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Commissioner Williams Proposed Restructured Pay Scale For Emergency Services

Putnam County Commissioner Jonathan Williams said he would like to see pay raises for emergency services in the upcoming budget. Williams shared a 10 to 12 year pay scale proposal to the county’s budget committee. Williams said the county’s pay has fallen behind compared to others in the region. “There’s another aspect to everything we’re voting on this year that ... Read More »

White Co BOE Adds Budget Talks To Committee Meetings

The White County Board of Education made some changes to its committee meetings that are held before official business Thursday. A motion was unanimously approved to add budget discussions to the work session prior to business. School Board Member Dewayne Howard introduced the idea for change at a previous school board meeting. “It’s nothing that I have any desire to ... Read More »

Livingston Submits Grant To Construct New Dog Park

Livingston in the running for a $25,000 grant that would be used to construct a new dog park. Downtown Revitalization Chairman Ray Evans said the proposed site would be adjacent to Central Park on a city-owned 1-acre lot. “We’ve made our application, and we are now in what is called a community involvement phase that will go through the end ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Pride Celebrates With Weekend Festivities

Upper Cumberland Pride celebrating its tenth anniversary this Saturday with its Upper Cumberland Pride festival at Dogwood Park. President Billy George said that UC Pride is an organization that works to connect LGBTQ+ youth with resources or community links they might need. He said that they are excited to celebrate this year’s theme, “True Colors, True You.” “Celebration is always ... Read More »

Clay Schools Approve Hermitage Springs Gym Painting Bid

Clay County School approved a bid to repaint the Hermitage Springs Gym. Athletic Director Rob Edwards said that they received three bids. He said that some of the bids varied based on whether the original paint of the gym was latex or oil-based. “Whether it was oil or latex on the walls, he thought it was latex, he said regardless ... Read More »

Putnam School Leaders Discuss TISA With Commissioner Schwinn

State Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn made four stops in the Upper Cumberland Friday to discuss the new school funding formula at a local level. Schwinn began the day at York Institution and traveled to the Putnam County Central Office to meet with administrators. Director of Schools Corby King asked about the future maintenance of effort and local school funding. Schwinn ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland School Leaders Reflect On Annual Leadership Conference

Upper Cumberland School leaders say that the annual Fall Creek Falls Leadership Conference was a major success. School Directors, Central Office Staff, and School Principals heard from state officials about the new funding formula, CTE updates and other topics. Clay Director of Schools Diana Monroe said that as a new director, she plans to take the information and use it ... Read More »

Nine Indicted Following Multi-Agency Meth Investigation in UC

An ongoing TBI investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of nine Upper Cumberland individuals for various drug-related charges. “Operation Ice Pick” began in February 2021 with agents and partnering agencies investigating a Middle Tennessee drug trafficking ring selling methamphetamine in the Upper Cumberland. On Wednesday, the DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments. Over the past two days, those ... Read More »

PCSS Seeking Community Input In New School Year Calendar Planning

Putnam County Schools seeking feedback as the calendar committee plans its next three-year school calendar. Communications Supervisor Hannah Davis said that the online survey is available to those both involved in the school system and those that are simply in the community. “All of them can go and take this survey to give back information as far as what’s important ... Read More »

New Bobby Q’s Owner Keeping Tradition With Some New Additions

Cookeville’s Bobby Q’s officially has a new owner. After 37 years, Mike Migliore has sold the restaurant to Monell’s Owner Michael King. King currently operates a Nashville dinner and catering company. He said he saw a news story about the restaurant that lead to his interest. “I was touched to the point that if we don’t start taking care of ... Read More »