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New Medical Facility To Open In Byrdstown Next Year

A Pickett County native will soon open a new medical center in Byrdstown. Mayor Sam Gibson said Dr. James Thompkins has decided to build the 15,000 square foot facility on West Main Street. “They purchased land and started from scratch,” Gibson said. “They’ve done the dirt work and now the building is going up. You give them a couple more ... Read More »

New Year, New Building For Sparta’s Findlay Elementary

White County’s new Findlay Elementary School officially opens January 6th. Director of White County Schools Kurt Dronebarger said this facility will help more than just the elementary students. “It really has built kinda three buildings for one for us,” Dronebarger said. “We get a brand new state of the art elementary school that we’re very proud of, we get to ... Read More »

Smithville Couple Charged With Stealing From Elderly Patient

Smithville Police have charged a caregiver with stealing a debit card from a one of her elderly patients. 47-year-old Natasha Gail Judkins faces a charge of theft of property over $1,000. Officials said her husband, 51 year old Shayne Allen Judkins, faces the same charge after the couple allegedly used the card to make purchases for themselves. A warrant accuses ... Read More »

Cumberland Medical Center Is Stroke Ready

The Crossville Cumberland Medical Center has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Quality Manager Melisa McCollough says the certification is a result of educating the public about stroke symptoms. “We have an education plan. We go out into the community and share information about stroke symptoms,” McCollough said. “B.E.F.A.S.T is our new monic: Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Measure For South Jefferson Project.

The South Jefferson Avenue widening project in Cookeville has taken a small step forward. City Council has authorized the city manager to enter into contracts with TDOT to relocate utilities related to the project. The contracts explain how Cookeville will pay TDOT to install electric, sewer, gas, and water for the project. TDOT has worked for the past year to ... Read More »

Hormann To Begin Operations In Sparta Next Year

White County’s Hormann manufacturing facility will begin operations next year. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the company hopes to take possession of the 315,000 square foot facility in March. “This is going to be an amazing thing for White County,” Robinson said. “Even adjusted for inflation, this is the largest investment ever in the history of White County. This ... Read More »

Vehicle Strikes Juvenile Monday

A vehicle struck and injured a juvenile bicyclist in Overton County Monday. Officials said a medical helicopter airlifted the 8-year-old to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident happened on Lone Valley Road. According to a crash report, 76-year-old Larry Dale Keisling was traveling South when his Hyundai Tuscon struck the child as the bicycle ... Read More »

Tennessee County Health Departments Now Offering Free Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is now being offered at no charge to patients at Tennessee’s county health department clinics as long as supplies last. Health officials said seasonal influenza is now widespread across Tennessee, but it’s not too late to get a flu shot. ‘’I urge anyone who has not received a flu shot this flu season to get one as ... Read More »

Crossville Council Approves Wage Study Recommendation

The City of Crossville has voted to bring employee wages up to a more competitive market. The Monday morning vote came after the city hired McGrath Human Resources Group to conduct a compensation and wage study for the city. That study found entry pay below market value for 83-percent of the positions offered by the city. In addition, McGrath found ... Read More »

Cookeville Planners Approve Updated Bike, Pedestrian Plan

Cookeville City Council will look to adopt a new bicycle and pedestrian circulation plan next month. The city hired Nashville-based Gresham Smith to update the city’s 2003 plan earlier this year. Company representative Drew Gaskins said the new plan emphasized three key things. “Which was connecting the central sector of the city with the outlying neighborhoods,” Gaskins said. “The second ... Read More »