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New Position To Help Vets At TTU

Tennessee Tech will use its Veteran Reconnect funding on a new job. Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Kevin Flanary said the university has been looking for ways to improve the review of Prior Learning Assessments. Those give adults college credit for their work experience, including military experience. Veterans receive a transcript from the military, Flanary said. “This grant’s going ... Read More »

School Board Budget On Monday’s Commission Agenda

The Putnam County Commission will vote on the school system’s budget at its meeting Monday. Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said the school system will receive an increase in the per-penny rate, but no additional money. Boyd said his staff began preparing budget documents in January. “It’s an annual spending plan that’s connected to a long-range plan with long-range goals,” ... Read More »

Hiker Dies Inside Window Cliffs Tuesday

An unidentified person died at Window Cliffs State Natural Area Tuesday. Putnam County Emergency Management Director Tyler Smith confirmed the death of a hiker at the park. Smith said he didn’t know the cause of death. The deceased has not been identified yet. Read More »

Improving Safety At Cummins Lengthy Process

Tennessee State Parks officials have begun an extensive process to improve safety at Cummins Falls State Park. TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said there’s no timeline, they want the process done right. “I don’t know of any timeline that we’re trying to reach as far as what we’re going to do and what it’s going to cost and how many ... Read More »

Traffic Plans Always Concern For Big Events

Big events mean Putnam County’s emergency services turn to planning, specifically traffic. Putnam County Emergency Management Director Tyler Smith. “People’s got to watch, particularly the ones that like to text and drive and that happens, I see it every day, but yeah, everyone’s just got to be aware of their surroundings, slow down and watch for these bikers,” Smith said. ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Weighing Options For Eclipse

Putnam County school administrators are keeping their options open regarding next month’s eclipse. School systems around the Nashville area have already cancelled school for August 21. Putnam County Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said while it’s tourist and cultural event, it’s also an educational event. “There’s all kinds of options, what would be best for the school system, the community, ... Read More »

THP Increases Cookeville Patrols This Week

There’s a few more troopers throughout the Cookeville District this week. THP Captain R.C. Christian said the Highway Patrol is doing special enforcement throughout the Cookeville District this week. That includes Putnam and surrounding counties. Christian said the Cookeville District has the greatest increase of traffic fatalities so far this year. Troopers are doing some special enforcement to try to keep the ... Read More »

Gentry Faces Federal Money Laundering, Wire Fraud Charges

White County resident Jeffery Lynn Gentry faces federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Gentry convinced more than 50 people to invest funds totaling $43 million. Investors lost more than $10 million. Until December, Gentry and his wife Wendy owned and operated Gentry Brothers Tractor Supply. Gentry Auto was closed later. Both businesses were ... Read More »

TTU Profs Give Middle East Talk Thursday

Two Tennessee Tech professors, Dr. Jeff Roberts and Dr. Michael Gunter will share their expertise on the Middle East at the White County Democrat Party’s meeting Thursday. White County Democrat President Geeta McMillan said it’s part of a nonpartisan outreach program planned for the group. “And it’s not a Democrat or Republican  issue, it’s a world issue, it’s something, they ... Read More »

Tractor Trailer Strikes Directional Sign On I 40

A chain-reaction wreck caused traffic to stall on Interstate 40 in Monterey this morning. The crashes occurred at the Exit 301 overpass in a construction zone. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Greg Tramel said a tractor trailer entered the construction zone and traveled through a warning sign and barrels before striking an electronic directional sign. The sign was tipped over into ... Read More »