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Clay School Board Extends Monroe’s Contract 1 Year

The Clay County Board of Education voted Thursday night to extend Director Diana Monroe’s contract by one year. Monroe’s new term continues through June 30, 2027. Chairman Benji Bailey said this was the maximum amount they could extend the agreement. “Keep in mind that we could not extend anything over, beyond four years,” Bailey said. “The state Tennessee Code Annotated ... Read More »

Public Hearing Brings Pro & Con To Baxter One-Way Decision

Baxter residents and business owners shared differing opinions for the plan to turn Broad Street into a one-way street during a public hearing on Thursday. Veterans Barber Shop Owner Jonathan Williams said the change would provide much-needed parking and make the street safer. Williams said the decision should be made based off of facts and data. “I know if you ... Read More »

White County High Bathroom Renovation Scheduled

The White County School Board approved a $130,000 renovation project for White County High School’s bathroom Thursday night. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the school was built in the 1960s and though the bathrooms have been worked on since, they need repairs. He said new fixtures, countertops, and composite flooring will be added. Maintenance Supervisor Randy Alley said a ... Read More »

Overton’s Annual 4th Grade Farm Safety Day Friday

Overton County’s annual farm safety day for the school district’s fourth graders takes place Friday at the county fairgrounds. District Conservationist Robert Halfacre said the goal of the event is to teach children how to be safe in various situations found on a farm. Halfacre said it is important to advocate for farm safety because the area has such a ... Read More »

Logistics, Planning Underway For Tech’s One-Sided Stadium

The Tennessee Tech Athletics Department working hard to get Tucker Stadium ready to function without its western half this fall. Athletic Director Mark Wilson said there are still lots of logistics to figure out including the location of a new president’s box, where people can enter and exit the stadium, and how tickets will be sold. He said their goal ... Read More »

Clay Sanitation Running Week-Long Spring Cleanup Event

The Clay County Sanitation Department asking residents to pitch in during its annual spring cleanup event this week. Administrative Assistant Meghan Deckard said the team goes to a different district in the county each weekday and take requests from citizens to come pick up specific kinds of trash like glass, motor oil, and scrap metal. Deckard said there are many ... Read More »

Cookeville Energy Adding Advanced Metering Infrastructure

The Cookeville Energy Department plans to install advanced metering infrastructure for utilities during the upcoming fiscal year. Cookeville Energy Department Director Carl Haney told city council he has budgeted some $900,000 for electric and gas meters. He said he plans to have some 7,200 meters installed this fiscal year. He said gas meters are easier to get on hand, and ... Read More »

Overton Cruise-In Moves To TCAT With Downtown Work

The Overton County Cruise-in entertaining greater numbers after moving from the Livingston Square to the TCAT Livingston campus. Cruise-In President Josh Johnson said the event had an unusually large turnout in its first installment at the new location in April. He said some 135 vintage cars were parked in the lot and attendees had space to spread out and enjoy ... Read More »

UC Airport Pursuing FAA Terminal Grant

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is working to increase their chances of receiving a grant for a new terminal. Airport Manager Dean Selby said they are getting input directly from the FAA to make sure their application for the grant is as strong as possible. Selby said they applied for the grant once in the past and were turned down. ... Read More »

Minor Damage, Flooding After Wednesday’s Storms

Widespread flooding is affecting Upper Cumberland communities after Wednesday’s storms passed through. EMA Directors reported minimal damage to structures but advised caution for drivers. Jackson County EMA Director Derek Woolbright said any roads in the county near water are flooded and many are impassable. He said people should treat this like winter weather: if you do not have to be ... Read More »