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Cumberland SD Warns Of Home Improvement Scams

The Cumberland County Sheriffs Office warned residents to beware of home improvement scams. In a social media post Thursday, department officials said sometimes scam artists go door-to-door, insisting they have leftover asphalt from another job and they’ll be able to cut you a deal. Officials remind residents they should insist on a detailed, written contract. If you feel pressured to ... Read More »

TDOT Paving Project Begins Sunday On Willow

Cookeville’s Willow Avenue will see more construction beginning this weekend. TDOT spokesman Jennifer Flynn said Sunday night, Rogers Group will begin lowering manholes, repairing sidewalks and drainage catchbasins. It’s all part of a paving project. “That particular phase of work with all the catch basins and the sidewalks and the concrete work should take about a month for the contractor ... Read More »

Another White Co. Birth Control Lawsuit Filed

Another jail inmate filed suit against White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and Judge Sam Benningfield over a discontinued birth control program. White County Jail inmate Christopher Sullivan will have to serve a longer sentence than fellow inmates because he refused a vasectomy. Benningfield issued a controversial order in May stating any inmate who had either a vasectomy or birth control ... Read More »

Two Steal Electricity In Smithville

Two people were recently charged with stealing electricity in Smithville. Steve Franklin Mabe Jr., 43, was charged with theft of services, vandalism, trespassing and reckless endangerment. Mabe reportedly ran a wire from his neighbor’s window air conditioning unit to his house. His bond was set at $12,500. Martha Conger Hale, 37, was charged with theft of services and vandalism. An ... Read More »

Crossville Council Approves Bid For Water System Improvements

The Crossville City Council approved last night a $1.29 million low bid for improvements to the city’s water system. The council also gave first reading approval to a $691,000 budget amendment for that project. Officials said the budget amendment covers construction of a new chemical building, storage, and feed for the Water Resources Department. It also includes work at Meadow ... Read More »

Beavers Resignation Triggers Special Election

Upper Cumberland State Senator Mae Beavers resigned from her Senate seat Wednesday, triggering the need for a special election. DeKalb County Election Administrator Dennis Stanley said the date of the special election won’t be known until Governor Bill Haslam issues a writ of election order. “Once he issues that order a primary will be held 55 to 60 days after ... Read More »

Cumberland Fair Preparation This Weekend

County fairs have worked their way throughout the region and the Cumberland County Fair is next. Lynn Tollett has been a member of the Cumberland County Fair Board for 37 years. “Just like everybody else, I look forward to it every year, just got involved in it, look for something new and exciting every year, so just keep coming back ... Read More »

Cookeville’s Color Run Saturday

Cookeville’s color run to benefit the American Cancer Society will take place Saturday. Leah Norris serves as a co-organizer for the event. She said registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Dogwood Park near First Avenue. “There’ll be 3 color stations where they’ll be splashed with color through the event and at the finish line we’ll have our awards ceremony, probably ... Read More »

Preview Of Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply Auction Friday

Potential bidders can get their first look at auction items at the former Gentry Bros. Tractor Supply Friday. A preview of Saturday’s auction begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the store’s location on Millers Point Road in Sparta. The U.S. Marshals Service auction will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Owner Jeff Gentry pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Commissioner Resigns

District 2 Putnam County Commissioner Scott Stevens has resigned his seat. Stevens resignation part of a plea agreement reached in court Tuesday. A grand jury indicted Stevens in 2015 for theft and possession of a prohibited weapon. Tuesday he pleaded guilty to those charges. The judge granted the former county commissioner judicial diversion and ordered him to serve four years ... Read More »