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Starbucks Coming To Willow Avenue

A new starbucks will open soon in the Willow Bend Shopping Center near the corner of Willow and Jackson. Cookeville Planning Director Jon Ward said a traffic study revealed an additional right turn lane will be needed at the southern entrance. “The recommendations from that study were that a dedicated right turn lane needed to be constructed at the southern ... Read More »

13 Flu Cases Confirmed At CRMC

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Mark Pierce said it is impossible to predict how bad the flu season will be, but Cookeville Regional Medical Center has already treated 13 cases. Pierce said the combination of COVID and the flu circulating the public puts high risk people in even more danger. “We would really like to encourage people to go ahead and ... Read More »

Man Arrested As Suspect In Cumberland Co. Murder

A suspect in a Cumberland County murder was arrested Monday in Georgia. Thirty-eight-year-old Thomas Mack Arnold, Sr. was charged with first degree murder of 63-year-old Billy Ray Jones. Jones was found dead Sunday at his Christian Road home with a single gunshot wound when the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department arrived to a shooting call. An investigation by the Sheriff’s Department, ... Read More »

White Co. Purchases COVID Gear Through CARES Act

White County municipal buildings and departments will receive more COVID gear purchased through the CARES Act. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the county received over $60,000 for COVID related items. “It is literally a life saver,” Robinson said. “We could not afford that stuff as a small rural county. And to have that money coming down and to be ... Read More »

Byrdstown Starting Monthly Car Show

The town of Byrdstown will try to increase tourism by starting a community car show. Mayor Sam Gibson said the car show will happen one Saturday a month in the parking lot across town hall on West Main Street. “It will get a lot of people into Byrdsdtown,” Gibson said. “That is the idea behind it to bring as many ... Read More »

500 Laptops Arrive In Jackson Co.

Five hundred Chromebooks for student use have arrived in Jackson County after being ordered in June. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said the Board of Education’s foresight has allowed students to receive the technology in time while other school systems continue to wait for supplies. “We went ahead and made the purchase,” Brown said. “One of the major reasons is ... Read More »

McMinnville’s Cedarwood Farms Opens Saturday

Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are in season at McMinnville’s Cedarwood Farms opening Saturday. Lucas Patterson has helped his father operate the farm for over 20 years. Patterson said being able to open during a year of cancellations is a happy moment for the family. “When all this started happening, we were kind of questioning whether if we were able ... Read More »

Cookeville Auto Gas Meter Reader Testings Delayed

The Cookeville Gas Department has faced delays in testing automatic gas readers due to the March tornado and COVID. Director Jeff Mills said the city is still in the planning stages but wants testing to begin before the year ends. “So far, everything has run pretty smooth,” Mills said. “We have been pretty methodical as far as trying to get ... Read More »

UC Teen And Adult Challenge Expansion Update

The Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland’s new multipurpose building is nearing completion. Executive Director Tim McLauchlin said construction of the interior walls for the 5,700 square foot building is now underway. “The foundation has been poured. The plumbing is in ground,” McLauchlin said. “The building itself, all the steel and metal has been erected. The electricians are ... Read More »

Putnam Officials Expect Learning Loss To Be Less Than State

Preliminary data from the State Department of Education projects COVID-19 has produced a 50 percent proficiency decrease in 3rd grade reading and 65 percent in math among students statewide. The data ties the losses to prolonged school closures and time away from the classroom. Putnam County Curriculum Supervisor Jill Ramsey said the large gaps in learning makes sense. But Ramsey ... Read More »