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SCHS Lady Rebel Sisters Dominating Force on Court
SCHS Lady Rebels, Karlee & Kaitlyn Bramlett before a game this season.
SCHS Lady Rebel Sisters Dominating Force on Court

Stewart County High School Senior sisters and twins, Karlee and Kaitlyn Bramlett have been dominating the scoreboard for the Lady Rebels basketball team this season, and last season. Both have been the top two point leaders for every game so far this season. Last season, as a Junior, Kaitlyn Bramlett surpassed 1,000 career points. Coach Gilbert Harper said she was the only one, in at least the last 20 years to reach 1,000 points as a Junior, others have made it their Senior year. This season Kaitlyn has scored 261 points so far, her sister Karlee isn't far behind with 237 points. Karlee said she thinks she is close to surpassing 1,000 points and hopes to get there before the season ends.

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SCHS Lady Rebel Sisters Dominating Force
SCHS Lady Rebels, Karlee & Kaitlyn Bramlett before a game this season.
SCHS Lady Rebel Sisters Dominating Force

Stewart County High School Senior sisters and twins, Karlee and Kaitlyn Bramlett have been dominating the scoreboard for the Lady Rebels basketball team this season, and last season. Both have been the top two point leaders for every game so far this season. Last season, as a Junior, Kaitlyn Bramlett surpassed 1,000 career points. Coach Gilbert Harper said she was the only one, in at least the last 20 years to reach 1,000 points as a Junior, others have made it their Senior year. This season Kaitlyn has scored 261 points so far, her sister Karlee isn't far behind with 237 points. Karlee said she thinks she is close to surpassing 1,000 points and hopes to get there before the season ends.

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Miracle No One Died in Stewart County From Confirmed EF-2 Tornado Friday Night, Dec. 10
Miracle No One Died in Stewart County From Confirmed EF-2 Tornado Friday Night, Dec. 10

There were many miracles reported in Stewart County after a tornado ripped through just before midnight Friday night. It was a miracle no one was killed in our county. The tornado was confirmed Sunday from the Stewart Co. EMA as an EF-2 with an estimated wind speed of 125 mph. EMA also reported it was 400 yards wide and traveled 18 miles in Stewart County.

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Paris Landing Public Pool Not Re-Opening
Many people from Stewart County have used the Paris Ldg. Pool for years.
Paris Landing Public Pool Not Re-Opening

The Standard just received an email Mon., Dec. 6 from Tennessee State Parks seeking visitor input. According to the email they want input from visitors of Paris Landing State Park for a meeting next Tues., Dec. 14 to discuss replacement options for the swimming pool currently at the park.

Parks officials announced that the swimming pool will not reopen. The swimming pool was closed in 2020 and 2021 due to complications related to COVID-19. They stated, "Reopening the pool is unfeasible due to aging facilities, declining visitation pre-COVID 19 and high expenses. Tennessee State Parks has allocated $400,000 for the park to invest in new outdoor recreation activities. State parks officials encourage Tennesseans to voice their opinions on options for alternative, year-round outdoor recreational operations at the park." Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said, "The swimming pool at Paris Landing State Park requires major maintenance upgrades while usage continues to decline. We believe it is unfair to Tennessee taxpayers for the state to continue to invest in the swimming pool with increasing costs and declining use." The email went on to state, "The funds for the park will go to options that can be used throughout the year. The swimming pool, in contrast, operated only 70 days each year. The pool is 50 years old, visitation is down 50 percent, and lake swimming opportunities are available.

The meeting on Dec. 14 will be 5-6 pm at the park conference center, 300 Bridgeview Rd., Buchanan 38222. Anyone may attend.

