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Putnam Schools Looking to Improve Lunch Menus

The Putnam County School System is looking to improve the lunch menus for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. Food Service Program Supervisor Kathlyn Walter said the district has heard from parents regarding changes to the school lunches. “We had a lot of feedback this school year,” Walter said. “Some parents are on the fence about… should we have pizza every week? ... Read More »

Sunday Morning Crash Injures At Least One Person In Putnam County

A medical helicopter had to airlift at least one person to a hospital following a Sunday morning crash in Putnam County. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 eastbound near mile marker 280. A preliminary crash report from the THP said a crew cab Dodge dually got caught underneath a commercial vehicle. ... Read More »

Today In The Upper Cumberland: Upper Cumberland Growth

More housing and businesses coming to our area but are we ready? The growth over the last few years has been at an increasing in Putnam and surrounding counties in the Upper Cumberland. With all of these new homes and apartments, businesses and more people relocating, the issue of growth is… growing. Are the public works, utilities and infrastructure we ... Read More »

Man Arrested Outside Putnam Justice Center

A Cookeville man faces multiple charges after being found intoxicated outside the Putnam County Justice Center Thursday. According to arrest warrants, 29-year-old Brandon Smallwood was arrested in the Justice Center parking lot after a deputy noticed the man was intoxicated. A search led to the deputy finding six oxycodone pills as well as one full and two halves of oxymorphone ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Announces Administration Changes

The Putnam County School System announced changes within its administration Thursday. PCSS announced the departure of Strategic Decisions Support Supervisor Denette Kolbe, who accepted a position with the Tennessee State Department of Education. As a result, Algood Middle School Principal Tim Martin has taken the place of Kolbe, while Dr. Chris Winningham was promoted from the school’s vice principal to principal.  Position ... Read More »

Clay County Hopes To Recruit More Retirees With Three Star Grant

Clay County officials will be using a $25,000 Three Star grant to recruit more retirees to the county. Clay County Three Star Program Director Doug Young said 60-percent of the people who retire, move to the location where they vacation. “We have around 3 million people visiting Dale Hollow lake every year so that’s a very fertile ground for us,” ... Read More »

Tennessee’s Tax Holiday Helps Boost Local Revenue

Tennessee’s tax holiday allows local consumers to purchase clothing, school supplies, and some computers without added sales tax. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce President George Halford said the holiday helps increase revenue for businesses in the area. “It really gives people a chance – who were putting off purchases – to make purchases,” Halford said. “While their in the store, ... Read More »

Tennessee Hepatitis Outbreak Not Seen in Upper Cumberland

Following a report of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville and the state of Tennessee, only two such cases have been reported in the Upper Cumberland. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 113 total Hepatitis A cases have been reported statewide since December 2017. Of those cases, two come from the Upper Cumberland in White County, compared to over ... Read More »

Livingston Officer Airlifted Following Crash

A Livingston Police Officer suffered injuries during a crash at Livingston Municipal Airport Thursday. Officer Jordan Danner was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment to undisclosed injuries. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, Danner told state troopers on scene that he took his patrol vehicle to the airport runway to see if mechanical issues with the vehicle had been ... Read More »

Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide Following Ambulance Crash

A Rock Island woman faces charges after a White County ambulance crashed in Warren County Thursday afternoon. The crashed happened at the intersection of Highway 70 and Bone Cave Road near Rock Island. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged  63-year-old Carol Simpson with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, vehicular assault, four counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly ... Read More »