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Monterey Secures Funding For Park Expansion

Monterey has secured funding for expanding Meadow Creek Park. The Standing Stone Health Care Board of Trustees has voted to spend $42,000 to purchase five acres of land. Monterey Alderman JJ Reels said purchasing the property makes sense because it sits next to a popular rock climbing area. “If somebody buys that property then we’re not going to be able to ... Read More »

Cookeville Residents To See Increase In Water, Sewer Rates

Cookeville residents will likely see an increase in their sewer and water rates later this spring. Cookeville City Council passed a resolution Thursday increasing rates in intervals over the next five years. Water and Sewer Department Director Ronnie Kelly explained earlier this month the rate adjustments will help cover upcoming project expenses. “We need a sustainable revenue to meet the ... Read More »

Monterey Still Considering Dispatching Changes

Monterey still doesn’t know what it will cost to conduct its own dispatching service for police officers. Police Chief Bill Randolph said the price should be significantly less than what Putnam County 911 would charge. “If 911 takes it over it would be $75,000 a year. I think that if we find a route to do it, at least Monday through ... Read More »

TN Promise May Be Affecting TTU Transfer Rates

Tennessee Promise (TN Promise) could be affecting Tennessee Tech’s transfer rates over the last few years. That according to University President Phil Oldham. He and the rest of Tennessee Tech’s Board of Trustees discussed how the two-year program has affected four-year institutions during Thursday’s Executive Board meeting. “I don’t think we’re really unique in this. One of the expectations from ... Read More »

Student Charged After Assault at White County Middle School

Authorities have charged a White County teen for allegedly assaulting a fellow student at White County Middle School. Sheriff Steve Page said the incident occurred last week following a dispute between the students. “One had accused the other one of stealing something out of his locker,” Page said. “From what I understand they were in the lunchroom and one kid ... Read More »

Clarksville Woman Charged After Pursuit Ends In Mt. Juliet

A Clarksville woman allegedly drove from Putnam County to Mt. Juliet while fleeing from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Sunday. 47-year-old Wanda Renee White faces a number of charges including felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, and DUI. THP officials said the incident began when a State Trooper attempted to stop a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe for following too close on Interstate ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With DUI, Reckless Endangerment of Child

A Cookeville man faces charges after allegedly driving under the influence with a one-year-old child in his vehicle Saturday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 38-year-old Jason Steward for reckless endangerment as well. Arrest warrants state Steward had red watery eyes, an odor of alcohol, and was unsteady on his feet during a traffic stop. Steward admitted to the trooper he ... Read More »

TTU Board Closer to New Ag, Nutrition Masters Programs

Tennessee Tech has moved one step closer to implementing new masters programs in agriculture and nutrition. TTU’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve approved letters that will go to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to develop the sustainable agriculture and community health and nutrition programs. According to a press release from the University, the Masters in Community Health and ... Read More »

Monterey Fire May Consider Live-in Firemen

The Monterey Fire Department may begin housing select firemen within the station. Alderman Nathan Walker said workers living in the station could better the department, but more regulations may need to be discussed. “I mean on the surface there is obviously a lot of pros to it. As far as how that comes about happening, I don’t know,” Walker said. ... Read More »

New Grant to Continue Smith County Broadband Expansion

A new grant through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will help Twin Lakes continue broadband expansion in Smith County. County Mayor Jeff Mason said expanding broadband services benefits all residents of the area. “Our farmers need it, our students need it to do their homework and their classwork, we have several people who work from home and ... Read More »