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COVID Voters and Absentee Ballots Come In On Election Day

Cumberland, Fentress and Van Buren County said they have all seen absentee ballots and COVID positive voters turn up on Election Day. Cumberland County Election Commission Administrator Jill Davis has seen the most of both so far, with 33 absentee ballots and about 16 voters using the COVID tent. However, Davis said that has not been her biggest issue today. ... Read More »

COVID, Weather Affect Pickett County Fishing Tournaments

Pickett County played host to two different fishing tournaments but the pandemic and weather created less than ideal results. The Renegade Fishing Tournment ran from October 19-24 and the FLW tournament ran from October 26-31. Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Billy Robbins said the FLW tournament ended up with half of its regular turnout because of fishers hesitant ... Read More »

TCAT Crossville Expanding, Adding High Demand Program

Crossville’s TCAT campus is expanding with a 12,000 square foot, $2 million dollar learning space. TCAT Crossville Vice President Stacy Johnson said he expects the new building to open in three to four weeks, opening up more space on the main campus. Johnson said the building construction technology and industrial maintenance programs will move to the new location, along with ... Read More »

Algood Inside Precinct Polling Place Moved

Algood Inside Precinct voters will need to vote at Algood Middle School on Election Day this Tuesday. Putnam County Election Commission Administrator Michele Honeycutt said periodic issues with the elevator at the Algood Municipal Building left the location as a non-accessible precinct. Honeycutt said voters who are used to voting at the Algood Municipal Building should have received information on ... Read More »

Cookeville Leaf Collection Begins

Cookeville Public Works will start picking up leaves in the first week of November. This service will run for city residents on Monday through Friday. Public Works Director Greg Brown said for residents to be mindful of where they place their leaves if they want them to be collected. “It would help if they would not put the leaves in ... Read More »

White County Election Commission Confident August Issue Resolved

White County Election Commission Administrator Dorcas Marcum said the election issues from August have been resolved for the Presidential Election. Marcum said there was a paper ballot shortage in August and unused early voting ballots were used. However, she said the scanners are set up to only take the ballots they are programmed for, forcing White County to hand count ... Read More »

First-Year Retreat Brings Together Mayors & UCHRA

The Upper Cumberland’s city and county mayors made a two day retreat to Granville to work on planning for the future together. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley led the retreat. He said the mayors worked on strategic planning and what types of programs UCHRA could implement. Farley said he and the mayors discussed the next steps to improve the Upper ... Read More »

Jamestown Comes Up Short on Water Contest Three-Peat

Jamestown’s string of two state water titles has ended. Jamestown did not make the top three for “Best Tasting Water” in this year’s Tennessee Association of Utility District Drinking Water Contest. This would have been Jamestown’s third straight year taking the title. Maynardville took this year’s title. Jamestown Mayor Lyndon Baines said it was an honor to reach the state ... Read More »

Navigating Halloween Weekend’s Killing Freeze

Sunday and Monday night will bring killing freeze temperatures to lawns and gardens around the Upper Cumberland. Overton County Agriculture Extension Agent Jason Garrett said these temperatures will mean the end of production for warm season crops. Garrett said plants like cabbage, spinach, carrots, onions and more can handle these temperatures, but some might need covering. “There’s other cool season ... Read More »

Smoke Alarm Check Recommended When Time Changes

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said he recommends checking a home’s smoke alarm when daylight saving time ends Saturday night. Dial said replacing the batteries and testing is important, as well as replacing the alarm itself if it’s over 10 years old. Dial said he sees the results of not checking smoke alarms first hand when responding to emergencies. “We ... Read More »