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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 »

Applications Open For Jackson Grant-Funded Home Rehab Projects

Jackson County handed out more than 20 applications for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency HOME Program Thursday afternoon. The program provides grant assistance to help those with low-income, owner-occupied households that need rehabilitation or reconstruction. Mayor Randy Heady said that he’s excited for his community to have the chance for a life-changing opportunity. “We’re somewhere around 24 or 25 percent ... Read More »

14 Arrested For Illegal Narcotics In PCSO’s “Operation March Madness”

A year-long investigation into the illegal sale and use of narcotics led to the arrest and charging of 14 individuals in Putnam County Thursday afternoon. During what the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is called “Operation March Madness,” methamphetamine, schedule II prescription pain pills, and heroin that tested positive for fentanyl were discovered. Sheriff Eddie Farris said that this type of ... Read More »

Clay Community Proud Of Lady Bulldogs’ Work This Season

The Clay County community rallied around its Lady Bulldogs before they made their way to their first round of the TSSAA tournament. “They were staged all throughout town as we were leaving the high school,” Sheriff Brandon Boone said. “They were on before you crossed the bridge, and they were all through town, and then as we exited the town ... Read More »

Twin Lakes Applying For Grant To Expand Broadband Access In Putnam

Twin Lakes is hoping to earn grant funding from Tennessee’s Emergency Broadband fund. CEO Jonathan West said that they’re applying for a portion of the $400 million pot to expand broadband to coverage to homes in Putnam County. “There are so many things that you can only do online,” West said. “And when you don’t have access to quality broadband ... Read More »

TDOT Highway 52 Project In Celina In Preliminary Engineer Phase

TDOT’s Highway 52 expansion in Celina is in its preliminary engineering phase. Region 2 Assistant Chief Joe Deering said that the project will extend from the south of the central business district towards West Lake Avenue where it will tie back into the existing Highway 52. He said that the hope is to create a safer, less congested route through ... Read More »

UCDD Needs Volunteers In Public Guardianship Program

The Upper Cumberland Development District is seeking additional volunteers for its Public Guardianship program. Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Melinda Bilbrey said that volunteers would serve as companions for clients who rely on Public Guardians to manage their affairs. “They would be visiting with clients, developing relationships with them, maybe doing small errands or small chores for them,” Bilbrey said. “Just ... Read More »