Friday, September 25, 2020
Happening Now

Author Archives: Staff Report

New Findlay Solves Two Problems For White Co. BOE

A new Findlay Elementary School solves two problems for White County Schools. The current Findlay needs updates and the Board of Education doesn’t own the central offices building. “We haven’t updated Findlay in a significant way over the past many decades so it’s the next one on the list, so long story short, as you’ve seen in the news, we’re ... Read More »

Sparta Meeting, Work Session Thursday

Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will have a meeting and work session Thursday. The regular meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at city hall. Immediately afterward, the board will enter a work session to discuss various city issues, from the electric department to personnel. Both meetings are open to the public. Read More »

Austin To Serve 20 Years On Drug Charge

A White County judge sentenced a Sparta man on drug charges. Steven Austin, 32, pled guilty to possession with the intent to sell or deliver over .5 grams of methamphetamine. Judge Gary McKenzie sentenced him to 20 years in prison on the charge. Austin was arrested last February at Findlay Elementary when he dropped his child off at school. Officers ... Read More »

THP: Eclipse Safety Is First Goal

The THP hopes visitors and residents will practice awareness for next Monday’s eclipse. Capt. R.C. Christian said safety is the first goal. “Our primary goal that day is just going to see that no one does get injured and that we don’t have any crashes pertaining to that, but you know as informed as the public is about the eclipse ... Read More »

Forrest Bust At TN Capitol Stirs Debate

Rep. Ryan Williams said he didn’t have an opinion on a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust at the state capitol. Protestors gathered at the capitol in Nashville Monday to protest the bust. “I’m always fearful when any culture starts removing cultural artifacts from history,” Williams said. Gov. Bill Haslam issued a statement Monday saying he doesn’t think the bust should be ... Read More »

Clay County Road Named For Veteran

State Route 294 in Clay County has been named for a Korean War veteran. C. Reagan was also a lifelong Clay County resident. He passed away in June 2017. Rep. Kelly Keisling asked the state General Assembly to name the road for Reagan. Reagan’s family gathered with Keisling on SR 294 at the Overton/Clay county line for the naming ceremony ... Read More »

Rickman’s Holman Semi-Finalist For Principal Of The Year

An Upper Cumberland principal may be Tennessee’s principal of the year. Rickman Elementary School principal Donnie Holman said he’s proud and honored to be named one of the nine semifinalists. “I’ve got a lot of good people helping me and I don’t think anyone can be principal without a lot of good people supporting them, and I definitely have that,” ... Read More »

Today In The Upper Cumberland Podcast: Foreign Affairs

This week’s rhetoric between the United States and North Korea reminds us that the Communist Regime remains one of the outliers in World geopolitics. Since an early age, one local man has been interested in just that kind of politics. In fact, part of his military career included time along the North Korea South Korea border. Bryan Payne grew up in Cookeville, graduated from college ... Read More »

TDOT Suspending Construction Lane Closures For Eclipse

TDOT will suspend construction-related lane closures for the eclipse. The state normally does that for holidays, when more travelers are expected on the roads. TDOT spokesman Jennifer Flynn said the agency expects heavier traffic than normal throughout the weekend, leading to Monday’s eclipse. Construction-related lane closures on the state’s highways will be suspended from noon Friday until noon Tuesday, Aug. ... Read More »

UPDATE: Van Buren Inmate Captured

The Van Buren County inmate who escaped earlier today has been captured. Multiple law enforcement agencies searched for 28-year-old Gary Blankenship after he escaped custody earlier Saturday. The sheriff’s department announced Blankenship’s capture via social media. No additional details were released. Read More »