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Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival This Weekend

Seven locations in Algood will host more than 500 quilts this weekend. The Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival officially began Thursday night with a preview dinner. Organizer John Allen said hundreds will go through the doors of the seven locations Friday and Saturday. “If you love quilts we’ve got one of the best quilt displays you’ll see all year long in ... Read More »

TWRA Urges Hunting Safety

TWRA officials encourage safety with deer archery season beginning statewide Saturday. Spokesman Mime Barnes said safety is a top priority each year. That includes everything from proper clothing and equipment to properly secured tree stands. “One thing that we would remind hunters of is tree stand safety, we ask them to follow the guidelines of their tree stand and the ... Read More »

Sparta Police Replacing Cruiser

Sparta Police will soon have a new cruiser. Chief Jeff Guth said a cruiser involved in a pursuit in April sustained significant damage. “Insurance company totaled it out, they did let us take all the equipment out of it, so we’re able to use all the equipment off the old car into the new car,” Guth said. The new cruiser ... Read More »

White Co. One Step Closer To Findlay Construction

The Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first reading of a measure rezoning property near Findlay Elementary. The property currently belongs to White County. The school district wants to use the property to build a new Findlay Elementary. Once the property is rezoned, the county and school district will trade properties. Sparta City Recorder Tonya Tindle said the ... Read More »

Owner: Crossville Speedway Open For Business

The owner of the Crossville Speedway says business will proceed as usual at his place. Lewis Jackson owns the Crossville Speedway. The speedway isn’t affiliated with the Crossville Dragway, which unexpectedly announced it would close Thursday. Jackson said the speedway is open and hosting races this weekend. Events begin at the Crossville Speedway at 7 p.m. Friday. Read More »

No Bull: Police Foil Stockyard Escape

Cookeville Police had to play cowboy Thursday afternoon when a bull escaped from the Putnam County Stockyards. Major Carl Sells said it happens from time to time. The bull wandered about the Jefferson Avenue/Veterans Drive area before stopping in a parking lot. “We called for a state certified veterinarian along with the animal control officer from the sheriff’s department to ... Read More »

UCEMC Plans Baxter Outage Next Week

Baxter residents will have a planned power outage next week. The outage will give the TVA time to replace equipment. The power will go out at 11 p.m. Sept. 30 and be out for up to 4 hours. While TVA is replacing equipment, UCEMC will do equipment maintenance. The outage may be postponed for weather. Read More »

Cochran Appointed New U.S. Attorney

The Middle District of Tennessee has a new U.S. Attorney. Donald Q. Cochran was sworn in Thursday. Cochran was nominated by President Donald Trump in June and confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week. Before his appointment, Cochran was a law professor at Belmont University School of Law and an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama. He ... Read More »

Counties See Record Unemployment

Gov. Bill Haslam’s office announced all 95 Tennessee counties saw a drop in unemployment numbers Thursday. Overton County’s unemployment dropped a full percentage point to 3.8 percent. Overton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Greg McDonald said diverse business opportunities are driving the numbers down. “That’s our goal is to be diverse, we got another company we’re working with right ... Read More »