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Majority Of Overton Parents Ready For School To Return

61 percent of Overton County parents want to see their children return to school on time. Almost 4,000 people responded to a survey published on the Overton County Schools website. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the parents play an important roll in the decision to return. “Of course, we are going to consider the desire of the parents,” Winningham ... Read More »

First United Methodist Receives Food Grant

Cookeville First United Methodist Church received a $4,000 grant from Second Harvest to provide food for local residents. On June 26th at 9:30 a.m., a mobile food pantry will deliver a truck load of food to the church. Cookeville First United Methodist Church Servant Ministries Coordinator Tamika Parker said the food will serve around 400 to 600 families. “It is ... Read More »

Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Cam Out Of Commission

Watchers of the Dale Hollow Lake Eagle Cam will have to find a new way to eagle-watch. Sunset Marina Manager Tom Allen said the tree containing the nest was struck by lightening and fell. Luckily, the eaglets, Obey and River, and their parents were spotted flying and seem to be unharmed. “We do not think they were injured or impacted, ... Read More »

Pickett County Fails To Pass Budget

It’s back to the drawing board in Pickett County as five County Commissioners voted against the proposed 2020-2021 budget. Fourth District County Commissioner Darrell Garrett was one of the five. Garrett said this year’s budget did not decrease taxes or search for other sources of revenue for the county. “We let the people know in good faith that when we ... Read More »

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton Appointed To Tennessee Homeland Security Council

Gov. Bill Lee appointed Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton to the Tennessee Homeland Security Council. Shelton was one of three new members appointed to the council. Shelton will work with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security in planning and directing statewide homeland security activities and interacting with federal and local officials in promoting security interests. Shelton said he looks forward to ... Read More »

Cumberland River’s First Month A Success

One month in to the reopening of Celina’s Cumberland River Hospital, Owner Johnny Presley said he is proud of the operation so far. The clinic has averaged around 25 to 50 patients a day. Presley said the emergency room has served about 200 patients. “Oh, the community has done great,” Presley said. “We have had several admissions. Patient experiences have ... Read More »

The Cumberland County Playhouse Announces Outdoor Summer Season

The long awaited return of the Cumberland County Playhouse will happen outdoors on July 15th. This summer season will begin on the playhouse’s 55th birthday and include performances of Smoke On The Mountain and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. CEO Bryce McDonald said he feels like the public is ready to leave their homes and enjoy the theater. “I ... Read More »

Teia Arms Is New Clay County HS Principal

Teia Arms will become Clay County High School’s new principal. Born and raised in Clay County, Arms has taught math for over 20 years. Arms said she expects her students to take ownership in their actions and education. But at the same time, let her students know their teachers care about them. “Trust between you and the staff, making sure ... Read More »

Pickett County Schools Working On Returning To School On Time

Plans for the Pickett County Schools to return on August 5th are in the works. Pickett County Director of Schools Diane Elder said if she made a decision today, school for Pickett County would start on time five days a week. “We want them to get back into the routine of coming school and get back in the routine of ... Read More »

Hwy 70 Speed Limit Change Coming

T-DOT has not changed the speed limit along the Highway 70 Corridor back after the March tornado. It will not be changed until the City of Cookeville completes a traffic study along the corridor. T-DOT Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn said the department promised the city it would wait until the study is complete before changing the speed limit. “So, ... Read More »