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Big South Fork Celebrating 50th Anniversary All Year Long

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Richard Nixon signed the legislation creating the park March 7, 1974, recognizing the area’s history, arches, natural bridges and gorges. Christopher Derman is Chief Of Interpretation And Education at Big South Fork. He said the celebration will be a year-long event of what the ... Read More »

Downtown Traffic Study, 2030 Update Part Of Year’s Work

The Cookeville Planning Commission has its plan for the new year including a new study on downtown parking. The Commission’s Annual Report and Program Design for 2024 includes updating the city’s 2030 plan, conducting a study on the parking requirements in the city’s downtown, and studying stand-alone residential and mixed-use development within commercial zones in the city. Community Development Director ... Read More »

Planning Commission Approves Private School Change

The Cookeville Planning Commission approved an amendment to the zoning code that would allow private schools to exist on commercial-industrial mixed use land. The amendment requested by New Colossus Academy Headmaster Dan Bailey. The school wants to purchase land on Salem Road for a new facility. During the commission’s Monday meeting, Bailey told the commission that public, technical, and vocational ... Read More »

Planning Commission Denies Rezoning For Methadone Clinic

The Cookeville Planning Commission denied a request Monday night to rezone a South Willow Avenue parcel for the purpose of creating a methadone clinic. Fifteen different people spoke during the public comment discussion about the clinic, with twelve of them speaking against the clinic. Cedar Recovery wants to change a 0.86 parcel of land from Commercial-Industrial Mixed Use to Medical ... Read More »

Chapman-Fowler: Algood Park Project Making Progress

The Algood Park project is moving forward as fast as the city can afford to work on it despite concerns from some local citizens. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said she understands that some people in the community are unhappy with a supposed lack of progress on the park. Chapman-Fowler said the park was planned from the start to have multiple phases ... Read More »

New Wood Shop Opening To Help Fund Local Non-Profit

The founders of the non-profit organization This Is Living Ministries are opening a wood shop as a way to raise funds for the organization. Executive Director Lindsay Holloway said the shop will sell refurbished furniture and jewelry made by at-risk women staying with the organization. Holloway said the women were originally taught the skill so they could save as much ... Read More »

Get Alarmed Program Offers Smoke Alarms Free Across UC

Smoke alarms are more accessible than ever thanks to the Get Alarmed Program, available across the Upper Cumberland. Central View Deputy Chief Kyle Winnett said the State Fire Marshal’s office provides fire departments with smoke alarms that they will install in homes free upon request. Winnett said it is important to have a working fire alarm in a region that ... Read More »

Jackson County’s Library Hosting Open House Friday

Gainesboro’s Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library will host an open house Friday to showoff the facility. Director Melissa Gregory said the entire library has been rearranged since she began working there. Gregory said she hopes the event will encourage locals who are unfamiliar with the library to visit. “This month is the anniversary of my first year as the director,” ... Read More »

Overton Joins Price Fixing Lawsuit Against Pharmaceuticals

Overton County will join in a larger lawsuit against a series of pharmaceutical companies regarding allegations of price fixing. Attorney Crystal Jessee said the opioid lawsuit that the county is still involved in has revealed a processes that pharmaceutical companies are using to price fix different kinds of drugs, including insulin. “If you pay for your own insurance, such as ... Read More »

Overton Commission Applies For $750K Housing Grant

The Overton County Commission approved an application Monday night for a $750,000 housing development grant to assist homeowners in the county. Consultant Amanda Mainord said that the county applied for the grant last year but did not receive it. Mainord said the grant would require no matching payment from the county. “It goes to help homeowner-occupied low-income, disabled, elderly, families ... Read More »