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Rhea rescue squad assists devastated Fentress County

When the call went out to help fellow Tennesseans dig themselves out of the recent winter storms, the Spring City branch of the Rhea County Rescue Squad answered.

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Recent Headlines

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Manhunt underway for McMinn suspect
Posted: February 24, 2015

The McMinn County Sheriff’s Office and Athens Police Department [APD] are seeking the public’s help in locating a man with numerous charges against him.

Eagle gridders to become road warriors during 2015 season
Posted: February 24, 2015

It ‘s doubtful any Tennessee high school football team will accumulate as many road miles as Rhea County’s Eagles once the upcoming season kicks off in late August.

Council to re-bid dredging of Dayton Boat Dock
Posted: February 24, 2015

The Dayton City Council will soon be accepting bids to dredge the area around the Dayton Boat Dock after city council members voted to bid out the project at a special-called meeting on Friday.

Strawberry Festival committee alters plans
Posted: February 24, 2015

More new people and events are coming aboard the 2015 Strawberry Festival, and one event is sailing into a new spot on the festival schedule.

Rhea Medical Center welcomes new OB-GYN
Posted: February 24, 2015

Dr. Andrew Jones has joined the staff at North Park OB-GYN Associated, PC

Friday 02/20/2015
Over 1,000 lose power as winter weather slams Rhea
Posted: February 20, 2015

Over 1,000 people were without power and area schools were closed for much of the week as a wintry mix of snow and ice was dumped on Rhea County earlier this week.

Commission postpones decision on covered arena at fairgrounds
Posted: February 20, 2015

The Rhea County Commission tabled Tuesday a proposal to help finance the construction of a covered arena at the Rhea County Fairgrounds in Evensville.

S.C. Lions Club aims to set up Leo Club for area youth
Posted: February 20, 2015

The Spring City Lions Club is starting a Leo Club for area youth from ages 12 to 18.

Tuesday morning fire damages Spring City home
Posted: February 20, 2015

An early morning fire caused significant damage to a home on Mingo Lane in Spring City Tuesday. Rhea County firefighters were dispatched to the residence at around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Women’s Care Center annual banquet set for March 5
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 1:29 pm

The Women’s Care Center of Rhea County will be holding its annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, March 5, in the Lattimer Student Center at Bryan College.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Program offers hope for addiction recovery
Updated: February 17, 2015 - 3:49 pm

The road to recovery for any addiction can be a long, grueling journey. However, Chad Holtz, pastor at Mountain View United Methodist Church of Dayton is helping to make that walk easier for residents in Rhea County.

Sheriff expands arsenal through state grant
Posted: February 17, 2015

The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department is beefing up its arsenal after receiving a $20,000 state grant to purchase new rifles, law enforcement officials announced on Monday.

Monday fire destroys Five Points Road home
Posted: February 17, 2015

A lit candle left unattended is believed to be the unofficial cause of a Monday afternoon house fire on Five Points Road in Dayton, according to county fire officials.

VEC urges customers to conserve power
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 11:28 am

Weather forecasts are predicting some of the coldest temperatures in the last 30 years in parts of the TVA service area and as a result TVA is requesting that all customers conserve electricity as much as possible beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Chattanooga company takes interest in RCHS welding students
Posted: February 17, 2015

There is a buzz in the air among the welding program at Rhea County High School and rightfully so.

Friday 02/13/2015
Graysville considers no-kill animal shelter
Posted: February 13, 2015

Stray animals in the city of Graysville may have a greater chance at a longer life.

Rhea County Commission to consider covered arena at fairgrounds
Posted: February 13, 2015

Members of the Rhea County Commission will consider on Tuesday whether or not to support the construction of a covered arena at the Rhea County fairgrounds.

World-famous cartoonist visits Frazier for anti-littering campaign
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Frazier Elementary School students were treated to an anti-littering message from world-renowned cartoonist Guy Gilchrist on Thursday.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Investigators: Wife indicted for role in husband’s alleged rape of a child
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 5:09 pm

The wife of a Dayton man that is currently facing child rape charges has been charged for her role in the alleged 2014 rape, according to law enforcement officials.

Police: Child’s counselling session uncovers alleged sexual battery
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Sheriff’s department investigators said Tuesday that a child’s behavior counseling sessions uncovered an alleged sexual battery that has landed a Rhea County man in jail.

State Republicans vote to keep open primary system
Posted: February 10, 2015

The Tennessee Republican party voted down Saturday a proposal to advocate closed primaries in statewide elections.

Friday 02/06/2015
Man charged with rape of runaway teen
Updated: February 06, 2015 - 4:28 pm

A Spring City man was indicted by the Rhea County Grand Jury on Monday for the alleged rape of a runaway teenage girl, according to law enforcement officials.

Police: Graysville man took photos of 13-year-old girl’s rape
Updated: February 06, 2015 - 4:31 pm

A Graysville man is facing numerous rape charges for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and taking photos of the alleged incident, according to law enforcement officials.

Rhea woman sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison for meth
Posted: February 06, 2015

Misty Angel, 36, of Dayton, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 11 years and six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Abortion amendment lawsuit alters Dayton election plans
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 5:26 pm

A lawsuit filed by opponents of Tennessee’s Amendment 1 could force the Rhea County Election Commission to borrow voting machines from another county for the upcoming Dayton municipal election.