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6 Awarded In Region for SCHS Rebels Football;QB Page Racked Up 8,452 Yards in SCHS Career
Region 6 Players of the Year: Quarterback, #21 Will Page, left photo; Receiver, #7 Adam Foulk, center; & Lineman, #51 Cole Swartz.
6 Awarded In Region for SCHS Rebels Football;QB Page Racked Up 8,452 Yards in SCHS Career

The Stewart County High School Rebel football team had six players awarded at the Region level. Three were named Region Player of the Year at their respective positions. Quarterback, #21 Will Page, Receiver, #7 Adam Foulk and #51, Lineman Cole Swartz were all named Player of the Year for Division I Class 3A Region 6. #4 Garrett Hawkins, #88 Cole Shepherd and #30 Cameron Dew were all named to the All-Region Team. Dew and Swartz are Juniors, the rest are Seniors. Page also received an All-Academic Award with the highest GPA for the Rebels.

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Apparent Homicide In Indian Md. Appears to Be Domestic; $1 Million Bond
Stewart Co. Sheriff\'s Office; Terence William Brazil
Apparent Homicide In Indian Md. Appears to Be Domestic; $1 Million Bond

According to Sheriff Frankie Gray, last night about 7pm a call came into dispatch from a man about a woman being found dead in his home in the Commissary Hollow area of Indian Mound. Police and EMS responded and found inconsistencies with the caller's story. Gray said the caller first stated the woman had health issues with cancer. Police on the scene saw evidence of blood and apparent stab wounds. Sheriff's office detectives and TBI were called to the scene. Gray said there were some attempts to clean up the scene and apparently the man at the home had left the residence and then returned and called 911. He said there is no further suspects at this time and it's believed to be a domestic situation. Stewart County Coroner Greg Barrow said the body of a female has been sent for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The TBI is in the process of notifying the family of the victim. We will update with more information when it becomes available.

Terence William Brazil was taken into custody and charged with First Degree Murder, Fabricating/Tampering With Evidence, Aggravated Cruelty To Animals and Filing False Report. His total bond is set at $1,015,000. Brazil is scheduled to appear in court November 2, 2021.

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USFS Holds In Person Meeting With KY/TN Law Enforcement; Still No Resolution On LBL
WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/LBLKYTN/ :LAW ENFORCEMENT IN LBL IS TRYING TO BE HANDED OFF TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHO DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES.
USFS Holds In Person Meeting With KY/TN Law Enforcement; Still No Resolution On LBL

The United States Forest Service (USFS), who now manages Land Between the Lakes (LBL), agreed to meet in person with all parties involved in policing LBL, after some contention and TN and Ky Sheriff's telling USFS they were no longer going to be able to respond to law enforcement calls in LBL. This was a change in heart for USFS, in the story in the Standard Sept. 28, we reported Lyon County, Ky Sheriff, Brent White, stated, "We pledged in good faith to continue the discussion of these issues only if all stakeholders were able to meet face-to-face, together, in one meeting. Unfortunately, following this meeting, USFS personnel reached out and scheduled a private meeting, individually with one of the Sheriff's Offices, in direct conflict with what we agreed upon for transparency and better communication with all stakeholders." An in person meeting happened last week in Murray, Ky.

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Ky Sheriff On Board With SC Sheriff on Not Covering USFS Property in LBL Come Oct. 1
Western entrance to LBL in Stewart County
Ky Sheriff On Board With SC Sheriff on Not Covering USFS Property in LBL Come Oct. 1

The Standard reported in August of this year, Stewart Co. Sheriff Frankie Gray had sent a letter to the United States Forest Service (USFS) telling them the SCSO would no longer be responding to calls in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, (LBL) starting Oct. 1, he told us then, "I met with USFS officials and told them we have no radio communications down there, so most of the time you're going to have to have at least two officers... I can't be sending officers to LBL. I told them, my job is for people living in this county. Sometimes at some point in summer, Piney's got more people in it than Dover's got. I don't have anybody living in LBL." He gave us a copy of the letter he sent to the USFS Special Agent in Charge, stating, "This is to advise you, as of October 1, 2021, as discussed in our conversation, July 30, the limited resources we have along with the lack of communications in that area makes it an officer safety issue, and no longer feasible to continue responding to calls on properties of the Forest Service."

