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THP: Eclipse Safety Is First Goal

The THP hopes visitors and residents will practice awareness for next Monday’s eclipse. Capt. R.C. Christian said safety is the first goal. “Our primary goal that day is just going to see that no one does get injured and that we don’t have any crashes pertaining to that, but you know as informed as the public is about the eclipse ... Read More »

Forrest Bust At TN Capitol Stirs Debate

Rep. Ryan Williams said he didn’t have an opinion on a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust at the state capitol. Protestors gathered at the capitol in Nashville Monday to protest the bust. “I’m always fearful when any culture starts removing cultural artifacts from history,” Williams said. Gov. Bill Haslam issued a statement Monday saying he doesn’t think the bust should be ... Read More »

Crossville Purchases Two K9 Officers

The City of Crossville has approved the purchase of two new police K-9 officers. One of the K-9’s will replace a retiring K-9 and the other will replace fallen K-9 Officer Cain. The cost of the new canines will be $14,000. Insurance will reimburse the city for the cost to purchase the replacement for K-9 Officer Cain who was recently ... Read More »

Smithville Police Officer injured In Crash

A Smithville police officer suffered injuries in a two vehicle crash Monday morning. The incident happened at the intersection of North Congress Boulevard and East Main Street. Officials said Detective Matt Holmes received treatment at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital following the crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 22-year-old Ethan Byford was traveling North on Congress Boulevard when his 2004 Dodge ... Read More »

Clay County Road Named For Veteran

State Route 294 in Clay County has been named for a Korean War veteran. C. Reagan was also a lifelong Clay County resident. He passed away in June 2017. Rep. Kelly Keisling asked the state General Assembly to name the road for Reagan. Reagan’s family gathered with Keisling on SR 294 at the Overton/Clay county line for the naming ceremony ... Read More »

Rickman’s Holman Semi-Finalist For Principal Of The Year

An Upper Cumberland principal may be Tennessee’s principal of the year. Rickman Elementary School principal Donnie Holman said he’s proud and honored to be named one of the nine semifinalists. “I’ve got a lot of good people helping me and I don’t think anyone can be principal without a lot of good people supporting them, and I definitely have that,” ... Read More »

TDOT Suspending Construction Lane Closures For Eclipse

TDOT will suspend construction-related lane closures for the eclipse. The state normally does that for holidays, when more travelers are expected on the roads. TDOT spokesman Jennifer Flynn said the agency expects heavier traffic than normal throughout the weekend, leading to Monday’s eclipse. Construction-related lane closures on the state’s highways will be suspended from noon Friday until noon Tuesday, Aug. ... Read More »

UPDATE: Van Buren Inmate Captured

The Van Buren County inmate who escaped earlier today has been captured. Multiple law enforcement agencies searched for 28-year-old Gary Blankenship after he escaped custody earlier Saturday. The sheriff’s department announced Blankenship’s capture via social media. No additional details were released. Read More »

Officials Searching For Escaped Van Buren Inmate

Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for an escaped inmate in Van Buren County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol stated officers are searching for 28-year-old Gary Blankenship. He was last seen wearing a tan jumpsuit. Blankenship is a white male with a full beard and a tattoo on his neck. Anyone with information should call their local law enforcement agency.   Read More »

Motorcycle Rider Dies Following Crash

A motorcycle rider has died following an accident on Cookeville’s Jackson Street Friday. Francis Robertson, 56, died on scene. He was traveling west on Jackson Street just west of the Jackson Plaza. Cookeville Police say he traveled across all lanes of traffic and struck a car preparing to enter the street from a business parking lot. The driver of the ... Read More »