Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Happening Now

Author Archives: Rafferty Cleary

Fire Destroys Home In Cumberland Co.

A fire has destroyed a home in Cumberland County. The county fire department responded to the blaze around 8:30 last night at a home on Lowe Road. Officials said the fire started in the basement of the home and quickly spread. A male occupant managed to escape unharmed, but officials said the home was a total loss estimated at $80,000. Read More »

Court Date Set For Alleged Arsonist

A man accused of setting fire to three homes in Overton County last year, appeared in criminal court for a hearing this week. During that hearing a judge set a July 11th court date for 39-year-old Calvin Booher. Booher is charged with aggravated arson, attempted car jacking, and attempted first-degree murder of a witness in one of the arson cases. ... Read More »

Algood Fire Hall Expansion Slowly Getting Underway

Work on expanding Algood’s new fire hall is slowly starting to take off. City Administrator Keith Morrison said some electrical issues are currently slowing the project down. “We have had an issue with the power to the building. The pole is currently sitting in the actual footprint of the new fire hall plan,” Morrison said. “We’ve been having to work ... Read More »

Clark Boyd To Fill House District 46 Seat

The Wilson County Commission has selected Lebanon Insurance Agent Clark Boyd to finish out the term of Mark Pody in House District 46. Pody resigned from the state house after being elected by voters to fill the unexpired term of Mae Beavers in the 17th Senatorial District. Beavers resigned from her Senate seat to focus on her campaign for governor. ... Read More »

Airport Employees May Soon Be Under Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System

The Putnam County Fiscal Review Committee has approved a recommendation to allow Upper Cumberland Regional Airport employees to be under the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. County Executive Randy Porter said it won’t cost the county any money. “There’s only two full-time employees at the airport and TCRS will not allow them to set their own retirement up unless all four ... Read More »

Local Road Crews Ready For Potential Winter Blast

A round of winter weather is expected to affect the Upper Cumberland Friday and Saturday. Cumberland County Road Supervisor Scott Blaylock said his crews are ready for any event that might occur. “We are monitoring the radar and getting our trucks set up with our plows and spreaders,” Blaylock said. “We’ve got several hundred tons of mix ready and six ... Read More »

TDOT Ready For Winter Weather

Crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation will be out in full force if the weather begins to get bad Friday. Region-2 Communications Director Jennifer Flynn said it’s important that drivers stay aware on the roadways if the weather gets bad. “Don’t get up close behind the salt truck and don’t do any crazy maneuvers to pass them,” Flynn said. ... Read More »

Electric Issue Fixed At East Cookeville Substation

The East Cookeville Substation tripped off line at 11:00 this morning, causing about 3,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers to lose power. Cookeville Electric officials said the circuit tripped when an external oil temperature gauge on the power transformer malfunctioned, causing an erroneous message to be sent to the circuit. The electric department verified the transformer did not have a ... Read More »

Lawsuit Filed Against Opioid Manufacturers

The 13th Judicial District has filed a joint lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Cumberland County Circuit Court by 19 counties in the 13th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, and 31st judicial districts. The plaintiffs, which include District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, said an influx of opioids into the counties has resulted in robust illegal trade, skyrocketing overdose rates, ... Read More »

Body Recovered From Center Hill Lake

Search crews have recovered the body of a Putnam County man who went missing on Center Hill Lake yesterday. The body of 66-year-old Scott Northrup was found this afternoon in 34-feet of water, according to officials with the TWRA. His body was located about 100-yards from where his fishing boat was found Wednesday night. Officials said Northrup was reported missing ... Read More »