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JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County will apply for a grant on Jasper’s behalf to help with the city’s sewer problems.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders will have to find another way to fund Kimball's $750,000 commitment to the Marion County Regional Institute for Higher Education after announcing their plan to get a no-interest loan has fallen through.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders are pushing for a large-scale expansion of the farmers market along U.S. Highway 41 in Kimball, Tenn.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders have approved new building codes for residential and commercial construction.

JASPER, Tenn. — As construction of the first building for Marion County's new career and technical school continues in Kimball, county leaders are preparing for the project's second phase.

JASPER, Tenn. — The disagreement over the funding level for Marion County's rural volunteer fire departments and rescue squad has ended, but county leaders have not decided how the money will be distributed in the future.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. ­— Some unforeseen expenses have cropped up over the last six months, so city leaders will have to amend South Pittsburg’s budget to cover them.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — In order to speed up the process of passing new ordinances, city leaders are planning to change South Pittsburg's charter.

JASPER, Tenn. — Changes to the plan to connect state highways 150 and 28 have necessitated an updated engineering agreement on the project for the city.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — As information about the dangers of concussions in sports becomes more prevalent, the state is requiring local municipalities to set guidelines on the matter for youth sports.

JASPER, Tenn. — City administrators have been implementing a massive project to automate the town's water meter reading duties since 2011.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — In the days after the July 10, 2013, flash flood that devastated the city, Marion County Emergency Management Director Steve Lamb couldn't help but think about the mass communication system his agency was planning to bring to the area.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Construction on a sewer line to Marion County's new career and technical center along U.S. Highway 41 is about to begin, but Kimball's loan money to pay for it hasn't been released yet.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — With an agreement in place to host South Pittsburg's Little League baseball and softball teams, city leaders are looking for someone to run Kimball Park's concession stand for the 2014 season.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Representatives with the AirMedCare Network will be in Kimball today for the city's first sign-up drive allowing residents to get extended air transport coverage in medical emergencies.

JASPER, Tenn. — The city hosted the area's only Veterans Day parade Nov. 9, and it was deemed a big success despite the complaint of at least one resident.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders in South Pittsburg and Kimball have worked out a deal that will allow South Pittsburg's little league baseball and softball programs to use the new ballfields at Kimball Park for the upcoming season.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are holding a contractor responsible for potential damage to a $25,000 electrical panel from a recent heavy rainstorm.

JASPER, Tenn. — When contractors are chosen for municipal projects, there are often completion deadlines that must be met or financial penalties are imposed.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders want a plan for the old Jasper Elementary School building along Betsy Pack Drive, but the town doesn't own the property.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen was considering making some exceptions for certain groups that wanted to organize roadblock fundraisers in town, but City Attorney Mark Raines said state law forbids that type of activity.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When the state’s health insurance saw another 5 percent increase in costs this year, city leaders searched for another, cheaper option.

JASPER, Tenn. — In order to stay current with a couple of essential programs, Marion County leaders have created an audit committee to review the county's yearly financial assessment.By Ryan Lewis

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City administrators are preparing to host Kimball's first health fair, which will include a sign-up drive for extended air ambulance coverage through the AirMedCare Network.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — The city's unique plan to resolve its sewer fund deficit has received state approval.

JASPER, Tenn. — A dispute between property owners and a bankrupt developer someday could lead to several new Marion County roads.

JASPER, Tenn. — It's a refrain that longtime Marion County commissioners have heard countless times.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — When officials discovered in August that there would be $242,000 in leftover grant money on Marion County's career and technical school project in Kimball, they had to find a way to spend it.

JASPER, Tenn. — The squabble over funding for Marion County's rural volunteer fire departments, rescue squad and emergency management agency will continue for at least two more months.

JASPER, Tenn. -- The budget for every local government is tracked to the penny, so any requests for funds outside of that usually draw careful scrutiny.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- The South Pittsburg police officer who arrested City Administrator Sammy Burrows last Friday night has been fired by the City Commission.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — After city leaders in South Pittsburg, Tenn., raised sewer rates by 40 percent in October, Kimball's commercial sewer rates will increase, too, since that town is one of South Pittsburg's customers.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball residents needing an airlift from Marion County to a hospital won't have to pay extra for the trip once the city signs a deal with the AirMedCare Network.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — A couple say two young men saved their lives during the American Bass Anglers Association Couples Championship Tournament on Nickajack Lake in September.

JASPER, Tenn. -- Fundraiser roadblocks can be a nuisance to many travelers, but in Marion County they are a near-necessity for nonprofit community organizations.

JASPER, Tenn. — Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6362 have been working since May to stage the area's only parade honoring local veterans for the upcoming holiday.

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.

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