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41 Years After Atkins/Stout Murders, Sister Says:
FILE PHOTOS: Pictured L-R: Carla Atkins & Vickie Stout, as they looked in the late 1970s, before disappearing in 1980.
41 Years After Atkins/Stout Murders, Sister Says: "I Know Who Killed the Girls"

41 years have passed since 16-year-old Carla Atkins and her half sister 14-year-old Vickie Stout were reported missing on September 17, 1980 in Dover. 18 days after they vanished, their bodies were discovered by two hikers, in a wooded area in the Stewart County portion of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, considered federal land. An autopsy revealed that Atkins and Stout were shot in the head with a 12 gauge shotgun and placed in shallow graves. Their killer has never been apprehended and this unsolved mystery continues to haunt Stewart County and the family of the murdered teenagers. The investigation was handled by state and local authorities, not the FBI.

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Body Found in Submerged Vehicle at Gray's Landing
Stewart Co. EMA took Montgomery Co. divers out to look for a submerged vehicle at Gray\'s Landing Wednesday, April 11.
Body Found in Submerged Vehicle at Gray's Landing

Tuesday, April 10, a call came into Stewart County dispatch from a fisherman on Kentucky Lake near Gray's Landing. The caller stated he had spotted what looked like a vehicle submerged a few feet out from the boat ramp. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office dive team was contacted and met the Stewart County Sheriff's Office and Stewart County EMA at the boat ramp, Wednesday morning, April 11, about 10 am. Officials found a vehicle approximately 30-40 feet out in the lake and 10 feet to the left of the boat ramp. After pulling the vehicle out of the water, a decomposed body was discovered inside. According to Stewart County Chief Deputy, Marc McElroy, the Paris Police Dept. and Henry County Coroner were notified. McElroy said, "The vehicle pulled out matched the description of a vehicle Paris PD put a BOLO (or be on the lookout) for in March of 2016, so the case was turned over to them and is an active and ongoing investigation." The BOLO in 2016 was for a 50 year old female who was possibly suicidal with a description of the same vehicle pulled out of the water today. The body was not able to be identified at the scene however and an autopsy was to be performed. The Standard will provide more details when they become available.

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Commission Unanimous in Opposing Plan for Paris Landing Inn
Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to delay demolition of Paris Landing Inn, in front of a few attendees to the called meeting, Monday, March 12.
Commission Unanimous in Opposing Plan for Paris Landing Inn

The County Commission met in a called meeting, Monday March 12 at the Visitor Center. 12 commissioners were present, with Vincent Gray and Eric Watkins absent. One of the first items on agenda was a resolution requesting the Governor and TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), to delay demolition of Paris Landing State Park Inn. Mayor Rick Joiner spoke, saying, "Gentlemen, I understand you have been given some information from David Ross regarding that subject." The letter Ross handed out stated in part, the State of Tennessee has allocated $26 million for Paris Landing State Park and it should be spent to renovate and upgrade the existing 130 room inn and to upgrade and enhance all of the park. Ross also said, "State officials are saying if the $26 million is not spent to demolish the current inn, that money will be lost. Citizens and taxpayers want the current inn renovated and the remainder of the $26 million spent on the entire park." He also referenced a state plan for TN State Parks from 2013, referencing Paris Landing State Park, it read "Replacing the HVAC is estimated at $1.8 million, and a significant renovation for the facility is estimated at nearly $6 million."

