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Center Hill Lake Campgrounds Reopening After Completing Cleanup Efforts

Ragland Bottom and Floating Mill campgrounds at Center Hill Lake are set to reopen Thursday. A high water event in March postponed the openings of both recreation areas. Park Ranger Ashley Webster said the majority of the cleanup is complete, but strong winds and downed trees delayed the process for some areas. “At Ragland Bottom campsites 21 through 30, they ... Read More »

Warren Co. Middle School Offering Counseling After Principal’s Death

Warren County Middle School students and staff spent Monday processing the loss of Principal Gerald Tidwell. Director of Schools Grant Swallows said it was difficult day district wide. “We have a team of grief counselors that work in our district,” Swallows said. “They came to our middle school this morning were available throughout the morning and are actually still available ... Read More »

PCSS Names Heather Tinch New Principal Of Burks Elementary

Heather Tinch has been named the new principal of Burks Elementary School. The Putnam County School System made the announcement Monday that Tinch will take over for Kevin Maynard, who is retiring. Tinch has fourteen years of experience as a classroom teacher and has spent the last eight years as the Prescott South Middle School Assistant Principal. “I am incredibly ... Read More »

Cumberland County Fire Crews Work Two Early Morning Scenes

A Cumberland County home suffered extensive damage after a fire early Monday morning. County Fire Captain Braeden Adams said crews arrived to the Wildwood Lane home with heavy flames in the garage area. Adams said the fire spread to the living areas and north side of the house before containment. Adams said the owners escaped the residence without injury after ... Read More »

Pickett Schools Receiving Solar Pavilion And Energy Upgrades

Energy efficient facilities are coming to Pickett County Schools after receiving a $400,000 TVA grant. Director of Schools Diane Elder said as a part of the grant, a brand new solar powered pavilion will be constructed by the school ag learning center. “We’re thinking an outside room that is maybe an art class wants to go over there and use ... Read More »

Gainesboro Takes First Step With CDBG Sewer Rehab Funds

Some $600,000 worth of sewer upgrades are coming to Gainesboro this year. The Board of Aldermen started the process of spending the awarded Community Development Block Grant. Engineer Nathaniel Green said the approved $76,000 contract is the first appropriations to find where rehab is needed. “We have to basically TV inside the lines and perform cleaning that will be to ... Read More »

Local Home School Program Expects More Students To Return To Public Education

The number of home schooled students is expected to decline as COVID numbers fall. That is according to the Daniel 1 Academy Assistant Principal Jackie Holman. Holman said its home school program did see an increase since the pandemic began, but some seem to be returning to public school. “They choose to home school for various reasons,” Holman said. “And ... Read More »

Gainesboro Alderman Wants Safety Equipment And Training For Line Workers

Gainesboro Alderman Travis Agee is recommending that the city gets up to date with OSHA requirements. Agee said he wants all water line workers to complete a 10 hour training program for trench and excavation safety. “We don’t have anything, and a lot of our lines are three foot or deeper,” Agee said. “We’re already pushing the limits, and I ... Read More »

TTU Anticipating Full Stands For Finalized 2021 Football Schedule

Golden Eagle fans get ready for some football. Tennessee Tech’s 2021 season will be back in full force. Athletic Director Mark Wilson said the university plans to allow a full stadium with limited precautions. “Unless the pandemic changes in a way we don’t anticipate, we look forward to having everybody here,” Wilson said. “The ability to have full stands, full ... Read More »

Owner Of Sparta’s Peacock Express Looking To Add New Travel Center

Sparta’s Peacock Express is planning to expand its store on Bockman Way. Sparta Codes Officer Mike O’Neal said the owners have submitted plans to add a service center and fast food restaurant. O’Neal said the preliminary plans are being reviewed by the Codes Department and an engineer Friday. The gas station is located at 315 West Bockman Way. Read More »