Rules officially change for Dayton property rights voters
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 5:26 pm

City officials approved 5-0 on Monday the second reading of an ordinance that mandates all property rights voters — voters who do not live within the city limits but do own property in the city — cast their vote via absentee ballot.

Woman perishes in Dayton fire
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 5:15 pm

A Saturday morning residential fire on Fisher Road in Dayton claimed the life of an 80-year-old woman, according to a Rhea County Emergency Services report.

Friday 01/30/2015
Former Graysville recorder tabbed to helm Meigs Co. finance department
Posted: January 30, 2015

DECATUR, Tenn. — Meigs County commissioners are hoping a short-lived meeting will result in a long-lasting solution.

Donations land Ft. Bluff a new gym roof, floor
Updated: January 30, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Donors have stepped up in a big way at Ft. Bluff Camp on Dayton Mountain and have provided enough funds to install a new gymnasium floor as well as a new roof over the gymnasium.

Tickets already being sought for Scopes Festival
Posted: January 30, 2015

Details for the 2015 Scopes Festival are taking shape as the 2015 Scopes Trial Play and Festival is set for July 17, 18 and 19.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
Report: Woman charged with TennCare fraud
Posted: January 27, 2015

A Hamilton County woman is charged with TennCare fraud in Rhea County, for allegedly doctor shopping for prescription drugs using TennCare as payment, according to state officials.

Bicentennial sidewalk timeline undergoes repairs
Posted: January 27, 2015

MainStreet Dayton is working to preserve the history of Rhea County by cleaning and repainting the sidewalk timeline in front of the Rhea County Courthouse.

Federal grant lands high-powered rifles for DPD
Posted: January 27, 2015

The Dayton Police Department arsenal is increasing after law enforcement officials announced the arrival of 14 new 5.56-cal. rifles on Monday.

State: Bridge won’t be finished before Strawberry Festival
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Members of the Strawberry Festival Planning Committee announced Monday that the state’s construction along SR-378 leading to downtown Dayton will likely not be complete before the festival.

Friday 01/23/2015
One dead in Grandview Mountain wreck
Posted: January 23, 2015

A truck driver was killed Friday in a wreck on Highway 68 on Grandview Mountain, according to reports.

Montgomery appointed to vacant commission seat
Posted: January 23, 2015

The District 6 seat on the Rhea County Commission was filled on Tuesday when commissioners voted 5-3 to install commissioner Doyle Montgomery to the post.

City, county and La-Z-Boy finalize land deal
Posted: January 23, 2015

An agreement among Rhea County, the City of Dayton and La-Z-Boy was finalized on Tuesday when the county commission voted to allow the furniture manufacturer to lease land near the La-Z-Boy plant along Walnut Grove Road for possible future expansion.

Entertainment, logo announced for 2015 Strawberry Festival
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Planning for the 2015 Strawberry Festival is sailing smoothly as the Strawberry Festival Committee recently chose it’s logo for this year’s “Strawberries at Sea” themed festivities.

UT baseball coach to speak at RCHS banquet
Posted: January 23, 2015

The University of Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano will be guest speaker at this year’s Rhea County High School Baseball Banquet.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
S.C. man saves son, leaps from burning building
Posted: January 20, 2015

A Spring City man was forced to jump from a second story window in order to escape his burning home on Monday, according to a Rhea County fire report.

Report: Dayton man charged with moonshining
Posted: January 20, 2015

A Dayton man was arrested for moonshining on Thursday, Jan. 15, after deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] originally pulled him over for driving on a revoked license, according to an arrest report.

Whites Creek Trail undergoes maintenance
Posted: January 20, 2015

The Tennessee Valley Authority and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning spent Saturday morning preparing the Whites Creek Small Wild Area in north Rhea County for the upcoming spring hiking season.

Friday 01/16/2015
Officials: No special election allowed for vacant District 6 seat
Posted: January 16, 2015

County officials announced Tuesday that state election guidelines bar them from holding a special election to fill the vacant District 6 seat on the Rhea County Commission.

We Care aims to expand efficient housing program for the homeless
Posted: January 16, 2015

The holidays may have come and gone, but the work of We Care keeps the spirit of Christmas alive 365 days a year.

Red light discussed for Graysville
Posted: January 16, 2015

The Graysville Board of Mayor and Commissioners took the initial steps to get the City of Graysville its first traffic light.

Fisher won’t seek election
Posted: January 16, 2015

The deadline to submit qualifying petitions to run for the Dayton City Council passed on Thursday, and three individuals have returned petitions, according to election officials.

Police: Student brought gun to RCHS
Updated: January 16, 2015 - 2:37 pm

A Rhea County High School student was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials said the boy brought an unloaded handgun to school.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Police: 14-year-old girl charged with arson after Laurelbrook fire
Posted: January 13, 2015

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with arson after investigators with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] said she deliberately set fire to a dorm at Laurelbrook Academy on Dayton Mountain on Friday.

Whites Creek trail to undergo annual maintenance
Posted: January 13, 2015

There will be a day of trail maintenance work at Whites Creek Small Wild Area on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.