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Clay County Has 100% Graduation Rate

One hundred percent of Clay County High School seniors received their high school diploma last spring. Clay County High School Principal Derek Upchurch said he was proud of his school. “Well honestly it was a team effort, we have a lot of assist, not only our high school here, but we have a partnership, we actually have the local adult ... Read More »

Vandalism Serious, Can Be Felony Charge

Areas all over the Upper Cumberland are dealing with a rash of vandalism. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said vandalism charges scale with the amount of damage done, and can escalate from misdemeanor to felony quickly. “You know a lot of folks want to have the attitude ‘oh it’s just a harmless prank’ but that’s not true, if I’m throwing ... Read More »

Smithville Man Charged After Knife Threats

A Smithville man faces charges after allegedly threatening four people with a knife. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said 54-year-old Robert Lewis Judkins was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, public intoxication and resisting arrest. A deputy responded to a South Judkins Lane home Sunday and found Judkins holding a knife, yelling and threatening to burn down the home. ... Read More »

TWRA: Damage At Wildlife Area For Last 3 Years

TWRA officials hope visitors to Jackson County’s Boils Wildlife Management Area can help catch some vandals. TWRA spokesman Mime Barnes said there’s been damage to signs, parking lots, littering, theft and even destruction of wildlife habitats in the area. And that damage has been done three years in a row. “We see it as robbing from our hunters and anglers, ... Read More »

One Candidate So Far In Senate District 17 Special Election

Only one person has signed up to run for an empty state Senate seat. DeKalb County Election Administrator Dennis Stanley said Steve Wilson, a Wilson County Republican, is the only candidate to turn in a petition so far. The qualifying deadline is noon on September 28. Stanley said several others have expressed interest, including current state Rep. Mark Pody. The ... Read More »

Vandalism Reported At Crossville’s Centennial Park

Vandals caused about $4,000 damage at a Crossville city park recently. The damage occurred on August 17, but wasn’t reported to police until last week. Crossville Police said a park employee discovered damaged surveillance equipment in a Centennial Park garbage can on August 17. A teenaged male was seen on the surveillance tape before the video stopped. Damage was also ... Read More »

Livingston Aldermen Ban Billboards

Livingston Aldermen approved an action banning billboards in the city limits. The aldermen considered and approved measures recommended by the city’s Municipal Planning Commission. One dealt with content of signs and off-premises signs while the other banned billboards. Mayor Curtis Hayes said he couldn’t comment on the matter because of pending litigation. One local company recently filed a suit in ... Read More »

Two New Overton Commissioners Appointed

Overton County has two new commissioners. The county commission approved former county commissioner Shaun Hale for the 3rd district seat and Lee Richards for the 5th district. Overton County Executive Ben Danner said commissioners resigning is an unusual event. “I was on the county commission 12 years before I got elected county executive and we had 2 commissioners resign in ... Read More »

Dems Kennedy Dinner Set For Saturday

The Putnam County Democrat Party’s annual Kennedy Dinner will take place Saturday. Chairman Amos Powers said a few tickets remain, but a sponsor purchased them and donated them back to the party. This is the seventh annual Kennedy event, Powers said. “After every one we start planning for the next one, so as soon as this one’s over, we’ll get ... Read More »