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Sparta, TDOT To Study Traffic On Bockman Way

Sparta officials and TDOT plan to conduct a traffic study on the city’s main street. Discussions about a new traffic light at the intersection of Bockman Way and Highway 111 led to the plan. TDOT will redesign the intersection at the Highway 111 northbound exit and install a new traffic light. City officials originally rejected the plan because it didn’t ... Read More »

Sparta Accepts TDOT Light It Rejected In March

TDOT will build a new traffic light in Sparta that officials originally didn’t want. The light at the intersection of Bockman Way and Highway 111 will be paid for by TDOT. The city won’t have to pay and won’t have to assume liability for any accidents at the intersection if they refuse, City Manager Chris Dorsey said. “It’s a special ... Read More »

Missing Jamestown Girl Found Safe

A missing Jamestown girl has been found safe. Jamestown Police Det. Rob Lower said 17-year-old Kyana Asberry had been missing since April 1. “She actually called her mother and was in Nashville and wanted to come home, her mother actually picked her up. We didn’t know until she had arrived back here with her, she arrived back at the police ... Read More »

Putnam Summer Feeding Program Begins May 24

When the school year finishes, the Summer Feeding program begins. Putnam County Schools’ School Nutrition Program Supervisor Kathlyn Walter said the program makes sure that children don’t go hungry during the summer months. “We have groups in daycares and camps that might be better supported with our programs as well. We feed at multiple camps and recreation centers and enrichment ... Read More »

Potential Threat Eliminated At JCHS

Friday, Jackson County Sheriff Marty Hinson announced his office had phone calls regarding threats to Jackson County High School. His written statement said no violence occurred and the school was never locked down. Monday, Jackson County Director of Schools Joe Barlow said a potential threat caused the sheriff’s appearance, but it’s all been resolved. “A couple students maybe saw a video ... Read More »

Free Legal Clinic For Abuse Survivors Tuesday

A free clinic for victims of abuse will be held Tuesday. The Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center will host the event. Director Amy Stockwell said the Legal Aid Society sponsors the event and volunteers from the Putnam County Bar will be there as well. “If you’re a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault or elder abuse, then you’re welcome ... Read More »

Chief: Sparta Drug Take Back Collects 66 Pounds

Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth said his department’s drug take back event was a success. Drug take back events were held across the Upper Cumberland the last Saturday in April. In Sparta, some 66 pounds of drugs were collected. “People just came and dropped off their unused prescriptions and their expired prescriptions and it was a good day,” Guth said. ... Read More »

BOE Releases $89.7 Million Budget

The Putnam County Board of Education approved the first draft of the upcoming year’s budget. The budget lists $89.7 million in needs, from raises for certified and non-certified personnel, to buses and equipment. But the BOE’s revenues won’t be able to cover that amount. Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said the budget has a $4.5 million gap. “The gap between ... Read More »

Murder Suspect Extradited To Kentucky

Kentucky State Police extradited a murder suspect from Putnam County Thursday. Authorities have charged 66-year-old Arthur A. Long with murder and theft of a vehicle. The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested long last December following an Interstate 40 high speed pursuit. Upon his arrest, authorities learned that Long was wanted for questioning in the death of his 68-year-old sister who died ... Read More »