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Blackhawk Makes Emergency Landing In Livingston

An Army Blackhawk helicopter made an emergency landing at Livingston Municipal Airport Wednesday morning after experiencing smoke in the cockpit. Overton County Fire Chief Rocky Dial said a windshield wiper malfunctioned, forcing the landing. Two mechanics aboard the chopper were able to service the craft. Dial said the crew determined the helicopter had no other issues. After refueling, Dial said ... Read More »

Overton/Pickett 911 Meeting Cancelled

A special called meeting of the Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District has been set for Wednesday night. An employee at the 911 Center Wednesday night at 6pm said the meeting had been cancelled. If the meeting happens, whether an open or closed meeting, it would violate the state’s open meeting law because the district has not provided adequate notice. The Tennessee ... Read More »

Robinson: “Fine Day” For White County

The calendar may say April but for leaders in White County and at Tennessee’s Nature Conservancy, today could be Christmas. “The Nature Conservancy started in Tennessee in 1978, so we are entering our 40th anniversary,” Nature Conservancy State Director Terry Cook said. “I can think of no better early birthday present than this terrific donation by Bridgestone.” Bridgestone donated some ... Read More »

Board Chair Confirms Meeting; No Rush To Judgment

The chairman of the Overton/Pickett County Emergency Communications District said he called Wednesday’s night board meeting Tuesday. Chairman Stanley Carter Jr. said he does not know whether the meeting will go on because of concerns over open meetings laws. Carter said he wanted to have the meeting so that the board would have a chance to go over the Comptroller’s ... Read More »

Pickett County Faces State Approval For 911

If Pickett County wants to sever ties on the joint E-911 district, it will first need to go through a lengthy process. Tennessee Emergency Communications Board Executive Director Curtis Sutton said state law allows the county to create a communications district through a public referendum, however, the state board would have to approve that referendum based on two determinations. “Number ... Read More »

Jackson Co. School Officials Excited About Possible TCAT Opportunity

Jackson County School officials expressed excitement Tuesday night about the possibility of a future Satellite TCAT campus. Director of Schools Joe Barlow said the project will be moving forward with plans to construct the building next to Jackson County High School. “It would be the first higher ed campus that this county has ever had in the history of Jackson ... Read More »

WCTE Returns To DirecTV Wednesday

After a four-month absence, WCTE returned to DirecTV Wednesday morning. “It took much longer and more money than we had hoped, but we are extremely grateful that AT&T returned us to channel 22 on DirecTV,” WCTE President Becky Magura said in a statement. DirecTV customers have only been able to view Nashville Public Television since the beginning of the year. ... Read More »

Rhedona Rose Named To Tennessee Tech Board Of Trustees

Tennessee Farm Bureau Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President Rhedona Rose will be the newest Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees member. The Tennessee General Assembly has confirmed her nomination. She will replace Millard Oakley who retired from the board earlier this month. Rose’s term on the board will expire in 2020. “Tennessee Tech University is a jewel for the ... Read More »

Some 6,000 Acres Near Sparta Donated As Reserve

Bridgestone will donate some six thousand acres of land in White County to the Nature Conservancy for use as a nature reserve. The Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain is located north of Virgin Falls State Natural Area east of Sparta. The name originates from the highest peak along US 70. “The Cumberland Plateau is one of those iconic regions ... Read More »

District Attorney Confirms Investigation Into E-911 District

The 31st Judicial District has opened an investigation into the Overton/Pickett E-911 Communication District. The office of District Attorney General Lisa Zavigiannis confirmed the investigation Wednesday morning, but declined to provide any additional details. The Tennessee State Comptroller’s Office released a report Tuesday that found nearly $85,000 in questionable expenditures made by the district. Overton County Executive Ben Danner said ... Read More »