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Baxter Moving Forward With New Subdivision

Baxter Aldermen voted to annex almost 60-acres of property Thursday for a new subdivision. Mayor John Martin said the project will be a nice addition for the new ceramic tile manufacturing facility that’s locating in town. “They have enough confidence in what’s getting ready to take place in Baxter and they realize that people are going to need nice homes ... Read More »

THEC Wants to Assist Rural Counties with Better Educations

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission wants to help assist rural counties across the state by providing better educational opportunities. Executive Director Mike Krause says one of the state’s biggest opportunities for improvement is the Upper Cumberland. “Looking at the plateau, if you visit some of the counties – and I have – as soon as you pull into the county, ... Read More »

Baxter Woman Killed In Interstate 40 Crash

A 25-year-old Baxter woman died during a crash on Interstate 40 in Putnam County Thursday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased as Julia A. Starnes. A crash report said Starnes died at the scene of the accident after her 2018 Hyundai Elantra rear-ended a tractor trailer near the eastbound 281 mile marker. Two children inside Starne’s vehicle escaped without ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Employee Retirement Changes

Cookeville City Council voted to approve multiple resolutions adjusting the retirement plans of future city employees. City Councilman Mark Miller says the change will have a great impact on the city’s workforce for years to come. “In my opinion, this is the most critical action we will take in our near future,” Miller says. “The Council will not see the ... Read More »

TTU Honors Gov. Haslam for Higher-Ed Contributions

Tennessee Tech’s Board of Trustees honored Governor Bill Haslam Thursday for the state’s recent success in higher education. Haslam briefly visited the Board’s meeting to accept the recognition. He said the university’s success is due in most part to the creation of the current Board of Trustees two years ago. “I strongly believe Tech is a better school than it ... Read More »

Interstate 40 Shutdown At Baxter Exit

A crash has shutdown both lanes of Interstate 40 eastbound at the Baxter exit. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident involves a commercial vehicle and privately owned vehicle. Authorities received notice of the crash around 3:45 p.m. and expect the scene to be cleared by 8:00 p.m. Additional details will be released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Read More »

Area School Bus Garages Face Driver Shortages

School bus garages across the Upper Cumberland look to hire additional drivers as they face shortages for various reasons. Jackson County Transportation Director Phyllis Goad says the district’s biggest need is substitute drivers. “It’s very important to have somebody in place that you can give a call on short notice,” Goad says. “Last week we had two drivers out with ... Read More »

Scenic Byway Meeting Set For December 19th

A meeting will be held later this month to discuss potential projects for the Walton Road Scenic Byway. Dawn Kuperfer of Kwill Consultants said there’s hope that the federal and state governments will release funding for the byway. “We’re asking stakeholders to come from all four counties, which would be Roane, Cumberland, Putnam and Smith Counties,” Kupferer said. “We’re going ... Read More »

Algood To Select Design Team For New Park

Algood officials will meet next week to select a design team for the city’s new park. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the city council will be choosing from three companies that responded to requests for qualifications. “The three companies are Clinton Engineering, Gresham Smith, and Kimley-Horn,” Morrison said. “We’re looking at their specialized experience, past records of performance, and capabilities ... Read More »

PCSS Looks for Improvement Following State Report Cards

Putnam County Schools will look for ways to improve after receiving several low scores from the state's report card system on the district's schools. Algood Elementary received one of the highest ratings in the county (File Photo)

The Putnam County School System will look for ways to improve after the state released its annual report card grades for schools and districts. Director of Schools Jerry Boyd says the grades given to schools in the county were disappointing. “I know how hard our teachers and our students and our principals and the team across the district are working,” ... Read More »