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Healthy Pumpkins Make Good Jack-O-Lanterns

The Putnam County Extension Service said healthier pumpkins last longer as jack-o-lanterns. Extension Agent Wayne Key said folks should make sure there’s no spots on the pumpkin because they can spread to rot quickly. “If they buy a pumpkin, make sure both the calix end at he bottom of the pumpkin it’s sitting on as well as the stem itself, ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Rail Trail Contract Amendment

The Cookeville City Council approved a 1-year contract extension for the Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail. The contract allows for shrubs to be monitored for health after a little more than 800 shrubs died during dry conditions last year. Crews have already replaced the shrubs, which act as a soft barrier between the railroad tracks and the 4.2 mile trail ... Read More »

Memphis Man Charged After High Speed Chase

Putnam County authorities have arrested a Memphis man after he allegedly led authorities on a high speed chase. 19-year-old Kyle Gregory Teal is charged with reckless endangerment and evading arrest following Thursday morning’s incident. According to authorities, the chase began on Interstate 40 near mile marker 285. A report stated that Teal was driving a Suzuki Forenza when a Tennessee ... Read More »

Haslam: Vote For Who Makes A Difference

The 2018 election cycle will produce a lot of change in the Volunteer State. There’s cascade of changes in state government as current elected officials announce their intentions to run for Gov. Bill Haslam’s position or Sen. Bob Corker’s seat. Yesterday in White County, Haslam declined to endorse anyone for any position. “I think it’s really important that Tennessee, that ... Read More »

New Rules Don’t Exclude Young Candidates

New statewide rules on who can run as a Republican won’t stop younger people from running for office. Putnam County Republican Party executive committee member Kent Kogar said young people, particularly members of Republican youth organizations, won’t have a problem. “They would be, not necessarily exempted from the rule, but they would still be counted as Republicans if they were ... Read More »

Sparta Completes Zoning For New School

Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen cleared the way for the new Findlay Elementary. The board unanimously approved a zoning change for the proposed site. The White County Board of Education intends to break ground this winter on the new school. The site is county property right next to the current school. Read More »

Hormann Factory Nearly Located In Putnam County

White County’s new Hormann factory was very nearly located a little farther north. During the announcement ceremony Thursday, White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson thanked Putnam County Executive Randy Porter and Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton for sending Hormann to White County. “What’s good for one area is good for the whole region. As it turns out, the property they needed, ... Read More »

Haslam: Wasn’t Excited About Idea Of Senate Run

Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Upper Cumberland to announce a major economic investment in White County. He also spoke briefly about his decision to not run for Sen. Bob Corker’s seat. “I thought about it very seriously but in the end I love the job I’m doing now, I don’t really want to sacrifice my last 15 months to be ... Read More »

German-Based Company To Locate In White County

Upper Cumberland officials have announced that German manufacturer Hormann Group will be locating  in White County. The company manufactures doors, garages, door frames, and gates. According to officials, Hormann will invest nearly $64 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Sparta. The company plans to create approximately 200 jobs. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson: “Oh this is exciting, this ... Read More »

Woman To Serve 16 Years For Violating Probation

A Cumberland County judge has sentenced a woman to serve 16 years behind bars for violating probation. 23-year-old Victoria Gaw pleaded guilty to the charge this week. As part of that plea agreement Gaw received a six year sentence that will be served consecutive to the balance of a 10-year sentence. In 2015 Gaw pleaded guilty to a number of ... Read More »