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Safe Food Handling Prevents Foodborne Illness At Picnics

Memorial Day often brings picnics and barbecues. Putnam County Extension Agent Michelle Parrot said folks need to practice safe food handling to make sure no one gets food poisoning. Side dishes, like cut vegetables, potato or macaroni salad and even desserts need to be kept cold. “Sometimes you have to spend a little more to get some ice or maybe ... Read More »

Medicaid Cuts Could Impact Schools

Part of the Trump administration’s budget plan includes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid. The Medicaid program doesn’t just pay for healthcare. Medicaid funding helps schools pay for equipment, personnel and programming required for some students, usually those with disabilities. Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd said those dollars go to cover needs schools have to fill under federal and ... Read More »

Trump Budget Puts After School Programs In Danger

The Trump administration’s budget proposal includes cutting all funding to the 21st Century Learning Centers, a nationwide after school program. The White House said the program isn’t providing results, but Putnam County Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said it’s providing a valuable service. Boyd said the requirements of those programs is they have to be more than just childcare, Putnam ... Read More »

THP Conducting Checkpoints This Weekend

Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in force this weekend. Lt. Jimmy Neal said troopers will conduct drivers license and sobriety checkpoints on roads all over the Upper Cumberland. They’ll also conduct saturations, which includes several troopers spaced at intervals on a particular road to control speeding and other violations. Commercial vehicles will also be checked at CMV checkpoints, Neal ... Read More »

High School Report Cards Delayed In Cumberland County

High school students in Cumberland County won’t receive their report cards Friday. The Cumberland County Board of Education released a statement Thursday stating high school report cards would be held because the state hasn’t released scores from the End of Course exams yet. End of Course exams are given in grades 9-11 at the end of some English, math, science ... Read More »

Former Sheriff Abston Makes Kid’s Day, Story Goes Viral

The story of an Algood boy and former Sheriff Jerry Abston has gone viral. Last week, eight-year-old Adam Coffin and his mom Dawn stopped in at Algood’s Dollar General. The boy was wearing his police uniform and they were buying walkie-talkies, his version of a police radio. Abston was behind them in line. Dawn Coffin said Abston flagged them down ... Read More »

WCSD: Accident On Cole’s Chapel Was Hit And Run

The White County Sheriff’s Department needs the public’s help identifying a hit and run driver. Det. Chris Isom said the incident happened Tuesday morning and left a man in the hospital with injuries. “We had a hit and run on a road named Cole’s Chapel, it’s really about a mile from the Putnam County line. We’re interested in a white ... Read More »

Celina Man Indicted For Touching Female Inmate

Authorities arrested a Celina man on charges he inappropriately touched a female inmate. Spencer Mason, 24, was a Clay County corrections officer at the time. He was fired when allegations he had inappropriately touched a female inmate while transporting her from the Robertson County Jail to the Clay County Jail. The Robertson County Grand Jury indicted Mason on one count ... Read More »

Sunscreen, Covering Up, Keys To Avoid Sunburn

With the official start to summer this weekend, many people will be enjoying themselves outside. A local dermatologist said a little preparation can prevent sunburn disaster. Dr. Lisa Whiteaker said covering up and wearing sunscreen can help prevent the burn. “Sunscreen is a valuable tool to protect against ultraviolet damage but I tell my patients it doesn’t make you bulletproof. ... Read More »

19 Kindergarten Students Enrolled In Capshaw Lottery

Nineteen kindergarteners from outside Capshaw Elementary’s attendance area applied for 20 available slots at the school. Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd said that made the process easy. “We were able to allocate 20 potential slots and we had 19 applications so it was a very easy process in that respect,” Boyd said. Some 70 families who live within Capshaw’s zone had enrolled ... Read More »