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Dial: Preliminary Reports Say Fire Not Suspicious

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said investigators don’t believe last week’s fire that took Winningham’s Hardware store was suspicious. “No, at this time, the bomb and arson agents have been here, they’ve done their thing, they’re waiting on some results, some stuff to come back, but right now they’re not thinking anything suspicious or anything like that,” Dial said. It ... Read More »

Pickett Co. HS Football Team On Probation For Two Years

The TSSAA has placed the Pickett County High School football team on two years of probation. The punishment the result of an incident that happened during the August 25th game against Zion Christian. Officials said the incident involved a Pickett County coach, a Pickett County player, and that player’s mother. According to a press release, an unsportsmanlike penalty was called ... Read More »

Hunting Season Could Be Affected By Deadly Deer Disease

Hundreds of white-tailed deer have died this year after being stricken with epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Big Game Biologist Ben Layton said most of the reports have come from eastern and central Tennessee. “It’s transmitted by a title biting midge or biting no see ums that infects the deer with the disease,” Layton said. “The disease causes ... Read More »

Smithville Man Allegedly Threatened Deputies With Knife

A Smithville man was arrested after threatening Dekalb County deputies with knives last week. 39-year-old Jeremy Austin Scruggs was charged with aggravated assault and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. Deputies were called to a home on Highland Avenue on a report of a man with a knife. Deputies found Scruggs in an outbuilding with a knife in each ... Read More »

Monterey Fixes City Hall Roof, Interior Damage Repairs Coming Next

Monterey has completed repairing a leaking roof at city hall. Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said repairs to the building will come next. “The water began to leak into the meeting hall in two places,” Wiggins said. “There was a little damage to the ceiling and part of one wall. Two windows also leaked pretty badly and that will require some ... Read More »

Four Putnam Precincts To Use iPads In May Primary

Putnam County Election Administrator Debbie Steidl said the election commission has bought four iPads to help speed up the check-in process at polls. “Sometimes things aren’t done quite as correct as they should have been, I believe the iPads will correct that and make going in to vote on election day that much faster,” Steidl said. They’ll be used to ... Read More »

Bond Set For Man Charged With Child Rape

A judge has set a $650,000 bond for an Overton County man charged with two counts of child rape and one count of aggravated assault. Authorities said the wife of 48-year-old David L. White found her husband molesting her minor daughter two weeks ago. A report stated that White allegedly fired two shots from a firearm during the incident and ... Read More »

Monterey Avoids Taking Out Loan For Paving Project

Monterey has avoided having to take out a loan for the Industrial Drive paving project. Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said they avoided the loan thanks to some help from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. “They’re about to come through with the balance that they have owed for quite a while,” Wiggins said. “It should bring it even and we will ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen To Vote On Personnel Manual Tonight

Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold the second and final vote on changes to its personnel manual tonight. The vote will cap a months-long procedure to update the manual and take it out of city code. City Administrator Chris Dorsey said as long as it remains part of city code, the board has to pass a law to ... Read More »

Black Hosts Military Academy Event

Rep. Diane Black will host an informational meeting for students interested in attending one of the country’s military academies. Academy Day 2017 will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon. Each year, Members of Congress may nominate a limited number of students to four of the five service academies. The honor ... Read More »