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Cumberland Mountain State Park Eclipse Events Planned

Add Cumberland Mountain State Park to the list of places celebrating next month’s solar eclipse. The park plans a triathlon for Sunday, Aug. 20. That includes a 200-yard pool swim, a 7-mile bike race and a 5K run. Registration is $60. Eclipse day will begin with a 5K run Monday, Aug. 21. Registration for that run is $25. A free ... Read More »

Smithville Man Arrested For Notes At Churches

A Smithville man faces multiple charges after allegedly leaving notes at several places throughout DeKalb County, including five churches. 57-year-old Laddie Bill Jerrells faces 24 charges including vandalism, disorderly conduct, harassment, and desecration of honored places. Jerrells allegedly placed the notes in May and June. He was arrested last week. The content of the notes has not been released. Jerrells ... Read More »

Putnam Residents Lining Up For New License Plate

Putnam County residents may be angry about additional license plate fees, but they’re willing to pay a little more for something they want. Putnam County Clerk Wayne Nabors said residents have been lining up to exchange their license plates for the new “In God We Trust” plates. “Oh gosh we’ve probably already sold about 150-160 of those, of course there’s ... Read More »

Nabors On Fees: Complain To Gov. Haslam

Putnam County Clerk Wayne Nabors said he’s just the messenger and collector when it comes to the IMPROVE Act fees. Nabors said some Putnam County residents have been angry at the fees. And he’s urging them to take it up with Gov. Bill Haslam. “I’ve literally said ‘this was Gov. Haslam’s bill’ and I have his office number, we’ve given ... Read More »

Porter Urges Caution On Roads For Rally

Putnam County is ready for a HOG Rally. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said the rally is good for Putnam County. “We’re excited to have all these motorcycle enthusiasts come into our county, for us to have the first regional rally, we’ve had the HOG Rally here before and these folks are great,” Porter said. Large events mean more people ... Read More »

More Than $750,000 Awarded to Tennessee Colleges to Support Student Veterans

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded funding to 13 colleges and universities to help veterans and service members earn post secondary degrees. Tennessee Tech has received a total of $71,355 in Veteran Reconnect funds. The grant program focuses on improving the assessment of prior learning for student veterans returning to college, helping them more easily convert previous military experience ... Read More »

HOG Rally Brings More Motorcycles To Upper Cumberland Roads

The HOG Rally doesn’t officially open until Tuesday evening, but early arrivals mean more motorcycles on the roads across the Upper Cumberland. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said motorists need to be extra careful. “We just need to be paying attention to the roadway itself and to driving, not being distracted by the stereo, the cell phone or any other ... Read More »

First Celina Meeting With New Officials Tuesday

Celina’s new mayor will preside over his first board of mayor and aldermen meeting Tuesday. Mayor Joey Rich said he’s never held office before. “My dad was mayor back in the early 80s and I guess it just, I kinda got the bug for it and decided to try my hand at it,” Rich said. Rich said he’s looking forward ... Read More »

Matheny Announced Run For Black’s Seat

Rep. Judd Matheny will run for Rep. Diane Black’s congressional seat. Matheny announced his bid for the District Six representative seat recently in White County. It’s widely believed Black will run for Tennessee governor, but has not announced her candidacy yet. The Tullahoma Republican has served as a representative in the state General Assembly for eight years. He served in ... Read More »

TWRA Commissions New Officers

Putnam County’s Jamie Greenwood was recently hired as a wildlife officer. The TWRA announced Greenwood was one of five new wildlife officers hired last week. The five must now complete TWRA training and graduate from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. Once the training is completed, they’ll be assigned to various locations statewide. Read More »