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Rickman Elementary Lowering Energy Usage

Showcasing energy savings at Rickman Elementary School netted the school a $10,000 grant from the TVA’s School Uplift program. Interim Principal Kelly Pendergrass said the school was able to reduce its energy usage through simple practices like turning off lights in empty rooms and replacing projectors with newer, more energy-efficient models. Pendergrass said it is important that the school and ... Read More »

New ADA-Accessible Overlook Open At Cummins Falls

Cummins Falls State Park has officially opened its new 3,600 square-foot wheelchair-accessible overlook. Park Manager Ray Cutcher said this is a major change from the small outcropping that only one of people could get to at a time. He said rugged terrain with roots and loose rocks that led to the overlook made it nearly impossible for someone with mobility ... Read More »

Fentress Chamber Launching Tourism Rebrand

The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce is launching a tourism rebrand with a new seal designed to update the visual appeal of the county’s marketing materials. Chamber Executive Director Jacob Rosenbaum said the county initiated the effort two years ago with the Tennessee Tech Center for Rural Innovation and the Tennessee Department of Tourism. He said the new seal includes ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Bidding Upgraded Fencing At 5 Schools

Putnam County Schools set to add new fencing on five campuses across the district. Deputy Schools Director Tim Martin said the hardware will add security to corners of campuses that typically do not have many eyes on them. The project will also add escape hardware for gates. Martin said the State Fire Marshall’s Office requires escape hardware that allows people ... Read More »

North Smithville Tornado Labeled EF1; 100 Mile Winds

100-mile-per-hour winds blew through Smithville Monday evening as an EF-1 tornado left trees down and a handful of homes damaged. National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Sam Shamburger said tornadoes this size are fairly common in the Upper Cumberland. He said this one did not move very fast, traveling 3.3 miles in some 10 minutes. He said the storm pulsed, gaining ... Read More »

Tech Engineering Students To Renovate Whitaker Park

Monterey Aldermen gave four Tennessee Tech students the green light to turn their Proposed Educational Energy Park school project into reality Monday night. The proposed Whitaker Park renovation would add dozens of features that produce renewable energy. Student Michael Miner said the project would likely take years to complete, but would not cost the town a cent. Miner said items ... Read More »

Tech’s Wilmore Remains On Ground

Tennessee Tech Trustee Barry Wilmore remains on the ground, after NASA stopped countdown Monday two hours prior to liftoff. Trouble with a valve in the rocket’s upper stage, the reason. Wilmore and his co-pilot were strapping in, when NASA called off the Monday liftoff. Early Tuesday, NASA announced the launch would be delayed until at least Friday. “To complete data ... Read More »

12 Houses Significantly Damaged, One Injured In Dekalb

At least a dozen homes damaged significantly, downed trees prominent after a tornado touched down in Dekalb County Monday afternoon. Dekalb County EMA Director Charlie Parker said the one injury occurred when a tree fell just a few feet in front of a driver. He said the woman sustained a minor injury after crashing into it. Parker said the houses ... Read More »

Biking From Florida To Crossville, Raise Funds & Awareness

A pair of cyclists rode from Lake Park, Florida to Crossville to collect donations for Jonah’s Joy, a nonprofit designed to help sexually exploited adolescent girls. Executive Director Denise Weaver said Board Member Jim Higgins had the idea to visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Florida, and collect donations on the ride back. She said in ... Read More »

Cookeville rue21 Store Closing After Bankruptcy

Cookeville’s rue21 store, one of 15 locations in Tennessee set to close after the company filed bankruptcy. The Jackson Plaza location expected to close within the next two months. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the third time doing so since 2003. The company operates 543 stores nationwide. The company sells mens and womens clothing geared toward younger adults. ... Read More »