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Jerry Boyd Resigns As Superintendent Of Schools

Putnam County Superintendent of Schools Jerry Boyd has resigned from the job. Boyd submitted his resignation letter to school board members Tuesday afternoon. Boyd said ongoing personal reasons led him to resign from the position. “It has been an honor for me serve the Putnam County School System for the past 23 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum supervisor, technology ... Read More »

Jamestown To Appoint New Fire Chief

The City of Jamestown will look to appoint a new fire chief next month. Mayor Lyndon Baines said Hollis Crabtree has retired from that position. “I have the utmost respect for Mr. Crabtree. He’s been doing a great job for that department for all these years,” Baines said. “It’s going to be hard for someone to take his place. It ... Read More »

Clay County Approves Wheel Tax Increase For New Jail

The Clay County Commission has approved a funding mechanism for the future jail facility. Mayor Dale Reagan said a $50 wheel tax increase will take effect after a 30 day public review period. “Right now, we’re in a holding pattern for the public review. So after 30 days we start the process of collecting that with the county clerk,” Reagan ... Read More »

Cookeville Rural King Rumor Not True

Local residents hoping for a Rural King to open in Cookeville will have to wait a little longer. Melinda Keifer is the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Cookeville. She said a social media post about the farm supply store coming to Cookeville isn’t true. “In today’s world, typically, when a tenant is looking at a facility they’re going ... Read More »

Earthquake Recorded In White County Monday Was Error

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said it made an error when recording a small earthquake in White County Monday. The USGS reported the 2.5 magnitude quake on its data maps Tuesday morning. The maps indicated the earthquake happened at a depth of three miles and just a few hours before a 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit East Tennessee. Tuesday afternoon, the ... Read More »

DA for 15th Judicial District To Review Case Against Cookeville Officer

The 15th Judicial District Attorney General will be tasked with deciding if any charges will be filed against a Cookeville Police officer under investigation for theft of property. 13th Judicial District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway said he requested the change due to his relationship with Officer Shannon Smith. “Since I have known Shannon Smith personally for many years, I have ... Read More »

Fire Damages Baxter Home

A Monday evening fire damaged a home in Baxter. Baxter Fire Department officials said the blaze started in a garage adjacent to a home on Dyer Ridge Road. Chief Matthew White said the flames eventually extended to the home, causing damage to one side of the dwelling. The garage was a total loss. No one suffered injuries during the incident. ... Read More »

Crossville Man Injured In Monday Crash

A single-vehicle crash injured a Crossville man late Monday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident happened just before 11:10 a.m. on Pigeon Ridge Road. A crash report said Jacob J. Kilby lost control of his Mitsubishi Lancer while traveling West and negotiating a curve. The report said the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and ... Read More »

UC Residents Report Feeling East Tennessee Earthquake

Residents across the Upper Cumberland reported feeling an earthquake that struck East Tennessee Monday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the 3.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:12 p.m. near Fincastle in Campbell County. A USGS intensity map indicates that people reported feeling the small quake as far away as Red Boiling Springs. Residents also reported feeling tremors in Cookeville, ... Read More »

Monterey To Repair Turbine At Water Plant

Monterey faces an expensive repair after a turbine broke at the water plant last month. Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Duane Jarrett said the project will cost between $25,000 and $30,000. “We’ve got to set a crane up beside the lake. It’s the building that sticks out in the water and the roof has to be lifted off,” Jarrett said. “The ... Read More »