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Fentress County Opts Out of State Building Code Standards

The Fentress County Commission voted Monday to opt out of the Statewide Building Code standards for one- and two-family dwellings. County Mayor Jimmy Johnson says this isn’t the first time the county has opted out of the standards as they’ve done so for several years. “You always have certain building codes that you go by such as your electrical, your ... Read More »

Upperman Officials Preparing For Big Crowd Friday

Upperman High School officials expect as many as 4,000 fans to show up for Friday night’s state semi-final game in Baxter. Athletic director Greg Wilson said local agencies gathered Tuesday morning to make final preparations. “Everybody met this morning to make sure we are ready,” Wilson said. “We are having to move in some extra seating and get the field ready because ... Read More »

Winningham Hardware Open for Business

Winningham Hardware is now open in Livingston with a grand opening set for Dec. 14-15. [Photo: Logan Weaver]

Winningham Hardware in Livingston is now officially open for business after a fire destroyed the original in 2017. Owner Kenny Winningham says he’s proud of the work done on the building and is happy to finally have it open again. “This is my dad’s vision to start with and I took on after he passed it on to me,” Winningham ... Read More »

Monterey Man Charged with Evading Arrest, Meth

A Monterey man faces multiple charges after leading authorities on a pursuit Friday. Authorities arrested 45-year-old Joel Henry for Reckless endangerment, theft of property, evading arrest, simple possession, methamphetamine, criminal trespass, and criminal impersonation. Officers initially made contact with Henry in the Algood Walmart parking lot on a suspected shoplifting. Walmart officials previously banned Henry from the property in March ... Read More »

New Retail Stores Provide Opportunities for Holiday Shopping Season

New retail locations are providing Upper Cumberland residents the opportunity to shop local this holiday season. Steven Crook of the Highlands Economic Partnership says more development in the area means more money going back to the local communities. “We’re really excited to see some new opportunities for people to spend their dollars locally as opposed to what has been leaking ... Read More »

TBI Identifies Suspect In Officer-Involved Shooting

An Overton County resident remains hospitalized for injuries sustained during a shootout with Warren County deputies Monday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the man as 66-year-old Charles Ray Bean. Officials with the Overton County Sheriff’s Office said Bean fled to Warren County after setting fire to at least two structures in Monday morning. A TBI press release said ... Read More »

North Carolina Woman Uses Stolen Card, Vehicle

A North Carolina woman faces multiple charges after using a stolen credit card and vehicle Monday. Authorities charged 21-year-old Ashlin Dickinson with three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of theft of property. During a routine patrol, the license plate reader in the patrol vehicle indicated that the vehicle in question was reported stolen. Authorities found ... Read More »

Sweet Potatoes Remain a Staple Holiday Food

Sweet potatoes remain a staple holiday food in the Upper Cumberland. According to internet service provider Satellite Internet, Tennessee’s most googled Thanksgiving recipe is Sweet Potatoes. Michelle Parrott with the Putnam County UT Extension Office said Tennesseans may search for new recipes as a way to spice up the normal Thanksgiving sides. “So, I think people are really looking for ... Read More »

WCSO Lands Drug Bust, Searching for Suspect

A drug bust in White County Friday has authorities searching for a potential suspect. According to PIO Cami Howard, the White County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Fairview Circle after receiving an anonymous tip. Deputies received permission from the homeowner to search the property where a K9 unit alerted behind the house. Authorities were able to recover over ... Read More »

Amended County Budget Covers Algood Election Fees

Putnam County Courthouse (File Photo)

An amendment to the Putnam County Commission’s general fund will cover legal fees and court costs from the Algood election hearings. Commission Chairman Ben Rodgers says the fees were charged to the county election office once the case was dismissed. “We had to amend that, so we increased that line item for legal services in…the county attorney’s budget,” Rodgers says. ... Read More »