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Three Counties Selected for Broadband Expansion by TDECD

At least three Upper Cumberland counties will be included in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s (TDECD) next round of broadband expansion. Twin Lakes will help expand broadband services in the area of Jackson, Putnam, and Smith Counties as part of a $1.2 million project. Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady said the project greatly benefit rural communities like ... Read More »

Overton County Still Waiting On FEMA For Flood Relief

Overton County has not yet been notified as to whether they will receive relief support following February’s severe flooding. County Executive Ben Danner said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to evaluate damage from across the state. “They’re still working on numbers. I don’t think we had enough [damage],” Danner said. “We’ve had a lot of individuals ask us ... Read More »

Proposed Bill Would Help Full-Time Firefighters With Cancer

Senator Paul Bailey has introduced a bill that would provide more benefits to full-time firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Bailey said the bill hits close to home for him on a personal level. “This is a piece of legislation that I am very passionate about due to having a friend of mine from the Sparta Fire Department that was diagnosed with colon ... Read More »

Fentress County Continuing Pre-65 Retiree Health Insurance Plan

Fentress County Commissioners have voted to keep its current pre-65 retiree health insurance plan. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said opting out of the plan would’ve caused several complications. “Anyone that retires at an early age before Medicare benefits take effect will still be able to have their insurance, which we’ll pay the full premium for it,” Johnson said. “We could’ve ... Read More »

Senator Bailey Introducing Legislation to Expand Rural Broadband

Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey plans to introduce legislation to help expand broadband internet into rural areas of the Upper Cumberland. Bailey said some residents may take their internet services for granted and don’t realize that many rely on stable connections. “I think people, like myself, that have had fiber and broadband for a number of years do not realize ... Read More »

Crossville to Auction Off Inn of the Cumberlands Property

The site of the former Inn of the Cumberlands, pictured here in June before demolition, will be auctioned off through Tay's Realty and Auction LLC in Cookeville (Photo: Google Maps)

Crossville City Council has voted to auction off the former Inn of the Cumberlands location. City Attorney Will Ridley said the site along Sparta Highway and Tennessee Avenue could make for prime commercial real estate. “When we do those sales, the judge appoints the Clerk and Master as what’s called Special Master and asks her to sell those properties,” Ridley ... Read More »

Sparta City Admin. Chris Dorsey Accepts East Ridge Position

Sparta City Administrator Chris Dorsey will soon step away from his position as he becomes the next city manager in East Ridge. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young expressed his support for Dorsey’s decision on Friday. “We will definitely be sad to lose Mr. Chris Dorsey. He’s done a very fine job being our City Administrator,” Young said. “He just feels like ... Read More »

Highway 85 Still Closed From February Storm Damage

The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports Highway 85 in Overton County still remains closed due to storm damage suffered last month. Spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said officials will begin the process of making necessary repairs Friday. “The only one that we’ve really got totally closed in our region right now is in Overton County,” Flynn said. “What we’ve done with that ... Read More »

Crossville Man Charged With Meth Possession

A Crossville man faces meth charges following an arrest made Wednesday night. Crossville Police arrested 33-year-old Robert Heady at the Executive Inn on Highway 127 during an outstanding warrant check. An arrest report states officers first made contact with Heady outside of the motel. One officer noticed Heady turn his back while talking with the second officer and throw something ... Read More »

TDOT Opening Bids for Highway 56 Projects This May

The Tennessee Department of Transportation expects to begin the bidding process for two projects along Highway 56 this May. TDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the first two phases include over eight miles from Warren County through DeKalb County into Smithville. A third phase in Warren County remains under the environmental process. “Two of the projects – the first ones – ... Read More »