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EMS Week Begins Monday, Ends Saturday

Monday marked the start of EMS week. The week honors those who are a part of Emergency Medical Services nationwide. In Putnam County, the day was an early one for EMS Director Tommy Copeland and Assistant Director Darren Ford. The two got up at 4 a.m. Monday to make breakfast for all EMS employees. Copeland said it’s important to honor ... Read More »

Cookeville Road Closed For Storm Drain Install Monday

Part of Cookeville’s Buffalo Valley Road was closed down for the day. Cookeville Public Works Director Greg Brown said the closure allowed contractors to install storm drains on the road. Workers started at 8 a.m. Monday and were set to complete that afternoon. Brown said it’s part of the Bennett Road construction. Storm drains are important because they keep excess ... Read More »

Stopping Human Trafficking Training This Week

Upper Cumberland EMS Directors want residents to be more aware of human trafficking. They’re hosting a training Wednesday and Thursday at Hyder Burkes Pavilion. Putnam County EMS Director Tommy Copeland said the training is perfect for anyone who comes into contact with the public. He said human trafficking can happen anywhere. “There’s some of that pretty widely across the state ... Read More »

Blood Drive To Honor Vets On Memorial Day

Blood Assurance Donor Recruiter Trudy Cody said donating blood is a great way to honor America’s veterans during the Memorial Day holiday. Cody said a Blood Assurance has scheduled a community drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day. It will take place in the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ parking lot. “Anytime you give, it’s going to ... Read More »

Sewer Agreement With Sparta On White County Commission Agenda

The White County Commission will consider a sewer agreement with the city of Sparta when it reconvenes its meeting Monday. The agreement would allow city workers to inspect and maintain the county’s sewer pump station at Airport Industrial Park. It’s already been approved by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The meeting officially began last Monday, but was recessed ... Read More »

Haslam Signs “In God We Trust” License Plate Bill

Starting July 1, state vehicle owners can choose a license plate stating “In God We Trust.” The bill was approved by the state legislature during this year’s regular session. Gov. Bill Haslam signed it last week. Sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey, the bill offers residents the option. The license plates will look like the standard state plate, with the words ... Read More »

Hawkins, Mine Lick Creek Roads Open Monday

Hawkins Crawford Road and Mine Lick Creek Road should be open for traffic again Monday, TDOT said. Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the new traffic alignment should be complete. Construction in the area is not complete. There will be rolling roadblocks in that area beginning May 30. Flynn said the contractor will be placing new bridge beams. Read More »

Livingston’s Central Park Officially Open Today

Livingston’s new Central park officially opened today. The $1.1 million park paid for with a plethora of grants and came at no cost to tax payers. The grants include a courthouse enhancement grant, a Project Diabetes grant, Tennessee Department of Tourism grant, and a Tennessee Department of Agriculture grant. “The stars just lined up with us because we got 100 ... Read More »

Burgess Falls State Park Hosting Junior Ranger Day Camps

Burgess Falls State Park has announced the dates for its annual Junior Ranger Day Camps. The Mini Ranger Camp will be the first camp to take place. It kicks off May 31st at 8:30 a.m. Park Ranger Bill Summers said the camps have been a huge hit for several years. “They have been real successful and we are now in ... Read More »

Brinkley Sentenced To Eight Years For Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

A McMinnville man will spend eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to the charge of sexual exploitation of a minor this week. Last year authorities discovered child porn on the cell phone belonging to 35-year-old Billy Brinkley. Brinkley was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor in July after co-workers discovered the images and videos on his cell ... Read More »