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White Co. Working On Transitioning To ADA Compliance Plan

White County working to make its county buildings compliant with ADA standards. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said that they have evaluated all of the county buildings to see which adjustments or changes are needed. “Then we have to put a price tag to that and then come up with a  plan to start fixing this in the future,” Robinson ... Read More »

King: New Student Funding Formula Presents Exciting Opportunities

Putnam Director of Schools Corby King said one word to describe how he feels about the new student funding formula passing Thursday: “optimistic.” King said that the most recent estimate shows that the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement will bring an additional $14 million to the county schools. He said that funding means more opportunities. “That means that we have ... Read More »

Baxter Cuts Ribbon On New Welding Supply Store

The city of Baxter welcomed a new welding and gas company at a ribbon-cutting on Friday. Volunteer Welding is a welding supply store that also provides medical gases, industrial gases, PPE and more. Owner John Mark McMurtry said that they’ve been wanting to open a Baxter location for some time. “I think we’re really excited about what the market is ... Read More »

Two Dead After Smith Co. Semi-Truck Collision

Two people have died after a two semi-truck crash on I-40 in Smith County Thursday morning. 30-year-old Omar Sosa De La Cruz of Bradenton, Florida was traveling with 37-year-old Erisbel Cruz Cid of Hialeah, Florida in a 2010 Freightliner. De La Cruz struck the 2021 Peterbilt driven by 68-year-old Gene Lundgren of Shenandoah, Iowa causing a front-to-rear collision near mile-marker ... Read More »

Cumberland School Board Approves New Director Stepp’s Contract

Cumberland County School Board approved the contract for the new Director of Schools William Stepp at its Thursday night meeting. The board approved the 3-year contract and an annual salary for Stepp at some $107,000. The current Upperman principal nominated for the job earlier this month. Some board members said  the contract was a “lowball” offer. But Contract Committee Member ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Prevention Coalitions Preparing For Drug Takeback Day

Cumberland Prevention Coalition one of several organizations gearing up for the 2022 Drug Takeback Day this Saturday. Director Bob Valerio said the idea behind the takeback day is to provide the community with a way to get rid of any old or unused prescription medication. He said it also serves as one of the key prevention methods to avoid having ... Read More »

96 Percent Of Baxter Water Customers Have Opted In To Leak Insurance

Baxter’s water leak insurance program showing success since it was implemented in March 2020. City Recorder Sharon Carlisle said that about 96 percent of customers have opted in to the coverage operated by Servline, a leak protection company. “If the customer has a leak, and therefore has a high water bill, they will contact Servline,” Carlisle said. “Servline will ask ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional Updated Visitation And Masking Guidelines To Begin May 2nd

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is returning to regular visitation hours effective May 2nd. The hospital said it felt it was able to make the change due to the decline in the COVID patient census. Regular visitation hours for general units are 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise permitted by hospital or nursing staff. The hospital said that any visitor ... Read More »

Master Gardener Plant Sale Returns To Putnam Fairgrounds This Saturday

A highlight of the spring season, the Master Gardener’s Plant Sale makes its in-person return this Saturday. Putnam UT Extension Agent Wayne Key said that the sale will have a variety of Putnam-grown plants from tomatoes to sunflowers. “One thing a lot of people like about the Master Gardener Plant Sale is that not only have they been raised right ... Read More »

McMinnville Parks And Rec Teams Up With WCHS For Baseball Skills Clinic

McMinnville Parks and Recreation will host a baseball clinic this Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Athletics Coordinator Terry Beard said that the city is partnering up with the Warren County High School baseball team to teach the clinic. He said that kids can brush up on skills like fielding, hitting, and catching. “The kids that play ... Read More »