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The Martin Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting death.
Martin Chief of Police Don Teal says officers responded just after 2:00 Saturday morning to 148 Meadowbrook Drive where they found 23-year-old Luke A. Greene, of Martin, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Chief Teal says no other information is available at this time and that Greene’s body has been sent to Nashville for autopsy.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Martin Police Department.
The Martin Fire Department will officially open its new Station 3 fire station this month.
The new fire station is located in the University Shopping Center and, according to Fire Chief Jamie Summers, will better serve the citizens on the west side of Martin.
Chief Summers says there will be an open house for the new station later this month.
A date for the Martin Fire Department Station 3 open house will be announced soon.
While a handful of Republican lawmakers are joining calls for House Speaker Glen Casada to resign, 76th District State Representative Andy Holt doesn’t think Casada is going anywhere.
Casada has faced increased scrutiny for his participation in lewd text messages about women and supporting his now former chief of staff, who admitted to using cocaine in the legislative office building.
Representative Holt told Thunderbolt Radio News the controversy surrounding Speaker Casada is an attempt to damage the reputation of the house leader.
Holt says he doesn’t think Casada will step down from his position nor does he believe Casada will be voted out.
Representative Andy Holt is the guest on this weekend’s community affairs program “30 Minutes” on WCMT, MIX 101.3, and STAR 95.1.
Graves County Economic Development announced multi-million dollar business expansions and new jobs for the Ken-Tenn area Wednesday.
In all, 11 projects were announced with over $115 million in investments and 160 new full-time jobs, with the potential of hundreds or even thousands of new jobs that could be created from the Grace Park redevelopment and two spec buildings.
Among the announcements was the news that GenCanna would be increasing their investment for their new Graves County facility from $39 million to $60 million.
Ingram’s Water & Air also announced a $1 million expansion to their current facility in the Hickory Industrial Park expected to create 20 full-time jobs.
Progress Rail announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art locomotive paint booth and extension of track at the facility for an investment of $1.7 million.
Mayfield Consumer Products announced the construction of MCP Packaging Technologies. The $2 million pulp plant will supply Mayfield Consumer Products and other companies with environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.
It was also announced that developer Trifecta was partnering with Jackson Purchase Medical Center to construct a new clinic at the entrance of the Hickory Industrial Park. This will allow the hospital to provide medical care to the companies and employees in the park as well as Northern Graves County.
Also part of the event, was the announcement of a massive cleanup of the former General Tire site in Mayfield and conversion to a new industrial park with the partnership of Graves County Economic Development and Graves County Fiscal Court. When completed , the 200 acre site will be able to accommodate tenants with buildings from 5,000 to 500,000 square feet.
With that, First Choice Kubota, announced they would be constructing a $2 million facility on one of the front tracts of Grace Park to expand their inventory and better serve their customers.
A new 30,000 square foot spec industrial building will also be constructed just south of Grace Park. The building is expandable to 60,000 square feet and is located in an Opportunity Zone.
Graves County Economic Development also announced the construction of a new 100,000 square foot spec industrial building in the Hickory Industrial Park. The building will have 33-foot eaves and is expandable to 200,000+ square feet.
Over 500 people attended the standing-room-only announcement event at Graves County High School’s Independence Bank Performing Arts Center.
The Martin Police Department and Weakley County CrimeStoppers are asking for information in the theft of a truck and trailer with lawn equipment.
Taken was a white 2014 Ford F-150 truck with a 14-foot single axle trailer loaded with a John Deere 930 zero turn mower, a RedMax blower, and a Stihl weed eater.
A black 12-foot tilt trailer that was parked at the location was also taken.
CrimeStoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.
Contact the Weakley County Crime Stoppers at 731-587-2611.
The Dresden City Board voted Monday night in favor of the first property tax increase in five years.
Mayor Jeff Washburn told the board that even after numerous cuts, the final proposed budget was still $40,000 dollars over budget.
The 10-cent increase would raise the property tax in the city from $1.38 to $1.48 per $100 of assessed property.
The $2.2 million dollar budget includes $140,000 for street work and a 40-cent pay increase for city employees.
A public hearing on the proposed tax increase will be held June 3 at 5:45 just before the board’s regular meeting.
A Dyer County High School senior is one of two students from Tennessee named to the list of 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Isabella Rose Trasolini, of Newbern, and Zavier Santino Chavez, of Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, were named Tuesday to the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.
As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
The 2019 ceremony will be held June 23, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractor has planned a work zone starting Wednesday at the US 641 intersection with KY 821/Sycamore Street in Murray.
Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd says the contractor will be removing the ramp that carries traffic from US 641/12th Street northbound to Sycamore Street eastbound, as well as replacing curb and drainage at the intersection.
Motorists should be alert for lane restrictions along US 641 near the 7.15 milepoint.
The project is part of a group Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) that includes safety improvements at several locations. Work at this site in Murray is expected to take about 2 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
Motorists should be alert for changes in traffic flow at the intersection once the work is completed.
A Martin man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a pack of bottled water from a convenience store.
52-year-old Sylvester Harris Crayton was observed on surveillance video at Huck’s convenience store putting a case of water in his car without paying for it.
It was later learned that Crayton had previously been advised by Weakley County General Sessions Court to have no contact with that particular Huck’s location.
Crayton is charged with Shoplifting and Criminal Trespassing and is being held in the Weakley County Jail.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was killed Monday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 40 in Madison County.
THP officials announced in a press conference Monday night that Trooper Matthew Gatti was killed in a car crash while responding to a call.
The crash happened near the 74 mile marker in the eastbound lane of I-40.