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Rep. Windle Wanted Support Staff Raises Included In Special Session

District 43 Representative John Mark Windle said he wanted support staff raises to be included in the package of bills passed Friday. After a four day special called session, the Tennessee General Assembly approved $160 million of legislation targeted at student learning. Included in that was an eventual 4 percent teacher raise. Windle said while he is pleased, it is ... Read More »

Plumbing Issues Cause Upperman HS Students To Leave Campus

Students of Upperman High School have been moved to Upperman Middle School as plumbing issues have caused minor flooding. Director of Schools Corby King said maintenance personnel is currently working to clear the expected line blockage. “It kinda came up this afternoon a little after one, where we are not able to use the restrooms,” King said. “We are not ... Read More »

CRMC Names New Chief Operating Officer

Jamestown native and Cookeville resident Buffy Key has been named the the new Chief Operating Officer of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Key has worked at the hospital for 20 years and most recently served as Senior Vice-President of Quality and Operations. Key said she looks forward to the new opportunity. “I am so honored to serve in this new role ... Read More »

Sparta Looking At Mobile Transformer For Power Option

A spare transformer at the West Sparta Substation looks to be irreparable leaving the city without a back-up power plan. Sparta Electric Utility Manager Belva Bess said if the main transformer were to go out, the city would be without power for at least 12 hours. “I did talk to them, to TVA, we have no back up plan,” Bess ... Read More »

New Veteran Hiring Service Building Coming To Spencer

The Spencer American Legion Post is preparing to break ground on a new veteran services office. Post Commander Hansel Moore said the new 1,500 square foot space will assist veterans with finding work. “They’re estimating about 2,000 veterans in the state of Tennessee that are either homeless or near homeless,” Moore said. “Through professional and different relationships, we come across ... Read More »

Tech Students Needed For Saturday Tornado Clean Up

As part of Tennessee Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Week, students are being recruited for a Saturday tornado cleanup. Inspiritus Volunteer Coordinator Amy Jennings said a single Putnam County residence is the focus of work. “They will be working with one of the client cases that Inspiritus is working with on completing repairs from the tornado,” Jennings said. “This ... Read More »

Pandemic Causes Shortfalls For Cumberland Co. Hotel Motel Tax

Cumberland County has seen a decrease in tourism with hotel motel tax revenue about $100,000 under the target. Mayor Allen Foster said so far, $289,000 have been collected. That is about 43 percent of the budgeted amount after about seven months into the fiscal year. “Absolutely, that is one of the things that we have lost the most income over ... Read More »

Two Arrested On Drug Charges After Monterey Traffic Stop

The Monterey Police Department arrested two men Wednesday night after a traffic stop yielded drug paraphernalia. A vehicle light law violation lead to a consensual search by Police Officer Andrew Neff. According to the police department, 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine, digital scales and items commonly used in illegal drug sales were found in the vehicle. Driver Kenneth Covert was ... Read More »

Majority Of Jackson County ThreeStar Grant Going To TCAT Classes

The remaining funds of Jackson County’s ThreeStar Grant will go towards supplies for the school system’s TCAT classes. Mayor Randy Heady said stipulations of the grant require it to be spent on infrastructure or consumables. Since the county does not have a TCAT campus, the school will focus on materials. “We can’t buy computers that can be used again and ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Residence Losses Garage And Vehicle In Fire

A Putnam County residence has lost a garage and vehicle during a Tuesday night fire on Calfkiller Highway. Putnam County Fire Chief Tom Brown said crews responded at around 8:30 p.m. Initial evidence suggests a wood stove was the cause, Brown said. “The building was a total loss,” Brown said. “The vehicle parked outside next to the building will ultimately, ... Read More »