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Rhea County’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped from 13 to 188 over a 24-hour period on Thursday, according to local officials and the Tennessee Department of Health.

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An employee at the La-Z-Boy Dayton plant has tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports and company officials.

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Rhea County High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. The ceremony was approved by the Rhea County School Board on Thursday evening.

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Dayton City School held a drive-thru graduation ceremony on Thursday for eighth-graders. Parents drove graduates through the school parking lot, where administrators handed them a bag containing their diploma, tassel, a T-shirt and a class picture.

The Dayton City Council announced Wednesday during a special-called meeting that the city has agreed to sell the old IAC building, accessible via Highway 60 and Black Oak Ridge Road, to Total Technical Solutions LLC.

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A Chattanooga woman is behind bars after deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] allegedly discovered heroin in her vehicle after a routine traffic stop on Friday, May 1.

The Town of Spring City recently released new protocols in light of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s recent decision to slowly start reopening the economy.

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Volunteers from Rhea County United Way recently assisted the United Methodist Church’s soup kitchen deliver 50 bags of dry goods and toilet paper to people who normally utilize the church’s soup kitchen.

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This is a very uncertain time for our community and our society. The coronavirus, COVID-19, response has already had a devastating impact on our economy. We must take care not to compound the damage by allowing the crisis to affect our future.

Rhea County High School Principal Jesse Messimer will be leaving his post as principal of the high school to take another position in the county school system, officials said on Friday.

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Rhea County Director of Schools Jerry Levengood said Thursday that the county school system has handed out 55,450 meals to children during the three-week period since the schools began the program.

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The Dayton City School Board voted to promote Trish Newsom as the new school superintendent after superintendent Robert Greene accepted a position at Athens City School.

In a conference call with rural newspapers on Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said that the state was seeing progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Straight line winds in excess of 90 miles per hour caused significant damage in Spring City early Sunday morning, according to county officials.

La-Z-Boy Incorporated, a global leader in residential furniture, announced Monday its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The company is taking the following actions based on its on-going assessment of the accelerating spread of the coronavirus and to ensure the well-being of its employees and …

Dayton City School continues to comply with Gov. Bill Lee’s recommendation to close schools during the Coronavirus outbreak. Superintendent Robert Greene said the school is committed to safety. According to Greene, “the safety of our students and staff absolutely comes first. We will take no…

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Employees with the county maintenance department are currently installing service windows in county offices in the Phil Swafford Building. The windows will allow for better social distancing measures when county officials are interacting with the public.

Waste Connections of Tennessee is asking Spring City residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by altering how residents deal with their trash.

Tennessee State Parks remain open and free of charge for outdoor recreation as officials continue to monitor the impact of coronavirus in Tennessee. Time outdoors is proven to relieve stress and improve mental and physical health and is a way to maintain social distance. Local and state park…

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On Sunday, Grace Bible Church hosted “Drive-In Church” using a Jumbotron and a pre-recorded service. “God seems to have used it to help meet people’s need for gathering and at the same time observing CDC guidelines aimed at ‘flattening the curve’ of this outbreak,” Pastor Jim Woychuk said. “…

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Due to public health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), B.A.S.S. officials announced today they will postpone the Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake originally scheduled to be held on the Dayton, Tenn., fishery March 19-22.

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The Care Center held its annual fundraising banquet on Thursday at Bryan College. The Care Center Director Lisanne Boling said the event drew nearly 425 people..

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) officially unveil its new Dayton, Tenn., Branch on Wednesday.

Nokian Tyres is funding two scholarships that will reward graduating seniors at Rhea County High School who are interested in studying STEM subjects in college. The company is offering two one-time awards of $2,500 each to students who plan to study science, technology, engineering or math a…

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The words in the church bulletin said that the flowers in the sanctuary were in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Doty who had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. What had contributed to the long happy marriage that the Dotys had enjoyed and that the community had witnessed?

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The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department expects it will cost the county nearly $1 million this year to house inmates in other counties as work progresses on the new justice center.

The Tennessee Strawberry Festival Committee has released this year’s full schedule of events and announced the theme of “2020: A Berry Bright Future.”

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The Humane Society of the United States recently honored Rhea County Animal Control Officer Cheyenne Swafford with a Humane Law Enforcement Award for 2019 for “her amazing work and steadfast commitment to animal protection.”

The Rhea Heritage Preservation Foundation is proud to present a night of dancing, music, food, drinks and a roaring good time. Step back in time and enjoy all the jazzy, flapping, excitement of the 1920s.

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Rhea County Academy teachers Karen Blakney and Austin Marsh, along with their fourth- and 10th-grade students, recently visited the Rhea County Courthouse.

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On Saturday, about 75 Civil Air Patrol [CAP] members and their families enjoyed a catered dinner at the squadron headquarters, located a Mark Anton Airport, to celebrate the transition of command. After successfully serving his four-year term as Squadron Commander, Maj. John Yost recommended…

The Dayton Police Department [DPD] released arrest and citation statistics for 2019 this week, and officials with the department said they saw a spike in driving under the influence arrests compared to 2018.

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State Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced Wednesday he will seek re-election to serve the constituents of Tennessee’s House District 31, consisting of Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie and part of Roane County.

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Rc3 board members hosted an appreciation brunch honoring staff and volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 7. Board member Manny Carril thanked honorees for their work throughout the year and gave each a hooded sweatshirt.

Unemployment dropped in more than one-third of Tennessee’s 95 counties in November, according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).