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Graves: Algood Council Has Hands Tied With New Hires

Algood City Council Member Ron Graves said he predicts that 99 out of 100 times, the council would approve the candidate brought before them by City Administrator Keith Morrison. But Graves said he believes Council should have a stronger voice in those decisions. Graves sponsored the new ordinance approved on first reading Tuesday night that gives Council the final say ... Read More »

Warren’s New Program Helps Kids & Fathers Overcome Violence

Warren County’s new Caring Dads Program wants to teach fathers accused of domestic violence how to put a child’s needs first. Warren County General Sessions Judge Ryan Moore said the program is designed to act as alternative sentencing for fathers accused. He said Community Probation Services General Manager Michael Wright facilitated the start of the program in Warren County. Wright ... Read More »

Fentress Assessing Options After Ambulance Director Resigns

Fentress County is considering adjustments to its Ambulance Services Department after Director Tony Maxfield resigned. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the department is in good hands with Ambulance Service Assistant Director Steve Bradfield serving as interim director. He said the county is looking at ways to divide some of the directorial responsibilities to relieve some of the pressure of ... Read More »

Algood Tables Decision On Dog Park Fence Bids

Algood Parks and Recreation will explore other fencing options for a proposed new dog park to be built at the new Algood City Park. The bids were for fencing in a 100-by-100 or 200-by-200 park. Four bids submitted. Council Member Ron Graves said he believes a 100-by-100 park is too small for large dogs and the city could see substantial ... Read More »

Council Approves PR Campaign, Feedback For Rec Project

Crossville will spend $26,000 with a Murfreesboro-based firm to collect input from residents and share the vision for a new recreation center. Crossville City Council engaged with E Allan Brandon, a public affairs and strategic communications service in Murfreesboro. The firm in its proposal said it “will coordinate a community discussion for the city of Crossville.” The six-point project includes ... Read More »

Alleged Road Rage Incident Leads To Cookeville Arrest

An arrest made following an apparent road rage incident in the area of Cookeville’s 7th Street and North Walnut Avenue Tuesday night. 30-year-old Chaz Colton Miller of Cookeville charged with ten counts of Reckless Endangerment, a class C Felony. Miller being held on $150,000 bond. Police responded to the Crepe and Creme Shop around 6:30pm Tuesday night, where a bullet ... Read More »

Overton Schools Add ESL Supplement As Numbers Rise

An increase in English As A Second Language students led the Overton County School Board to approve a $2,500 teacher supplement plan Tuesday night. Director Of Schools Donnie Holman said ESL students have not only increased, but the number of schools with students has also risen. The system must provide one hour per day per student of additional instruction. “What ... Read More »

Algood Council Votes To Takeover Final Say In Hiring

Despite multiple concerns from City Attorney Danny Rader, the Algood City Council voted Tuesday night to give the council the final say in the hiring of city department heads. Currently, that power lies with City Administrator Keith Morrison. The ordinance sponsored by Council Member Ron Graves, passed 3-2 with Graves, Ruby Hawkins, and Bill Bilbrey voting in favor. Rader said ... Read More »

Putnam Schools New Report Cards Give Context To Grades

When Putnam County students get their third report card of the year, it will include detailed standardized assessment data in addition to in-class grades. Putnam County Schools Data and Testing Supervisor Jason Stickler said this offers increased transparency to parents looking for context about a child’s grades. He said parents will be able to see how their child performed on ... Read More »

HOME Church Offering New Worship Place February 25

A new church coming to White County later this month to serve those without a spiritual home. Lead Pastor Chris Howard said White County’s new HOME Church will meet at White County High School every Sunday starting February 25. He said the non-denominational congregation will focus on escaping the past, embracing the future, and encouraging others. “If you’re new to ... Read More »