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Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter Increasing Fees And Hours

Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter will increase several fees starting next fiscal year after the Animal Control Board approved the changes Friday. Shelter Director Jennifer Hutchinson-Tracy said the shelter is dealing with increased costs. “I really don’t want to increase adoption fees,” Hutchinson-Tracy said. “I’ve been trying to find a way to pull adoption fees down so I don’t want to ... Read More »

Kids On The Rise Recruiting Mentors For Program

Kids on the Rise, a mentor-based program for children experiencing life challenges, needs more volunteers to complete its mission. The Crossville-based organization pairs caring adult mentors with children that have gaps in opportunities. Executive Director Pam Burris said the goal is for all children to succeed in all things they do. “Help them grow and thrive recognizing that some kids ... Read More »

Jackson BOE Approves Employee Bonus Through Best For All District Award

The Jackson County School System received a $175,000 award grant for being a Best for All District. The Board of Education voted Thursday to use the money as a one-time $700 bonus for all faculty and staff. “It’s over due and it’s really deserved because all of them, the teachers and what everybody’s been through and has to go through,” ... Read More »

Cookeville To Seek White/Jackson Assistance For Water Plant Upgrade

Cookeville plans to approach White County and Jackson County about helping financially with the city’s planned water plant expansion. Cookeville about $8 million short in paying the increased costs of the expansion which will increased capacity by 50 percent. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said he has not received a formal proposal. Robinson said he would give the project ... Read More »

New Coalition Formed To Educate Community On Veterans Suicide Prevention

A new coalition has been formed to empower community members with the skills to address suicide among veterans. Sparta American Legion Post Commander Ron Lapierre said the Upper Cumberland Veterans Suicide Awareness Coalition is a group of local veterans and suicide preventionists partnering with Veteran Affairs. “With this team forming, this coalition forming, they’re actually going to provide actual experts ... Read More »

Putnam Commission Approves Pay Raises For Election Workers

Putnam County Election Administrator Michelle Honeycutt said the county commission approving election worker raises should hopefully help recruiting efforts. Honeycutt said the election office needs more democratic workers. “We were very happy about that,” Honeycutt said. “They’ve not had a pay raise since 2010, and with everything going up including gas, they needed it. They really did.” Commissioners voted in ... Read More »

Overton K-3 Classrooms Receiving Voice Projectors For Hearing Impaired Students

Overton County Schools K-3 classrooms will all receive audio enhancement gear through federal COVID funding. ESSER Director Teresa Johnson said in a typical classroom up to 30 percent of students have hearing impairments. “Each teacher will receive their own,” Johnson said. “It is similar to a lanyard, and then it has a small microphone that the teachers simply speak into. ... Read More »

Palace Theatre Events This Weekend Cancelled After Partial Wall Collapse

Crossville City Manager Greg Wood said the city believes the Palace Theatre structure is okay after a portion of a wall collapsed Wednesday. Wood said an insurance company has been on site Thursday with a professional assessment happening soon. “When I first heard a wall collapsed, I was very concerned, but it’s really just an upper portion of the wall ... Read More »

Algood Trash Pickup Delayed With Two Trucks Broken Down

Algood trash pickup delayed a few hours Thursday as both garbage trucks undergo maintenance. City Administrator Keith Morrison said routes may not be completed until Friday morning. “We’re hoping its something that we can get back on the road pretty quick,” Morrison said. “We’re hoping one of them is just a fuse that’s got it shut down. The other one ... Read More »

Cumberland Sheriff’s Office Seeking Sponsors For Youth Academy

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office fundraising this week for its Sheriff’s Youth Academy. Deputy Josh Parrigin said the summer program lasts three weeks, one week each for three age groups where children get to follow a police officer for the day. “It’s pretty much putting them in our shoes and letting them be the police officer for the day,” Parrigin ... Read More »