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The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) has announced that applications are being accepted as of Friday, Feb. 14, from volunteer fire departments for grants through the newly established Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.

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A Philadelphia man charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot at his ex-girlfriend on Nov. 11 had his case bound over to the grand jury during the Feb. 11 Monroe County General Sessions Court.

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An Athens man was arrested Feb. 9 after he almost ran into a cop car while allegedly carrying various drugs. Madisonville Police Officer Thomas Spradlin said he was driving on Isbill Road when a white car came across the double line and directly into his path. Spradlin said the cars managed …

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Lisa Evon Abercrombie, 53, Greenwood Circle, Madisonville, possession of meth, possession of Oxycodone, possession of Alprazolam, possession of Diazepam, possession of Tramadol, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts elder-vulnerable adult abuse, reset for 3/24.

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Yamaha in Vonore held its fifth annual safety day event on Jan. 30 in hopes of providing a safer working environment for its employees.

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Shown here are Yamaha employees participating in a class during their annual Safety Day on Jan. 30. See the full story on Page B5.

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The Advocate & Democrat runs most community calendar and church calendar items free of charge. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Items will run as space is available and we cannot guarantee items will run more than one time. Submissions can be emailed to news@advocateanddemocrat.com

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Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 15 can register for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. However, children are not required to start kindergarten in Tennessee until they have reached age 6. Kindergarten attendance is required by the Tennessee State Board of Education …

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USDA Food Commodities will be distributed at the Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority’s Monroe County Neighborhood Service Center, located at 884 Englewood Road in Madisonville, on Thursday, Feb. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The distribution will continue until all food is distributed or until 2:30 p.m.

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A Lenoir City man who reportedly couldn’t drive straight in the Madisonville parking lot was arrested after several people called 911 about him Feb. 6.

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The Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) held a luncheon last Thursday where several guests spoke about the importance of art to children and the community. Shown here is Dr. Laura Mason speaking during her presentation at the MACA luncheon last Thursday.

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The Advocate & Democrat runs most community calendar and church calendar items free of charge. Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Items will run as space is available and we cannot guarantee items will run more than one time. Submissions can be emailed to news@advocateanddemocrat.com