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Daniels: Celina Election Went Smoothly, 50% Turnout

Clay County Election Administrator Wanda Daniels said Celina’s election went smoothly. About 507 people voted in the election and that’s a good turnout, Daniels said. “Close to about 50 percent, we have 1,100-something in District 3, close to 50 percent,” Daniels said. Tuesday’s election brought a new mayor, Joey Rich. Current Mayor Willie Kerr chose not to run for re-election. Read More »

Overton Library Makes Room With Book Sale This Weekend

Overton County’s Millard Oakley Public Library will hold its annual used book sale this weekend. Director Cynthia Julian Simmons said the event helps the library two ways. “Typically they’re used books, we have things we’ve pulled out of the collection to make room for new things, and we also have books that people have donated that we’re unable to use ... Read More »

McMinnville Woman Dies Following Tick Bite

A 20-year-old McMinnville woman has died from a reported tick bite. Health officials stated Katie Underhill died after a five-week battle with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Reportedly, the disease was first diagnosed as the flu. Health officials state residents should beware of flu-like symptoms following insect bites, especially if they become more severe after two to five days. Read More »

Smithville Water, Sewer Rates Going Up

Smithville water and sewer rates will go up next month. Leaders approved the increase as part of the budget process. The DeKalb Utility District will stop being a city water customer soon. That leaves a $775,000 loss to the city. As of July 1, city water customers will pay $7.25 for every thousand gallons of usage. Those who live outside ... Read More »

Dem Leaders Call On 3 Putnam Officials To Resign

Putnam County Democrat Party leaders called on three elected officials to resign Wednesday. Trustee Freddy Nelson, Road Supervisor Randy Jones and Register of Deeds Harold Burris all switched from the Democrat party to the Republican party Tuesday. In a written statement, Putnam County Democrat Chairman Amos Powers called for their resignation and alleged the three had mislead voters when they ... Read More »

TTU Plans Eclipse Party For Aug. 21

Tennessee Tech plans to watch the skies on August 21. That day a full solar eclipse will take place and experts say Cookeville is uniquely suited to see it. Tennessee Tech Physics Department Chairman Dr. Stephen Robinson. “From this location here in Cookeville, the previous one that could be see in this location was in the year 1478 and the ... Read More »

Cookeville To Host Predators Viewing Party Thursday, Sunday

Cookeville will host its own viewing party for the Predators Thursday and Sunday. Mayor Ricky Shelton said the fun begins at Dogwood Park at 7 p.m. both nights. “Well there’s a tremendous amount of excitement in our community and all over Tennessee really in the Predators and we wanted to do something like this. We were trying to pick the ... Read More »

Controversial Billboard Prompts Fundraising Campaign

A controversial billboard sparked a Cookeville woman to start a fundraising campaign. The billboard supporting President Trump’s travel ban went up recently on I-40 near the Jefferson Avenue exit. It’s sponsored by the Tennessee Pastors’ Network. Resident Julia Gruber didn’t like the billboard’s message. “It does not stand for what I think Cookeville is, I don’t think we’re anti-Muslim people, ... Read More »

Three Putnam Officials Drop Dems For GOP

Three Putnam County officials changed their party affiliation Tuesday. Trustee Freddy Nelson, Road Supervisor Randy Jones and Register of Deeds Harold Burris all switched from the Democrat party to the Republican party. Burris said the decision wasn’t a hard one. “I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, I just can’t support what the other side believes in anymore, like ... Read More »

Putnam Road Crews Picking Up Storm Debris

Putnam County road crews are going through the county’s damaged areas picking up debris. Road Supervisor Randy Jones said the process has been going on since the Memorial Day storms. “We went through during the storm and cut the streets out and pushed the brush back to open up the roads, now we’re trying to clean up the right of ... Read More »