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JASPER, Tenn. — The long-running border dispute between Marion and Franklin counties has just one more hurdle before it comes to an end.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Members of South Pittsburg's previous administration dumped rules against hiring relatives, but current Commissioner Jimmy Wigfall wants those standards reinstated.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — City leaders are waiting on final state approval for a change to South Pittsburg’s charter, which would speed up the process of passing new ordinances.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — An informal proposal that Jasper Highlands developer John "Thunder" Thornton made recently to Mayor David Jackson has irritated some city leaders.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Growing pains are a part of opening any new facility, and the Chester Blevins Sports Complex at Kimball Park is no exception.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — A lightning strike burned up equipment at Kimball City Hall and the nearby police station last month.

JASPER, Tenn. — Some election officials in Marion County are about to get a significant pay increase for the work they do.

JASPER, Tenn. — Nine out of 10 prisoners at the Marion County Jail at any given time are returning offenders, and for the past year a group of dedicated volunteers has been working to change that.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Police Department has outfitted its officers with new weapons and equipment without costing the city any money.

JASPER, Tenn. — The plan to build and improve some sidewalks in downtown Jasper is moving forward now that city leaders have chosen an engineer for the project.

JASPER, Tenn. -- City leaders are encouraging private property owners to clean up their unsightly real estate so Jasper doesn't have to take legal action against them to get that done.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Soon, when a car accident occurs inside the city limits here, those involved will be able to purchase the crash report online.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — An "illegal" stop at a busy intersection has appeared again at the Kimball Crossing shopping center, and city leaders are afraid a traffic accident is imminent.

JASPER, Tenn. — Some Marion County leaders are refusing to give in to a state statute that outlaws roadblock fundraisers.

JASPER, Tenn. — Longtime Marion County employees will enjoy an extra week of vacation per year after the County Commission voted to approve the measure this week.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Marion County commissioners voted to replace a county Planning Commission member last month, they did so because that member had resigned.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have chosen an engineering firm to address Jasper's sewer inflow and infiltration problems if they can get grant funding for the work.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders are about to make changes to Jasper's zoning ordinance that would allow residential uses for buildings around its courthouse square.

JASPER, Tenn. — Recommendations for appointments to the Marion County Planning Commission caused an extended squabble last week among County Commission members.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders have chosen a contractor for Kimball's mowing needs, but it isn't the company that submitted the lowest bid.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball is set to host two high school fishing tournaments this fall, but city leaders said they'd like to see some local talent in those competitions in the future.

JASPER, Tenn. — Recommendations for appointments to the Marion County Planning Commission caused an extended squabble last week among County Commission members.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders will pump $21,000 into its ailing farmers market in hopes of getting a total of $80,000 to spend on significant upgrades.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every local government likes to hear good financial news, and that's what the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen got this week.

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.

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