UP and AT IT: Tuesday, July 8

9AM: And that wraps up today's round of the brekkie blogs.

Until tomorrow, why not check out some of our sites below.

Tamworth            Moree            Gunnedah           Glen Innes

8.55am: 

THE fire took hold within minutes, engulfing Jackie Stewart’s front bedroom, but despite the damage she still considers herself very lucky.

The Kootingal mother had popped back quickly to her Stephen Ave home yesterday about 11.40am to unpack some groceries when she and her daughter noticed smoke pouring into the air.

8.45am: 

8.35am: A BARWON police officer charged with a list of  offences while on duty will fight the charges after fronting court.

8.25am: And another photo from frosty Glen Innes.

8.20am: 

A TAMWORTH family’s medical marijuana push has sparked a political landslide across the nation.

In a potentially game-changing 72 hours in the debate, the Western Australian Opposition on Sunday backed the medical prescription of cannabis while the Tasmanian government announced a parliamentary inquiry into the issue on Friday.

8.10am: BEARDS are back in fashion, and judging by the instant popularity of the newly created Tamworth Beard Appreciation Group (TBAG) last week, local admiration for facial hair is growing. 

8am:

7.55am: 

7.45am: An interesting fact for Modern Family fans.

7.35am: THE Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has launched a public inquiry into sensational allegations surrounding former UNE chancellor John Cassidy.

7.25am: CAMERON Hammond’s remarkable rise up the professional boxing ranks continued last night with a unanimous point’s decision victory over Argentinean Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco.

Read all about it here.

7.15am: 

FOUR locals who helped pull an Inverell couple and their daughter from a fiery plane crash are being considered for bravery awards.

The bystanders were on scene almost immediately on Friday, helping to drag local GP Dr Mark Harding, his wife and school teacher Caro Harding and their teenage daughter free of the crashed  Cessna 210 after it hit the ground and exploded.

7AM:

6.45am: We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

We can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to share. Email Haley at hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au  or let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Fog and areas of frost in the morning, locally severe. Sunny afternoon. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 4 and zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 13 and 18.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Areas of morning frost, locally severe. Areas of fog on and west of the ranges early in the morning. Sunny day. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending west to northwesterly in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 5 and 2 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 19.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

ANNIVERSARIES:

1963 – Margaret Court becomes the first Australian woman to win the Women's Singles tennis championship at Wimbledon.

1991 – The first share offer for the newly privatised Commonwealth Bank.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Kevin Bacon(1958), Jaden Smith(1998)

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