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Putnam Co. Veterans Wall To Be Made Safer For Visitors

The Veterans Wall at the Putnam County Courthouse will receive some updates for safety and accessibility. Mayor Randy Porter said the county plans on making a pathway that’s ADA-compliant to provide better access for veterans visiting. “We’re going to fix a place in the courthouse lawn,” Porter said. “Make a walkway that will come in behind the wall, as it ... Read More »

UCMS Follows Urge For Young Adult Vaccinations As Delta Variant Spreads

The Upper Cumberland Medical Society sides with national leaders urging young adults to get vaccinated. Society President Dr. Dawn Barlow said she suspects that the Delta variant of COVID has reached the region. The more contagious mutation has raised concerns in the medical world. “We are seeing young people get sicker with the Delta variant, and we also know that ... Read More »

Dekalb County Jail To Be Studied For Expansion Possibilities

A decision on whether to expand or build a new Dekalb County Jail is coming for the county commission. Sheriff Patrick Ray said the Tennessee Corrections Institute found the jail’s square footage was not up to standards during an inspection last year. Ray said the pandemic set back a CTAS feasibility study while beds are continuing to fill up. “A ... Read More »

TTU Wins Governor’s Award Environmental Stewardship For Building Green

Tennessee Tech has been named one of this year’s Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award winner for building green. University Sustainability Manager Delayne Miller said the new lab science building contributed to the award. Miller said the facility was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. “This building is our first LEED certified building that ... Read More »

Brad Halfacre Hired As New Jackson, Clay Co. Veterans Service Officer

Jackson County native Brad Halfacre will serve as the new Veterans Service Officer for both Jackson and Clay Counties. Richard Accurso as well as four other local veterans on the hiring board made the decision Wednesday. Accurso said the Navy veteran showed an excitement to serve that the committee wanted. “He seemed to understand that there is a need in ... Read More »

WCTE President Says Station Prepared To Enter A New Era

WCTE President and CEO Becky Magura was surprised and honored when she got word she was selected to lead Nashville Public Television. Magura said that WCTE’s accomplishments over the year showed she could succeed in a major market. However, Magura said her staff that got the station to this point made it all possible and are ready to achieve more. ... Read More »

WCTE President Assuming Same Role At NPT

WCTE President and CEO Becky Magura is leaving her role, becoming the new President and CEO of Nashville Public Television. Magura started at WCTE more than 39 years ago. In that time, she has held numerous production, educational outreach and management positions at the station. In 1995 Magura became Station Manager, then in 2006 she was appointed as President and ... Read More »

Putnam County’s Fairest Of The Fair Pageant Accepting Participants

Registration for Putnam County’s Fairest of the Fair Pageant comes to a close this Friday. Pageant Chair Shannon Hayes said in this pageant, first place can not be earned by just appearance. Hayes said young women are judged more on their confidence and personality. “Twenty-five percent of their score is based on their interview,” Hayes said. “So, we have stage ... Read More »

UCHRA Seeking Regional Input On Services Needed

UCHRA is looking for residents across the region to take its Community Needs Assessment to help focus service efforts. Community Services Assistant Director Megan Spurgeon said UCHRA wants input from citizens, elected officials, law enforcement and more. Spurgeon said services are often tied to a certain poverty level, however that has expanded during the pandemic. “If someone is technically over ... Read More »

Tech Announces Broadcasting Veteran As News And Communication Director

Tennessee Tech has announced Joe Fisher as its News and Communications Director. Fisher brings more than four decades of experience, working most recently as director of broadcasting for Vanderbilt Athletics. Fisher said his mission is to take the stories from Tech to another level of recognition. “I’m just looking forward to trying to finding a way to enhance and reach ... Read More »