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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.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County Park has become a hot spot for campers and fishermen in recent years, and county leaders are trying to finish some improvements to it before the summer season blossoms.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders announced in February that they would have to borrow $100,000 more than they expected to complete water line installation work at the new U.S. Highway 41 bridge crossing the Tennessee River.

JASPER, Tenn. — City officials and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6362 are working to create an annual Veterans Day parade in Jasper.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — When high winds toppled a large tree last month in front of Christ Episcopal Church along Third Street in South Pittsburg, it crushed three cars on its way to the ground.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The city pool at Loyd Park will open this summer after all.

JASPER, Tenn. — When Jasper Mayor Paul Evans asked Marion County commissioners to change their position on Aetna Mountain Road, his plea fell on deaf ears.

JASPER, Tenn. — Even though Marion County leaders still plan to open a regional skills center along U.S. Highway 41 in Kimball, Tenn., in January, they have been forced to play the waiting game before construction can begin.

JASPER, Tenn. — It's hard for anyone to be available to work all of the time, especially a physician.

JASPER, Tenn. — A new life-saving technology will be coming to Marion County soon.

JASPER, Tenn. — At a time when state and federal officials are discussing how to protect schools better, the Jasper Police Department is taking its own measures.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Members of the South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society want to commemorate a violent event in the city's history.

JASPER, Tenn. — The sewer line extension route along U.S. Highway 41 to the Shellmound Business Park has changed again.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The city's pool at Lloyd Park is draining South Pittsburg's resources.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — When city workers began recently to decorate downtown for the upcoming National Cornbread Festival, they found a problem.

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