2021-08-09 E-Edition

‘There’s nothing like this’

Lifest Music City

Beating the heat at Lifest Music City was not so hard for Dan Arnold and his daughter, Leia, 4. She danced through a well-placed sprinkler on the grounds of Hideaway Farm in Bon Aqua while trying to pull him in. “We love Jesus, and we’re big worship fans,” the Franklin dad said between skirmishes. “This is crazy.” The three-day event […]

Schools end 2020-21 with $3.7M surplus

Reserves reach $13 million

The Hickman County Board of Education finished the 2020-21 school year with a surplus of $1.41 million, much better than a budget that expected a deficit of $2.3 million. That’s a $3.7-million swing to the good. According to Finance Office documents for the 12-month period that ended on June 30, as distributed to the school board last Monday, the schools […]

Covid task force resumes meeting

Local cases reach 82

Responses to an increase in active covid-19 cases here brought the Covid-19 Task Force together last Wednesday for the first time in three months. Health Department Director Sarah Russell said that while vaccine continues to be available at the Centerville office five days a week, consideration is being given to reopening the mass vaccination site at the Hickman County Fairgrounds […]

Storm closes festival a bit early

A storm brought an abrupt closure to Lifest Music City late on its final night, July 31, with one concert-goer injured when she slipped and broke an ankle. Emergency Management Director Jim Tanner said the approaching storm — with high winds, rain, and lightning — caused evacuation preparations to be put in place by 10 p.m. The event was closed […]

Couple found dead in murder-suicide

Two Bon Aqua residents were found dead in their North Twin Springs Road home on August 1, the Sheriff’s Department reported. Lt. Michael Doddo said it appeared that Henry Johnson shot his wife, Charlotte Johnson, in the head, then shot himself in the head. He said deputies arrived about 10 minutes after the shots, from a 9-millimeter pistol, were reported. […]

Updates on firearms

Here’s some recent news and opinion about firearms: “Overall gun ownership nationwide jumped from 32 percent of Americans to 39 percent last year, according to University of Chicago survey data — well under the 50 percent level of half a century ago, but the biggest jump in recent decades,” Marc Fisher reports for The Washington Post. “From the downtown streets […]

Vol State Award

Lake Bates of Centerville was one of 83 4-H members recognized with the Vol State award at the University of Tennessee at Martin during 4-H Roundup. The Vol State award is the highest level of 4-H recognition, presented as well for service and leadership. He is a senior at Hickman County High School.


Brayden Pyburn of Bon Aqua received the $1,000 Gilbert N. Rhodes Scholarship at Tennessee 4-H Roundup. He plans to attend UTM and major in turf management.


Carlin Cochran of Nunnelly received the $500 Johnson Memorial Scholarship at the Tennessee 4-H Roundup. She will attend UTM and major in Theatre.