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Pickett Co. Rejects Measure To Purchase Jail Property

The Pickett County Commission voted down a motion Monday night to purchase property for the new jail. County Executive Richard Daniel said it’s another stall that only hurts the county. “Our 12 county commissioners know that this situation can’t go on and why four would vote no…. I don’t understand that,” Daniel said. “All this is doing is delaying the ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider Rate Increase For Electric Customers

The Cookeville City Council will consider a rate increase for electric customers Thursday night. The rate increase is needed to cover a 1.5 percent rate increase that the Tennessee valley Authority approved last month. The electric department won’t be able to absorb the $550,000 impact from TVA’s increase. If the council approves the rate increase it would mean an additional ... Read More »

Sparta To Approve Zoning For New School

A vote by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman will clear the way for a new Findlay Elementary Thursday. The board will hold the second and final reading of a zoning ordinance during its regular meeting. White County Schools Director Kurt Dronebarger said the property next to the current Findlay Elementary was zoned industrial because of it’s proximity to ... Read More »

Two Flown For Treatment Following Crab Orchard Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle rider and passenger were flown for advanced medical treatment following an accident in Cumberland County’s Crab Orchard Tuesday. The identity of the rider and passenger weren’t released, but authorities say they sustained multiple injuries. The motorcycle reportedly collided with a truck. The identity and condition of the truck driver is unknown. The motorcycle rider and passenger were flown ... Read More »

WCSD Hiring 10 New Correctional Officers

The White County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a few good officers. The sheriff’s department posted an ad for 10 correctional officers on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. The new officers are part of a settlement between Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and the White County Commission. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the county is now waiting on the state’s recommendations ... Read More »

Robinson: Taxes Won’t Go Up For Shoupe Settlement

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said taxes won’t have to be raised to  support the settlement between the county commission and Sheriff Oddie Shoupe. “As of right now, the amount we settled on, we’re not anticipating any tax increase, this straps us to the limit, as a matter of fact there’ll be, some other departments will have to take ... Read More »

Pody Joins Senate Special Election Race

There’s a GOP race for Sen. Mae Beavers’ former senate seat. Current state Rep. Mark Pody has joined the Republican primary. Steve Wilson, a Wilson County Republican, turned in his petition to run last week. The qualifying deadline is noon on September 28. At this point, no Democrats have entered the race. The primary will be November 7, with the general ... Read More »

State: Beware Flood-Damaged Cars

State officials have warned residents to beware buying used cars from hurricane-battered areas. State law says saltwater damaged vehicles can’t be titled in Tennessee, they can only be used for parts. Maggart Tire mechanic Paul Keller said that’s because of corrosion. “You get a lot of water, a lot of ocean water up in your computers and stuff, ocean water ... Read More »

DeKalb Teachers Taking On Higher Health Insurance Premiums

The DeKalb County Board of Education has approved a state mandated 7-percent health insurance increase. The school system will not be absorbing the increase, meaning higher costs will be passed on to teachers. About 40 educators met Tuesday evening to voice their concerns. They would like the board to reconsider its decision and come up with funds to cover the ... Read More »

Don’t Eat Raw Or Undercooked Poultry

An online fascination with eating raw meats may not be a great idea. Putnam County Extension Agent Michelle Parrot said it’s particularly a bad idea to consume raw or undercooked chicken. “That is one thing that we have very strict guidelines on for food safety and that’s eating raw or undercooked poultry or poultry products no matter what that is,” ... Read More »