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Residents Can Learn About Fall Lawncare In Tuesday Online Seminar

The Upper Cumberland Extension Team is hosting a Fall Lawncare Series starting Tuesday night over Zoom and continuing online through four separate meetings. UT Extension Agent Jason Garrett said that the conference will provide advice on how to care for your lawn in the fall. Garrett said that the series is freely available to the public, all citizens need to ... Read More »

Clay County Schools Honor Former Employee

Clay County School System remembers a long-time Hermitage Springs custodian Junior Bean. Bean was laid to rest Monday afternoon. Hermitage Springs Principal Donatta Birdwell said that Bean was a kind and sweet character at the school for the 21-years he worked there. Pre-K teacher Scarlett Gentry said that he could always be found uplifting the spirits of all of the ... Read More »

Addiction Problem In Putnam “Serious”; Awareness Event Thursday

Power of Putnam is hosting an Overdose Day awareness event Thursday at Dogwood Park. Executive Director Bill Gibson said that the event is in order to raise awareness for those affected by overdoses. He said that the event is also an effort to bring the community together to fight against drug addiction. Gibson said that drug addiction and overdoses are ... Read More »

New Scholarship For Jackson Students Focused On Trade Careers

Jackson County’s Poke Sallet Foundation announced its new scholarship program Monday, for teens planning to attend trade or vocational school. Poke Sallet Foundation Board member Casey Clark-Jackson said that Blue-Collar Scholars was created for both Jackson County’s community and students. She said that as much as scholarship recipients need additional funding for school, their communities need more skilled laborers. “Well ... Read More »

COVID Cases Creeping Up At Cookeville Regional: Key Said Here To Stay

Cookeville Regional CEO Buffy Key said that they have seen a slight uptick in COVID cases at the hospital recently. Key said her best estimate is they have fewer than nine. Nationwide, weekly new hospitalizations jumped 21.6% this past week, the CDC said, marking a fifth straight week of increasing admissions. “There is a new strain out to my understanding, and ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Fairgrounds Upgrades Nearing Completion

Upgrades to Jackson County’s Fairgrounds are nearing completion after almost two years in the making. County Mayor Randy Heady said he is thrilled to announce that there are just a few final touches. He said the county has once again started talks about the potential to bring back the county fair in some capacity, whether it is a full-on fair ... Read More »

Putnam Enrollment Numbers Down For VITAL School Program

Putnam County School System seeing about a 2.1 percent decrease in enrollment compared to this time last year. Attendance Supervisor Chris Pierce said that equates to about 261 students. He said it is both surprising because the system typically sees about a two percent gain each year. Pierce said the most significant difference in this year’s enrollment is the number ... Read More »

Cumberland Archive Building Project Moves Forward

Cumberland County Archives building finally moving forward after almost eight years in the making. County Mayor Allen Foster said funding was approved for the estimated $2 million project. He said the county needed more space and better storage for the archives than where it currently resides. “It’s a lot of concrete, a lot of steel, and just a little bit ... Read More »

Overton Schools Working Through New Visitor Management System Implementation

Despite minor hiccups, Overton County School System is seeing success in implementing its new visitor management software. IT Supervisor Brent Thrasher said the program was made possible through a Safe Schools grant and was purchased at the end of last school year. He said they spent all summer establishing the hardware and other technology as well as training faculty and ... Read More »