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Today In The Upper Cumberland: Government Ethics

We’ve assembled a panel to discuss ethics in government and how they’re applied. The role of ethics in government is one that in recent years has come into question over how standards are applied and to what extent. Allegations of unethical behavior and scandals in the media seem to be furthering a growing divide between political party members and their ... Read More »

Jackson County Mayor Debate To Be Held Saturday

The first ever Jackson County mayor debate will be held today at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The five candidates have been asked to attend the event, which will be moderated by Cookeville City Councilman Dwight Henry. “We’ve went back to folks in their 90’s and they don’t remember one ever being here,” candidate Truman Stearnes said. “There is such a ... Read More »

Deputies Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect Thursday

Putnam County authorities arrested a fifth and final suspect Thursday in connection with a May 30th armed robbery in Baxter. According to a press release, the arrest of Demario Sumlar happened Thursday when deputies spotted him walking down Jefferson Avenue. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office officials said Sumlar and four others broke into a home on Elmore Town Road and stole ... Read More »

Boyd Farris Road under Discussion for Rezoning

A portion of Boyd Farris Road in Cookeville may be rezoned for light manufacturing. The Cookeville City Council discussed the ordinance yesterday. Planning director James Mills presented the rezoning. “Currently there is an equipment rental located before the sales and service business on the property,” Mills said. “The purpose of the rezoning is to rely on bulk sales of propane ... Read More »

UCHRA, UCDD to Discuss Potential Merger

The UCDD and UCHRA are currently in talks for a potential merger. The UCHRA search committee placed the search for a new executive director on hold Friday morning while the potential merger is being discussed. Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes is a member of the search committee. He said discussions with interim director Mark Farley about a merger have been promising. ... Read More »

Second Budget Draft Approved By Putnam BOE

The Putnam County Board of Education has slightly reduced it’s budget gap, but not by cutting expenses. The $4 million gap decreased by $80,000 after the school system received its projected Basic Education Program revenue estimates for May. The board approved the second draft of its budget Thursday, which still includes a 3-percent pay increase for all employees. That proposal ... Read More »

Hike to Recovery Sets Out to Encourage Physical Activity for Cancer Patients

The Hike to Recovery program helps cancer patients and survivors in the Upper Cumberland by providing free lead hikes. Tom Rally is the Cancer Center Manager at Cumberland Medical Center. “There is always a benefit to physical activity for them. It helps them deal with the side effects of the treatment. It helps them bounce back from treatments a lot quicker,” ... Read More »

Single Vehicle Accident Takes Life of Baxter Man

A single-vehicle accident took the life of a Baxter man. The accident took place at 4:22 PM yesterday, June 7. Morris D Carr, 56, was traveling on HWY 96 Dekalb County Northbound when he exited 100 yards to the right of the roadway. Carr’s red GMC Canyon truck then flipped onto its side. The passenger side compartment was pinned against a ... Read More »

Fire Crews Monitor E 6th Street Home Fire Scene

Putnam County fire crews are still on the scene of the E 6th Street residential fire. Cookeville Fire Cheif Dale Blair said the crew arrived on scene at 3:00 PM yesterday. “We could see smoke from City Hall when we rode out of there. And we had one transported to Cookeville regional for heat exhaustion,” Blair said. “But they are ... Read More »

Crews Battle Blaze At East 6th Street Home

The Cookeville Fire Department responded Thursday afternoon to a residential fire on East 6th Street. The Putnam County Fire Department has also responded to the scene. Officials with the county fire department said crews moved to a defensive attack due to deteriorating conditions inside the structure. Cookeville City Mayor Ricky Shelton confirmed the fire occurred at the home of former Tennessee ... Read More »