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Author Archives: Betsy Scarisbrick

TVA And UCEMC Issue Energy Tips Amid Heat Wave

TVA and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation asking residents to be mindful of energy use during the heat wave. UCEMC CEO and General Manager Jennifer Brogdon said that the ask is not common, but not unusual. She said that when it’s as hot as this, residential and commercial buildings all crank up their AC creating an unusually large power demand. ... Read More »

Baxter Makes Plans For Ditty Road Closure Starting June 20th

Baxter officials met with contractors and Portobello officials to discuss Ditty Road’s planned closure starting Tuesday, June 20th. Mayor John Martin said that the road will be closed as they extend water and sewer to Portobello’s new facility. “We’re going to close Ditty Road to all local traffic,” Martin said. “But we’re going to leave it open to the large ... Read More »

Putnam Sheriff Eddie Farris Joins State Officials For Truth In Sentencing Bill Honorary Signing

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris joined state officials Thursday for the honorary signing of the Truth in Sentencing Bill. Farris said that the bill strengthens sentencing for violent crime offenders. He said that though the bill was signed into legislature this April, this honorary signing shows support from other state officials and law enforcement officials. “Really what this bill is ... Read More »

One Dead After Thursday Morning Accident Near Putnam’s Hillwood Street

One person has died as a result of a Thursday morning Highway 70 accident near Hillwood Street in rural Putnam County. 27-year-old Johnny Buckner Howard Jr. of Stilwell, Oklahoma was driving a 2018 Peterbilt and pulling a cattle trailer while negotiating a left curve. Howard’s vehicle crossed the center line where a passenger-side tire blew. The vehicle then went off ... Read More »

Former Jackson Schools Bus Driver Arrested For Sexual Battery

Former Jackson County School Bus Driver Kenneth Borawski has been arrested for sexual battery by an authority figure. The investigation began with a complaint of suspicious activity to School Officials who immediately started an internal investigation and contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Video recordings provided by the Jackson County School System as well as statements obtained by the investigators ... Read More »

Council To Consider Sewer Extension For New Lovelady Road Subdivision

The process to extend sewer to the Lovelady Road subdivision could begin if Cookeville City Council approves a construction contract Thursday. Water Quality Director Designee Barry Turner said that the sewer would extend to the proposed Timberwalk Subdivision. He said that the estimated cost of the extension is some $800,000 split evenly between the city and the developer. “It’s going ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Seeing Similar Trends As State In Preliminary TCAP Data

State TCAP numbers are in with elementary students improving ELA scores statewide. Math numbers also improved. Director of Schools Corby King said his system has only preliminary data from the state. He said that shows similar trends in Putnam. “It looks good so far that our students did move forward last year and that we’re recovering from the pandemic,” King ... Read More »