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Fentress County Approves Its First Official Seal

Fentress County has approved its first official seal, designed with help from Tennessee Tech. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the Fentress County Chamber brought up the idea and reached out to Tech. Johnson said after going through a few different ideas, a design the county could be proud of was selected. “It will have our name, they’ll know we’re in ... Read More »

UC Prepares For Flooding Potential With Weekend Rain

On the heels of last week’s ice storm, the Upper Cumberland faces flooding concerns this weekend. As much as four inches of rain could fall before Monday. Putnam County EMA Director Tyler Smith said with the rain being spread out over four days there is potential for isolated flooding. Smith said flooding roadways and residents in low-level areas are the ... Read More »

Jackson Schools Preparing For Summer Program

Jackson County Schools allocated $65,000 for the state-mandated summer school. The School Board discussed preliminary plans for how the system will set up the sessions Thursday night. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said one thing to figure out is how $65,000 will cover six weeks for k-4 students and four weeks for 5-7 students. “I mean, until we figure out ... Read More »

Speedway Sponsoring Algood PD, Trinity Church Food Drive

Speedway has partnered with the Algood Police Department and Trinity Church for a local food drive Saturday. Patrol Commander Lieutenant Bryan Whitefield said this is the first Pack-A-Cruiser food drive for the department. Whitefield said the idea was brought to him. “I got an email from the Speedway Corporation back last December,” Whitefield said. “And started working this up and ... Read More »

Putnam Needs New Elementary School Based On Growth

As the budget process begins the Putnam County School System will reignite discussions with the county commission about a new K-8 school. The Countywide wide enrollment capacity stands at roughly 86 percent. Director of Schools Corby King said the system’s one to two percent annual enrollment growth, is outpacing projected growth from an earlier study. King said the need will ... Read More »

Nationwide Interest In Jackson County Music Festival

The Inaugural Dailey and Vincent Cumberland River Music Festival is coming to Jackson County this Fall. Chamber of Commerce President Jordan Hunter said more than a year of behind the scenes work, led to the announcement tickets would go on sale. Hunter said the festival will be big for local business and tourism. “We have limited lodging in the Gainesboro, ... Read More »

Overton Health and Rehab Must Meet Federal Guidelines To Open

The Tennessee Department of Health announced that visitation is open for nursing homes. However, Overton County Health and Rehab Public Information Officer Scott Stevens said that announcement is misleading. Stevens said nursing facilities follow CMS and CDC guidelines, not Tennessee’s guidelines. “Number one is, the county positivity rate in whatever county you’re in has to be at 10 percent or ... Read More »

Algood Looks To Add Garbage Truck in Next Budget

Algood is looking to add a third garbage truck to its fleet with a dual use vehicle. City Administrator Keith Morrison said this would be a smaller truck for residential use that could be a backup for commercial pick ups. Morrison said this truck is built similar to the commercial truck, but is small enough to fit into neighborhood roads. ... Read More »

Annual Trog Sinkhole Cleanup Postponed For Weather

Cookeville’s annual Trog Sinkhole cleanup has been postponed for impending rain. The cleanup has been moved from Saturday to March 27. Cookeville Public Works Stormwater Manager Blake Mayo said the rain could cause unsafe conditions due to high water in the sinkhole. This cleanup was to address litter and debris that collects in the Trog Sinkhole. Mayo said that anyone ... Read More »

Cookeville Taking Proposals For Second City Hall Drive Thru

Cookeville is accepting bid proposals to add a second drive thru lane at city hall due to long lines. City Manager James Mills said he expects the budget for this project to be under $20,000. Mills said he believes the second lane can be added under the current canopy based on the existing space. “During high volume days we typically ... Read More »