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Cookeville Skate Park Construction Making Progress

Construction crews continue to make progress on Cookeville’s new skate park. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said some final grading work needs to be completed before crews begin building the skating elements for the park. “We are going to start working on the building this week,” Woods said “and our subcontractor will be here at the end of this month ... Read More »

Tennessee Quit Week Encourages Residents To Break Up With Tobacco

Local drug prevention coalitions encourage residents to break up with tobacco during this week’s Tennessee Quit Week. Power of Putnam grant coordinator Sarah Blessing said ending the toxic relationship with tobacco can benefit you and others. “There are facts about tobacco and how it affects you,” Blessing said. “It causes heart diseases, various cancers, and lung disease. Also, children that ... Read More »

Fire Hall Expansion Project Nearly Complete

A project to expand the Algood Fire Hall is nearing completion. City Administrator Keith Morrison said construction crews are putting some final touches on the new building. “They are putting ceiling tile in, painting counters, and trying to polish up the floors,” Morrison said. “We are working towards getting a punch list so we can get a move in date.” ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Ratified By Commission

Putnam County Commissioners will consider eliminating term limits for budget committee members when they meet this month. Commissioner Jonathan Williams said the rule would allow some members to stay on the committee. “The thought behind that was because it’s good to have the continuity there,” Williams said “it doesn’t mean that changes won’t be made, but it does mean that ... Read More »

Sutton General Store Nomination Gets Approval From State

The Sutton General Store is one step closer to being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Tennessee State Review Board voted this week to send the store’s nomination to Washington D.C. Granville Museum President Randall Clemmons said the store would benefit greatly from being added to the register. “Of course, it does enable us to get grants, tax ... Read More »

Algood Makes Changes To Codes Enforcement

Algood City Administrator Keith Morrison reports the city has hired a new codes enforcement officer (File Photo)

The City of Algood has a new person conducting codes enforcement efforts. City Administrator Keith Morrison said Algood will no longer be using police officers for the job. “The problem with the police officers trying to do codes enforcement is that they work a rotating schedule and they’re never in on the same days,” Morrison said. “When they need to ... Read More »

Fentress Fair Named 2018 Champion

(Photo: Fentress County Agricultural Fair Facebook Page)

The Tennessee Fair Association has named Fentress County the Division A State Champion for the 2018 fair season. Cindy Smith is the secretary treasurer for the Fentress County Agricultural Fair. She said the honor means the county will compete for the Champion of Champions award this year. “We were Champion of Champions in 2015 and in 2007. You have to ... Read More »

Headbutt Leads To Additional Charge For Putnam Inmate

30-year-old William Collier Vanbeber faces additional charges after allegedly headbutting and damaging a window at the Putnam County Jail (Photo: Putnam County Jail Roster)

A Putnam County inmate will face a vandalism charge after shattering a window with his head last week. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office charged 30-year-old William Collier Vanbeber with vandalism after he allegedly headbutted a window during visitation hours. Arrest warrants said Vanbeber admitted to breaking the window due to being mad. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said it will ... Read More »

Water Boil Advisory Lifted In Spencer

State officials have canceled the water boil advisory in Spencer. Mayor Mickey Robinson said Wednesday afternoon that testing results came back negative for any bacteria. The water boil notice was put in place Tuesday morning after a tractor trailer struck a fire hydrant on Industry Drive and caused damage to the town’s main line system. Robinson said the city lost ... Read More »

HART Looks To Address Homelessness With “Point In Time” Count

The Homeless Advocacy for Rural Tennessee (HART) conducted a count of the Upper Cumberland’s homeless population last week. HART Representative Terry Burddett said the annual “Point in Time” count helps the organization reach its goal of ending homelessness across the region. “It helps us identify what our homeless numbers are and certain needs of the homeless population because we also ... Read More »