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King Construction Awarded Oak Tree Towers Project

A Cookeville construction company will build a new public housing complex for Highlands Residential Services (HRS). The HRS board awarded an $8.98 million construction bid to King Construction during Thursday’s meeting. HRS Executive Director Dow Harris urged the board to accept the Oak Tree Towers bid even though it came back a little high. “It light of that, we’ve got ... Read More »

White Co. Homicide Sentence Upheld

The State Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a 10-year prison sentence handed down to a man convicted of vehicular homicide and voluntary manslaughter in White County. Lawyers for Steven Dale Davidson Jr. argued that Criminal Court Judge David Patterson committed errors by excluding a complete police video interview of a defense witness. Judge D. Kelly Thomas wrote that lawyers ... Read More »

Algood Walmart To Get Second Entrance

The City of Algood will construct a new entrance to Walmart from Big Mac Drive. City Administrator Keith Morrison said a property owner on Big Mac Drive has agreed to the project. “The gain from this is folks who enter Big Mac Drive to go to McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Zaxby’s or Speedway,” Morrison said. “If they can’t get out and ... Read More »

McMinnville Man Charged In Human Trafficking Investigation

A McMinnville man faces charges stemming from an undercover human trafficking investigation. Authorities in Spring Hill, Tennessee have charged 28-year-old Jordan Millican with patronizing prostitution. The TBI said the investigation focused on identifying individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors and adults. Authorities arrested 11 men after placing several decoy advertisements on websites linked to commercial sex. ... Read More »

Work Continues On Warbird Restoration Hangar

Work has progressed on country singer Aaron Tippin’s warbird restoration hangar. Upper Cumberland Regional Airport manager Dean Selby said crews have added two end walls and a roof to the structure. “They’ll be starting on the other end wall probably tomorrow. They were going to today, but the rain has held them up,” Selby said. “They will start framing inside ... Read More »

Algood Approves Second Reading Of Vacation Leave Amendment

Algood City Council has voted to give employees vacation time after 30 days of service. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the change will help with recruitment and retention of employees. “One of the issues that we have run into routinely with new hires is they have to wait one year to get any time,” Morrison said. “At 30-days, just like ... Read More »

Airport Using Extra Fuel Revenue For New Power Unit

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will soon purchase a piece of equipment that helps get jet engines started. Manager Dean Selby said the airport borrows its current ground power unit (GPU). “Aircraft have to have a ground power unit to be able to start and run. In the summer time they (pilots) use them to run their air conditioning,” Selby ... Read More »

Russell Stover To Close Cookeville Fulfillment Center

Russell Stover will close its Cookeville distribution and fulfillment center later this year. The company announced Tuesday that it would cut some 400 jobs across the U.S. and close several facilities and stores. “Having been in business since 1923, we know the importance of keeping pace with the changing tastesand preferences of the people who buy our chocolates,” said Russell ... Read More »

Algood Approves Bond Allocation For Sewer Expansion

Algood’s long-awaited sewer expansion project will get underway this year. City Council approved the initial $1.89 million bond allocation for the project during Tuesday night’s meeting. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said the work will complete a plan of services for areas annexed into the city more than ten years ago. “This has been something that we’ve been working on for quite ... Read More »

Flu On The Move In The Upper Cumberland

Flu levels have reached critical conditions in Tennessee, and Putnam County has felt the strain. Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter said CRMC has already seen 79 flu patients this month. “It’s a little higher than we typically see for this time of year. These numbers are more typical of peak flu season and so it seems to be peaking earlier,” ... Read More »