Festival gets first ever official brand

by Danny Wade In today’s world, almost everything has its own brand. Food is branded, clothes have brands, businesses and companies have their own brand. This is why Strawberry Festival officials, through the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce, decided it was time Humboldt’s claim to fame had it own branding. “This is the first time the…

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Businesses, industries roll out red carpet for Strawberry Tour

  by Danny Wade Last Friday kicked off the first Strawberry Festival event with the City Tour. Each year, Strawberry royalty and dignitaries tour several locations in Humboldt about a month before festival week. Humboldt businesses and industries roll out the Strawberry red carpet for the tour to serve up a taste of what Humboldt…

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HPD’s Arnold passes

by Danny Wade One of Humboldt’s finest was laid to rest last Friday. Lt. Jimmy Arnold, with the Humboldt Police Department, passed away Monday, March 25 at his home. Lt. Arnold was known by many Humboldt citizens as a friendly, caring person. He was mild mannered, not a quality some police officers have. But Arnold’s…

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One-of-a-kind military coin lands in Humboldt

by Danny Wade There are numerous clichés or sayings about pennies—Uncle Sam’s one-cent piece. Some might be “a penny for your thoughts”, “don’t have a penny to my name” and “a bad penny always turns up”, just to name a few. But for Larry Sikes, “a penny saved is a penny earned” has a new…

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City board approves hiring dispatcher

by Danny Wade The Humboldt City Board of Mayor and Aldermen met for their bi-monthly meeting last week with a short agenda. Two items up for discussion pertained to dispatchers with the Humboldt Police Department. Police Chief Reynard Buchanan received a letter from police dispatcher, Jerry Gordon. In the letter, Gordon submitted his resignation for…

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Tyson feed mill progressing upward

by Danny Wade For those who have driven through Fruitland this week, they may have noticed a spectacle rising into the air. Tyson Foods has begun work on the feed mill. The feed mill is located next to the former Andersons Granary in Fruitland. Last spring, Tyson purchased the granary, along with granaries in Dyer…

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TN Commissioner of Education Schwinn visits East Elementary

by Danny Wade Humboldt City Schools had a surprise guest last Wednesday, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. Governor Bill Lee recently appointed Schwinn to the position in January. The school was notified late Tuesday afternoon that Commissioner Schwinn would be coming to East Elementary School the next day at 10:15 a.m. “The tour…

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Hicks selected as 82nd Strawberry Festival honoree

by Danny Wade When Paul Simon was writing the song “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”, he probably was not talking about this year’s West Tennessee Strawberry Festival honoree, Gus Hicks, even though it is fitting to ‘hop on the bus Gus’. Hicks was the bus driver for festival events for years and years. Festival…

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West TN Drug Task Force foils murder for hire conspiracy

Two men are in custody on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in a plot stretching from Humboldt to Murfreesboro that was foiled just three hours before the murder was to occur. Stephen Taylor, 43, of Murfreesboro, and Gregory Barnes, 22, of Humboldt, are in the custody of Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas. Barnes…

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