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Clay Co. Wants Seat On UCEMC Board

The Clay County Commission is requesting the state to create a unique county seat on the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors. The resolution that passed Monday is in partnership with Pickett County. Mayor Dale Reagan said both counties want to create more spots on the board, so each of the 11 counties served have a representative. “They’re ... Read More »

PCSS’s Sycamore Elementary Counseling Program Recognized By ASCA

Putnam County’s Sycamore Elementary School counseling program is being recognized as a model program. Only four schools in the state have the RAMP designation from the American School Counselor Association. Counselor Allyson Evans said having a data driven counseling system is a need in today’s world. “This year, more so than ever, I feel like counseling is so important to ... Read More »

Contact Sports Return To Cane Creek Gym With New Hours

Contact sports made a return to Cookeville’s Cane Creek Gymnasium Monday. Basketball and soccer have been excluded since COVID guidelines went into effect. Athletic Coordinator Lori Medlin said the community wanted the opportunity to return. “It’s been almost a year for no contact sports,” Medlin said. “We’ve had pickle ball and volleyball as non-contact sports when we reopened back in ... Read More »

Fentress Co. Officials Exploring Other Vaccination Locations

Fentress County officials are meeting with the state health department Tuesday to discuss options of moving vaccination locations. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said increasing turnout for the vaccine is creating long lines near the county’s health department. “I know today that where our health department is located here off of Main Street people are actually parked all the way down ... Read More »

Algood Planning Comm. Approves Zoning Request For Quarry Run Apartments

The Algood Planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for a property on East Main Street. Planning Director Tommy Lee said Putnam Properties is looking to develop a new multifamily structure at the 299 East Main Street location. “They were wanting to rezone the property from general commercial to high density residential,” Lee said. “For the purpose of establishing the ... Read More »

No Reports Of Major Flood Damage In Clay, Pickett Counties

Clay and Pickett County Emergency Services are reporting no cases of major flood damage after about three inches of rain Sunday night. EMA Director Kyle Haney said Clay County mainly had isolated cases of flooding. “There was some localized flooding in our flood prone spots that we already have around Mitchell Street in downtown Celina,” Haney said. “And then on ... Read More »

Overton Co. Schools Hold Kindergarten Portfolios Harmless

Overton County Kindergarten students and teachers will have more time for learning with student growth portfolios being held harmless this year. Overton County Education Association President Jennifer Eilender said doing this will save teachers hours of work. “I feel personally, and I think the kindergarten teachers feel this way as well, is that the time that they are pulled away ... Read More »

State Bill Could Expand Open Meeting Act Rules For Local Gov.

Tennessee’s Local Government Committee is proposing legislation that could extend virtual meeting options for local governments. The County Commission bill is similar to the one that allows schools boards to meet electronically. As long as the public has access to the quorum at a physical location, the meeting can proceed virtually. State Representative Ryan Williams is a member of the ... Read More »

Cookeville On Schedule For August Double Springs Utility Takeover

Integrating portions of the Double Springs Utility District under Cookeville control is going as scheduled. That is according to Water and Sewer Director Ronnie Kelly. Kelly said the task at hand is separating the purchased 500 some meters from the district. “We sell water whole sale to Double Springs through a master meter,” Kelly said. “They then resale it to ... Read More »

Monterey Farmer’s Market Accepting Vendor Applications

The spring season is nearing and that means the Monterey Farmer’s Market is accepting vendor applications. Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary said people interested can apply at the Monterey Depot Museum or by calling at (931)-839-2221. “It’s just simple,” Cleary said. “It is your name, your farm address, what you are selling at the market,” Clearly said. “It can be vegetables. ... Read More »