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Van Buren Schools Fill Vacant SRO Position

Van Buren Schools will have a new School Resource Officer starting Tuesday. Officer Jorge Rivera previously served in Warren County. Director of Schools Cheryl Cole said the hire fills a vacancy that’s been open for a year and a half. “It’s taken a load off of our shoulders, because there are things that come up at school that it would ... Read More »

Overton To Gear FDs With Mini Pumper Trucks With Grant

Overton County will purchase 12 mini pumpers to bolster its fire departments-one for each in the county. County Executive Ben Danner said the smaller vehicles will allow for quicker response to more rural areas. “When I was talking to the fire departments, a really big need for them was mini pumper trucks, because everybody in the fire department can’t drive ... Read More »

TTU Seeing Highest COVID Numbers, Majority Off-Campus Students

Tennessee Tech has reported over 200 active COVID cases among students for seven days straight. The university currently has 267 active cases with the majority being off-campus students. Chief Communication Officer Karen Lykins said the numbers follow state trends. “We realized that we returned to campus one to two weeks earlier than most schools,” Lykins said. “So when you compare ... Read More »

Putnam Preparing For Broadband Expansions

Putnam County wants to send out requests for proposals next month preparing for future broadband projects from ARP funding. Mayor Randy Porter said the county wants to correlate with the state, which will soon be accepting grant applications from providers. “We’re very hopeful that once this project is done, 100 percent of Putnam County will have access to at least ... Read More »

Pioneer Days Committee Planning For A Return This June

The Livingston Overton Chamber of Commerce expects Pioneer Days to happen this year. The event highlighting the past times of Overton County has been cancelled two years in a row due to COVID. Executive Director Shannon Cantrell said the plan is to return the third weekend of June. “We had a good six months of planning behind us when we ... Read More »

Jamestown Replacing Sewer Lines Downtown With CDBG Funds

Jamestown will continue improvements to its sewer system with this week’s state grant awarded to the city. Chief Financial Officer Gail Dishmon said the some $630,000 will be used for line replacements downtown at North Main Street. “It’s very very helpful,” Dishmon said. “I know that in the last two years we had to do an rate increase to go ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Complete CHS Canopy And Entrance Project

The canopy project at Cookeville High School has been completed. Deputy Director of Schools Tim Martin said the new awnings cover the parent drop-off and the bus loading areas. “That school was originally designed to have those canopies there,” Martin said. “Back 20 years or so ago when that building was built, that was one of the things cut out ... Read More »

Clay Hosting Special Called Meeting To Fill Property Assessor Position

The Clay County Mayor’s office accepting letters of intent from candidates interested in filling the vacant property assessor position. Mayor Dale Reagan said the county commission will hold a special-called meeting Monday to appoint a new assessor. “They play a very important role in county government especially when it comes to your property,” Reagan said. “If you build a new ... Read More »

Livingston Could Improve Payment Process Of Hotel Motel Tax

An amendment to Livingston’s Hotel Motel Tax Ordinance could be on the way after a Tuesday town hall with local short-term rental owners. The meeting served as an open discussion over the 4 percent city tax due on the 20th of each month. Property Owner Cody Campbell said the city should explore filing with Airbnb to improve the payment process. ... Read More »

Cumberland Fair Wins Fair Of The Year From State Association

The Cumberland County Fair Association has won state fair of the year for the AAA Division. Board Member Julie Thompson said the award shows that the association’s year-long work to plan the fair was recognized. “You just have to have the support of everyone around you to put on a successful fair,” Thompson said. “It can’t be just one part. ... Read More »