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Early Learning Champion Provides “Exceptional” Teaching

The integration of education and technology sets Prescott South Elementary teacher Natalie Beach apart. PBS has recognized Beach and sixteen other educators from across the nation as PBS Early Learning Champions. Cindy Putman is the Ready to Learn Project Manager at PBS affiliate WCTE. “The Early Learning Champion is someone that has just been so influential in the lives of ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Considering Dixie Avenue Improvements

Tennessee Tech University hopes to improve traffic on North Dixie Avenue by decreasing the roadway to two lanes. Cookeville City Planning Director James Mills said the proposal comes from the university’s Campus Master Plan. “Well, it will be a big benefit to the university, in particular, the students. Right they are having difficulty in controlling where students cross,” Mills said. ... Read More »

Physical, Emotional Well-Being Affects Mental Health

When looking at mental well-being, many mental health professionals attempt to assess the whole person. Anne Loubier is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Infinite Possibilities Counseling. “The whole person means actually taking into account your emotional well being, your physical well-being, and your mental well-being,” Loubier said. “And working on all three of those principles as far as self-care whether ... Read More »

Fentress County Applying for Tourism Enhancement Grant

Fentress County will become at least the fourth Upper Cumberland community to apply for a Tourism Enhancement Grant this year. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the grant would allow the county to create a tourism hub near Sergeant York Park. “We first thought it would be good for a market but we didn’t want it to turn into like a ... Read More »

Commission Recommends Three Judge Applicants

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission voted to recommend three individuals for the 13th Judicial Court Judge position Tuesday. Chair Bill Koch announced the recommendations of Rebecca Brady, Wesley Thomas Bray, and J. Michael Shipman. “I think all my colleagues and I were very impressed with the four individuals who applied for these jobs. We thought they answered the questions very ... Read More »

Beef Producers to Vaccinate Cattle Herds This Spring

With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, local beef producers have started planning out vaccination programs for their herds. Putnam County UT Extension Agent Wayne Key said it is wise to have a vaccination and health plan for cattle. “This is the time of the year when all our beef cattle producers will start getting and ... Read More »

Cookeville Declines Rezoning of Bunker Hill Property

The Cookeville Planning Commission declined the proposed rezoning of 1551 Bunker Hill Road during the meeting Monday. Planning Director James Mills said the zoning did not fit the surrounding properties. “Well, we were opposed to the RS-5 because we felt like it was a piece-meal zone. We did feel that RS-10 which was approved a few months ago on an ... Read More »

Baxter Woman Faces DUI, Drug Charges

A Baxter woman faces one count of driving under the influence following a motor vehicle crash Saturday. Cookeville authorities booked 27-year-old Lashay Danielle Davis into the Putnam County Jail on a $1,000 bond. Arrest warrants indicate that officials responded to a crash on Jackson Street and identified Davis as the driver. Davis consented to a search of her vehicle and ... Read More »

Tourism Grant “Tremendous Asset” to City of Sparta

A new Tourism Enhancement Grant could provide Sparta with more tourism draws. That according to Mayor Jeff Young. “The grant we have applied for, this will be a tremendous asset to our tourism part. We are going a grant for lighting on the new bridge we just completed,” Young said. “And we are wanting to put in a kayak dock ... Read More »

Sparta Narrows Search for City Administrator Position

The City of Sparta has narrowed down the search for a new city administrator. Mayor Jeff Young said the city began the interview process on Friday. “The search is going really good, we actually had fourteen new applicants. We have been reviewing those with MTAS with the University of Tennessee,” Young said. “And we have got it down from fourteen ... Read More »