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TDOT: I-40 Bridge Repair In Monterey Nearing Completion

TDOT’s bridge repair on I-40 near Monterey is nearly complete. Spokesman Jennifer Flynn said the paving will begin Sunday night. Rolling roadblocks and the assistance of the THP will help keep traffic moving and out of the work area. Workers will pave the eastbound lanes, then the westbound. TDOT has been repairing the bridge over State Route 24 at mile ... Read More »

Schaller Is New Putnam County Library Director

There’s a new person in charge at the Putnam County Library. Interim Director Phil Schaller’s first day on the job will be Monday. Friday was Stacie Netherton’s last day as director. Schaller said he’s excited about the position and looking forward to all the activities the library hosts. “I think the more activities we have, the better, we’re basically just ... Read More »

Van Buren 911 Has Critical Audit This Year

The state Emergency Communications Board will watch Van Buren County’s 911 system closely this year. Executive Director Curtis Sutton said the last two year’s audit showed a negative change in net position. Basically, the Van Buren 911 system spent more than it brought in. “If we get a third year of negative change in net assets for van buren county ... Read More »

Van Buren Mayor Looking To Help 911

Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson said county officials are looking for creative ways to help the county’s 911 center. Regional media have reported the Van Buren 911 has run into financial problems. “As far as they’re going broke, no, they’re a ways away from that, but they’re actually having to get into the reserves by the end of the ... Read More »

Donating Blood Easy, Free Way To Help Hurricane Victims

Blood Assurance Donor Recruiter Trudy Cody said donating blood is a easy and free way to help hurricane victims. “You can donate, you can give money, certainly and that helps, but the only way to give blood is to be a donor. We appreciate everyone who helps, everybody helps,” Cody said. Blood Assurance began sending blood to two centers in ... Read More »

Clay County Has 100% Graduation Rate

One hundred percent of Clay County High School seniors received their high school diploma last spring. Clay County High School Principal Derek Upchurch said he was proud of his school. “Well honestly it was a team effort, we have a lot of assist, not only our high school here, but we have a partnership, we actually have the local adult ... Read More »

Vandalism Serious, Can Be Felony Charge

Areas all over the Upper Cumberland are dealing with a rash of vandalism. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said vandalism charges scale with the amount of damage done, and can escalate from misdemeanor to felony quickly. “You know a lot of folks want to have the attitude ‘oh it’s just a harmless prank’ but that’s not true, if I’m throwing ... Read More »

Smithville Man Charged After Knife Threats

A Smithville man faces charges after allegedly threatening four people with a knife. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said 54-year-old Robert Lewis Judkins was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, public intoxication and resisting arrest. A deputy responded to a South Judkins Lane home Sunday and found Judkins holding a knife, yelling and threatening to burn down the home. ... Read More »

TWRA: Damage At Wildlife Area For Last 3 Years

TWRA officials hope visitors to Jackson County’s Boils Wildlife Management Area can help catch some vandals. TWRA spokesman Mime Barnes said there’s been damage to signs, parking lots, littering, theft and even destruction of wildlife habitats in the area. And that damage has been done three years in a row. “We see it as robbing from our hunters and anglers, ... Read More »

One Candidate So Far In Senate District 17 Special Election

Only one person has signed up to run for an empty state Senate seat. DeKalb County Election Administrator Dennis Stanley said Steve Wilson, a Wilson County Republican, is the only candidate to turn in a petition so far. The qualifying deadline is noon on September 28. Stanley said several others have expressed interest, including current state Rep. Mark Pody. The ... Read More »