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Monterey LED Street Lights to Increase Savings

Monterey Aldermen will have to decide how the town should use the savings from a future project to install LED street lights. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the money could be used for paving projects or improving the town’s storm water drainage system. “They had said earlier that any savings would be plowed into street paving,” Wiggins said. ”But now with ... Read More »

Authorities Warn of Online Dating Scams

Bad relationships may hurt feelings but online dating scams can also take a toll on your wallet. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports online dating scams cost Americans nearly $143 million in 2018. Fairfield Glade Police Chief Mike Williams said scams typically make offers to victims that are too good to be true. “You’ve got to do your diligence, especially ... Read More »

TTU Officially Opens Roaden Univ. Center Expansion

Tennessee Tech officially opened its Roaden University Center (RUC) expansion Thursday. Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Dewayne Wright said the expansion was needed for the growing student population. “When the RUC opened up in 1971, Tech’s enrollment was a little more than 6,000 students. Now the university enrolls more than 10,000 students,” Wright said. “We needed to provide students ... Read More »

Tennessee Sees Record Low Wildfires In 2018

Tennessee saw a record low number of wildfires last year. The State Department of Forestry said 351 wildfires scorched just over 3,800 acres in 2018. That’s about half as many wildfires and burned acreage than 2017. Assistant District Forester Jim Dale said favorable weather led to the decrease, along with citizens choosing to safely burn debris. “We have a really ... Read More »

Vol State to Offer RN Program at Livingston Campus

Vol State Community College in Livingston will begin offering classes for registered nursing certification later this year. (File Photo)

Vol State Community College will begin offering courses for registered nursing credentials later this year. President Dr. Jerry Faulkner said the new program will help meet a growing need across the state. “We realized there was a shortage of opportunities for folks to obtain that degree and that registered nurse credential,” Faulkner said. “So we put into action a plan ... Read More »

Failing Drainage Pipe Closes Part Of Highway 70

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed Highway 70 North in Monterey due to a slide and failing drainage pipe. TDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the roadway will be closed between Mill Creek Road and Sandy Stone Camp Road. “We’ve got road closure warnings posted on U.S. 70 North and on I 40,” Flynn said. “We apologize for the inconvenience ... Read More »

Crossville Council Votes to Form Airport Committee

Crossville City Council voted to form a seven-person airport committee to help oversee operations (File Photo)

Crossville City Council voted Thursday to form a new airport committee during a special-called meeting. Mayor James Mayberry said the committee will help oversee operations at the airport and provide additional expertise. “It’s basically for oversight of the airport operations here in Crossville. The people that will be on the committee… there will be some instrument-rated pilots and commercial pilots,” ... Read More »

Signature Health Maintenance Shed Catches Fire Wednesday

A maintenance shed caught fire behind the Signature Healthcare facility in Algood Wednesday night. According to a press release, firefighters responded to the blaze around 8:00 pm and found smoke pouring from the shed. Captain Drew Swink said crews managed to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes. Swink said it appears that some rags caught fire in a trash can ... Read More »

Lease Between UCRA, Tippin Temporarily On Hold

A lease agreement between the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (UCRA) and country singer Aaron Tippin is temporarily on hold. UCRA Board Member and Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton motioned to have UCRA’s attorney look over the lease for any potential issues. “I definitely want to have some type of business-use though, not just storage if we do that. Maybe [the attorney] ... Read More »

Cookeville Resident Requests Sewer Expansion After Annexation

A Cookeville resident wants the city to expand sewer to her property after it was annexed nearly 20 years ago. Martina Gabriel owns property along East Spring Street which includes Fiesta Cancun. She said the city hasn’t expanded sewer connections to the area since being annexed. “We were annexed in 2001, and of course our expectation was city sewer in ... Read More »