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Blood Drive To Honor Vets On Memorial Day

Blood Assurance Donor Recruiter Trudy Cody said donating blood is a great way to honor America’s veterans during the Memorial Day holiday. Cody said a Blood Assurance has scheduled a community drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day. It will take place in the Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ parking lot. “Anytime you give, it’s going to ... Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: STEM Teaching

Students across the region are learning science and math in new ways thanks to STEM Education techniques. STEM values the how and why of learning more than the rote memorization and recall of facts.   At Tennessee Tech, the work goes on to educate future teachers about the value of STEM in their classrooms. Many of these students have already ... Read More »

Sewer Agreement With Sparta On White County Commission Agenda

The White County Commission will consider a sewer agreement with the city of Sparta when it reconvenes its meeting Monday. The agreement would allow city workers to inspect and maintain the county’s sewer pump station at Airport Industrial Park. It’s already been approved by the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The meeting officially began last Monday, but was recessed ... Read More »

Haslam Signs “In God We Trust” License Plate Bill

Starting July 1, state vehicle owners can choose a license plate stating “In God We Trust.” The bill was approved by the state legislature during this year’s regular session. Gov. Bill Haslam signed it last week. Sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey, the bill offers residents the option. The license plates will look like the standard state plate, with the words ... Read More »

Sparta Looking For Water Operator, Police Officer

Sparta is looking for a few good employees. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved motions allowing the police department and the public works department to advertise two positions. Police Chief Jeff Guth said one officer had moved on, leaving one position open on the Sparta police force. Mayor Jeff Young said the pubic works position is for a water ... Read More »

Hawkins, Mine Lick Creek Roads Open Monday

Hawkins Crawford Road and Mine Lick Creek Road should be open for traffic again Monday, TDOT said. Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the new traffic alignment should be complete. Construction in the area is not complete. There will be rolling roadblocks in that area beginning May 30. Flynn said the contractor will be placing new bridge beams. Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: Protecting Your Skin

As summer heat and humidity arrives in the Upper Cumberland, it’s time to consider how important suntan lotion, hats, and an overall sun blocking procedure can be to your overall health. We provide expertise on sun protection and how skin cancer continues to grow as a problem nationwide. Dr. Lisa Whiteaker is a noted Upper Cumberland Dermatologist – and she’s ... Read More »

Reward Offered For Burglary Suspect ID

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a burglary suspect. Department spokesman Laura Hull said a burglary occurred May 10 at the Fred Sherrill Construction Company on Hutcheson Road. The suspect has been described as a white male, 5 foot 10 inches tall. He was last seen driving a ... Read More »

Absences Make For Abbreviated Sparta Meeting

Several absences made for a speedy meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Mayor Jeff Young didn’t elaborate on the absences of City Manager Chris Dorsey, City Recorder Tonya Tindle or Alderman Robert Officer. He did say that since they knew the three would be out, the agenda was shortened. The board approved solicitation for bids for several ... Read More »

Whitleyville Man Faces Marijuana Charges

A Jackson County man is facing marijuana charges after the sheriff’s department followed up on a tip. An anonymous tip sent the deputies to the Whitleyville address of Chris Flatt. Deputies got permission to search Flatt’s residence for narcotics and found marijuana packaged in multiple bags. They also found scales and several pieces of paraphernalia. He was charged with possession ... Read More »