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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Set New Regulations

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set new regulations during their meeting on Friday. TWRA proposed these regulations. Among the changes, the commission decided to return to the previous definition of an antlered deer. An antlered dear must at least have antlers that are three inches long. Doug Markham manages communications at the TWRA “Anyways, we took the three inches away and said, ... Read More »

Monterey High Receives Bronze Rating

U.S. News and World Report ranked Monterey High School as one of the nation’s bronze medal schools. Monterey Principal Sonja Farley said she was excited to hear her school’s recent recognition. “We’re proud of our little school,” Farley said. “We think a lot of our academics and [having] well-rounded students in our building.” U.S. News and World Report rates schools ... Read More »

Dale Sentenced to Serve Four Years

A Cumberland County judge sentenced a man to prison Friday for fatally shooting a 21-year-old girl in January of 2017. 27-year-old Michael Quinn Dale will serve four years in prison after entering a best interest plea to reckless homicide earlier this year. Authorities said Dale discharged a shotgun during an argument with another man at an Old Mail Road home. ... Read More »

TTU Begins Work To Install New Videoboard At Tucker Stadium

The process to dismantle the Tucker Stadium scoreboard started Thursday. Tennessee Tech Athletic Director Mark Wilson said it will culminate in the addition of a new, state-of-the-art videoboard in the facility. Wilson said several years ago the university installed a videoboard at the Hooper Eblen Center to improve the fan experience. “This has been a part of our long-term planning ... Read More »

Monterey Exploring LED Street Lights

The town of Monterey could save a bunch of money by switching to LED lighting. Mayor Bill Wiggins said he’s studying the idea of replacing current city street lights with LED lighting. Wiggins said the utility bill for the 349 city street lights costs about $70,000 per year. “Some research has shown that we could probably slash that bill more ... Read More »

Governor Haslam Announces Opportunity Zones

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the State Department of Economic and Community Development announced 176 Opportunity Zones today. The U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS approved the nominations. Opportunity Zones encourage long-term investments in low-income communities through Qualified Opportunity Funds. Investors can re-invest their capital gains into Opportunity Zones and receive federal capital gains tax benefits. Various investments qualify for tax ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Usage of State Deferred Compensation Plan

Cookeville City council gave approval Thursday night to use the State of Tennessee Deferred Compensation Plan and move the existing financial plan to the state. City Manager Mike Davidson sponsored the resolutions. “Really what got this started was the state made the change allowing cities or local governments to participate in their deferred compensation plan. We started looking at their 457B plan. Throughout ... Read More »

School Systems Offer Summer Bridge Programs

Summer school and summer bridge workbooks may have been a reality for many public school students in the past. Now various counties offer Summer Bridge Programs for rising high school students, including Jackson, Putnam, Overton, White, Clay and Warren County. Highlands funds the programs through a 10 thousand dollar grant for each district. The students can join the program for ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves PILOT Agreement With Walnut Village

Cookeville City Council members helped a major public housing project move forward Thursday by voting to continue a nearly 40-year-old payment in lieu of taxes agreement. The PILOT agreement allows the Highlands Residential Services to renovate the 80 units at Walnut Village and replace 52 demolished units. Jeff Jones represents HRS and said both projects will total some $11 million. ... Read More »

ATC Automation Celebrates Expansion

Cookeville-based ATC Automation held a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon for its $10.4 expansion project. The expansion added nearly 66,000 square feet to the Cookeville facility. More than 41,000 square feet consists of new manufacturing space and 21,000 square feet consists of administrative and engineering offices. President and General Manager Bill Curran said the company’s new growth will help all facets of ... Read More »