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GES Welcoming Students Back To School With Luau Night

Gainesboro Elementary School is welcoming students back to school on Thursday with a luau theme. Principal Tina Cassetty said the school always looks for a fun theme when it comes to parent engagement events. Cassetty said the event starts at 5:00 PM with an informational meeting, but then comes the moment students wait for all summer. “The kids are very ... Read More »

Putnam Bond Moving Quickly While Interest Rates Are Low

The process is moving quickly after this week’s $98 million bond approval by the Putnam County Commission. Mayor Randy Porter said the process is getting an extra push because of the current low interest rates Porter said the county’s bond rating will go out to interested bidders, then typically large banks will compete to be the lowest bidder on the ... Read More »

Pickett’s Amonett House Being Restored With State, Private Funding

Pickett County’s Amonett House will be restored with $25,000 of grant funding through Tennessee’s ThreeStar program. Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Billy Robbins said the Amonett family is going to provide the remaining money on the $35,000 project. Robbins said there has been interest for nearly a decade from tourists curious about the county’s oldest home. “Constantly people ... Read More »

Roane To Tech Pipeline Strengthened By New University Partnership

The Roane State to Tennessee Tech Pipeline is getting a boost this fall thanks to a new partnership between the schools announced Wednesday. Tennessee Tech Undergraduate Admissions Director Dr. Steve Keller said admission to Tech can be guaranteed through two pathways. Dual enrollment through select programs or completion of any associates degree. “We wanted to make it as easy as ... Read More »

Planned Road Closure On Cookeville’s South Walnut Ave Thursday

Cookeville residents can expect a road closure on South Walnut Avenue starting on Thursday morning. From 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, South Walnut Avenue will be closed between East Stevens Street and Stout Street. The temporary closure allows the Cookeville Department of Water Quality Control to install a new water service For any questions or concerns please call 520-5239 Read More »

DeKalb Putting Grant Money Towards Agriculture Center Interior

DeKalb County has been awarded $50,000 through Tennessee’s ThreeStar program to improve the county’s agriculture building. Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzanne Williams said the exterior of the building is complete, with work left to be done inside. Williams said the plan is to add a large commercial kitchen and meeting spaces. “We just hope this will benefit ... Read More »

Fentress Road Supervisor Not Feeling Support From County

Fentress County Road Supervisor Joey Reagan said he will take another shot at securing funding for improvement work. Motions to approve a $1 million and $750,000 loan for the highway department both failed Monday night. Those numbers are both lower than the $1.5 million Reagan was requesting. Reagan said he wasn’t surprised by the commission’s vote. “Well dishearted, you know ... Read More »

Putnam Sheriff Says Jail Expansion Will Affect Offender Sentencing

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said Monday night’s commission vote to approve a $52.7 million jail expansion bond is a very important moment. Farris said the jail has been under a Tennessee Corrections Institute plan of action to address overcrowding since he became sheriff. Farris said the over 600 beds will affect sentencing for offenders who need to be incarcerated. ... Read More »

Fentress Highway Loan Denied After Supervisor Takes Hard Stance

The Fentress County Commission approved a $2.1 million dollar capital outlay note for the new agriculture pavilion Monday night. The note did not include money for the highway department. Road Supervisor Joey Reagan asked for $1.5 million to upgrade county roads. Reagan was unwilling to budge on that number during the meeting. “I believe he made the suggestion that he ... Read More »

Tech Offering Fall Course To Match Growing Undecided Major Population

Tennessee Tech is looking to keep up with the trend of students undecided on their major, by offering a course geared towards them. School of Interdisciplinary Studies Director Steve Frye said some are predicting the current generation of students will change careers five to eight times. Frye said the Major and Career Exploration course will let students focus on their ... Read More »