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Portland Church of the Nazarene pastor Matt Taylor and his wife, Charly, found themselves abroad in Israel when the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold in the United States and in several countries around the world.

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Portland officials will wait until April 20 before making a decision on whether to move forward with holding the 79th annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival.

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Sumner County executive Anthony Holt declared a state of emergency in the county on Friday, March 20 after the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus jumped from three to 11. That number rose to 22 cases in the county by March 22.

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The City of Portland has cancelled both the census block party scheduled for April 4 and the city-wide Easter Egg Hunt, set for April 5 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sumner County Schools will begin offering free breakfast and lunches for pickup at designated locations, beginning March 25.

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In a simple fact-gathering endeavor regarding the City of Portland’s sewer system, the city has discovered that the nearby City of Mitchellville’s residents have been underpaying on sewer rates to Portland for at least the past 15 years, due to a contract that first went into effect in 1999.

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With the coronavirus pandemic limiting contact and creating the term “social distancing” in our vocabularies, many citizens are self-quarantining or at least limiting the amount of time they are out and about and around other people.

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One of the big issues in Portland as technology has expanded in our world has been how to provide high speed internet to all of the citizens in Portland and the surrounding rural areas.

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The City of Portland received a letter Monday from TDEC that some of the sewer restrictions that have been placed on the city since 2013 restrictions have been lifted.

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On Friday at the second Coffee & Conversations gathering at The Farmers Bank, the topic of the coronavirus was the No. 1 subject.

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A zoning request to change a house at 305 Reed Street in Portland from commercial property to residential was turned by the Portland City Council in its March 2 meeting.

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The Portland Quarterback Club is planning to honor some of its long-time members and contributors, and this year’s inaugural honoree at the April 4 dinner and auction fundraiser will be Portland Leader sportswriter Curtis Marlin.

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A Portland man who threatened to fight with police, stating that he “wanted to go to jail” got his wish as he was arrested on March 4.

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Russell William Morris, age 88, of Portland, passed away on March4 4th, 2020 at The Front Porch Senior Living in Portland, TN. Mr. Morris was born in Cottontown, TN on June 27th, 1931 t the late Jessie Croy Morris and Viola Mai Groves Morris.

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The tornadoes that took lives and destroyed numerous properties across Middle Tennessee has volunteers and professional helpers alike doing whatever they can to help assist with the clean up and assistance to those in need.

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State Representative William Lamberth is working to have a second Department of Motor Vehicles location for Sumner County put into the new budget for the coming year.

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The 79th annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival will run May 5-9 with the biggest day of the festival, as usual, taking place on Saturday, May 9.

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Joseph Michael Allaband and Kelly Ann Hoster, of 1603 Rock Bridge Road, Bethpage, on Feb. 214.

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Portland Police are looking for anyone with an information regarding a burglary involving two suspects that took place around 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 on Highway 109 in the parking lot of Xtreme Fitness and Ace Hardware.

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A man who was charged with a number of burglaries in Sumner County, including three Dollar General Stores, said he stole cigarettes from the stores in order to trade them for drugs.

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North Sumner Elementary 4-H speech contest winners are Aubree Henning, first place; Makynli McMillan, second place, and Annalee Roberts, third place.

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This photo of the Bucky Covington concert from Music on Main in 2019 received the Silver Kaleidoscope Award for the Best Event Photograph at the Southeast Festivals & Events Conference on Feb. 26. The photo was taken by Richard Suter.

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Longtime florist Joanne Miller, who retired a month ago after 30 years in the profession, is ending that retirement this week by opening a new flower shop on Main Street, called Blooms on Main.

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The faculty and staff of North Sumner Elementary would like to congratulate the January Students of the Month. Back row (left to right) are Bryce Amons, Sierra Chauncey, Adeline Blackburn, Madline Hale and Dylan Gann. Middle row (left to right) are Jaxon Carter, Kinley Pence, Gavin Stagg and…

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A Portland man is facing an aggravated assault charge after he allegedly brandished a handgun at another driver on Feb. 13.

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New Portland Police Chief Jason Williams had the interim tag removed from his title last week and will head up the Portland Police Department on a full-time more permanent basis.

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FFA Week is already underway at Portland High School with plenty of activities to fill the week with fun and to bring awareness to the Future Farmers of America.

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The Sumner County Grand Jury indicted three Portland people in its February session.

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A Franklin, Ky., man is facing multiple charges after he led police on a car chase before crashing his vehicle into a tree on Denning Ford Road on Feb. 13.

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A Portland couple was arrested after the boyfriend, who is a convicted sex offender and a fugitive from justice, was found hiding in an attic on Gibson Street on Feb. 17 not far from Watt Hardison Elementary School.

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Top of the Ridge Catering celebrated its move to Bottom View Farms with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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When Portland City Hall was cleared out last week to begin construction, it took with it a familiar and helpful face.

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The inaugural Coffee & Conversation event that allows citizens to hear directly from their elected representatives was a big success for the first time around.

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The Portland Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner last Tuesday night at the Southern Occasions Event Center with a number of businesses and individuals honored for their outstanding accomplishments for 2019.