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Putnam GOP Reagan Day Dinner Nearly Sold Out

The Putnam County Republican Party only has a handful of tickets left for their annual dinner, Chairman Cindy Scheuman said. “When you have communities that recognize local politics are just more important to their backyard than the national narrative, we get a bigger turnout, people need to stop being polarized,” Scheuman said. Sen. Mark Green will be the keynote speaker. ... Read More »

Fishing University Filming In Cookeville Next Month

Cookeville and Putnam County will be featured on Fishing University next year. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the group jumped at the chance to host the show. “They reached out and said ‘hey we know your area lakes have great fishing, we’ve heard it, they’re well known all across the country, we’d ... Read More »

TTU’s Grads Have Lowest Debt In State

Tennessee Tech grads have the lowest debt of any school in the state. That comes from U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 college rankings. TTU Financial Aid Director Lester McKenzie said he was very pleased with the ranking. “The office of financial aid’s goal is to make sure that students have all the information, make educated choices when determining how ... Read More »

Abston Memorial Ride Allows All Vehicles This Year

Organizers with the Jerry Dale Abston Memorial Ride have opened registration up to any vehicle. Casey Flatt said it made sense to include everyone who wanted to participate. “We usually say it’s kickstands up, but we’re opening it up this year to vehicles also, we’ve had so many people wanting to get involved with it  that didn’t have motorcycles so ... Read More »

Paid Internship Pilot Program Funded Anonymously

An anonymous investor created a program to change the lives of students in Jackson and Putnam counties. Highlands Economic Partnership Vice President of Workforce Development and Educational Programs Lillian Hartgrove said the investor will pay 75 percent of student’s salaries in a paid internship pilot program. “And so through several meetings, scrambling between the end of June and the start ... Read More »

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Officials hope September’s designation as Suicide Prevention Month helps preserve lives. Volunteer Behavioral Health Senior Vice President is Kandy Templeton. “Suicide prevention has really come to the forefront of saving lives, we want to educate people that suicide deaths are not necessary and there’s help out there,” Templeton said. Help and resources are there for friends and family members of ... Read More »

Ponder Trial On DeKalb Courthouse Arson Charge Set

A man who reportedly tried to set the DeKalb County courthouse on fire will face trial next year. Gary Wayne Ponder, 53, will go to trial April 4, 2018 on a charge of arson. He remains on house arrest. The District Public Defenders Office will serve as his attorney. In June 2016, Ponder was caught on the courthouse’s surveillance camera ... Read More »