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Busy Bees I Claim Brain Games Victory

The Baxter Busy Bees I claimed victory in the Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Games held earlier this month. They beat out five other teams from around the Upper Cumberland. The Busy Bees I will receive a trophy, the opportunity to host next year’s tournament and bragging rights. They’ll also represent the Upper Cumberland district in the regional games in Tullahoma ... Read More »

Cumberland Reverses Course, Closes For Eclipse

Cumberland County students will be out of school Monday after the administration reversed course. Director of Schools Janet Graham released a statement Wednesday evening that said challenges posed by the eclipse will prevent the schools from opening Monday. The statement didn’t detail the challenges Graham said the goal was to provide the optimal learning experience for students. She said eclipse ... Read More »

White County Forms Jail Partnership Committee

A White County Commission committee voted to create a County Corrections Partnership group to help with issues at the county jail. Wednesday, the White County Jail had 221 inmates, but only enough space for 165. “We don’t have the facility to hold that many. The state prisoners is not our problem, it’s the county prisoners and it’s not getting any ... Read More »

Thousands Expected To Visit TTU For Eclipse

Thousands of people from across the United States are expected to experience the solar eclipse at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium. The University is an official NASA viewing location for the eclipse. A total of 8,500 people have registered to attend a festival full of educational activities, guided viewing, and an appearance by Tennessee Tech alumnus and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore. ... Read More »

Walsh Murder Trial Began In Clay County

The murder trial of Edward Walsh began Tuesday in Clay County. Walsh faces charges of first degree murder and abuse of a corpse in connection to the death of his girlfriend Melisha K. Mosier Ludwick in the summer of 2015. Ludwick’s disappearance was reported by her sister, Sonya Scott, who was an inmate at the Robertson County Jail at the ... Read More »

White Co. To Be Sued Over Birth Control Program

A Virginia law firm will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against White County over a discontinued birth control program. In a written statement, Nexus Caridades Attorneys said they intend to file the suit at the federal courthouse in Nashville. The suit will name White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and county personnel who were involved in the program. The law ... Read More »

Local Districts Join Statewide Reading Program

The state Department of Education welcomed a number of new districts to the Read to be Ready program, including several in the Upper Cumberland. Smith, Pickett, Jackson, and Clay county schools all joined the program at the beginning of the school year. Pickett County Director of Schools Diane Elder said joining the program was an easy decision. “Reading is the ... Read More »

Two Local State Parks Getting Visitors Centers

Two Upper Cumberland state parks will get new visitors centers in the next year. Brock Hill is TDEC’s Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation. He said Fall Creek Falls and Cummins Falls will see improvements in 2018. “Cummins Falls is getting a visitors center, it’s in design now also, it’s a little ahead of the one at Fall Creek Falls, ... Read More »

Two Overton County Commissioners Resign

Two Overton County Commissioners resigned Monday. The county has 120 days to fill the vacant 3rd and 5th District seats. County Executive Ben Danner said he’s urging passed county commission candidates to consider filling the seats. “My opinion is if the person who came in 4th during the 2014 election is interested, that would be the closest they could come ... Read More »

Van Buren Schools To Close For Eclipse

Van Buren County students won’t be in school Monday for the eclipse. Director of Schools Cheryl Cole said transportation and liability went into the decision. “We were worried for one thing about the bus transportation issue because they said they were expecting about a half million people in the area and the park’s been booked for months and so buses ... Read More »