Be prepared for delays, extra courthouse security as Holly Bobo trial gets underway

JULY 5– With the beginning of the long-awaited Holly Bobo trial finally here, Hardin County Sheriff Sammy Davidson said he knows the added traffic at the Hardin County Courthouse “will be an inconvenience,” but that he and his deputies will do everything they can to keep things as convenient as possible for those who still have to do business at the courthouse.

He said for those having regular business at the courthouse, he recommends trying to access the building between 9-11 a.m., and again between 2-4 p.m., when the lines of people trying to enter and exit the building should be shorter.

The trial kicks off tomorrow at 9 a.m. with final jury selection. Circuit Court Judge Creed McGinley, who is presiding over the trial moved here from Decatur County, said the final jury will be chosen Thursday and Friday, and then released for the weekend. 

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Independence Day fireworks to light up night sky Tuesday at Pickwick, Saltillo

JULY 3– Hardin County will celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. 

Fireworks will be launched from the Pickwick Landing State Park Sandy Beach. In addition to the annual fireworks show, the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be broadcasting live with WKWX radio beginning at 7 p.m. with patriotic music and interviews with special guests.   

“We are excited about continuing our rich Fourth of July tradition and invite all locals and visitors to celebrate with us at Pickwick Landing State Park,” said Beth Pippin, Hardin County tourism director.   

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Champion fiddler Wayne Jerrolds hosting 39th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival

JUNE 30– The 39th annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival will be held today and Saturday in Savannah. 

As in past years, the festival will begin on Friday night at the Wayne Jerrolds River Park and then move uptown to the square for the Saturday performances. 

Friday’s lineup beginning at 6 p.m. includes “Southern Sounds,” “Holt Family Bluegrass,” “Scottie Baugus & Boone Creek,” “7 Mile Creek,” Tupelo TV star Kathy Bain, and festival creator “Wayne Jerrolds & Savannah Grass.” 

Saturday’s lineup beginning at noon is “Fiddlers Roll Call,” “Rudy Moore & Bluegrass Pals,” “John Few & Providence Road,” “Courthouse Pickers,” “Hatchie Bottom Boys,” “No Time Flatt,” “Good Time Grass,” a 4 p.m. Buck Dancing Contest for all ages, “Wayne Jerrolds & Savannah Grass,” headliner “Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press,” “Billy Waggoner & Red Rooster Band,” Jake Landers and “Scottie Baugus & Boone Creek.” 

This down-home pickin’ and singin’ extravaganza on the Tennessee River, created by champion fiddler Wayne Jerrolds, has been packing in audiences since the 1970s. Teaming with the city of Savannah, Jerrolds promises the region’s biggest and best bluegrass show ever.

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