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3-Star Competitive Grants Awarded To 10 UC Counties

The state has awarded 10 Upper Cumberland counties with $160,000 in 3-Star competitive grant funding. The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development. Counties received either $5,000, $15,000 or $25,000 grants through the program. Cumberland, Smith, and Warren counties received a $5,000 each and Clay, DeKalb, and ... Read More »

Colinx To Get New Parking Lot For Expansion

Colinx has completed the expansion of its Crossville facility. City Manager Greg Wood made the announcement during last night’s city council meeting. During that meeting, council members also gave Colinx approval to lease adjacent property at the facility for a parking lot to accommodate 60 new employees. “This is a company that’s got over or near a thousand employees here ... Read More »

Fire Hall Expansion Bid Tabled In Algood

The Algood City Council stopped short of awarding a bid for the fire hall expansion project last night. The city chose to table the agenda item because the low bid came back a little higher than expected. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the project is still alive though. “The architect is going to work with the low bidder at the ... Read More »

One Dead, One Injured In Crossville Nursing Home Shooting

A man died and a woman was critically injured in a shooting incident at a Crossville nursing home Tuesday. A statement from District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway said William Vaughn is dead. His wife Nancy Vaughn is in critical condition at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. Authorities believe Vaughn shot his wife, then himself. Crossville Police responded to Life Care ... Read More »

Former Bail Bondsman Sentenced On Child Sex Charge

A former Clay County bail bondsman faces prison after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a child. John Baxter Ashburn, 71, will serve six years in prison under a plea agreement. Ashburn was arrested in 2015 on three charges including rape of a child. His bond was set at $250,000 at that time. Two years later, Ashburn and prosecutors ... Read More »

Emergency Services Already Planning For Eclipse

After this week’s HOG Rally, the solar eclipse will be the next big thing on the Upper Cumberland’s horizon. Cities, state parks and Tennessee Tech have events planned to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime event. Putnam County Emergency Management Director Tyler Smith said the county is planning for a big event. “There is a safety plan in place, Tech’s working on their ... Read More »

New Position To Help Vets At TTU

Tennessee Tech will use its Veteran Reconnect funding on a new job. Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Kevin Flanary said the university has been looking for ways to improve the review of Prior Learning Assessments. Those give adults college credit for their work experience, including military experience. Veterans receive a transcript from the military, Flanary said. “This grant’s going ... Read More »

School Board Budget On Monday’s Commission Agenda

The Putnam County Commission will vote on the school system’s budget at its meeting Monday. Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said the school system will receive an increase in the per-penny rate, but no additional money. Boyd said his staff began preparing budget documents in January. “It’s an annual spending plan that’s connected to a long-range plan with long-range goals,” ... Read More »

Hiker Dies Inside Window Cliffs Tuesday

An unidentified person died at Window Cliffs State Natural Area Tuesday. Putnam County Emergency Management Director Tyler Smith confirmed the death of a hiker at the park. Smith said he didn’t know the cause of death. The deceased has not been identified yet. Read More »

Improving Safety At Cummins Lengthy Process

Tennessee State Parks officials have begun an extensive process to improve safety at Cummins Falls State Park. TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said there’s no timeline, they want the process done right. “I don’t know of any timeline that we’re trying to reach as far as what we’re going to do and what it’s going to cost and how many ... Read More »