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Tennessee Leads Nation In FAFSA Applications

Tennessee leads the nation in students applying for federal financial aid. Officials use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA as an indicator of the number of high school seniors intending to go to postsecondary education. More than 73 percent of all Tennessee high school seniors applied for the FAFSA this spring. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission said ... Read More »

Smithville Cancer Survivor Fundraising To Become An EMT

Smithville resident Jade Cade wants to be a paramedic to help people. The 25-year-old cancer survivor works full time and is a volunteer firefighter. In order to pay tuition, Cade has set up an account at She’s about 1/4 of the way to her goal of $3,000. She’s also set up a PayPal account. “I really enjoy helping people, I’m ... Read More »

Clay County Facing Property Tax Increase

Clay County property owners will be playing more taxes soon. The county commission has approved a resolution to surpass the state certified tax rate of $2.90. Clay County Commissioners have voted to set the rate at $3.10, which is a 6-percent increase from last year’s rate.   Read More »

TDEC Offering Grant Program

Local governments and nonprofits may get a little greener thanks to TDEC grants. Grant funding can be used toward purchasing recycling equipment, recycling rebates, the management of used oil/automotive fluids, convenience centers, education and outreach, and recycling measurement. All grants will support local governments’ efforts toward achieving their waste reduction and recycling goals. The application process is open until Oct. ... Read More »

Missing Elderly Man Located Wednesday Night

McMinnville authorities found a missing elderly man Wednesday night. 76-year-old Jack Miller was located in a wooded area behind a home on Lind Street. Authorities said the homeowners discovered Miller after hearing a voice coming from the woods. Miller received treatment at River Park Hospital after spending the entire day in hot temperatures with no food or water. Miller went ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Pass Budget

Putnam County Schools has passed a budget. Preliminary budgets had a $4 million gap, a space between the amount of services the board hoped to provide and the amount of money they had. The Putnam County Board of Education met Tuesday and eliminated enough services to narrow that gap to $1 million, then voted to use reserve funding to cover ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Says Billboard Experience Positive

A billboard funded by a crowdfunding campaign will soon go up on I-40 in Cookeville. Cookeville resident Julia Gruber started the campaign a month ago on The campaign has since raised more than $3,000. “I think for me it was reassuring, the word I would use, that there are people in this town and in this country that do ... Read More »

Smithville Man Arrested For Hit-And-Run In Coffee County

State authorities have arrested a Smithville man in connection with a deadly hit-and-run incident in Coffee County Monday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the suspect as Shelton G. Martin. Martin is accused of striking 78-year-old Arthur Mantone with his Mitsubishi Galant and leaving the scene. Mantone died at the scene and police later located Martin at a home in ... Read More »

TVA Predicts Record-Setting Power Demand This Week

The TVA estimates Tennesseans will use more power this week than they have since the summer of 2012. With temperatures hovering around 95, the TVA believes power demand will be the highest it’s ever been. A written statement from the TVA estimates power usage to be about 18 percent higher than the usual summer demand. There’s still plenty of electricity ... Read More »

Vet Programs At TTU Get Boost

Tennessee Tech’s veterans programs will get a boost this year. The Military and Veteran Affairs Office will open a student center specifically for veterans and their dependents this fall. The Tennessee Tech Eagles Wings Student Center is expected to be open before the fall semester begins. A Veterans Reconnect grant from the state will also pay for a new position ... Read More »