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Wheaton Running For Re-Election To Continue Work For The City

Cookeville Vice-Mayor Laurin Wheaton said that she’s running for re-election because she still has projects she wants to see through over the next four years. Wheaton said that aside from the aquatic facility, she also wants to see Cookeville get more, higher-paying jobs. She said that she thinks the city is in a place where they can be more selective ... Read More »

New Cookeville Police Headquarters Completion Date Pushed Back

Cookeville City Council approved Thursday night extending the completion deadline for the new Cookeville Police Headquarters by 45 days. Police Chief Randy Evans said that a job of this size will typically have a few delays. He said that this specific delay is due to supply chain issues and COVID, the latest delay with flooring. “Some of our complete crews ... Read More »

Cumberland County Playhouse Feeling Renewed Sense Of Energy For 2022 Season

Cumberland County Playhouse feeling a resurgence of energy as they head into their 2022 season. Producing Director Bryce McDonald said that after two years of the pandemic affecting the business, things are beginning to feel normal again. “There is a huge excitement in the entire building,” McDonald said. “It’s very infectious to walk in the building and hear music again ... Read More »

Overton COVID Numbers On Downhill Slope

Overton County COVID numbers may still seem high, but Health Department officials say that might not be the true picture. At Thursday afternoon’s COVID-19 Press Conference in Livingston, Nursing Director Megan Reeder said that positivity rates sit at about 30 percent currently. She said that rate might keep restrictions in place at nursing homes and medical facilities. “They’re still high ... Read More »

Putnam Libraries Use National Library Lovers Month To Highlight Amenities

February is National Library Lovers Month, and Putnam County Libraries are taking that time to encourage community involvement. Media and Outreach Librarian Cynthia Julian-Simmons said that libraries have evolved into so much more than books over the years. She said users can borrow mobile hotspots, DVDs, audiobooks, access STEM learning, and telescopes. “We love to have some focus on the ... Read More »

Monterey High Hosting Polar Plunge To Fundraise For Project Graduation

Monterey High School is hosting a polar plunge to help with Project Graduation this Saturday, February 19th at 1 p.m. Sandra Adkins is the president of the Class of 2022 Project Graduation. She said that parents raise funds throughout the year to help put on an event for the seniors on graduation night. “The event is alcohol and drug-free,” Adkins ... Read More »

DeKalb Recovery Court Highlighted In New State Video Series

DeKalb County’s Recovery Court will be one of 12 recovery courts featured in a new Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services video series. Coordinator Kate Arnold said that the video highlighted how DeKalb was able to operate during COVID to ensure the needs of its clients were still being met in a pandemic. She said that she ... Read More »

Warm Winter Days Can Pose Pre-Spring Issues For Crops

UC/Generic - Agriculture

The first few days of warm weather have the potential to start some pre-spring blooming. Putnam County UT Extension Agent Wayne Key said that buds will start to swell as the weather begins to warm, typically around the first week of March. However, the warm days but frosty nights can pose a problem to crops like fruit trees. “They’ll begin ... Read More »

Cookeville To Consider New Cyber Security Insurance Policy

Cookeville City Council will consider a new cyber security insurance policy. Chief Technology Officer Steve Corder said that their usual contractor is trying to move out of serving municipalities, and would be tripling the city’s price. He said that the new policy would cover costs up to $1 million, and would have a premium of just under $39,000. “Hopefully we ... Read More »

Cookeville To Explore Options For Rail Trail Westward Expansion

Cookeville is taking steps to work on expanding the Rail Trail from the Cookeville Depot to Cane Creek. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said that they hope to address potential challenges to expansion through an agreement with a strategic planning group. “How do we make a trail that connects with our depot trial head and goes westward towards West End ... Read More »