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Kayak Bass Fishing Championship This Weekend
Staff Photo: Kayak bass fishermen gather outside Mama Mea's restaurant Saturday, March 10.
Kayak Bass Fishing Championship This Weekend

The 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will be held March 23-24, at KY Lake with over 750 anglers competing for a grand prize of $100,000. Many of these fishermen will visit our community for several days prior to the event. This is a two-day CPR tournament in which each competitor's final score will be determined by adding the total length of the bass by his name on the Event Leader Board at end-of-competition time on Day 1 (Friday) to the total length of the bass by his name on the Event Leader Board at end-of-competition time on Day 2 (Saturday). All bass eligible for scoring must have been caught from eligible water during competition hours and submitted within the time frame permitted by the rules. Eligible water is Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, plus tributaries up which one may paddle/float from the main bodies of water. Boundaries are, Up to five (5) bass on Friday and up to five (5) bass on Saturday will contribute to the cumulative score. For more information on the event, please visit www.kayakbassfishing.com.

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Lighting Up the Cumberland's Last Year!
The Parade in Cumberland City from 2017 will be no more after this year
Lighting Up the Cumberland's Last Year!

This will be the last year for the annual Lighting Up the Cumberland (LUTC) Celebration. During last week's Budget & Finance (B&F) meetings, the TN River Resort Tourism budget was discussed. As in the last several years, both Eaglefest and LUTC receive $5,000 from that budget. During the B&F meetings, when LUTC was mentioned, commissioners commented, "This is the last year." Additionally, for those who attended, a Cumberland City float in the Irish Day Parade, Sat. March 17, announced this was the last year for the event. Cumberland City Recorder Cheryl Milliken said, "It is for sure that this will be the last year. Interest is waning and there are too few in number to help with the event." After this year, LUTC attendees will have to make other plans to enjoy their Fourth of July festivities

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Wild Hog Sightings in LBL
PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR.COM/USFWSSOUTHEAST
Wild Hog Sightings in LBL

We have been receiving reports of wild feral pig sightings in Land Between the Lakes, especially in the southern portion in Stewart Co. We contacted Chris Joyner, Public Affairs representative with Land Between the Lakes (LBL). He replied to our email about the pigs, stating, "We have local cooperative farmers that farm in LBL that have reported crop damage from hogs. The hogs appear to roam over a wide area with no clear range. We don't have a population estimate and are working with state and federal agencies to identify solutions to remove hogs from LBL." There are similar reports across Tennessee and the southeast. According to TWRA, "Wild hogs cause extensive damage to crops, wildlife habitat, contribute to erosion and water pollution, and carry diseases harmful to livestock and other animals as well as humans. The damage they cause has become more common and widespread during the last fifteen years as they have gone from being present in 15 counties in Tennessee to being in nearly 80 of a total of 95 counties.

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Storm Threat for Stewart Co.; LBL Flooding
Submitted photo taken at Elk & Bison Prairie
Storm Threat for Stewart Co.; LBL Flooding

The Cumberland River and Barkley Lake in Dover rose to 361.92 ft. above sea level, Friday afternoon, February 23. Normal level for this time of year is 354, summer pool is 359. Stewart County EMA Director, Clint Mathis said he spoke to the US Army Corps of Engineers and they said it should level off and stay steady for the weekend but might rise again mid-week as we are forecast to get another 3-4 inches of rain over the next seven days. Mathis said he had a briefing with the National Weather Service, and Stewart Co. is in the enhanced risk for severe storms, straight line winds and flash flooding from 4 pm Sat.- 2 am Sun. Feb. 25. The U.S. Forest Service at Land Between the Lakes warned visitors that area flooding may create dangerous road conditions and cause closures through Sunday, Feb. 25.

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Lady Rebel Wallace Signs with Vol State
Seated-Vol State Head Coach Otis Key, Lady Rebel McKenzie Wallace & SCHS Head Coach Gilbert Harper, while parents Timmy & Tammy Wallace look on.
Lady Rebel Wallace Signs with Vol State

