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Algood Approves One-Time Bonus For Employees

The Algood City Council approved an ordinance to provide a $500 one-time bonus for front line city employees who worked through the COVID-19 pandemic. The council approved the ordinance 4-1 with Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler voting against the payment. Chapman-Fowler said the bonus is non budgeted. The total expense will be over $23,000. The ordinance will now go before a public ... Read More »

State Supreme Court Denies Cartwright Request

The State Supreme Court had denied a request by William Floyd Cartwright to examine his jury conviction for first degree premeditated murder. Cartwright was convicted in September, 2005 for the murder of Marvin Martin Jr. A co-defendant, Christoper Servo, was charged with facilitation of the murder. The incident happened in August, 2004 at the Cookeville home of Lakeisha Darty. Cartwright ... Read More »

Algood Approves Green Mtn Water Project

Algood City Council unanimously approved an agreement to provide water to residents of the Green Mountain region. “The folks needed water and one of the county’s objectives was to look at areas that weren’t being served by clean drinking water,” City Administrator Keith Morrison said. “This was one of those areas. We worked out this opportunity with the county to ... Read More »

Crossville Will Restart Public Works Director Process

The Crossville City Council authorized the city manager to restart the process to find a Public Works Director Tuesday night. The council authorized the city’s first public works director earlier this year. But City Manager Greg Wood stopped the process over fears of COVID-19 and its impact on hiring. There was also a plan being floated to consolidate all of ... Read More »

Airport Board Approves Raises For Employees

Employees at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will receive raises based on evaluations. Airport Manager Dean Selby said the raises range from three to four percent based on evaluation. Selby said the raises were budgeted in the new fiscal year numbers with a total price tag of around $3,000. “I think it’s a fair evaluation, we sat down and talked ... Read More »

NHC Smithville COVID Numbers Increase

The number of patients testing positive at NHC Smithville has increased to nine. Two additional patients are awaiting test results. Nine employees have also tested positive with two staff members already recovered. One additional employee is awaiting test results. At NHC Sparta, one employee is awaiting results. Five staff members have tested positive with all but one recovered. No patients ... Read More »

Jackson Passes $6M Budget For New Fiscal Year

Jackson County passed a $6 million county budget for the new fiscal year Monday night. The budget includes a 2 percent pay raise for general county employees. County Mayor Randy Heady said the change in state law concerning internet sales tax helped the county’s revenues. “The port of origin sales tax, if you buy something and you live in rural ... Read More »

19th COVID Death At CRMC

A 19th patient at Cookeville Regional Medical Center died this weekend from COVID-19. COVID cases at CRMC have remained steady for several weeks now with 21 positive inpatients. According to the Tennessee Department of Health statistics, Putnam County has 482 active COVID cases Monday. Warren County reports 256. Cumberland reports 171 active cases. Dekalb County reports 157. Read More »

Census Going Door-To-Door Beginning Tuesday

Census Bureau staffers will be going door-to-door in Putnam and Overton Counties beginning Tuesday. Staff will be visiting homes that have not yet responded to the census. If a census taker comes to your door, the person will wear a mask and will stay at least six feet away from your door after knocking or ringing the bell. They will ... Read More »

NHC Smithville Dealing With Cluster Outbreak

A third NHC facility in the Upper Cumberland is battling multiple COVID cases as the Smithville facility reports 13 cases. Five patients are currently battling COVID inside the long-term care facility. Seven employees are also positive. One additional employee has already recovered. The Tennessee Department of Health reports 100 residents call the facility on Fisher Avenue home. The NHC Cookeville ... Read More »