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Author Archives: Betsy Scarisbrick

Wheaton: City Is Confident In CRMC’s Decision

Cookeville Mayor and Hospital Board Member Laurin Wheaton says the city has confidence in the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. That, after CRMC announced the elimination of six upper management positions due to financial constraints Wednesday afternoon. The six positions include four administrative directors, a hospital director, and the hospital’s Chief Strategy Officer. Wheaton said when more money is going out ... Read More »

Edgar Evins State Park Awarded Excellence In Resource Management

Edgar Evins State Park recognized for Excellence in Resource Management by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Park Manager Brad Halfacre said resource management involves taking care of natural resources such as trees and wildflowers to create a “Native Pollinator Corridor.” He said last year the park sprayed, burned, and hydroseeded over one mile of roadside with a native ... Read More »

UC Regional Airport Striping Project Ahead Of Schedule

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport closing its runway for the rest of the week while the new striping project is underway. Airport Manager Dean Selby said the closure will have a major impact on business, missing out on up to 800 operations. “And that was one of the reasons that TDOT said they would pick up on the local share cost ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional Announces Elimination Of Six Upper Management Positions Due To Financial Reasons

Cookeville Regional Medical Center announced the elimination of six upper management positions via attrition or elimination in a statement released Wednesday evening. According to the release, the hospital made the decision due to financial hardships arising out of rising inflation, soaring labor costs, and the discontinuation of various financial assistance. CRMC said it has had no other choice but to ... Read More »

Tractor-Trailer Catching On Fire Slows I-40 Traffic Wednesday

A tractor-trailer loaded with frozen turkeys caught fire on I-40 Wednesday morning at the 268-mile marker. According to a report from THP, one of the brakes on the trailer locked causing it to overheat and eventually catch fire, burning the trailer and its contents. The tractor was able to disconnect before the trailer could cause damage. There were no injuries ... Read More »

Overton School Board Retains District 1 For Chairmanship

Overton County School Board has gone against board precedent and voted to retain its current District 1 School Board Chair and Vice Chair. Chair Mike Hayes said the position typically rotates to a new district each year. He said the board felt like with so much going on, continuity of leadership was important. “Since we’ve got the football building program ... Read More »

Wilson Elementary Achieves Award School Status

Wilson Elementary named a state reward school, achieving a major goal for the Overton County School System. Director of Schools Donnie Holman said the status is something every school strives for. The criteria for a reward school include three points: academic achievement, academic growth, and attendance. “What that does is shows that a school is well-rounded,” Holman said. “That they’re ... Read More »

Reflecting On The Leslie Town Centre As It Approaches 20 Years

The Leslie Town Centre approaches 20 years as the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s home and community hub. Dwight Henry served on the Cookeville City Council during the inception of the Centre. He said city leaders at the time wanted to fill a need in the community that would provide the chamber with more space as well as more opportunities ... Read More »

Monterey Water Looking At Options On Turbine After Malfunction

Monterey’s Water Department working on rebuilding its main turbine after a “major malfunction.” Mayor Nathan Walker said after the turbine seized up, crews had to come and pull it out. “That was one of those issues that if it came apart right it was going to be a $10,000 to $30,000 project, if it came apart wrong, it was going ... Read More »