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Overton BOE To Review Emergency Closure Effects On Sport Events

Overton County School Board Member Mike Hayes wants to review the district’s policy for emergency school closures. Hayes said school policy currently says if the system closes for inclement weather or other reasons, all extracurricular activities would be cancelled. But, Hayes said the high school principal makes the decision for TSSAA events. “Some were kind of concerned that middle school ... Read More »

PCHS Boys Basketball Fundraising Through Saturday Bake Sale

Pickett County High School’s boys basketball team will be hosting a bake sale to raise funds for the upcoming season. The Saturday event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Bilbrey’s IGA. Head Coach Joseph Amonett said all proceeds will go towards uniform purchases and traveling expenses. “It is a phenomenal event that our community has supported really fantastically,” Amonett said. “We ... Read More »

Overton BOE Discusses Pay Increase For Teachers And Other Staff

The Overton County School Board discussed the possibility of increasing teacher pay rates during its Thursday work session. Vice Chairman Mike Gilpatrick said the school system is falling behind and needs to stay competitive with surrounding counties. “We are in the five lowest in Tennessee,” Gilpatrick said. ‘We can’t retain good teachers if we are in the five lowest systems ... Read More »

Sparta Making Gains On Long-Term Paving Project

Sparta has made headway on its long-term paving plan, so much so that the city has shaved a year off its goal to repave every city street. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said the paving plan could be finished as soon as 2026. “With what we’ve got done if the prices continue to come in like it does and I ... Read More »

Two Injuried And One Charged After Exit 299 Tractor Trailer Accident

An accident involving multiple tractor trailers near exit 299 on I-40 resulted in two injuries and one charge of failing to exercise due care Thursday. Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 70-year-old Bobby Gene Williams was traveling east and collided with a cable barrier. As a result, the barrier entered the west bound lane and struck another tractor trailer. The second vehicle ... Read More »

Cookeville Water Seeks Funding For Water Plant Expansion

The Cookeville Water Department has applied for funding to expand capacity at its Center Hill Lake water treatment plant. Community Development Partners is assisting the city with the $17.5 million EPA loan application. President Evan Saunders said the current water plant’s capacity approaches 80 percent use, a level where the state recommends an expansion. “That’s really the intent of this ... Read More »

Healthcare Company To Visit Cumberland River Hospital For Lease Opportunity

A Florida-based healthcare company will visit Celina’s Cumberland River Hospital later this month to further evaluate the facility. Over the past few years, Braden Health has purchased and reopened four other hospitals in Tennessee. Celina Mayor Luke Collins said the date set tentatively September 28th. “I wish I felt confident enough that the city could buy it and the city ... Read More »

CRMC Responds To Protest Wanting Alternate COVID Treatments

Cookeville Regional officials said only approved FDA and CDC methods will be used to treat COVID. That after several protesters gathered at the hospital Tuesday urging the use of other treatments such as ivermectin. “We utilize a committee of highly trained physicians and pharmacists on our medical staff to ensure our treatment protocols and pharmaceutical offerings are safe, effective and ... Read More »

Remainder of Sparta’s Bluegrass On Square Season Cancelled

Sparta’s Bluegrass on the Square concert series has been cancelled for the remainder of the season. Performances happen every third Friday from May until October. Organizer Angie Wilhite said the decision was made to protect the community from rising COVID numbers. “I’m sad to have to do this, but I feel for the safety of our people and our community,” ... Read More »