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Halls volleyball team rolling in State

The Halls High School volleyball team is on a roll with the first two wins in the school’s history in the State Volleyball Tournament in Murfreesboro.

Halls opened play on Tuesday with a loss to powerhouse South Green, 12-25, 15-25, 26-24, 17-25, before bouncing back in a big way with a thrilling three-set sweep of Sale Creek, 27-25, 25-20, 25-23.

That win sent Halls to an early Wednesday morning match-up with Gatlinburg Pittman, who the Lady Tigers eliminated from the tournament with a four-set win, 25-21, 25-18, 13-25, 25-15.

Halls advanced to play again on Wednesday at approximately 2:30 p.m. against the winner of a match between South Greene and Harpeth.

Halls is already assured of a top four finish in the State Tournament.

TBI announces indictment on third man in murder case

Tommy Taylor

Third man indicted in 2018 Henning murder case


HENNING – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working alongside investigators from multiple agencies, have obtained indictments for a third man in connection to the June 2018 death of a pregnant woman in Henning.

At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mark Davidson, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the shooting death of 27-year-old Jessica Hunt on June 15, 2018, shortly after authorities found her body along Berry Morrow Road.  Hunt was three months pregnant at the time of her death.  During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to Tommy Taylor (DOB: 8/2/79) as one of the individuals responsible for the crime.

On October 2nd, the Lauderdale County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Taylor with two counts of Premeditated First Degree Murder, two counts of Felony Murder, one count of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, one count of Tampering with Evidence, one count of Abuse of a Corpse, one count of Theft, and one count of Accessory after the Fact.

On Wednesday, authorities served Taylor with the charges and booked him into the Lauderdale County Jail on $1 million bond. 

During this investigation, TBI Agents were assisted by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Ripley Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Halls Police Department, Gates Police Department, Brownsville Police Department, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities previously secured similar indictments for Sequna Copeland and Bryson Bonds in connection to this case. 

Special class reunions highlight of Labor Day Parade.9-2-19

Former Lauderdale High Principal Samuel Lee leads the Class of 1969 one more time.

Every year, the Labor Day Parade brings classes from years gone by back to Ripley to enjoy reunions. This year’s was extra special as the Lauderdale High Class of 1969, that school’s last class, held a reunion with former Principal Samuel Lee leading the way on the class’s float. Ripley High School Classes of 1974 and 2009 were also represented at this year’s Labor Day Parade for their 45th and 10th year reunions, respectively.

Members of the Lauderdale High Class of 1969 on their float at the Labor Day Parade.
The Ripley High School Class of 1974 enjoyed their 45th class reunion celebration at the Labor Day Parade in Ripley.
The Ripley High School Class of 2009 enjoyed their 10-year reunion celebration at the Labor Day Parade on Monday on the Square in Ripley.
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