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Sparta Rotary Club Begins Calfkiller River Project

The Sparta Rotary Club has begun a two-phase safety project on Calfkiller River. Former Rotary President John Downs said the project aims at placing warning signs and mile markers along the full 38-miles. “First off, in the last ten years or so there have been four drowning deaths, mostly kayakers that get out,” Downs said, “and we have several low ... Read More »

Sparta Sets Sales Tax Referendum Election Dates

The City of Sparta will begin getting the word out about the sales tax referendum dates. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young said it is the board’s task to tell citizens about their right to vote on the 25-cent sales tax increase. “We are going to have probably at least a couple of town hall meetings. Of course, you never know how ... Read More »

Sparta Receives Rotary Grant for Entrance Signs

The City of Sparta has received a $14,000 National Rotary Greenways Grant. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young said the grant will pay for the construction of two entrance signs. “We are looking at several different types of layouts, whether its brick or stone or fieldstone, whatever it might be,” Young said. “But the goal is to have some kind of big ... Read More »

Alley Naming Honors Sparta-Local Aaron Shafer

The Sparta Board of Aldermen and Mayor approved naming an alleyway near Rhea Street after Aaron Shafer Thursday. Mayor Jeff Young said the late Shafer brought a bright light into the town. “Aaron Shafer was a good man, thought a lot about our community. Young guy, but wise above his years,” Young said. “He cared about his community and did ... Read More »

Overton Friends Organize Back-To-School Shop Event

A group of Overton County friends is seeking clothing donations for a Back-to-School Shopping event. Organizer Anita Ledbetter said the group plans to host a free shopping weekend for students in need. “It actually just came from talking to a group of friends about how many clothes our kids outgrow really fast and that we have leftover,” Ledbetter said. “And ... Read More »

TN Forestry Division Accepting Tree Seedling Orders

Upper Cumberland landowners can now order tree seedlings through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF). Assistant District Forester Jim Dale said planting tree seedlings ensures the creation of renewable resources. “We have a lot of land throughout Tennessee that is not forested [and] is land that can be reclaimed,” Dale said. “We promote the growth of trees ... Read More »

Putnam County WOW Bus Seeks Book Donations

The Putnam County WOW Reader Bus is seeking donations for its trip to Fall Fun Fest. Early Learning Literacy Facilitator Barbara Greeson said the schools estimate the bus needs about 2,000 books to give out at the festival. “We try to give books to kids from birth through probably third grade. But we do have some chapter books that reach ... Read More »

Putnam County Schools Utilize School Supply App

The Putnam County School Systems is using TeacherLists to make school supply shopping easier for parents. 9th-12th Curriculum Supervisor Dr. Sharon Anderson said uploading photos of the list on Facebook proved inefficient for families and the schools. “So parents had to scroll through every school’s list, every grade level list, to find the one they needed,” Anderson said. “Teacher Supply ... Read More »

Warren County Approves 28-Cent Property Tax Increase

Warren County Citizens will see a 28-cent property tax increase this fiscal year. County Executive Jimmy Haley said the county commission approved the increase to make up for a lack of revenue. “The revenues were needed in order to fund some extra employees at the jails, sixteen new jailers and staff members,” Haley said. “And a pay increase for teachers ... Read More »

Cumberland County SROs Awarded Contracts

The Crossville Police Department and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department will continue providing School Resource Officers. Director of Schools Janet Graham said the departments worked to prepare new contracts for the coming school year. “We have worked with both law enforcement groups with our county and city. We, for the first time, have identical MoUs (memorandum of understandings),” Graham said. “So ... Read More »