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Students Tasked With Designing New Crossville Flag

Crossville City Council members have asked Cumberland County students to design a new flag for the city. City Councilman Rob Harrison said he wants the students to include the Crossville seal in their designs. “I want us to present a consistent image in the public eye,” Harrison said. “I think it would be fine to incorporate it into some other design and ... Read More »

Crossville Files “Friendly” Lawsuits Against Two Businesses

Crossville has filed condemnation lawsuits against Travel Plaza and Crossville Ceramics. City Attorney Will Ridley said the lawsuits stem from disagreements over land needed for an Interstate Drive construction project. “I will point out that these are friendly condemnations. This is not a situation where the city and the business owners are in a big dispute,” Ridley said. “This is ... Read More »

Three Counties Selected for Broadband Expansion by TDECD

At least three Upper Cumberland counties will be included in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s next round of broadband expansion. Twin Lakes will help expand broadband services in the area of Jackson, Putnam, and Smith Counties as part of a $1.2 million project. Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady said the project greatly benefit rural communities like Granville. ... Read More »

Overton County Still Waiting On FEMA For Flood Relief

Overton County has not yet been notified as to whether they will receive relief support following February’s severe flooding. County Executive Ben Danner said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to evaluate damage from across the state. “They’re still working on numbers. I don’t think we had enough [damage],” Danner said. “We’ve had a lot of individuals ask us ... Read More »

Proposed Bill Would Help Full-Time Firefighters With Cancer

Senator Paul Bailey has introduced a bill that would provide more benefits to full-time firefighters diagnosed with cancer. Bailey said the bill hits close to home for him on a personal level. “This is a piece of legislation that I am very passionate about due to having a friend of mine from the Sparta Fire Department that was diagnosed with colon ... Read More »

Fentress County Continuing Pre-65 Retiree Health Insurance Plan

Fentress County Commissioners have voted to keep its current pre-65 retiree health insurance plan. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said opting out of the plan would’ve caused several complications. “Anyone that retires at an early age before Medicare benefits take effect will still be able to have their insurance, which we’ll pay the full premium for it,” Johnson said. “We could’ve ... Read More »

Inmate Captured After Leaving Work Crew

Jackson County deputies have arrested a man who ran away from his inmate work crew last Wednesday. Sheriff Marti Hinson said Sunday that deputies arrested Travis Patterson on Friday at a camper in the North Springs area of the county. Hinson said Patterson was found with Jamie Christensen, who is now facing a charge of criminal conspiracy. Patterson had been ... Read More »

TWRA: Leave Displaced Wildlife Alone

If you spot what appears to be an abandoned animal this spring, it’s more than likely typical wildlife behavior. That according to TWRA Wildlife Information Specialist Mimi Barnes, who said many people run across fawns and other animals hidden in flower beds outside their homes. “Many times, people might see a fawn and believe that it’s orphaned, but it’s actually not,” ... Read More »

Senator Bailey Introducing Legislation to Expand Rural Broadband

Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey plans to introduce legislation to help expand broadband internet into rural areas of the Upper Cumberland. Bailey said some residents may take their internet services for granted and don’t realize that many rely on stable connections. “I think people, like myself, that have had fiber and broadband for a number of years do not realize ... Read More »

Crossville to Auction Off Inn of the Cumberlands Property

The site of the former Inn of the Cumberlands, pictured here in June before demolition, will be auctioned off through Tay's Realty and Auction LLC in Cookeville (Photo: Google Maps)

Crossville City Council has voted to auction off the former Inn of the Cumberlands location. City Attorney Will Ridley said the site along Sparta Highway and Tennessee Avenue could make for prime commercial real estate. “When we do those sales, the judge appoints the Clerk and Master as what’s called Special Master and asks her to sell those properties,” Ridley ... Read More »