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UCHRA Receives Interest In Nutrition Program

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) has received interest from multiple communities in providing nutrition program services themselves. Executive Director Mark Farley said at least six counties are looking into providing the service. “We’re going through the proposal process currently see what our food cost is going to be for the next year and to see what interest we ... Read More »

Rescuers Continue Search For Missing Diver Into Wednesday Night

Hamilton County Rescue Lt. Brian Krebs points to a cave map, showing where rescuers believe a missing British cave diver may be located (Photo: Logan Weaver)

Emergency rescue personnel will continue their search Wednesday night for a missing British cave diver in Jackson County. Derek Woolbright is the Jackson County EMA public information officer. He said the man went missing just off Flynns Creek Road. “A group of five went into the cave, and when they came back out they realized they were missing an individual,” ... Read More »

Putnam Inmates Remove Tons Of Trash From State Roadways

Inmates have played a major part in helping keep Putnam County beautiful. Sheriff Eddie Farris said inmate work crews picked up 67 tons of trash and removed 24 tons of tires from state highways last year. “That is a very valuable tool for us here in this county and we certainly want to represent well and make this county very ... Read More »

Election Commission Closes Brotherton Voting Precinct

Putnam County has one less voting precinct after election commissioners closed the Brotherton polling location Wednesday. The decision is mostly due to a low voter turnout and the poor condition of the Brotherton Community Center. Commissioner Linda Daniel noted that the precinct could reopen in the future. “If they could get that center up and running, and if the people ... Read More »

Easter Chicks, Ducklings Lead to More Responsibility

Chicks and ducklings given as gifts during the Easter season often become more work than expected. Dekalb County 4-H Youth Development Agent Leigh Fuson said some families may be equipped for the baby birds, but most are not. “Then that is a great option for you possibly. And it teaches great responsibility for your kids and can be a great ... Read More »

Local Doctor, Nurse Practitioner Charged In Opioid Investigation

Unsealed federal indictments charged a Smith County doctor and Cookeville nurse practitioner Wednesday for healthcare fraud schemes and illegally prescribing and dispensing opioids. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle Tennessee announced 64-year-old Dr. Bowdoin Smith of Carthage as one of several medical professionals indicted across Tennessee. Smith faces two counts of distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. Indictments ... Read More »

Jamestown Man Killed In Highway 127 Crash

A Tuesday evening crash in Fentress County claimed the life of a Jamestown man. The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased Wednesday as 67-year-old Ronnie Smith. The crash happened when Smith failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Wes Baldwin Road and Highway 127. A THP crash report said Smith’s 1988 Buick crossed Highway 127 and ... Read More »

Diver Trapped In Jackson County Cave

Rescue crews are searching for a person trapped in a cave in Jackson County. Jackson County EMA Public Information Officer Ethan Burris said crews responded to Flynn’s Creek Road early Wednesday morning. “Dispatch received a call about a diver that hasn’t come back up to the level ground,” Burris said. “We currently have crews here from Jackson County and Hamilton ... Read More »

PCSO Honors Attorneys Jones, Rader For Service

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recognized two if its attorneys prior to Monday’s County Commission meeting. Sheriff Eddie Farris said Attorneys Dan Rader and Jeff Jones have always been available to help his department. “They’re always available day and night,” Farris said. “I know Jeff’s called me back before on a cross-country motorcycle trip, and Dan’s called me not long ... Read More »

THP Reminds Parents To Check Child Booster Seats

The Tennessee Highway Patrol wants parents to be aware of their child’s car seat requirements. District Captain R.C. Christian said seat requirements can vary depending on the child. “It’s confusing in many ways. We’re there to try and clarify that and to let people know the age of your child, the weight of your child, all those things are factors ... Read More »