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Malvern Rahrer of Portland was recognized for his 90th birthday by a joint resolution of the Tennessee General Assembly. The recognition featured many of his accomplishments in business, family and civic contributions. The Resolution was adopted March 16, 2020 and formally presented on July …

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Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt recently extended a countywide order requiring face coverings or masks be worn in public for another month in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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The City of Portland recently voted to place a referendum on the November ballot to increase the local option sales tax rate by .50 percent to 2.75 percent. The vote was 5 to 0 with Aldermen Drew Jennings and Brian Harbin absent.

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There is an old saying - do what you love and love what you do. That saying describes Portland Street Maintenance employee Dan Gribovicz. 

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Overall consumer spending in Sumner County increased during the first five months of 2020 despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, however local officials say not all businesses are benefitting from the growth.

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Sumner County officials are looking at possible alternative locations for a planned parking garage in downtown Gallatin after talks to acquire property necessary for the project stalled in recent weeks.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for entertainers because of the social distancing requirements. Concerts have been cancelled all over the country. Local Portland country music singer Ronnie McDowell has taken this time to make use of his second passion - painting.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. 

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation announced the 2020 Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest Winners from Sumner County. Each of these students wrote winning short stories titled “Electric Cooperatives: The Power to Be” describing how electric co-ops give their members the “power to b…

Mark your calendars. For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two sales tax holiday weekends to help Tennesseans save money and support the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Two recent graduates of Portland High School were recognized on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s 41st Annual Words & Music program. Samantha Alda-Katherine and Addison Doris were featured in the program for the song they wrote in their high school honors English class taught by Charlie McCoin.

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First Baptist Church of Portland held a Clothes Closet Summer Clothing Giveaway June 27. The church has an auxiliary house for a clothing ministry. It has been serving the community for several years; but has not been open since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The house was stocked with …

Volunteer State Community College is announcing the reopening of all campuses starting July 20, including Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. It will be a safe reopening with masks and social distancing required for everyone on campus and an online screening form filled out be…

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Early voting for the Tennessee State and Federal Primary and County General Election begins Friday, July 17, and runs Monday to Saturday until Saturday, Aug. 1. Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 6.

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Those who knew Charlie Daniels best joined in songs and scriptures at a memorial service to remember the Country Music Hall of Fame member — and to make sure people laughed, because that is what Daniels would want, they said.