Sunday, May 28, 2017
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Storms Across The Upper Cumberland Saturday

Storms were reported across the Upper Cumberland early Saturday evening. No damage was reported in Putnam or White counties, however both saw tornado warnings and hail. Three-quarter inch hail was reported just east of the Putnam County Courthouse in Cookeville and in Baxter. Dime-sized hail was reported near the Putnam-White county line. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after seeing ... Read More »

Sparta Rescue Squad Learns Swift Water Skills

The Sparta Rescue Squad spent some time in the water last weekend learning swift water rescue skills. They’ll go back for more training the first weekend in June. Lt. Zachary Cunningham said the training is intense. “Basic swift water is probably about 20-30 hours on scene in the water and advanced swift water is a little bit longer than that. ... Read More »

Memorial Day Ceremonies Across The Upper Cumberland

A host of special events are planned across the Upper Cumberland to mark the Memorial Day weekend. Ceremonies will take place in Cookeville, Livingston, Sparta and Smithville, just to name a few. Putnam County Veteran’s Services officer Mark Harris said it’s an important time to recognize those who have died in the service of our country. Cookeville’s Memorial Day service ... Read More »

14 Putnam County Boys Elected At Boys State

Putnam County’s Boys State delegates have left an impression this week. Fourteen Putnam County boys were elected to a variety of offices, from Supreme Court to Aldermen. The annual event sponsored by the American Legion brings boys from every county in the state to Tennessee Tech to learn about government. The boys create a mock state, complete with county and ... Read More »

Meat Thermometers Essential For Summer Grilling

Many folks may be grilling out for the first time this weekend. Putnam County Extension Agent Michelle Parrot said a meat thermometer helps you serve perfectly prepared food. “Just keep one out there by your grill and as you’re grilling those hamburgers, let’s say, just make sure you put that thermometer in that hamburger that it reaches 160 degrees. For ... Read More »

DCHS Graduation Friday

DeKalb County High School will hold graduation Friday. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on the high school’s football field. This year, each graduate will be issued 4 tickets for family members to sit on the field. Lawn chairs will not be permitted this year. Read More »

Safe Food Handling Prevents Foodborne Illness At Picnics

Memorial Day often brings picnics and barbecues. Putnam County Extension Agent Michelle Parrot said folks need to practice safe food handling to make sure no one gets food poisoning. Side dishes, like cut vegetables, potato or macaroni salad and even desserts need to be kept cold. “Sometimes you have to spend a little more to get some ice or maybe ... Read More »

Medicaid Cuts Could Impact Schools

Part of the Trump administration’s budget plan includes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid. The Medicaid program doesn’t just pay for healthcare. Medicaid funding helps schools pay for equipment, personnel and programming required for some students, usually those with disabilities. Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd said those dollars go to cover needs schools have to fill under federal and ... Read More »

Trump Budget Puts After School Programs In Danger

The Trump administration’s budget proposal includes cutting all funding to the 21st Century Learning Centers, a nationwide after school program. The White House said the program isn’t providing results, but Putnam County Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said it’s providing a valuable service. Boyd said the requirements of those programs is they have to be more than just childcare, Putnam ... Read More »

THP Conducting Checkpoints This Weekend

Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in force this weekend. Lt. Jimmy Neal said troopers will conduct drivers license and sobriety checkpoints on roads all over the Upper Cumberland. They’ll also conduct saturations, which includes several troopers spaced at intervals on a particular road to control speeding and other violations. Commercial vehicles will also be checked at CMV checkpoints, Neal ... Read More »