Sumner County Property Transfers, April 20-26

Bethpage Gerald and Edith Graves to Kenneth and Dolores Martin, 2891 Hwy 31 E, Bethpage, $510,000. Castalian Springs Kevin McGee Administrator of the Estate of Ottie Yoder to William and Carolyn Bruce, 895 Harsh Ln., Castalian Springs, $320,000. Fleming Homes LLC to Russell and Joy Wynn, 1017 Emerald Valley Dr., Castalian Springs, $644,777. Daniel and Pamela Bell to Edward and […]

PHS students awarded $7 million in scholarship money

Portland High School 2023 graduates received $7,057,050.24 in total offered scholarships.  Many students received the Tennessee Promise, which is two years at a community college or Tennessee College of Technology (TCAT) and the Hope Lottery Scholarship, which is the four-year scholarship to students with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The Portland Community Education Foundation (PCEF) distributed $15,500 in scholarships […]

FCCLA sponsors prom for students who need different sensory atmosphere

A night for the stars was held at the Portland High School (PHS) gym for students who need a different sensory atmosphere with less noise and no flashing lights. Many students with these types of issues can’t go to a regular prom. The last time a prom for these students was held was five years ago.  The prom was organized […]

American Legion to hold flag retirement ceremony

Kentucky-Tennessee Camp Meeting held at Highland Academy

“We Have This Hope” was the theme of the 2023 Kentucky-Tennessee Camp Meeting held at Highland Academy May 26 through June 3.  Camp meetings have a long history with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church dating back to The Great Awakening. The early Adventists had camp meetings and were very evangelistic. The camp meeting had seminars featuring a wide variety of subjects […]

Speicher named Dairy Month Chairman for Sumner County

Deanna Speicher has been named the 2023 National Dairy Month Chairman for Sumner County.  Speicher will be honored June 8 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. The event includes recognition from Brian Flowers, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee. The official kickoff celebration recognizes Tennessee 4-H members’ efforts to promote […]

Portland honors Hometown Heroes with banners

Portland Alderman and military veteran Brian Woodall became aware of a city in Pennsylvania that was honoring its hometown heroes by displaying banners of veterans who have passed away.  He researched the idea and began discussing doing a similar project in Portland. While on vacation, Mayor Mike Callis drove through Cadiz, Ky. and saw that they had hung banners of  […]

AAA: Tennessee gas prices hold steady

Tennessee is the seventh least-expensive market in the nation

After moving slightly higher over the Memorial Day holiday, gas prices across Tennessee held steady over last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $3.18 which is three cents more expensive than one month ago but $1.30 less than one year ago.    “Pump prices across the state are still fluctuating, and it’s likely that trend will continue throughout the summer driving season,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman for AAA […]

Fire on Demase Street sends four to hospital

A Portland family of four managed to survive after a fire on Wednesday afternoon trapped two people inside and caused two teenagers in the home to jump from an upstairs window to safety. The Portland Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze and were able to rescue the mother and father from the fire that occurred in […]

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary’s brutal history

Sinister 137-year-old state penitentiary morphs into mesmerizing tourist site

PETROS, Tenn. — If you ever spent time in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, you know it’s a hard place to forget. I entered the State of Tennessee’s first maximum-security prison 26 years ago, and when I heard the steel trap-gates clank shut behind me, I have to confess it was an uneasy feeling to be slipping into a community of […]

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