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Clay County Has New Marketing Video

Clay County has a new marketing face for their community. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kevin Donaldson said this is thanks to a special video promotion opportunity. “This is all part of a state economic community program that is designed to produce marketing videos for select counties,” Donaldson said. “We were fortunate to be one of only twelve counties statewide ... Read More »

Overton School Board Weighing LA Stadium Options

Plans to renovate Livingston Academy’s football stadium have hit a snag. Mark Winningham is the Overton County Director of Schools. He said the school board needs to decide what is best for Livingston Academy and the community as a whole. “There’s been some concerns about the ability to place a track around the existing football field and the possibility of ... Read More »

Monterey Looking To Address I 40 Lighting Issues

Monterey aldermen will consider on Monday a request to improve the lighting around Interstate 40. Mayor Bill Wiggins said several poles have become dysfunctional. “What I mean by that is they were hit by motorists and whacked out. They’ve been that way for several years,” Wiggins said. “Then, just two months ago, another motorist coming off the eastbound ramp at ... Read More »

More Putnam Teachers Granted Tenure

The Putnam County School board voted Thursday to grant tenure to twelve more educators. This follows the board’s decision to grant tenure to more than 30 teachers during the November meeting. Teachers become eligible for tenure by earning an overall level of effectiveness of four or five in each of their final two probationary years. Techers receiving tenure Thursday include ... Read More »

Tech To Host The Voice Winner Jake Hoot For Special Acoustic Concert

Tennessee Tech alumnus Jake Hoot will bring his music back to campus Saturday. After winning Season 17 of The Voice, Hoot will hold his first concert at the Eblen Center. “We want to celebrate and give Jake an awesome welcome home to show him how proud we are of his achievements with special presentations, recognitions and honors,” said Cookeville Mayor ... Read More »

Baxter To Advertise Water Department Position

The Baxter City Council has voted to accept applications for a water and sewer laborer position. Mayor John Martin said he’s hoping to hire someone who can do more than just operate machinery. “We feel like we want to try to hire someone who has more credentials other than just an operator,” Martin said. “We want someone that’s capable of ... Read More »

REAL ID Optional For Tennessee Residents

If you’re thinking about getting a Real ID, you have until later this year to do so. Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Communication Director Wesley Moster said this could impact several Tennesseans. “The Real ID Act establishes minimum security standards,” Director Wesley said. “Beginning October 1st 2020, anyone that is wanting to access certain federal buildings, enter nuclear facilities, ... Read More »

Shooting Victim Gave False Statement, Police Arrest Suspect

Cookeville Police have arrested a man for allegedly shooting a woman early Friday. 44-year-old Erick Archibald faces an aggravated assault charge. He’s behind bars at the Putnam County Jail on $30,000 bond. Cookeville Police said detectives received a false statement when the victim initially stated that an unknown person shot her as she walked along Jere Whitson Road. Officials said ... Read More »

Driver Cited Following Friday Morning Crash

A Kentucky truck driver faces a due care citation following a Friday morning crash in Putnam County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 26-year-old Daniel Arteaga did not suffer any injuries when his box truck left Highway 136 North and struck a tree. A crash report said the vehicle came to a final rest on its side, blocking all lanes of ... Read More »

Two Preliminary Design Schemes Presented For New School

Architects have presented two preliminary design schemes for the new K-8 school in Southwest Cookeville. Upland Design Group’s Kim Chamberlin said both plans will be on the table when the school board meets with county commissioners later this month. “We’re ready to sit down and go into more depth to review these further,” Chamberlin said. “My understanding is we’re targeting ... Read More »