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Tech’s SEDS Chapter Hosts Eclipse Camp Out

Tennessee Tech’s eclipse plans include hosting students from around the country. Tech’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) will host a camp out at the Oakley STEM Center so students from around the country can experience the eclipse together. The Upper Cumberland, particularly Cookeville, will experience the full force of the total solar eclipse on ... Read More »

Planners Approve Freehill RAO

The Cookeville Planning Commission approved a measure to redevelop property just off of Freehill Road. Commissioners approved a preliminary subdivision plat at its meeting Monday. The Cookeville City Council approved a Redevelopment Area Overlay Ordinance in May allowing the project to move forward. It marked the city’s 5th RAO ordinance. The project calls for replacing a current mobile home park ... Read More »

Mariota Speaks At Schools, Donates To Football Programs

Marcus Mariota spoke at three Upper Cumberland high schools Tuesday. The Tennessee Titans quarterback spoke to enthusiastic crowds in Sparta, Smithville and McMinnville. He also donated to the football programs at White County High and DeKalb County high. Mariota made $5,000 donations at each of the schools, the NFL Foundation will match the donations. White County High gave Mariota a ... Read More »

DeKalb Condos Take $1 Million In Fire Damage

Officials said a fire did more than $1 million in damage at a DeKalb County condominium Monday. The fire reportedly started in a third-floor laundry room at the condos on Center Hill Lake. Firefighters from multiple counties worked for more than 8 hours to put out the blaze. DeKalb County fire officials said the fire was under control within 30 ... Read More »

WCHS Football Gets $10,000 Donation From Mariota

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a big pass to the White County High School football team. Mariota spoke at the school early Tuesday morning and donated $5,000 to the football program. The NFL Foundation will match the grant for a total of $10,000, Mariota said. “Our family, we’re just excited to be part of this, we want to support ... Read More »

Carthage’s SR 25 Closed Until Sept. 4

State Route 25 in Carthage won’t reopen until September. TDOT said it shut the road down in June after rocks slid off the hill above and onto the road. Tuesday, TDOT said the road would be closed until September 4. The original end date was August 1. TDOT said the contractor ran into more loose rock in the construction area. ... Read More »

Ray: No Comment On Agee Case

DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said he has no comment on a woman’s request to reopen her daughter’s death investigation. Lauren Agee’s body was found in Center Hill Lake two years ago. Her mother, Sherry Smith, has a petition signed by more than 10,000 people calling for law enforcement to reopen the case. Agee was camping on a cliff with ... Read More »

Parents: Check Vaccine Records Before School Starts

School starting soon means parents need to check vaccine records. Tennessee Department of Health regional nursing director Shanessa Taylor said students entering Tennessee schools for the first time are required to be vaccinated. Boosters are required for students in seventh grade and those entering college. “One reason is you’ve got to protect yourself and you also need to protect others ... Read More »

Marcus Mariota Visiting The Upper Cumberland

The Warriors will host a Titan Tuesday. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will visit four area schools starting with White County High Tuesday morning. WCHS Principal Grant Swallows said his school is ready. “Obviously, a professional athlete of this magnitude, they don’t visit your school every day, so this is just a great opportunity they provided for us to kind ... Read More »

Dam Removal Scheduled On Roaring River

The Roaring River Dam will soon be a memory. TWRA spokesman Mime Barnes said the dam will be removed later this month. The exact date of the removal is dependent on weather and river conditions, Barnes said. Removing the dam will allow for better swimming, fishing, and kayaking on the Roaring River. It should also expand habitats of fish and ... Read More »