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Monterey Easter Egg Hunt Returns Saturday

Get your baskets ready for Saturday’s Monterey Easter Egg Hunt. Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary said festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. “We’re extremely excited here in Monterey,” Cleary said. “Last year we got cancelled. The reason is probably well-known to everyone as we have been going through a pandemic. So, we are excited just being able to have an event that ... Read More »

Fuel Tanker Accident Causes Extended Livingston Road Closure

A single vehicle accident in Livingston has caused extended road closures at the intersection of Monterey Highway and Highway 111. Police Chief Greg Etheredge said a tanker truck carrying fuel ran off the Monterey Highway exit ramp and rolled over into the ditch line early Thursday morning. “We’re having a little fuel leakage from it,” Etheredge said. “And as a ... Read More »

New Organization Taking Over UCHRA HIV Services

HIV services for Upper Cumberland residents will be transitioning to a new provider as UCHRA discontinues its program. UCHRA’s Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership provides medical care and support for people with the virus. Community Services Director LaNelle Godsey said starting April 1st, the agency will no longer offer the services. “We choose not to reapply for this program for ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Recreation Master Plan Nears Completion

Jackson County’s recreation master plan is set to be revealed on April 12th during the next county commission meeting. Engineering Firm Ragan-Smith Associates will compile over 400 survey results and other community comments to create the 10 year plan. Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady said the top 12 recreation wants were shared during Tuesday’s community input session. “Number one was ... Read More »

Monterey Unveils New Town Logo

Monterey unveiled its new town logo at the Bee Rock Overlook Wednesday. The design, which depicts the bluffs, was developed between a partnership of local businesses, past and present city officials and Tennessee Tech. Mayor JJ Reels said it is exciting to finally introduce the community to the logo after months of work. “Everybody worked really well together,” Reels said. ... Read More »

Settlement Reached In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Cumberland Co.

Cumberland County has reached a settlement of $1.1 million to the United States Justice Department for a sexual harassment lawsuit. The county was sued after former Solid Waste Director Mike Harvel allegedly discriminated against ten female employees from 2015 to 2018. The money will be paid to the victims for compensatory damages after being sexually harassed in the workplace by ... Read More »

Sparta Welcome Signs Moving To Bid Process

Sparta has cleared the last hurdle to begin the bid process for its gateway monument project. The two welcome signs will be erected on the north and south city limits along Highway 111. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the city has signed a T-DOT maintenance agreement, which is the last step involving the state. “We hope to have the project ... Read More »

Dale Hollow Eagles New Nest Located

Dale Hollow Lake’s favorite Bald Eagle couple, Obey and River, have been spotted with a new nest. Local eagle watchers have confirmed at least two eaglets inside the nest. Dale Hollow Eagle Cam Facebook Manager Darlene Neeley said now the question is will there be a new eagle cam to watch the family grow? “There is not guarantee,” Neely said. ... Read More »

Rep. Williams Sponsoring Opioid Task Force Bill

State Representative Ryan Williams has introduced a bill to create a state opioid task force to address opioid abuse and addiction. Williams said the task force will also be in charge of equally dividing settlement money from the Big Pharma lawsuit. “Our local District Attorney’s here in the state have sued opioid drug companies because of the addictive properties of ... Read More »