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Etheredge Part Of Leadership On Law Enforcement Change

Overton County

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge said continual training will be critical to improved law enforcement. Etheredge serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. That is one of the organizations joining with Governor Bill Lee last week to focus on better law enforcement statewide. “I think what everyone is looking for is uniformity,” Etheredge said. “And ... Read More »

Two Cookeville Power Outages Over Weekend

Two circuit outages through the Fourth of July weekend caused some Cookeville residents and businesses to lose power. Electric Department Director Carl Haney said the outage Friday took over three hours to repair. “It was caused by a transformer failure in one of our subdivisions,” Haney said. “When that happened it also caused a piece of equipment to fall right ... Read More »

Burks Elementary To Get AC In Gym

Putnam County

A new HVAC system will be installed in the Burks Elementary School gym this summer. Putnam County Schools Maintenance Supervisor John Magura said with the addition, all Putnam County Schools and gyms now have air conditioning. “The gym at Burks Elementary did not have air conditioning. It only had heat,” Magura said. “So, we are adding an air conditioning system.” ... Read More »

White County Will Not Require Masks

White County

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said county residents will not be required to wear masks. Executive Order 54 signed Friday by Governor Bill Lee gives county mayors the authority to issue local mask requirements in the event of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. Robinson said the order blindsided the county. “Governor Lee just kinda popped that on us ... Read More »

Cookeville Police Buying New Patrol Cars

The Cookeville Police Department ordering eight new patrol cars at a price tag of some $250,000. “We generally try to surplus our [vehicles] around the 100,000 mile mark,” Evans said. “The Sheriff’s Department and THP will probably get a little more mileage out of their because they’re on longer stretches of highway at higher speeds. When you drive around in ... Read More »

Tech Reimagined Program Working Across UC

Tennessee Tech’s Rural Reimagined program has developed partnerships with Clay and Jackson Counties and some 30 partnerships with local agencies around the region during its first year of work. The program brings together all of the university’s academic programs, staff and facilities to help rural communities. “We officially implemented it with the goal to harness science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship ... Read More »

Algood Water And Sewer Rates Increase

Putnam County

The City of Algood’s water and sewer rates increased to begin the new fiscal year. A nine percent increase went into effect July 1. City Administrator Keith Morrison said since Cookeville sells water to Algood, when Cookeville’s rates increase so must Algood’s. “As time goes on they have to increase our rates to cover making the water, keeping it safe,” ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning Looking At Parking Issue On 8th

Putnam County

The Cookeville Planning Department considering options to limit parking along Eighth Street. This comes in response to several residents filing complaints about Tennessee Tech students parking in front of their homes. Planning Department Director Jon Ward said residents approached city officials a few months ago. “You know, the city has parking standards where you can park, distances you have to ... Read More »

Monterey’s Street Paving Project Underway

Paving crews are at work to repave several streets in Monterey. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the street will have a fresh coat of black top by the end of July. “The Rogers Group has been busy this week,” Wiggins said. “Right now they’re doing site preparation going a long all the designated routes. Doing the milling, doing some drainage work, ... Read More »

New Pharmacy Coming to Baxter

Putnam County

Baxter will soon have a new pharmacy opening in town. Baxter Pharmacy is expected to open in late July. Owner Lana Jared said opening the business offered her the chance to make a difference. “I always knew I wanted to open my own pharmacy and give back to my community,” Jared said. “God birthed this idea into me in January ... Read More »