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Jefferson Avenue Community Garden Plans Growth

2020 was the first year for SeedFork of the Highlands community garden on Jefferson Avenue and there are already plans for the Spring. SeedFork Chairman Rodney Laulo said the long term vision is continuing to build a partnership with Tennessee Tech Agriculture to bring transplant crops into the garden. Laulo said he wants to create an interactive education for kids, ... Read More »

Cookeville Christmas Tree Lighting Goes Virtual

The tradition of lighting the Cookeville Christmas tree will continue, but residents will have to watch online this year. Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said it was not a decision he wanted to have to make, but knew it was the right thing to do for public health and safety. Shelton said those who tune in will get the traditions they ... Read More »

Van Buren Schools Requesting Its Part of State Payment

Van Buren County School Director Cheryl Cole said the school system has requested its part of a $200,000 payment designed to help Van Buren County. The money came from the state to help bridge the gap with the Fall Creek Falls Inn closed. Cole said she wants to make sure the school system gets its share from county commissioners. “Several ... Read More »

Bringing Holiday Spirit to Seniors in Isolation

Local senior citizens experiencing isolation this Christmas can get a little holiday cheer from the community this year through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Home Instead Senior Care will have trees with senior’s names and gift idea on trees at the Algood Walmart, Putnam County Library and even online this year. Program Coordinator Isabeau Strader said after ... Read More »

Extended COVID Testing Hours Monday

Extended hours for COVID testing in Putnam County will be available Monday and next Monday. Putnam County Health Department Director Lisa Bumbalough said this extension is happening because there will be no COVID testing on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bumbalough said testing at the Putnam Fairgrounds will run from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM on November 23 and 30. “I ... Read More »

Fundraiser to Restore African American History in Warren County

Young Men United held their annual roadblock fundraiser Saturday in McMinnville with a new goal this year. President Donald Crisp said Young Men United will be raising money to continue restoring the Bernard School in Warren County. Crisp said this is an important piece of history to local African Americans and sits across the street from where he grew up. ... Read More »

Gun Hunting Season Approaching

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday around the corner, hunters will be celebrating this Saturday as  gun hunting season for deer begins. TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Míme Barnes said this is popular time in the Upper Cumberland as sportsmen and women head out to hunt. Barnes said before hunting check that your wearing enough safety orange, know your areas sunset ... Read More »

Free Tree Giveaway For Putnam County Residents

500 free trees will be available Saturday for Putnam County residents to replant what was lost in the March Tornado. These trees are coming to the city of Cookeville through the Arbor Day Foundation and a sponsorship with Verizon. Cookeville Urban Forester Jaime Nunan said replanting in the community is important for the environment and for mindset. “Spirits were broken ... Read More »

Volunteers Canvassing Tornado Survivors With Resource Info

Putnam County Areas impacted by the March Tornado will see volunteers trying to connect survivors to resources Saturday morning. Restore and Repair Committee Member John Bell said this ground effort will be passing out postcards with resource information so survivors can get registered for the remaining tornado relief funding. Bell said survivors should know that it does not matter how ... Read More »

TTU Nursing Professor Awarded for Health Care Innovation

Tennessee Tech Nursing professor Melissa Geist has received the Alumni Award for Innovation in Health Care by Vanderbilt. Geist said she’s proud of creating a course that brings the medical and engineering worlds together. She said this course has taken students to Cuba where they’ve come back with real ideas to improve the lives of patients and medical professionals. “They ... Read More »