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UC Airport Looking At Phased Approach To Expand Hangar Space

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is in need of more capacity, but the price tag for a new T-hangar will be hefty. Airport Manager Dean Selby said a phased approach is the best move to make the multimillion dollar project feasible. “Paying for the infrastructure for the roads and the electric is a bigger cost then the actual hangars in ... Read More »

More People Seeking Work After Gov. Lee’s Unemployment Stoppage

A Cookeville staffing agency is already seeing the affects of Governor Bill Lee ending federal pandemic unemployment programs for the state. Express Employment Professionals Employment Specialist Cassie Lafever said the decision has been a positive with several people already seeking work. “I think it has been a tremendous problem,” Lafever said. “We hear from clients daily wondering if it is ... Read More »

Department Of Education Launches Statewide Book Series at Jackson Co.

The state Department of Education traveled to Jackson County’s Dodson’s Branch Elementary School Wednesday to launch the Reading 360 Decodables Program. The at-home series focuses on a certain sound for each book for young readers to practice. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said the program will help with Jackson County’s goal to lead the state in literacy. “I fully believe ... Read More »

LA Alumni Association Beautifying Entrance Of High School

The Livingston Academy Alumni Association is making an outdoor classroom for the high school. The Overton County Board of Education approved the work Tuesday. Interim Director of Schools Donnie Holman said the beautified area will be centered around the flag pole at the school entrance. “All the concrete is going to be stamped concrete,” Holman said. “And then, they even ... Read More »

Celina Aldermen Table First Reading Of Budget And Property Tax Increase

The Celina Board of Aldermen tabled its first reading of the city’s budget that includes a property tax increase Tuesday. Alderman Bruce Rhoton said after hearing recommendations from the city attorney, the board decided to seek some clarity about the six cent increase before voting. “We need a better understanding of what the ratio and the state recommendation is,” Rhoton ... Read More »

Van Buren Student Wins Third Straight 4-H Regional Public Speaking Contest

Van Buren County’s Dylan Simmons has won first place at the 4-H Central Region Public Speaking Contest. This makes for Simmons third straight regional title. “It’s an incredible honor to be able to participate in the Central Region Public Speaking Contest,” Simmons said. “Especially, with everything over the last year with COVID-19. To be able to participate in this and ... Read More »

Virgin Falls State Park Funding Fails But Goal Remains The Same

Virgin Falls did not receive the funding needed to become a state park during the most recent legislation session. The White County Commission passed a resolution requesting the distinction in January. State Senator Paul Bailey said the estimated $14 million needed to fully develop the area was not approved. “There’s a lot of maintenance that has not been done to ... Read More »

THDA Funding Applications Available For Byrdstown Home Repairs

Byrdstown residents in need of home repairs can apply for THDA funding starting Tuesday. Mayor Sam Gibson said those interested can attend a meeting at 1:00 p.m. across from city hall. ”For anyone that would like to come out, and sit down and listen to all the requirements that you’ll need to know before filling out your application,” Gibson said. ... Read More »

Pickett County BOE Passes Budget With Raises For All Staff

The Pickett County Board of Education approved next fiscal year’s school budget Monday. Director of Schools Diane Elder said the budget process was a difficult one. Elder said April’s projections came in late which created a time crunch with the county. “That put us a little bit behind,” Elder said. “And with our county commission, the budget committee requesting our ... Read More »