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Funding E-911 Center No Easy Task For Smaller Counties

As Pickett County begins work toward building its own E-911 center, it can learn some lessons from Van Buren County. The week’s news was dominated by the finding of irregularities inside the Overton/Pickett E911 District. Those issues have led Pickett County Executive Richard Daniel to call for his county to pull out of the 16-year-old partnership. Overton and Pickett County ... Read More »

Bruce “Honored” To be New Provost At TTU

Tennessee Tech officials introduced Dr. Lori Mann Bruce as the university’s new provost Thursday afternoon. Bruce the first woman to hold a top academic position at Tech. With a background in electrical engineering, Bruce said used to being one of the only females or first females into the arena. “I didn’t even know I was the first female provost until ... Read More »

Number of Excused Absences Could Decrease In Cumberland Co.

Cumberland County students would only be allowed six excused absences under a revised policy approved by education officials Thursday night. The Cumberland County Board of education approved the controversial policy on first reading as a way to get compliant with a new state law. the measure passed with a 5-3 vote. Board members Shirley Parris, Josh Stone, and David Bowman ... Read More »

Two Local Photographers Featured In Wildlife Calendar

Cookeville Photographer Christopher Nelson and Smithville’s Danielle Knowles will be featured in the 2018-2019 Tennessee Wildlife Magazine Calendar. Nelson and Knowles finished among the 13 best photographers in a statewide contest. Judges selected the works from hundreds of entries. The calendar features wildlife species native to the state as well as fishing and hunting scenes from specific areas of the ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Unemployment Down In March

Unemployment decreased slightly across the Upper Cumberland during March according to statistics released Thursday by the state. Only Van Buren County reported a slightly higher unemployment number in March over February. Putnam County saw unemployment claims drop 0.1 percent between February and March to 3.5 percent. The 3.5 percent number in both Putnam and Pickett Counties, the lowest in the ... Read More »

CTAS Consultant: Boards Responsible For Agency Actions

A consultant with the County Technical Advisory Service, who also serves as a Putnam County 911 board member, says the board of directors ultimately have responsibility for the actions taken by an organization, such as the Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District. Ben Rodgers said the board of directors establish policy, approve funding, and also hire the director. “We don’t oversee daily ... Read More »

Crews Expected To Finish 111 Work In Van Buren

Crews expected to wrap-up the widening of Highway 111 through Van Buren County in the next few weeks. Rain this week postponed final paving of the highway stretching from Manus Road to near Double Bridge Road in Van Buren County. Crews hope to begin that work Friday. Southbound lanes will be affected with traffic reduced to one lane, according to ... Read More »

2nd Arrest In Two Days For Baxter Man

For the second time in two days, Cookeville Police arrested a Baxter man for driving with a revoked license. And in both cases, officers found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The latest incident happened Wednesday afternoon when police spotted 23-year-old Micajah Grey Bowman of Baxter driving east on Pippen Road about 4:30pm. Officers stopped Bowman on the revoked license charge. Once ... Read More »

Driver Cited Following Thursday Morning Crash

A Cookeville man faces citations following a two vehicle crash in Putnam County Thursday morning. The crash happened on Highway 70 North at Hawkins Crawford Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol cited 20-year-old Andrew Brown with failure to exercise due care, expired registration, and failing to provide proof of financial responsibility. Brown driving a 2008 Pontiac grand Prix when he rear ... Read More »

Director Responds To Comptroller’s Report

The Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District Director has responded to a report questioning expenses by his district. Chris Masiongale spoke out for the first time Thursday morning and said his district has corrected everything in the State Comptroller’s report. The report released Tuesday morning found some $85,000 in questionable expenses by the district. Masiongale said he’s fully cooperated with the state ... Read More »