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Vandalism Reported At Crossville’s Centennial Park

Vandals caused about $4,000 damage at a Crossville city park recently. The damage occurred on August 17, but wasn’t reported to police until last week. Crossville Police said a park employee discovered damaged surveillance equipment in a Centennial Park garbage can on August 17. A teenaged male was seen on the surveillance tape before the video stopped. Damage was also ... Read More »

Livingston Aldermen Ban Billboards

Livingston Aldermen approved an action banning billboards in the city limits. The aldermen considered and approved measures recommended by the city’s Municipal Planning Commission. One dealt with content of signs and off-premises signs while the other banned billboards. Mayor Curtis Hayes said he couldn’t comment on the matter because of pending litigation. One local company recently filed a suit in ... Read More »

Two New Overton Commissioners Appointed

Overton County has two new commissioners. The county commission approved former county commissioner Shaun Hale for the 3rd district seat and Lee Richards for the 5th district. Overton County Executive Ben Danner said commissioners resigning is an unusual event. “I was on the county commission 12 years before I got elected county executive and we had 2 commissioners resign in ... Read More »

Dems Kennedy Dinner Set For Saturday

The Putnam County Democrat Party’s annual Kennedy Dinner will take place Saturday. Chairman Amos Powers said a few tickets remain, but a sponsor purchased them and donated them back to the party. This is the seventh annual Kennedy event, Powers said. “After every one we start planning for the next one, so as soon as this one’s over, we’ll get ... Read More »

Putnam GOP Reagan Day Dinner Nearly Sold Out

The Putnam County Republican Party only has a handful of tickets left for their annual dinner, Chairman Cindy Scheuman said. “When you have communities that recognize local politics are just more important to their backyard than the national narrative, we get a bigger turnout, people need to stop being polarized,” Scheuman said. Sen. Mark Green will be the keynote speaker. ... Read More »

Fishing University Filming In Cookeville Next Month

Cookeville and Putnam County will be featured on Fishing University next year. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the group jumped at the chance to host the show. “They reached out and said ‘hey we know your area lakes have great fishing, we’ve heard it, they’re well known all across the country, we’d ... Read More »

TTU’s Grads Have Lowest Debt In State

Tennessee Tech grads have the lowest debt of any school in the state. That comes from U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 college rankings. TTU Financial Aid Director Lester McKenzie said he was very pleased with the ranking. “The office of financial aid’s goal is to make sure that students have all the information, make educated choices when determining how ... Read More »

Abston Memorial Ride Allows All Vehicles This Year

Organizers with the Jerry Dale Abston Memorial Ride have opened registration up to any vehicle. Casey Flatt said it made sense to include everyone who wanted to participate. “We usually say it’s kickstands up, but we’re opening it up this year to vehicles also, we’ve had so many people wanting to get involved with it  that didn’t have motorcycles so ... Read More »

Paid Internship Pilot Program Funded Anonymously

An anonymous investor created a program to change the lives of students in Jackson and Putnam counties. Highlands Economic Partnership Vice President of Workforce Development and Educational Programs Lillian Hartgrove said the investor will pay 75 percent of student’s salaries in a paid internship pilot program. “And so through several meetings, scrambling between the end of June and the start ... Read More »

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Officials hope September’s designation as Suicide Prevention Month helps preserve lives. Volunteer Behavioral Health Senior Vice President is Kandy Templeton. “Suicide prevention has really come to the forefront of saving lives, we want to educate people that suicide deaths are not necessary and there’s help out there,” Templeton said. Help and resources are there for friends and family members of ... Read More »