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Ponder Trial On DeKalb Courthouse Arson Charge Set

A man who reportedly tried to set the DeKalb County courthouse on fire will face trial next year. Gary Wayne Ponder, 53, will go to trial April 4, 2018 on a charge of arson. He remains on house arrest. The District Public Defenders Office will serve as his attorney. In June 2016, Ponder was caught on the courthouse’s surveillance camera ... Read More »

Fiddler Lea To Perform Monday At Tech

Tennessee Tech will host Gaelynn Lea, musician and social activist next week. Lea’s fame grew when she won NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. She performs original and traditional fiddle music. Lea also does speaking engagements about disability, finding inner freedom and the power of music. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bones disease. In recent years, ... Read More »

Officer’s Law License Reinstated

Albert Fitzpatrick Officer III can go back to practicing law. His law license was suspended in July. August 8, he petitioned the state Board of Professional Responsibility for his license back. Officer must pay the board’s costs related to his suspension. He must also continue to be monitored under the state’s Lawyer Assistance Program. Read More »

Lane Closures Continue For DeKalb Bridge Work

Delays on a stretch of U.S. 70 in DeKalb County will continue until bridge repair is complete. TDOT began work on the South College Street Bridge last week. TDOT spokesman Jennifer Flynn said the work will be complete by October. To complete the work, there’s lane closures on U.S. 70 under the bridge. One lane will remain open at all ... Read More »

TTU’s Oldham Touring Tennessee

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham will visit Cumberland County Friday. Oldham began his “Tech is Tennessee” tour last week with visits to all three Putnam County high schools. He intends to visit all 95 Tennessee counties. Oldham sees the tour as an opportunity to connect with prospective students, alumni and educators and emphasize Tennessee Tech’s dedication to the people and communities ... Read More »

AEDs Coming To Putnam Sheriff’s Cruisers

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department recently received 20 AED machines through a federal military surplus program. Sheriff Eddie Farris said AEDs will be assigned to patrol cruisers. He said the machines will allow deputies to serve as first responders for medical situations requiring an AED. An Automatic External Defibrillator can be used to give someone’s heart a jump start in ... Read More »

BBB Fighting Phishing Scam

The Better Business Bureau has shut down more than 100 phishing websites using the organization’s logo in the last month. In August, the Better Business Bureau announced websites were sending phishing emails using their own logo. Now, the nonprofit said sites are sending emails that fraudulently tell business owners a complaint has been filed with the BBB. If you receive ... Read More »

Putnam Tourism Inquiries Increase Over Weekend

Putnam County saw more tourism requests last week and officials believe it’s Floridians fleeing Hurricane Irma. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said a number of inquiries about accommodations all came from the Tennessee welcome center near Chattanooga. “So we got our guide that shows all the accommodation listings to that welcome center and ... Read More »

Clay Deputies To Begin Carrying Narcan

Clay County sheriff’s deputies will soon begin carrying Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Sheriff Brandon Boone said he hopes it will save lives. “Often we are first responders on calls for EMS, we’re the first to arrive before EMS gets there, if it’s something we could administer and help save a life, ... Read More »

Smith: Prepare For Some Wind

Putnam County residents should prepare for some wind. Remnants of Hurrican Irma will sweep through the area Monday evening. Putnam County EMA Director Tyler Smith said the current predictions show the area receiving less rain than originally thought, but we’ll still be under a wind advisory starting at 4 p.m. “Main concern is the winds, bring in any loose items ... Read More »