Lady Rebel Senior, # 25, McKenzie Wallace, signed to play at Vol State Community College for the Lady Pioneers, Thurs., Feb. 1. Many family, friends, and teammates gathered in the library at Stewart Co. High School, along with some of her coaches through the years, and the head coach from Vol State, Otis Key. SCHS Girls Head Coach Gilbert Harper said about Wallace, "She's averaging about eight points and six rebounds this year. She is one of the better shooters in the district, just a complete player." According to Harper, Wallace led last year in three point percentage and three points made and her success led to more coverage this year from other teams. Her JV coach, Margaret Gregg, who was in attendance said, "She was here every time the doors were open. Very dedicated." Wallace said, "I played travel ball all my life and anytime I was able to get in the gym, I was in the gym, if I had to stay after practice. My mom coached me in Jr. Pro, and then I went to travel ball with Trent." She was talking about APSU phenom and NBA player Trenton Hassell. He coached for the Clarksville Sol, the AAU Sixth Grade girls team. Wallace said, "Vol State just seemed the most like home and I felt like would be the best fit. It has always been my dream to be able to play college ball, I always watched the girls on TV and thought, I want to do that." Principal Mike Craig welcomed everyone and said, "We do have great kids that do things the right way and McKenzie has always done things the right way. I've always enjoyed watching her play. Today she is being honored by getting to sign a Letter of Intent with Vol State in Gallatin." Vol State Head Coach Key said, "I have to thank Mr. Walter Thomas, Trenton Hassell and Terry Boykin for basically putting McKenzie on our map. I feel like she is going to come in and immediately help our program. In my four years at Vol State, every kid that's ever played for me but three has gone on to four year schools and all have graduated. We're going to work extremely hard to make her the player she can be and should be. I'm looking forward to it. We love to shoot the ball and have a green light policy." He elaborated saying, "If you're open, shoot it, if you're open and don't shoot it, come over and sit by me and tell me why you didn't shoot it." That got a laugh out of the room. According to Key, the team has 10 Freshmen this year. Key also said they will have a Vol State #25 next season.

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Lady Rebel Wallace Signs with Vol State
Seated-Vol State Head Coach Otis Key, Lady Rebel McKenzie Wallace and SCHS Head Coach Gilbert Harper, while parents Timmy and Tammy Wallace look on.
Lady Rebel Wallace Signs with Vol State

Lady Rebel Senior, # 25, McKenzie Wallace, signed to play at Vol State Community College for the Lady Pioneers, Thurs., Feb. 1. Many family, friends, and teammates gathered in the library at Stewart Co. High School, along with some of her coaches through the years, and the head coach from Vol State, Otis Key. SCHS Girls Head Coach Gilbert Harper said about Wallace, "She's averaging about eight points and six rebounds this year. She is one of the better shooters in the district, just a complete player." According to Harper, Wallace led last year in three point percentage and three points made and her success led to more coverage this year from other teams.

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Kayaker Drowns After Turning Over on KY Lake
Staff Photo: TWRA and Stewart Co. Rescue recovered a 40 year old man from Ky Lake at Gray\'s Landing Wed. afternoon.
Kayaker Drowns After Turning Over on KY Lake

According to Joe Campbell, District 12 Boating Officer for TWRA, a 40 year old Puryear man died yesterday at Henry Co. Medical Center after being pulled from KY Lake by Stewart Co. Fire Rescue. The victim was identified as Christopher Haller. Campbell said a call came into Stewart Co. dispatch, Wednesday, January 31, about 3:30 pm, from a bystander at Gray's Landing, reporting someone yelling in the lake. Stewart Co. Fire Rescue, EMS and the Sheriff's Dept., the US Forest Service from LBL, and TWRA responded. "Stewart Co. Fire Rescue found an overturned kayak and an unresponsive male in the water near Gray's Landing, he was transported to Henry Co. Medical Center where he later died. We believe he put in at Gray's Landing in a kayak to go fishing and it turned over," Campbell said. He indicated the victim was not wearing a life jacket, the water temperature was 41 degrees and there was a stout south wind which created choppy waters. Campbell wanted to remind boaters as we move from winter into spring to be mindful of the water temperature and be prepared by wearing a life vest and layered clothing. He said it was a tragic accident. "What we find is anytime there is a north/south wind on KY Lake it tends to intensify over the water. It will generally be stronger than what is reported on land and weather conditions need to be checked," Campbell said.

