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Van Buren Looks to Finalize Community Center Plans

After four years of work, Van Buren County is applying for an $80,000 Healthy Environment grant to put the final touches on its community centers. The Van Buren County Commission approved applying for the grant at Tuesday night’s commissioner meeting. Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson said the grant would be used for building picnic pavilions and setting up park ... Read More »

Clay Co. Not Involved With Cancelled Hospital Meeting

Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan said the county is not involved in the cancellation of the Cumberland River Hospital meeting. Tuesday’s meeting was reportedly postponed because several participants were not ready. Reagan said the county is mainly a bystander while Celina and EMS officials try to meet with Hospital Owner Johnny Presley. “Just being there and being supportive of it,” ... Read More »

Overton’s Week Of Virtual Causing Some Parents Problems

The first half week of virtual only learning for Overton County Schools has gone smoothly except for some parents not being available at home. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the school system is trying to accommodate working parents that utilize child care. “Lessons are all being recorded. For some students, it is being delivered on flash drives,” Winningham said. ... Read More »

State Book Delivery Program Kicks Off In White Co.

Governor Bill Lee joined White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger Wednesday at Findlay Elementary to announce the launch of a new K-3 Book Delivery program. Through the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), over 500,000 books will be delivered to students and teachers across the state. Dronebarger said the program gives rural school systems an opportunity to make important early ... Read More »

COVID Closes Algood City Hall Lobby

COVID exposure inside Algood’s City Hall and rising cases in Putnam County forced the city hall lobby to close Tuesday. Algood Mayor Lisa Chapman Fowler said that masks will be required to enter City Hall when it re-opens. Fowler said if residents maintain COVID precautions, it will benefit everyone. ‘I say I’m wearing mine to protect you, so why won’t ... Read More »

Shelton: Jail/Justice Center Expansion County Decision

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said the expansion of the Putnam County Jail and Justice Center is a county decision. Speaking as part of a Highlands Economic Development Live Event Wednesday, Shelton said the county commissioners do not need the city’s permission to move forward with the expansion. “Ultimately, it’s not really a City of Cookeville decision, it’s a Putnam County ... Read More »

Statewide Drive-Thru Testing Set For Jamestown Saturday

The Tennessee Department Of Health will host weekend drive-thru testing at the Fentress County Senior Center Saturday. Jamestown’s mobile testing site will be one of three sits setup across the state in an attempt to address rising COVID cases in the rural areas. The testing site will be open 9am to Noon Saturday. “We’ve seen an upward trend in COVID ... Read More »

Van Buren Commissioner: Lower Property Taxes if Wheel Tax Passes

Van Buren County Commissioner Bill Mosley recommend the county commission look at lowering property taxes in 2021 if the wheel tax passes on the November ballot. Mosley made the recommendation at Tuesday’s Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Brian Williams agreed with Mosley’s recommendation. Williams added that the commission should look at lowering property taxes once the county knows how much the $40 ... Read More »

Warren County Animal Center Seeking Funding For Expansion

The Warren County Health and Welfare Committee is asking the county commission to allocate $30,000 to expand the county’s animal control and adoption center. Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Blaine Wilcher said the money would be used to repair an adjacent building for more kennel space. “We have a building. Basically, a 24 by 24 building that would basically seat ... Read More »

Monterey Beer Ordinances Being Rewritten

Three ordinances that would change how alcohol is served in Monterey are being rewritten after being considered too vague. The city attorney reviewed the amendments and determined it needed a more clear definition of beer. Most craft beers are above five percent, but the amendments say beer above five percent alcohol can not be sold or served in the city. ... Read More »