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JASPER, Tenn. — When construction of the new U.S. Highway 41 bridge across the Tennessee River was planned several years ago, it became Jasper's job to relocate the waterline that runs across the old bridge to Haletown, Tenn.

JASPER, Tenn. — The long-awaited Love's Travel Stop & Country Store near Interstate 24's exit 158 opens today.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders and local law enforcement officers are trying to stop a growing problem across Marion County before it finds its way to Jasper.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have approved a deal among Jasper, Marion County and the county's 911 board to repave First Street from Oak Avenue to the end of the county 911 Center's property.

JASPER, Tenn. — The poor condition of Jasper's First Street West, which runs next to Marion County's Justice Center and 911 Center, has prompted the county and city governments and the 911 board to form an unusual partnership.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Several city residents are complaining about abandoned or burned-out properties that dot the downtown area of South Pittsburg.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The federal government shutdown has cost South Pittsburg $410,000 for flood prevention repair work.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Marion County Commission has approved the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year despite some strongly worded opposition to its contents.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- City leaders have chosen to get special coverage for Kimball employees and their families for air transport to a medical facility, and they are considering a similar plan for all Kimball residents.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- After Kimball Mayor David Jackson read recent newspaper articles about several Tennessee cities owing county school systems millions of dollars from liquor-by-the-drink sales taxes, he wondered if his city owed money, too.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The two-year effort to rid a couple of city buildings of a bat infestation has been largely unsuccessful.

KIMBALL, Tenn. -- A hefty sewer rate increase in one Marion County town is having far-reaching consequences in another.

JASPER, Tenn. — The outdated video surveillance system at the Marion County Justice Center is going to get a much-needed digital recording upgrade.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- As this city continues to recover from catastrophic flash flooding on July 10, the threat of a similar event looms with every heavy rainfall.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Even though city officials still aren't sure they'll be able to get a $300,000 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to aid in flood relief, they still want homeowners to apply for help.

JASPER, Tenn. — The new owners of R&J Snack Shack on the site of the old Jasper Dairy Bar along Betsy Pack Drive want to open their business soon, but city leaders said they will have to abide by Jasper's strict zoning regulations to do it.

JASPER, Tenn. -- City leaders have approved buying two vehicles to help water department workers do their jobs.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — South Pittsburg is in one of the worst financial situations it has ever seen, and that was before a massive flash flood struck downtown in July.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen has voted itself a 2 percent pay raise, matching the one given to all other city employees this fiscal year.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Whether Kimball's creative plan to remedy its sewer fund deficit is legal or not remains to be determined, but Mayor David Jackson said it is likely the state will make it illegal in the future.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — For nine months, city leaders have been trying to come up with a solution for a small piece of property at 120 Raulston Cove Road that includes a rundown house.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders are tired of people requesting meetings with Kimball's Board of Zoning Appeals, and then not showing up.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The state's health insurance costs are increasing once again, and that has city leaders looking for a potential new carrier.

WHITWELL, Tenn. — Marion County emergency first responders will host the Marion One Disaster Preparedness Expo on Sept. 21.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders have chosen to bypass the low bidder for the contract to test the construction materials in the technical education center being built along U.S. Highway 41 in Kimball, Tenn.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders have worked out a deal to reduce the costs associated with medical waste disposal but still add to the county's existing services.

JASPER, Tenn. — When one of Jasper's troublesome police cars broke down for the final time recently, city leaders already had a plan in place to resolve the problem.

JASPER, Tenn. -- City workers are seeing a growing number of property owners who leave debris like couches, mattresses and carpet by the roads and expect them to remove it.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. – In the aftermath of the July 10 flash flood here, city officials are applying for every type of funding they can to get help with the recovery.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The lessons learned in the aftermath of the July 10 flash flood that struck South Pittsburg are having an impact across Marion County and potentially the state.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Problems with excessive response times and the condition of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department have been settled, according to Mayor Paul Evans.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders are readying the bid packages for a $530,000 sewer line addition.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — While recovery efforts from the July 10 flood that devastated most of the town continue, city leaders and residents paused recently for a community prayer service at the Princess Theatre.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are going to try trimming the problematic Chinese ginkgo trees around Jasper’s courthouse square before they consider more drastic action.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County’s attempt to collect unpaid fines and court costs has failed, and now county leaders are going to re-examine the issue in hopes of coming up with a permanent solution.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders plan to update the formula used to distribute funds to rural volunteer fire departments in time for the next fiscal year’s budget.

JASPER, Tenn. — The first phase of a proposed career and technical center in Marion County is just days from becoming a reality after four long years.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are moving to extend existing parking restrictions around the courthouse square to other lots that Jasper owns.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Sewer rates are about to go up for Jasper residents.

JASPER, Tenn. — Complaints about excessive response times and the condition of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department have spawned a review by city leaders.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Marion County Fair organizers hope to bring more people to this year's event, and they want county leaders to help.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County commissioners have agreed to extend a lease for probation offices at the county justice center for six months.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bass Federation's state tournament will be hosted by Kimball in late September 2014, but some city leaders aren't sure it's the right move for the town.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have approved a change order for the water line on the new bridge crossing the Tennessee River along U.S. Highway 41, but officials said that part of the project still is well within budget.

JASPER, Tenn. -- The discovery of an endangered bat habitat could add to the cost and length of a sewer line extension project along U.S. Highway 41 to the Shellmound Business Park.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Jasper leaders started a project to extend the sewer line along U.S. Highway 41 to the Shellmound Business Park near Interstate 24, they didn't have to look any farther than Marion County to get the money for it.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Jimmy Sneed began renovating the old Vance Furniture building on the city's downtown courthouse square, he didn't realize the trees in front of it would be such a problem.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have been getting an increasing number of complaints about barely visible center lines for several heavily traveled roads around Jasper.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City officials have been working for months to slow down speeders on 19th Street, but so far nothing has been very effective.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The South Pittsburg Housing Authority will host its second annual Father's Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT today at Loyd Park.

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