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Renovations at Ft. Donelson Visitor Center in Legal Limbo
Renovations at Ft. Donelson Visitor Center in Legal Limbo

No work has been done on the Fort Donelson Visitors Center since March of 2017. KHDM Construction, LLC out of Alabama was the main contractor. We have learned recently, they are being sued in the US District Court for Middle TN. Court filings filed in July of 2017, state, "Plaintiff: MidSouth Construction, LLC ("MidSouth") was hired by KHDM Construction, LLC ("KHDM") to perform certain roofing work on the renovation of the Fort Donelson Visitors Center at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. MidSouth has completed approximately ninety percent (90%) of the work pursuant to the terms of its subcontract and change order with KHDM. MidSouth has been unable to complete the final ten percent (10%) of its work as a result of a design flaw that KHDM was made aware. MidSouth has remained ready, willing, and able to complete the project once the design issue has been addressed by KHDM. Despite accepting MidSouth's work and receiving payment, KHDM has refused to pay MidSouth for the work it has performed, despite demand. As a result, MidSouth has been damaged and is seeking payment for the work it has performed, plus attorneys' fees, expenses, and costs.

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Commission Discusses Paris Landing Inn; Technology Center
Concerned Stewart Co. citizen David Ross talks to the commission about the impending demolition of Paris Landing Inn.
Commission Discusses Paris Landing Inn; Technology Center

The Stewart Co. Commission met in regular session, Mon., Jan. 8 at the Visitors Center. Some items on the agenda included, approving quarterly reports for all departments, report from the committee to consider use/ disposition of old jail building, debt management annual review, cash flow forecast, budget amendments, approval of road list, and discussion of a Technology Center. Before the meeting was called to order, Mayor Rick Joiner allowed Stewart Co. resident David R. Ross to speak. Ross said, "I'm asking you all to consider a resolution or at least get our state rep Tim Wirgau to explain to us what the proposal is for tearing down the Paris Landing Inn. The state's own figures say, for eight million dollars they can renovate the existing convention event size hotel, keep the 130 rooms and meeting rooms. Or, the proposal is to spend 26 million dollars for a boutique style hotel with 60 rooms, I think this is the first step toward privatization. Our conventions are going to leave. If they demolish it, once that one is gone we'll never have another one like it." Commissioner Terry Fitzhugh commented and said, "I agree with you David. I don't have a problem with supporting a resolution to keep from demolishing the Inn. It's a landmark." Commissioner Marty Blane said, "My biggest concern with this is, I've got several close friends who work down there, and they basically say they are not going to get their jobs back, they have to apply like everyone else. I've had some call Representative Wirgau's office and they were not happy with his response on this." The Commission couldn't take action on the proposal that night but the consensus was they would have a resolution at the next meeting to vote on.

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Arrests Made in Connection With Body Found in Bumpus Mills
Arrests made after body found in Stewart Co. in Aug. 2016
Arrests Made in Connection With Body Found in Bumpus Mills

In connection with the story the Standard broke in September of 2016, about a confirmed homicide investigation stemming from an ATF search in Bumpus Mills, arrests have been made. We received an email, Thursday morning, January 18, from David W. Boling, Public Information Officer for the United States Attorney's Office with the U.S. Dept. of Justice. It stated, "A 54-count superseding indictment was unsealed today, charging 12 members and associates of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang out of Clarksville, TN., with racketeering conspiracy, announced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of TN. Three other individuals were charged with other federal crimes including large scale drug trafficking and crimes related to the Hobbs Act. One local person was named, Robert Humiston, a/k/a "Bric," a/k/a "Brichands," 25, of Dover, TN.

