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Former Monterey Mayor Sworn In As Ward 4 Alderman

Former Mayor Bill Wiggins will rejoin the Monterey Board of Aldermen after being sworn in Monday. Members of the board voted 5-2 in favor of Wiggins but not without discussion of an alleged Tennessee Comptroller’s investigation. “I actually contacted the Comptroller,” Mayor J.J. Reels said during the meeting. “And they said the only thing they are authorized to say and ... Read More »

Pickett Co. High School Offering Summer Learning

The Pickett County School System is using COVID funding to put on a four week high school summer learning camp. Director of Schools Diane Elder said the summer school is meant for students that need credit recovery to advance. “We will run that summer school four days a week for seven hours a day, and we will provide transportation for ... Read More »

Cleanup Efforts Begin At Obey River Park

Cleanup of the Obey River Park began Monday after flood waters left behind large amounts of debris. Park Ranger Sondra Carmen said crews have almost cleared the day use area, but about a mile of drift still remains. “The biggest issue is the debris,” Carmen said. “When the lake elevation was at flood stage and the wind and the current ... Read More »

Cumberland Co. Woman Missing Near Dripping Springs Rd.

A Cumberland County woman in the Dripping Springs Road area has gone missing on Monday. Fifty-four-year-old Dawn Beers was last seen at about 10:00 a.m. accompanied by two white great pyrenees dogs. Beers, who is 5’3″ 160 pounds, is believed to be on foot and wearing a gray sweatshirt. Cumberland County EMA advises residents to not approach Beers, who suffers ... Read More »

Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree Celebrating 50 Years In-Person

The Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree will celebrate its 50th anniversary in-person this summer. Director of Marketing Shan Stout said the two days of music and dance competitions begins on July 2nd. “Our board has voted and made a unanimous decision to move forward with the Jamboree, and we have received the blessing of our city government leaders,” Stout said. “And, we ... Read More »

HRS Starting Relocation Process For Claude Darwin Residents

Highlands Residential Services will begin the relocation process for residents of the Claude Darwin apartment complex. Executive Director Dow Harris said he wants to start meeting with residents about the transition to the Hickory Valley complex this week. “So what do we do with 48 apartments, and we got 59?” Harris said. “We got to take care of all of ... Read More »

Influx Of Sales Tax Makes Atwood Cautious Of Budgeting Season

Chairman of the Putnam County Commission Mike Atwood said the county will have to be careful during this budget season. Atwood said the increase in sales tax during the pandemic could be seen as a false hope while planning the next fiscal year. “You can’t count on that,” Atwood said. “So, you got to be smart enough to be able ... Read More »

Portable Classroom Purchase Made By Clay Co. BOE

The Clay County School System has purchased a new portable classroom to replace its aging facility at Celina Elementary School. Director of Schools Matt Eldridge said the $124,000 price tag was covered by COVID funds. “It’s getting old, and it is showing wear and they wanted to buy one before the other had any safety issues come up,” Eldridge said. ... Read More »

Monterey House Fire Destroys Upstairs Bedroom

A Monterey home lost an upstairs bedroom due to an electrical fire Sunday. Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters said his crew responded to the fire call at 613 N. Elm Street near 10:30 a.m. Peters said an electrical outlet shorted and caused a nearby mattress to catch fire. Peters said the flames spread throughout the room and filled the home ... Read More »

Summer Learning Transportation Grants To Offset Costs For Schools

Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King said state transportation grants for upcoming summer learning camps will be helpful. Governor Bill Lee allocated $18.5 million dollars to assist school systems across the state. King said this has been something school director’s have been wanting. “We are currently planning to use some of our ESSER funding, ESSER 2.0 funding to provide ... Read More »