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Grant Money Impacting Van Buren County

Grant money may have a serious impact on Van Buren County in the coming months. County Mayor Greg Wilson said they’ve been awarded some $900,000 in grant funding for various projects. First is the county’s first park, paid for by a $440,000 TDEC grant. There’s also a tourism grant for gazebos and an information center in the Burritt College area, ... Read More »

Van Buren Park Work Moving Forward

Work on Van Buren County’s first park is progressing. County Mayor Greg Wilson said the park will be located in the Burritt College area of Spencer, near the county fair grounds. “We have put out for bid and bid out the first phase of it, I guess you could say, is the stage. We’re going to have a very large ... Read More »

Tractor Trailer Crash Reported In Cumberland County

Two Tractor trailers have crashed on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County. The crash reported around 1:15 p.m. between mile marker 304 and 305. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Greg Tramel, one of the tractors lost its trailer during the crash. The loose trailer is reportedly upside down in the median. Authorities have closed both west bound lanes. Tramel said ... Read More »

Wendy Gentry Files For Bankruptcy, Court Denies It

Reports indicate Wendy Gentry attempted to file for bankruptcy protection. An attorney for Gentry filed earlier this month in federal bankruptcy courts. The petition was denied a week later citing the best interest of the creditors. Gentry and her husband have been under federal investigation since December. Civil lawsuits related to the criminal case accuse the pair of conducting a ... Read More »

Commission To Interview Fentress Co. Sheriff Candidates Tonight

The Fentress County Commission will conduct interviews tonight for a permanent sheriff. Former sheriff Chucky Cravens resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to federal charges. Gary Ledbetter has served as interim sheriff since Craven’s departure. Tonight five candidates will be interviewed. They include Ledbetter, James Conatser, Rodney Insco, Michael Reagan, and Tommy Rosecrants. The work session starts tonight at ... Read More »

White County Man Damages Patrol Car During Arrest

A White County man faces several charges after using his head to break the back glass of a sheriff’s patrol car. White County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Isom said Robert Joseph Schill became combative and struggled with officers, then used his head to break through the back glass of the police cruiser. “Officers immediately tried to render aid, which he refused, ... Read More »

Cumberland Co. Employees Required To Direct Deposit Paychecks Starting July 1st

Starting July 1st all Cumberland County employees will be required to have their paychecks directly deposited into their bank accounts. The new policy was adopted by the County Commission this week. Officials say the new policy will save the county both time and money as the cost for labor, printing, and distributing physical check continues to grow. 91-percent of all ... Read More »

Petty Enters Plea In 2013 Officer Involved Shooting, Facing Six Years

A DeKalb County judge has sentenced a man to serve six years in prison for his role in a 2013 officer involved shooting. 58-year-old Randy Gerald Petty entered a plea this week to two counts of attempted aggravated assault. His charges stem from a May 2013 incident in which he allegedly pointed a scoped rifle at two deputies responding to ... Read More »

Man Stabbed In Fentress County Wednesday

The Fentress County Sheriff’s Department responded to a stabbing in Clarkrange yesterday. The incident happened at a home on Page Road around 3:45 p.m. Officers have determined that an argument began over drugs between 28-year-old Josh Fry and 38-year-old Michael Elam. Authorities say Fry threatened Elam with a handgun and fired two rounds before a physical altercation broke out. During ... Read More »

Danner: Confidentiality Key For Early Negotiations

Confidentiality is an important part of negotiations between businesses and government. Overton County Executive Ben Danner said a breach of confidentiality is what gave his county a shot at a new business for the Rickman area. They were set to go into another county and the county brought up some stuff about it, told their name in a meeting, and ... Read More »