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Overton Schools To Close For Eclipse

Overton County Schools will be closed during the August 21st total solar eclipse. The board of education made the decision this week citing liability and safety concerns. Board members had concerns about children suffering eye injuries during the eclipse and possible issues with school transportation. Putnam County and Smith County schools will also be closed the day of the total ... Read More »

Feds: Signal At I-40/111 In 2021

TDOT said it will take at least another two years to get a traffic signal at the I-40/Highway 111 interchange. Federal officials say it will take even longer. Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton calls the intersection dangerous and is looking for ways to speed up the process. “Reached out to Diane Black’s office and asked if they could help us, see ... Read More »

Eclipse Is A Big Unknown For Officials

This month’s eclipse has a lot of people wondering what the big deal is. Schools in Putnam and Smith counties are closed, local community groups are selling out of eclipse glasses and the potential crowds haven’t even arrived yet. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the problem is the eclipse is an unknown. ... Read More »

Gentry Plea Hearing Today In Federal Court

Jeff Gentry will enter a plea in his federal criminal case today. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Nashville said a plea hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. today, with a press conference scheduled after. The former Sparta businessman faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Civil suits filed against Gentry and his wife, Wendy, state they were running a ... Read More »

Accidents Snarl I-40 Traffic In Cumberland County

Two separate accidents involving tractor trailers snarled traffic on I-40 in Cumberland County early Thursday. Both accidents occurred in the westbound lanes. One occurred shortly after 3 a.m., one shortly after 5 a.m.. THP Lt. Jimmy Neal said no one was injured in either crash. Troopers kept one lane westbound open at all times. As of 8:40 a.m. Thursday, both ... Read More »

Smithville Hires Animal Shelter Director

Smithville aldermen voted to hire Megan Moore as the director of the new animal shelter. A joint venture between the city, DeKalb County, and DeKalb Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Animals. The shelter is in the final construction stages and should open soon. Moore was recommended by the coalition’s board of directors. She holds an animal science degree from ... Read More »

Algood Council Selects New City Recorder

Algood has a new city recorder. The city council has appointed Utility Supervisor Ann Flatt to replace former city recorder Vaughn Larson. Flatt has spent the past several months taking on a number of city recorder duties and said its prepared her for the job. “I don’t know all that is involved in it, but I have taken on city ... Read More »

Algood Fire Hall Bid Approved Despite Coming In Over Budget

Algood City Council members have awarded the building bid for the fire hall expansion project. The low bid came in at $511,500, which is $11,500 over budget. Vice Mayor Kirk Dyer said he wanted the project to go on, even though it came in over budget. “Lets come up with the money somewhere,” Dyer said. “We are sitting on $8.8 ... Read More »

I-40/Highway 111 Signal Delayed Until 2019

A traffic signal for the I-40/Highway 111 interchange won’t happen until at least 2019. TDOT spokesman Jennifer Flynn said the estimated date to open bids for the project is now May 2019. The traffic light can’t be installed until a bid is opened and accepted by TDOT. This spring, designers added a right-hand turn lane on the I-40 westbound off-ramp, ... Read More »

MTAS To Help Recruit New Police Chief In Algood

Algood is moving forward with hiring a new police chief. Last night the city council gave the Municipal Technical Advisory Service approval to begin the recruitment of a new police chief. During that meeting council members also appointed a new city recorder and finalized a list of people to fill a vacant city council seat. Algood Resident Richard Wood said ... Read More »