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PCSS To Offer Criminal Justice Program Next School Year

Starting in the 2022-2023 school, Putnam County Schools will offer students the opportunity to earn criminal justice education certificates. Early and Post-Secondary Opportunity Specialist Jackie Vester said that the partnership with Vol State came about because of student interest in criminal justice. “And that’s a program that we don’t offer at any of our three high schools at this point,” ... Read More »

Clay Working To Expand Impact Of Courthouse Project

Clay County Courthouse Curator Thomas Watson working on another grant for courthouse upgrades. Watson said that the first grant covered $10,000 to kick off the Adopt-A-Window Program. He said that this grant will be used to help continue restoring the 150-year-old courthouse windows. “And this is double the amount we applied for last year,” Watson said. “And this has all ... Read More »

Baxter Seeking To Upgrade Valley Point Pump Station

City of Baxter will start the process to upgrade the Valley Point Pump Station. Water Superintendant John Ramsey said that the pump station was originally built about a decade ago for the ten homes in the subdivision. He said that in its current state, it will be unable to take on the incoming development. “The pump station needs to be ... Read More »

Daylight Saving Time Reminder For Smoke Alarm Battery Change

Daylight Saving Time this weekend serves as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarm. Baxter Fire Chief Matthew White said that the tradition helps people to keep track of the recommended twice a year battery change. However, he said that some newer smoke alarm models don’t require such frequency. “A lot of new ones have a 10-year ... Read More »

Cookeville BZA Approves Exception For Assisted Living Facility

Cookeville Zoning Appeals Board approved a zoning exception to allow an Assisted Living Facility on State Road. Owners Kelli and Curtis Sipe said that the facility will be licensed to house 12 residents and use third-party providers for care including home health, hospice, and physical therapy. Curtis Sipe said that these types of facilities are a growing need. “You think ... Read More »

Jamestown Rooting For York Institute Ladies In State Championship Saturday

For the first time in York Institute’s history, both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have a chance to “bring back the gold.” That’s according to Jamestown Mayor Harvey Stowers. Stowers said that it says something about the student-athletes of Fentress County to be playing at such a high-caliber level. “Just like this little community where we’re standing, they’ve won ... Read More »

The Exceptional Bean Coffee Shop Have Goals Of Inclusion.

The main value that is driving the new Cookeville coffee shop The Exceptional Bean is inclusive. General Manager Michael England said that they got the idea after he and his wife Cigi got involved with Ainsley’s Angels and the Styers family. He said they learned that even if someone wants to work there aren’t a lot of people willing to ... Read More »

Putnam EMS’ Eddy Haynes Named 2022 TASA EMT Of The Year

Putnam County EMS’ Eddy Haynes was named the 2022 Tennessee Ambulance Service Association’s EMT of the year. Haynes has been serving the department for some 35 years. He said that he got his start because of now-director Tommy Copeland. “I was friends in high school with Tommy Copeland and Tommy was on the rescue squad, and I wound up joining ... Read More »

TDOT Breaks Ground On SR 28 Project In Clarkrange

The Tennessee Department of Transportation broke ground on the highly-anticipated State Route 28 improvement project on Friday morning. TDOT Deputy Commissioner Paul Degges was joined by state and local officials to celebrate the project’s start. He said that the 3.3-mile project will include widening South York Highway and constructing of a new 1,425-foot bridge over Clear Creek. “This project is ... Read More »