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Homesteads Apple Festival Civil War Reenactment Cancelled

Organizers for the 2019 Homesteads Apple Festival in Crossville have pulled a Civil War reenactment from this year’s event. The reenactment had been planned by the The Sergeant William A. Hamby Camp, a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Crossville. Camp Adjutant James Lovelace said the decision to cancel the reenactment came as a surprise to him. “We ... Read More »

Salmonella Outbreak Not Affecting Upper Cumberland

Upper Cumberland health officials are not seeing an increase in salmonella cases despite a statewide outbreak. Debbie Hoy is an epidemiologist for the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office. “This is very common in the summertime. It’s often times linked to chickens,” Hoy said. “Presently in the United States, there’s a couple different outbreaks that Tennessee has linked some cases to. ... Read More »

Fentress Drug Bust Nets One Arrest, $10K Worth of Drugs

Fentress County authorities arrested Erica Bebley Thursday after finding $10,000 worth of narcotics in her vehicle during a traffic stop (Photo: Fentress County Sheriff's Office)

A Crossville woman faces several charges after authorities found $10,000 worth of drugs inside her vehicle. The Fentress County Sheriff’s Office reports Erica Bebley was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Clarkrange. Officials said Monday Bebley was wanted for violating parole when deputies pulled her over. A search of Bebley’s vehicle revealed 84 grams of methamphetamine, nearly a gram ... Read More »

Baxter Hopes To Begin Amphitheater Construction Soon

Baxter could begin construction on its new amphitheater within the coming weeks. Mayor John Martin said city officials will visit sites in North Carolina to see examples of how Baxter’s amphitheater will look like. “We’ve already got our plan of what we want it to look like,” Martin said. “It’s really going to be a nice amphitheater. It’s a wood ... Read More »

DeKalb County Sexual Exploitation Case To November

A man indicted for soliciting sex from a minor in DeKalb County will reappear in court in November. 40-year-old Jason Dwayne Johnson was arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday morning. Criminal Court Judge Wesley Bray scheduled Johnson’s next hearing for Tuesday, Nov. 5. A grand jury indicted Johnson last month on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. ... Read More »

Case Involving Former Smithville Mayor Continued To September

A theft case involving Smithville’s former mayor and his son will continue in September. Criminal Court Judge Wesley Bray made the decision Monday in the case involving Jimmy Poss and his son, Anthony. A trial had initially been scheduled for last month before being postponed. The 73-year-old former mayor faces charges of official misconduct and theft after hiring his son ... Read More »

Baxter Council Approves Highway 56 Improvement Plans

Baxter City Council members voted Thursday to adopt TDOT’s Highway 56 corridor study. Baxter Mayor John Martin said the study will be used as a guide for the future development of Baxter near I-40. “It’s really kind of a 10-year plan of what’s really going to be taking place as far as the growth we’re going to experience,” Martin said. ... Read More »

TTU Adding New Engineering, Counseling Programs In 2020

Tennessee Tech will implement new engineering and counseling programs beginning in 2020. (File Photo)

Tennessee Tech will implement new engineering and counseling programs beginning in 2020. University officials made the announcement via a press release Friday. Beginning next year, students can pursue a Masters of Science in Engineering Management or a doctorate in counseling and supervision. According to the release, the counseling program will provide currently licensed and/or licensure eligible mental health professional and ... Read More »

HomeGoods Grand Opening in Cookeville Sunday

Discount home furnishing store HomeGoods will open its new Cookeville location Sunday. The store’s opening will come after several months of renovation work at the former Sears’ building at Jackson Plaza. HomeGoods will occupy approximately 20,000 square feet of the building. The other 55,000 square feet of space is currently occupied by Hobby Lobby following their move in May. Jackson ... Read More »

Old Lantana School Catches Fire In Cumberland County

Firefighters responded to a blaze at the old Lantana School building in Cumberland County Friday afternoon. Cumberland EMA Communications Director Rick Williams said the fire may have been caused by lightning as stormed rolled through the area. Williams said the 90-year-old building was being used by a local resident for storage. The building was not expected to be a total ... Read More »