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Putnam Residential Development Slowing Down Slightly

Development in Putnam County showing signs of slowing down slightly after its recent boom. Planning Director Kevin Rush said that doesn’t mean it shows signs of stopping. “There’s always a lag between development and when the market is hot,” Rush said. “When the market is hot you see people start looking at developing property, but that takes a while to ... Read More »

White Co. School Board Approves Interim Strategic Plan

White County School Board approved an interim district strategic plan at its Thursday night meeting. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said a strategic plan is now a major component when applying for grant monies, particularly at the federal level. He said in order to keep that funding flowing, he formed a committee and solicited input from faculty, staff, and community ... Read More »

Sparta Purchases Generator To Make YMCA An Emergency Shelter

The Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen plan to designate the Sparta-White County YMCA as a new emergency shelter. The board approved the purchase of a back up generator for $31,000 Thursday night. Mayor Jerry Lowery said the city has already started the process with the American Red Cross. “This generator would provide emergency shelters if there are ice storms, tornadoes ... Read More »

Cookeville’s First Baptist And Stevens Street Baptist Holding Joint Worship

Cookeville’s First Baptist Church and Stevens Street Baptist Church to come together for joint worship services this weekend. First Baptist Music Pastor Greg Huff said the idea came about as a way to celebrate Stevens Street Baptist Church’s 75th year. He said because First Baptist is Stevens Street Baptist’s parent church, a joint worship service just makes sense. “We’re going ... Read More »

UC Habitat ReStore Sees Successful First Day At New Location

Upper Cumberland Habitat ReStore had a busy and successful opening day at its new location on Jefferson Avenue by Big R Farm and Home. Habitat’s Jennifer Olsen said the day started with a line out the door before they even opened. She said it is exciting to be able to offer a new and improved place to shop and donate ... Read More »

Algood PD Implementing E-Citation Program

Algood Police Department beginning to implement its new e-citation program. Chief Dale Armour said the program will allow officers to scan and print citations from their vehicles. He said so far, it has helped officers cut their traffic stop time in half. Armour said the e-citation program will also be beneficial to the city itself. “So by the time you ... Read More »

Overton Apartment Complex Moving Forward Pending Final Signatures

A 64-unit income based apartment complex in Overton County moving forward. The Overton County Industrial Development Authority approved an in lieu of taxes for the development Thursday. Chair Greg McDonald said construction can move forward once attorneys and the developer sign the contract. “We’ve had a great need for quite some time for housing and apartment types,” McDonald said. “We ... Read More »

TTU Hosting Two Commencement Ceremonies For Over 800 Students Friday

Over 800 Tennessee Tech students graduate Friday. Tech will host two commencement ceremonies at the Hooper Eblen Center. “It’s one of the best days for students celebrating their accomplishments and the hard work they put into earning their degrees and for families to get to come and watch them celebrate that and see the results of all that hard work ... Read More »

Cumberland River Hospital Owner Suing Clay County And Celina

Summons delivered to the City of Celina, Clay County and three other entities Wednesday as a lawsuit filed surrounding the closing of Cumberland River Hospital. Hospital Owner Johnny Presley charges the parties with “intentional, malicious and reckless actions” that led to the hospital’s closing. The lawsuit claims that leaders purposely misled EMS staff of the hospital’s medical capabilities and diverted ... Read More »

Recovery Kitchen Hosting Second Winter Festival Of Compassion

A Cookeville non-profit that feeds the homeless population hosting its Festival of Compassion Saturday. Co-Founder Justin Veals said the event gathers several resources at one place while participants enjoy a free holiday meal. “My wife and I Melissa, the co-founders of Recovery Kitchen, we’ve both experienced homelessness in our lives, and we’re both now in long-term recovery,” Veals said. “We’ve ... Read More »