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Baxter Working To Create New City Website

The process of paying bills and reporting issues or concerns may become easier for Baxter residents in the near future. Alderman Dustin Stanton said the city has started working to create a new city website. Stanton said the goal is for residents to pay bills, apply for permits, and report pot holes or water leaks through the website. “We want ... Read More »

Bilbrey to Keep Sutton Ole Time Music Hour the Same

The Sutton Ole Time Music Hour will not change its format following former host Sam Stout’s retirement, according to host Jimmy Bilbrey. Bilbrey, who had co-hosted the show with Stout for two years, said the show’s current format is “a proven formula.” “Perople all over the United States rely on us for quality entertainment,” Bilbrey said. “We’re trying to do ... Read More »

Rainy Forecast Lowers Turn-out at Docks

With rain in the forecast for Memorial Day weekend, docks and marinas may see fewer day-use customers. Carl Nash is the Day Manager at Cookeville Boat Dock. Nash said the forecast can scare away public customers. “Our weekend-warriors, our die-hard customers, that have flips here always come down and enjoy the holidays because this is their vacations and their fun ... Read More »

Livingston Minister: Liquor Stores Could Be Harmful

A Livingston referendum allowing liquor stores in the city could cause more harm than good. Livingston Church of Christ Minister Jonathan Ledbetter disagrees with the referendum. “Allowing more access to alcohol through the different stores… could be a potential health hazard, for starters,” Ledbetter said. Ledbetter said an increase in revenue isn’t worth the potential risks that come with liquor ... Read More »

TWRA Enforcing Boat Safety for Memorial Day Weekend

Wildlife officers will be out in full force as boaters take to the Upper Cumberland waters this Memorial Day Weekend. Míme Barnes is the Wildlife Information Specialist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “Our goal is never to stop people from having fun,” Barnes said. “Our goal is to keep people safe while they’re having fun.” Barnes reminds boaters to ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Killed In Thursday Morning Crash

A Thursday morning crash in Smith County has claimed the life of a 38-year-old Cookeville man. The crash happened on Interstate 40 westbound at mile marker 254. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the deceased as Matthew Baggett. According to a THP crash report, Baggett was driving a 2002 Buick that crashed into the rear of a tractor trailer, driven ... Read More »

Crossville Budget Proposes 59 Cent Tax Rate

Crossville residents won’t be seeing an increase to property taxes. The upcoming fiscal year budget includes of 59-cent property tax rate. Mayor James Mayberry said that rate will be the same as fiscal year 2017-2018. “Anything that we can do that will help keep the property taxes low and provide the services that the citizens long for is a good ... Read More »

Comptroller Investigation Notes Problems With Former UCHRA Director

A State Comptroller investigation report released Thursday has questioned travel and comp time of former Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency executive director Luke Collins. Comptroller investigators have noted three problems related to the former executive director’s travel claims. Collins allegedly claimed he attended meetings in Nashville and Washington D.C., but documentation obtained by investigators did not support those claims. As ... Read More »

Livingston Liquor Referendum Added to June 6 Ballot

A referendum allowing liquor stores in Livingston will be up for a vote on June 6. Citizens for Progress Chairman Ralph Robbins created the original petition. He said passing the referendum would generate tax revenue to the city. “Every town around us except for one has a package store,” Robbins said. “We’re losing a lot of tax revenue going out ... Read More »

Two Escape Injuries After Vehicles Catch Fire Wednesday

Two people escaped injuries when their vehicles caught fire on Highway 70 West in Putnam County Wednesday. 19-year-old Hugh Harris of Elmwood now facing a charge of failure to exercise due care. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Hughes occupied a 2017 Kia Optima that slammed into the passenger side door and fuel tank of a tractor trailer turning right onto ... Read More »