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Crowdfunding Campaign For New Billboard Moves Forward

A Cookeville woman raising funds to combat a controversial billboard wants donors to vote on the design. Julia Gruber saw the billboard on I-40 near the Jefferson Avenue exit last week. In less than 12 hours, she raised enough money to put a billboard up for a month. “It’s not going to be a negative message, I don’t believe in ... Read More »

Crab Orchard Wind Farm Project Suspended

Apex Clean Energy suspended a plan to build a wind farm in Cumberland County. Late Friday afternoon, Apex said market conditions had moved against the $100 million project in Crab Orchard. The controversial project sparked numerous public meetings and an act by the state General Assembly. Sen. Paul Bailey and Rep. Cameron Sexton sponsored a bill creating a committee to ... Read More »

Tech To Offer Accounting Masters This Fall

Tennessee Tech will offer a unique masters program this fall. The Master of Accountancy is the only program of it’s kind in the state. It’s a 30-hour program that can be completed in one or two years. It’s designed to allow students to earn their masters degree and sit for the CPA exam. The Master of Accountancy program was the ... Read More »

Pody To Run For Mae Beavers’ Senate Seat

State Rep. Mark Pody hopes to move to the Senate. Pody announced Friday he would run for the 17th district Senate seat. That seat’s incumbent, Mae Beavers, announced last week she would run for governor. Pody currently represents the House 46th district, which includes parts of DeKalb and Wilson counties and all of Cannon County. Beavers’ district includes Wilson, Cannon, ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Airlifted, Cited After Accident

A Cookeville man was airlifted to Vanderbilt after a Thursday evening crash on Highway 135. According to the THP, John D. Overstreet was also cited for improper passing in the incident. Overstreet reportedly passed several vehicles before crashing into a Chevrolet 1500 driven by Janet Nash. Nash and three children in her vehicle were taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Meets Monday

The Putnam County Budget Committee will meet again Monday. Last week, Putnam County Executive Randy Porter told the committee the per-penny tax revenues were up a bit. The county’s general fund will receive an extra $466,000 next year. The group is tasked with creating a budget that covers all county expenses, including step raises for employees and an expected 15 percent ... Read More »

Algood Council Approves Budget On First Reading

Algood city leaders passed the first reading of their budget ordinance Friday. The meeting was rescheduled when there wasn’t enough members present for a quorum Monday. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the budget was approved on the first reading with last year’s tax rate. The budget ordinance still needs to be approved on a second reading to become official.   Read More »

Variety Of Services Aid Domestic Violence Victims

The TBI released its annual domestic violence report last week. The study showed more than 78,000 domestic violence incidents were reported statewide in 2016. Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center Director Amy Stockwell said a variety of services provided by centers like hers can make a difference for victims. “They can feel more independent and not so dependent on their abuser, a ... Read More »

Solar Eclipse May Encourage Kids In Science

Scientists hope August’s total solar eclipse encourages kids to study science. Tennessee Tech physicist Dr. Mary Kidd said it’s a unique opportunity. “I think it’s such a unique and amazing looking phenomenon I think a lot of kids will get excited about science just by being there to see it and understand why it occurs,” Kidd said. The last solar ... Read More »

Planned Power Outages To Take Place In Sparta

Sparta Electric customers may experience power outages over the next few weeks. The electric department has scheduled temporary power outages from June 12th through July 30th. Officials say the outages are necessary to perform sub-station repairs and pole replacements. Most of the outages will occur on weekends or late at night to minimize customer interruptions. Read More »