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Doyle Fire Department Selling Driveway Markers To Help Response Time

The Doyle Fire Department is selling driveway markers to cut down on emergency response time in rural parts of White County. Fire Chief Jason Sparks said valuable seconds tick away when responders have to search for an address that is not clearly marked. He said while GPS  is sometimes accurate, it can take years before new addresses in rural counties ... Read More »

Jackson Schools Upgrading Emergency Preparedness

The Jackson County Schools taking steps to improve emergency preparedness and better understand crisis prevention. Director of Schools Jason Hardy said Gainesboro Elementary School, Jackson County Middle School, and Dodson Branch School all attended the state’s Threat Assessment event in February. He said teachers and administrators learned how to assess the different levels of issues within a school and how ... Read More »

High Sickness Numbers In Jackson Schools, Director Monitoring

Illness spreading through Jackson County Schools this week, especially among faculty and staff. Director of Schools Jason Hardy said he considered closing schools for a day. Hardy said he spoke with other district directors and everyone is closely monitoring the situation. “Our numbers aren’t to that level yet, but we’re going to keep an eye on it,” Hardy said. ” ... Read More »

Jackson High School CTE Building Nearing Bid Process

Designs presented to the Jackson County School Board Thursday night for a new CTE building at Jackson County High School. Maintenance Lead Josh Morgan said the cosmetology lab and HVAC shop have been approved by teachers and are likely represented in the design exactly as they will be constructed. He said the building trades shop could be tweaked before the ... Read More »

Livingston Fire Learns Helicopter Landing Techniques

Livingston Fire and EMS traveled to Kentucky this week for a helicopter evacuation training course. Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said the department takes the course every two years to maintain awareness of the air evacuation procedures. He said firefighters learned how to create a safe landing zone for helicopters, free of powerlines, trees, and road signs. “They have to ... Read More »

Tech Prof: Solar Flare Can Impact Communication Systems

Could a solar flare reported early Thursday have caused an outage that affected some 70,000 AT&T cell phone customers? Tennessee Tech Associate Physics Professor Mary Kidd said if a flare directed at Earth is strong enough, it can affect satellites and cause blackouts to communication systems and GPS. However, Kidd said it is unlikely that a flare would have affected ... Read More »

160 Years Ago: Battle Of Dug Hill At White/Putnam Line

160 years later, the Battle of Dug Hill that left some 40 Yankee soldiers dead in the Calfkiller Valley remains one of the bloodiest skirmishes in the Upper Cumberland’s history. The battle happened February 22, 1864 near the White/Putnam County line. Putnam County Historian Dale Welch said Yankee soldiers marched from Sparta to Putnam County looking to stop local “bushwhackers” ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Alzheimer’s Advocates Lobby Legislators

Upper Cumberland representatives from Alzheimer’s Tennessee went to the capital Wednesday to request legislative support on three key bills. Plateau Regional Director Melanie Hendricks said a bill that would elevate the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability to the cabinet level was a priority. She said this would give advocates a seat at the table and a more powerful voice. ... Read More »

Overton Schools Adding Security Cameras To Cover More

New security cameras will help monitor more blind spots across the Overton County School System. Overton County Schools Supervisor of Technology Brent Thrasher said School Resource Officers have pointed out the blind spots in larger spaces of multiple schools. He said the new cameras will monitor monitor both outdoor and indoor spaces, depending on the need at each campus. “Schools ... Read More »

Tech College of Education Teacher Prep Meets Expectations

The Tennessee Tech College of Education scored in the “meets expectations” category on this year’s State Educator Preparation Report Card. 10 of the 42 Teacher Preparation Programs included in the state study received an “exceeds expectations” classification. Dean of the College of Education Lisa Zagumny said it is harder for a program as large as Tech’s to reach that distinction ... Read More »