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McMinnville’s Blue Building Property Ruled Surplus, Sale Now Possible

McMinnville’s Blue Building has been declared surplus, opening the door to a potential sale. City Administrator Nolan Ming said the city will only accept an offer that makes sense financially. Ming said the 2008 appraisal of $1.35 million still stands but the value will come down to who the buyer is. “Determine what’s there, is it safe, those kinds of ... Read More »

Fentress Authorities Searching For Two Escaped Inmates

The Fentress County Sheriff’s Department searching for two inmates who escaped Monday. Twenty-two-year-old Casey Ridenour and 35-year-old Charles Kennedy were last seen near Highland Manor Winery in Jamestown. Ridenour is 5’11”, 154 pounds and has brown hair, blue eyes and a brown beard. Kennedy stands at 6’4″, 145 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and bearded. The duo were last ... Read More »

Crossville-Cumberland Co. Chamber Of Commerce Turns 60

The Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Tuesday. President Ethan Hadley said the chamber will observe the milestone with members and local businesses on Thursday. “At the Historic Depot in Crossville, we have a weekly Thursdays at the Amp concert series, so we’re going to combine that into a pro-longed celebration that day,” Hadley said. ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation Can Change Lives With Old Medical Equipment

Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation is changing lives using donations of gently-used medical equipment. “Project Procure” is a program that collects things like wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical equipment. Executive Director John Bell said they then give them to patients who might not be able to afford them otherwise. “The impact this has is amazing, particularly on things like wheelchairs,” Bell ... Read More »

Overton Schools To Gauge Student Interest For JROTC Program

Overton County Schools is working to bring students a JROTC program, a first in the district’s history if achieved. Board of Education Member Mike Hayes said surveys are being created to gauge interest and will be sent out to parents once completed. “We talked about it a couple of years ago and kind of got to the point of meeting ... Read More »

HRS Begins Engineering Phase To Answer Baxter Water Leak Issues

Highlands Residential Services has hired an engineer to design a replacement water system for its Baxter sites. Executive Director Dow Harris said the city was made a priority after nine found leaks in the past year. “The master meter will go away,” Harris said. “We’re going to have a whole new system with fire hydrants, individual meters. Residents will get ... Read More »

UC Overdoses Following State Trends, Numbers Climbing

The Upper Cumberland continues to see climbing numbers of drug overdoses, according to experts. Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Colby Lane said that fentanyl is the driving force behind most of the overdoses. Lane said that law enforcement sees traces of the drug in almost everything. “Drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine,” Lane said. “They said they’re saying that 60 to 70 ... Read More »

Sparta FD To Purchase New Cameras And Extraction Equipment

Sparta plans to purchase new infrared cameras and extrication stabilization equipment for the city fire department. The city’s budget has $5,000 for the cameras and $6,000 for the extraction gear, also known as cribbing. Fire Chief Kirk Young said both are necessary purchases to replace aging tools. “It will make it safer for the volunteers and paid guys to use ... Read More »

Clay County School Director Sees Positives Of Busy Summer

It has been a polar opposite summer compared to last year for Clay County Director of Schools Matt Eldridge. Eldridge said that while it has been a busy summer, it is much better than the unknowns of 2020. However, Eldridge said it is still a summer unlike any before as an administrator. “All through most director of school’s careers you ... Read More »

Monterey Alderman Looper Wants Change To Trash Pickup

Monterey Alderman Charles Looper wants a review of the town’s trash services and what can be included in curbside trash pickup. Looper said large items such as couches have been laying on the ground and loaded into the garbage truck. Looper said he wants a resolution that remove those items from trash pickup. “We pay tonnage at the landfill for ... Read More »