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Overton County New Business Announcement Expected This Summer

Overton County Executive Ben Danner said an announcement on a new business at the old Volunteer Foam building may come this summer. “We come up with an opportunity to purchase the old Volunteer Foam building, it’s been empty, I guess five years now, Volunteer Foam moved out, went to East Tennessee, we’re always looking at bringing jobs into Overton County,” ... Read More »

Pickett Co. Passes $4.5 Million Budget

The Pickett County Commission passed their fiscal year budget this week. The budget totals about $4.5 million and the tax rate remains unchanged at $1.87. County Executive Richard Daniel said for the second year in a row the county has passed the budget before the start of the new fiscal year. “We are proud of that because it enables us ... Read More »

Putnam Report Cards Delayed

Students in Putnam County schools haven’t received their report cards yet. Officials don’t know when that will be possible. School has been out for a month but local officials are still waiting on state data to complete the report cards. Putnam County Assistant Superintendent Denette Kolbe said only students in three grades have received their final report cards. “The only ... Read More »

Former DeKalb Co. Correctional Officer Enters Plea To Official Misconduct

A former DeKalb County Correctional Officer has avoided jail time after being charged with official misconduct two years ago. Authorities had accused 25-year-old Francisco Rodriguez of receiving money from inmates to smuggle tobacco and other items inside their cells. Yesterday a judge handed down a two-year Tennessee Department of Corrections sentence all suspended to supervised probation. Authorities learned of his ... Read More »

Truck Hauling Cows Crashes In Overton County

A tractor trailer carrying 87-head of cattle crashed in Overton County Wednesday morning. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Highway 84 when a 2006 Peterbuilt tractor trailer lost control while traveling northbound. Authorities say a majority of the cows have died or will be required to be put down. A 23-year-old driver and 21-year-old passenger suffered ... Read More »

Marijuana Dealer Sentenced Tuesday

A DeKalb County judge sentenced a suspected marijuana dealer to serve jail time yesterday. 47-year-old Ricky LeRoy Randall entered a plea by criminal information Tuesday to the charge of possession of a schedule VI drug for resale. The charge stemming from a December 2016 search of Randall’s home on Blue Springs Road. During that search officers located over four pounds ... Read More »

Sparta Captain Elected Firemen’s Association President

The Tennessee Firemen’s Association has a new, local president. Sparta Fire Captain Barry Brady was elected earlier this month. Brady has been a firefighter for 30 years and a member of the TFA for 20 years. He was hired as a full time firefighter with the Sparta Fire Department in 1990. Brady’s goals include promoting quality training for firefighters across ... Read More »

Two Flown To Vanderbilt After Accident

Two unidentified people were flown to Vanderbilt for treatment following an accident on I-40 Tuesday night. The THP said an Audi SUV was pulled over in the emergency lane near the 278 mile marker and its driver was out of the car. A Ford F-150 was traveling in the right lane, crossed into the emergency lane and struck the Audi ... Read More »

Fentress Co. Officials Looking To Address Dangerous Road

The Fentress County Commission met last night and took aim at addressing a dangerous stretch of Highway-127. The commission approved a resolution requesting the state to construct a run off ramp roughly 3 to 5 miles North of Jamestown near Wolf River. That area has seen a number of accidents involving tractor trailers. Officials say the stretch of road has ... Read More »

Cookeville Police Hiring Victim Service Coordinator

Cookeville Police plan to hire a victim services coordinator. Major Carl Sells said person chosen will have an important job. “Oftentimes there are people who are victims of crime, especially violent crime, who are in need of assistance through the legal process,” Sells said. That assistance includes guiding victims through the system, making sure they have documents they need and ... Read More »