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Jackson County Faces Hurdles to Attract Business

The Highlands Economic Partnership looks to help communities overcome hurdles in helping attract businesses to the region. For Jackson County, HEP Vice President of Economic Development Steven Crooks said the biggest challenge is infrastructure. “Historically, you see a lot of companies start their search with trying to be as close in proximity to an interstate highway as possible, and at ... Read More »

Design Phase Nearly Complete For Clay County Jail

Clay County continues to make progress with efforts to build a new jail. County Mayor Dale Reagan said the design phase is nearly complete. “We are still working with the architect and civil engineering group on the preliminary site for the new jail,” Regan said. “We’re still going through all the environmental studies on that.” The proposed site for the ... Read More »

Mountain Bike Trail Volunteer Work Day Set For Saturday

A volunteer work day to clear storm debris from Cane Creek Park’s mountain bike trail will take place Saturday. The city closed the 2.5 mile trail after a July 20th storm brought down trees and several limbs across the pathways. “Anyone willing to assist is welcome to meet at the mountain bike trail entrance,” Cookeville Leisure Services Director Rick Woods ... Read More »

New Broadcast Facility To Open This Winter

Tennessee’s most state-of-the-art radio facility, expanded news, sports and digital operations, and a new community meeting space highlight the new Stonecom Radio studio headquarters set to open this winter. The facility is currently under construction on Cookeville’s Highway 111 at the corner of Old Sparta Rd. The facility sits just two miles from Interstate 40 and less than one mile ... Read More »

Cookeville to Expect Campus Traffic Delays Tomorrow

Cookeville citizens should expect traffic delays around the Tennessee Tech campus tomorrow as students participate in the Great Move-in Day. Charlie Macke is the Director of Residential Life at Tennessee Tech. “There will be traffic backed up down on Dixie and probably around Capitol Quad. Over on 7th Street,” Macke said. “There will be a little bit of traffic there. And ... Read More »

Livingston Mayor, Aldermen Discuss Potential Liquor Stores

A potential ordinance in Livingston allowing the creation of liquor stores within city limits could go into effect as early as October 1. Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission Counselor Josh Stepp said the city must issue a certificate of compliance to applicants who meet the city’s set specifications. “We will not proceed with any application for a retail package store without ... Read More »

Fentress To Apply for Community Development Block Grant

Fentress County will apply for a Community Development Block Grant to upgrade the fire department. County Executive J. Michael Cross said the grant will go towards purchasing a new pumper fire truck for the Jamestown unit. “We are going to apply for a pumper truck for our fire department. And it would be stationed at Unit 1,” Cross said. “Which ... Read More »

Disability Services Sees Increase of Emotional Support Animal Requests

Tennessee Tech Office of Disability Services reports an increase in emotional support animal requests over the past years. Chester Goad is the Director of Disability Services. “We have seen an increase in the last few years. You know, through the years in disability-related services there are always trends and trending topics. It really just depends on what is going on ... Read More »

UCHRA Rescinds Settlement With Luke Collins

The UCHRA executive committee has voted to no longer pursue a severance package with former executive director Luke Collins. A motion approved Tuesday also called for researching any possible legal action towards Collins, who was terminated from his position earlier this year. In June, the UCHRA executive committee voted to pursue a settlement with Collins for no more than $27,500. ... Read More »

Man Arrested for Public Indecency, Intoxication near Jere Whitson Elementary

A Cookeville man faces charges after being arrested Saturday near Jere Whitson Elementary School for public indecency and public intoxication. Cookeville Police Captain Bobby Anderson said 39-year-old Tomas Mendez was arrested on Jere Whitson Road. “He had urinated off the front porch of the residence while in front of a minor child and the mother,” Anderson said. “He was found ... Read More »