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10 stories for 10 years

By Michael Butler

More than 10,000 articles have been posted for Tallassee Times since the first edition on Sept. 23, 2008. So here are the top ten, based on number of impressions for each story. Be sure to click on the year link to read each archived article.

10. Bring on Battles (2012): Mike Battles is hired as the new head football coach and athletic director at Tallassee High School. Battles has since led the Tigers to six playoff appearances in his six seasons.

9. Superintendent Selected (2015): The Tallassee City School system chooses Wade Shipman as superintendent. Shipman replaces Kenneth Varner who assumes the position at T.R. Miller in Brewton.

8. New Chief in Town (2017): Matthew Higgins becomes the new Tallassee Police Chief. The Tallassee native retired after 22 years with the Montgomery Police Department.

7. Theater Revival (2018): After years of fundraising and renovations, the restored Mount Vernon Theatre reopens.

6. Chelsea Handler Visit (2015): Television personality Chelsea Handler does a Netflix documentary on racism that features Tallassee.

5. New High School Talk (2018): Tallassee High School begins the process of a new high school on the current campus.

4. Payne/McCain (2008/2012): Longtime mayor Bobby Payne is beaten by George McCain in the 2008 municipal election but comes back to win in a rematch in 2012.

3. Mayoral Election (2016): Johnny Hammock wins the mayor's race that includes issues over residency of candidates.

2. Hotel Fire (2009): The iconic Hotel Talisi catches fire and closes for business. It still has yet to reopen.

1. Mill Fire (2016): The east side mill is set ablaze and is left in ruins. Mount Vernon Mills ceased operation at the textile plant in 2004. The pile of rubble on the property remains.

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