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DeKalb School Board Accepting Land Proposals For New School

The DeKalb County Board of Education will accept land proposals for a new elementary school until the end of this month. Director of Schools Patrick Cripps said property within city limits would be most convenient. “We would like to keep our schools as close together as we can,” Cripps said. “There’s more utilities within the city. You’re not having to ... Read More »

Tech Grad Appointed To State Veterinarian Position

State officials have named a Tennessee Tech graduate to the position of State Veterinarian and Assistant Commissioner for Animal Health. Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher announced the appointment of Samantha Beaty on Wednesday. The Jamestown native most recently served as the Interim Director for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s C.E. Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory. In that role, Beaty led ... Read More »

Powers To Serve 30-Years For Child Rape

A Cookeville man will serve 30-years behind bars for raping a child. 33-year-old Landon Paul Powers pleaded guilty in Putnam County Criminal Court Tuesday. An indictment accused Powers of raping his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter two years ago. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said a doctor found the girl to be pregnant during a routine doctor’s visit. Dunaway said the investigation eventually ... Read More »

New Veterans Outreach Program Opens In Sparta

White County has another resource for local veterans to use. Clean Heart Christian Ministries opened its Veterans Outreach branch Wednesday afternoon. Coordinator and retired Navy Captain Bill Rabchenia said the new program provides fellowship for local veterans. “We’re going out and touching bases with all the veterans resources that are available throughout the state. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot here ... Read More »

Grand Opening Held For New UCDD Building

A grand opening took place Wednesday for the Upper Cumberland Development District’s new building in Cookeville. Executive Director Mark Farley said the celebration fell on the agency’s 50th birthday. “We’re just excited for today,” Farley said. “It’s a big day for the region to have a new facility, not only for the Development District to use, but for other agencies ... Read More »

Livingston Seeking Funding For Courthouse Grounds Improvements

The City of Livingston would like to see some improvements made to the courthouse grounds. Downtown Revitalization Committee Chairman Ray Evans said he may have found a funding mechanism for the project. “Since we’ve had this set of plans, we continue to look for a grant source that these improvements would be eligible,” Evans said. “Those are few and far ... Read More »

Crossville Reduces Asking Price For Business Park Site Pad

The asking price for a site pad at the Crossville Interchange Business Park will be a little cheaper. City Council reduced the $100,000 listing price to $40,000 an acre Tuesday night. Councilman Rob Harrison said the 20-acre site received little interest under the higher sale price. “I respect the cost that we have put into this,” Harrison said. “Our primary ... Read More »

Crossville Sex Offender Arrested For Being Near Park

Crossville Police arrested a sex offender last week after locating him near a playground. Officers charged James Lee Quarry with violating the sex offender registry. Authorities made contact with Quarry after responding to Obed River Park for a domestic disturbance. Officers found the defendant inside a truck parked near the playground. A police report said officers arrested the 47-year-old Quarry ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Battery

A Cookeville man faces charges for aggravated sexual battery against a eight-year-old female. Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Esteban Saine at Cookeville Regional Medical Center on Tuesday. An arrest report said the incident happened six months ago at the home of the victim’s grandmother. The report accuses Saine of placing his genitals on the victim’s feet while she was ... Read More »

Algood Picks TCAT Livingston For Farmer’s Market Project

A local vocational school will build the Algood farmer’s market. City Administrator Keith Morrison said he’s gearing up to negotiate a construction agreement with TCAT Livingston. “What we will need to do is follow their purchasing guidelines. Since they’re a government entity, they’ll have purchasing guidelines,” Morrison said. “They probably already have negotiated prices under contract for materials. We would ... Read More »