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Author Archives: Rafferty Cleary

McMinnville Man Killed In El Paso Texas Car Crash

A 19-year-old McMinnville man has died following a Tuesday car crash near El Paso Texas. Stankeevian Winbley was killed when a car struck him on the side of the road near Interstate 10. Authorities say Wimbley’s Chrysler SUV was being towed when the strap broke and left the car stranded in the roadway. Wimbley attempted to push the car to ... Read More »

Woman Arrested For Firing BB Gun At Vehicle

A Crossville woman landed behind bars Monday for firing a BB gun at a vehicle in Cookeville. 31-year-old Heather Leenn Beck is facing charges of vandalism and aggravated assault. The incident happened on Interstate 40 westbound between the Highway 111 and Jefferson Avenue exits. Police say Beck was a passenger in a Nissan Altima and pointed the barrel of a ... Read More »

TBR Approves Tuition Hike For Community and Technical Colleges

The Tennessee Board of Regents have approved a 2.6 percent increase in in-state tuition rates at its community and technical colleges across the state. It’s the 3rd consecutive year of tuition hikes of 4-percent or less and the TBR’s lowest three-year increase in decades. In other TBR news, the board has named Hilda Tunstill as the interim president of Motlow State ... Read More »

Three Injured In July 4th Crash

Three people suffered injuries during a single vehicle accident in Cookeville Tuesday. The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near westbound mile marker 286. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the crash happened when a 2006 Dodge Durango hydroplaned during heavy rains and crashed into a tree. The driver, 34-year-old Monica Peacock, received treatment at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. ... Read More »

Smith Co. Man Facing Charges For Growing marijuana

A Smith County man faces drug charges after deputies located marijuana growing at this home. 34-year-old Terry Judson Meador of Brush Creek facing charges of manufacture and sale of a controlled substance. Last week authorities responded to a home on North Field Lane for an animal investigation. When they arrived on scene they discovered 14-marijuana plants growing in various pots ... Read More »

Sparta Man Injured In Sunday Crash

A Sparta man suffered serious injuries in a single vehicle crash in DeKalb County Sunday. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric McCormick reports that 24-year-old Jackie Sullivan crashed his Ford Focus on Highway 70 east near Midnight Express. Sullivan’s vehicle reportedly left the right side of the roadway and went into the woods. He received treatment at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. ... Read More »

Enrichment Programs Restructured This Year

The Putnam County Board of Education voted to restructure its school enrichment programs Thursday. Enrichment programs help academically gifted students to excel by providing more challenging work. This year, one teacher will be the county coordinator and a teacher at each school will get a stipend to provide enrichment. That’s a change from last year when three teachers provided enrichment ... Read More »

Debt A Necessary Thing For Governments

Putnam County is some $180 million in debt. That’s the reason some Putnam commissioners voted against buying property in Baxter to host the county fair. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said three years ago, the county’s debt was up over $200 million. “Since I’ve been in office we haven’t issued any more debt, but we’re paying it off. We have ... Read More »

Putnam BOE Prepared To Cut To Balance Budget

The Putnam County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting to approve a budget after the county’s budget committee determines what they have to work with. The BOE approved the third draft of its budget during Thursday’s meeting. The Putnam County Commission has approved all other budgets, only the BOE budget remains. Putnam County Director of Schools Jerry ... Read More »

Karl Dean To Speak In Nashville

Former Nashville Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will be in Smithville later this month. Dean is scheduled to appear at a dinner hosted by the DeKalb County Democratic Party on July 27th at DeKalb County High School. Dean will speak at the event along with United States Senate candidate James Mackler and Holly McCall, the Recruitment Coordinator for ... Read More »