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Cumberland Co. Commission Votes To Purchase Railroad Property

The Cumberland County Commission voted Monday to purchase property owned by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The property is currently occupied by the Art Circle Library. The railroad recently offered the county the opportunity to lease the property or to purchase it outright for $40,000. County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. had previously told commissioners that the county could either purchase the property or ... Read More »

Pedestrian Struck In DeKalb Co. Monday Night

A 38-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in DeKalb County Monday night. A medical helicopter airlifted Jamie Carroll following the incident that took place on Highway 56. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carroll was struck by a northbound Dodge Dakota Pickup truck driven by 21-year-old James Messina of Smithville. Authorities said Carroll was ... Read More »

Three Juveniles Charged With Burglary In Warren Co.

McMinnville police have arrested three juveniles in connection with a series of break-ins. Police said the break-ins occurred between June 29th and July 8th at multiple locations, including, The Store at Westwood and the McMinnville Civic Center concession stands. Authorities said the trio stole concession items, cash, portable radios, beer and cigarettes. Police received information leading them to the West ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Commission Passes Budget

The Putnam County Commission approved the upcoming fiscal year budget last night. The budget includes a $2.73 property tax rate, which is unchanged from last year. Not included in that budget was a request for three full time county firefighters. Chief Tom Brown said he requested the three positions to add more manpower at station-21 in Monterey. “Response times in ... Read More »

Fentress Co. Commission Selects New Sheriff

The Fentress County Commission has selected Michael Reagon to serve as the new sheriff of Fentress County. Reagon will replace Chucky Cravens who resigned earlier this year amid a federal corruption investigation. Reagon previously served as a chief deputy for four years and oversaw a narcotics division. For the past several months, Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter has served as the ... Read More »

High Speed Pursuit In Cookeville This Morning

A Baxter man is facing several charges following a high speed pursuit in Cookeville this morning. Darryl Vantrease is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, DUI and evading arrest. According to a report, a Cookeville police officer spotted Vantrease in a Chevrolet Impala driving northbound in the southbound lane of Highway 111. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle ... Read More »

Crossville Approves New Solid Waste Contract

The Crossville City Council has approved a new contract for solid waste collections. The council awarded the contract to Cumberland Waste Disposal for $239,847. The new contract will save the city approximately $150,000 a year. Yard waste and leaves will be collected by city workers as the city has budgeted money to purchase a leaf collection vehicle. Under the contract, ... Read More »

New Sheriff To Be Named In Fentress Co. Tonight

A new sheriff will be named in Fentress County this evening. The county commission will be selecting one of five candidates to replace former sheriff Chucky Cravens. Cravens resigned earlier this year. He’s facing federal corruption charges for allegedly having sex with female inmates. Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter is currently serving as interim sheriff and he is one of the ... Read More »

Downtown Revitalization Project Coming To Byrdstown

A major change is coming to downtown Byrdstown and it’s all going to happen over the next six months. County Executive Richard Daniel said downtown Byrdstown will be undergoing a cityscape project with the help of an Assets Enhancement Grant and a partnership with locally operated People’s Bank. “We desperately need this,” Daniel said. “When we lost the garment factories ... Read More »

White County Receives $50K Assets Enhancement Grant

White County has received another grant from the state. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson announced Thursday that the county received a $50,000 Assets Enhancement Grant. Robinson said that money will help promote economic development and job creation throughout the county. The state department of economic and community development announced the availability of new grants for distressed counties back in ... Read More »