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Joiner Throws a Wrench in Election; Picks Up Papers
STAFF PHOTO. Current Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner.
Joiner Throws a Wrench in Election; Picks Up Papers

It was rumored weeks ago and confirmed last week, Mayor Rick Joiner is now running for mayor this year. Last year, we reported in the Standard in August, that we received official word from Joiner, he is not running next year for re-election. In an e-mail Joiner sent out to all county agencies, he stated, "Friends, in less than a year from now voters in Stewart Co. will be making decisions regarding the local and statewide elections. Most all of the local government elected positions in Stewart Co. will be on the ballot. With that in mind, for the past several weeks, family, friends and others have questioned or assumed that I would seek office again in 2018. I greatly appreciate the support and encouragement offered, however, several months ago I made the decision that I would not seek re-election in 2018." As of January 5, 2018, the first day to pick up paperwork in the County General election, 24 people had picked up papers to run.

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Is There Still Hope for Paris Landing Inn? TDEC says funds approved; project approved by State Building Commission for demolition in August
Officials met Friday, November 17, to discuss the demolition of the Paris Landing Inn.
Is There Still Hope for Paris Landing Inn? TDEC says funds approved; project approved by State Building Commission for demolition in August

There are some mixed signals out there from elected officials and the state, about the demolition of the Paris Landing Inn. At a recent Town Hall meeting in Dover, held by State Senator Mark Green, there were questions about whether the project has been fully approved. Local resident David Ross brought up the state's announcing the demolition of the inn. Ross mentioned the state's figures of revamping the 130 rooms at a cost of $8 million, or the Inn being rebuilt for $26 million and housing 60 rooms in a "boutique style " resort setting. "It's probably going to be ripe for privatization," Ross said, and asked the issue be "forestalled and let the next gubernatorial administration take a look at it." Green said, "I'm not sure it's a good idea to do it the way they're talking about doing it....any administration." He said he needed to do more research into it. "Well, you've got till August," Ross said, "because they're going to start taking it down in August." To which Green answered, "They've got to get the budget, and its in this budget, so they have to get us to agree," Green said.

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Bi-County Board Discusses Smell at Landfill
Steve Springer gives an audit report to the Bi-County Landfill Board in Dover. (Seated) L-R are Board Members Betty Gibbs, Stewart Co. Mayor Rick Joiner, Montgomery Co. Commissioner Tommy Vallejos, & Montgomery Co. Mayor Jim Durrett.
Bi-County Board Discusses Smell at Landfill

The Bi-County Solid Waste Board held their monthly meeting in Stewart Co., Wed., Dec. 20 at the Visitors Center. Before discussion of the smell problem, Steve Springer from Stone, Rudolph and Henry gave an audit report to the board. He indicated the financial statements provided as of June 30, 2017, were sufficient and cooperation from management was good with no compliance findings. Current assets is about 3.5 times liability. Revenues were down but so were expenses. There was a $343,000 increase in cash flow. The board approved the audit report as presented but did want to look into a more thorough audit as they got the feeling the state would soon be asking for a more detailed report. David Graham gave the Director's Report to the board. He said, "Other than daily operations at Woodlawn, 90% of our work is site development." Montgomery Co. Mayor & Board Member Jim Durrett brought up the smell at the landfill, remarking, "We've got to get control of that, the methane gas, I know the landfill is going to smell bad, it's garbage, but there's things we can do to minimize it, and if we've got a contractor not living up to his contract, then we need to get somebody that will."

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Jumping in Ice Covered Water in Dover
William Winfrey jumped was fully submerged after jumping in at the boat ramp.
Jumping in Ice Covered Water in Dover

Stewart County kicked off the New Year by coming together at Dyers Creek Boat Ramp and breaking ice so people could jump in. The annual Stewart County fundraiser for meals on wheels, Freezin' for a Reason event was surprisingly well attended considering the temperatures. There was a large turnout of people starting about 11:30 am at Dyers Creek Boat ramp on Barkley Lake in Dover. The parking lot was full. Many were there just to witness the brave, or some said crazy souls who actually jumped in the water.

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