberland Plateau areas were blasted with another major winter storm over the weekend, which practically paralyzed the area.

Snow began falling in the area early Friday evening, and turned to freezing rain later that night, adding another half-inch or more of ice to trees and power lines which were already ice-clad from the earlier storm.

The higher levels of the Cumberland Plateau were the hardest hit, namely the eastern portion of Putnam County, including Monterey and eastward along Hwy. 62 into Fentress County through Clarkrange and along I-40 through Cumberland County. The storm knocked out power to more than 44,000 customers in the Cumberland Plateau area, including some 38,000 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers in Cumberland and Fentress Counties, resulting in a Level II State of Emergency being declared for the area.

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