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Prescott South Teacher Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ Finalist

A Prescott South Elementary School teacher has been named a finalists for Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year award. The Department of Education announced Mary Lindsay Spain as the Upper Cumberland finalist in the Middle Tennessee Grand Division. According to a press release, Spain will be one of nine state finalists for the national recognition. Qualifying candidates must have exceptional gains ... Read More »

Monterey Man Arrested On Domestic Assault, Firearm Charges

55-year-old Doug Saylor of Monterey was arrested Thursday for domestic assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A Monterey man faces charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Thursday. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested 55-year-old Doug Saylor for domestic assault and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Arrest warrants indicate the victim told authorities Saylor had struck her at their residence earlier that morning and threatened to kill her if she called police. The woman ... Read More »

THP Investigating Fire Truck Rollover in White County

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a fire truck rollover in White County. The Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department reports the incident occurred around 11 a.m. Friday on Old Smithville Highway. The truck belonging to the Cassville Volunteer Fire Department while responding to a non-emergency incident. The 37-year-old driver attempted to move to the right shoulder to let a car ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Present $99.7 Million Budget To County

The Putnam County School System’s draft 3 budget includes an $8.475 million gap. Putnam County Budget Committee Chairman Ben Rodgers said county funding will not be able to cover the entire gap. “That’s a big gap for the school system to be at, and I understand their needs and why they need that,” Rodgers said. “To consider funding all that ... Read More »

Human Trafficking Concern for Upper Cumberland

Rural populations such as the Upper Cumberland can be most vulnerable to human trafficking. That according to Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Natalie Ivey. “When it happens in rural populations, it is most commonly familial trafficking. So I know, from being from the Upper Cumberland, we are a town that cares about our people, we ... Read More »

TDOT Facing Challenges With Highway 85 Repair Work

Crews are facing hurdles in repairing Highway 85 after flooding damaged the roadway earlier this year. TDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the project is now slated for completion in January 2020. “It’s been a challenging project. There’s had to be some changes made to that project,” Flynn said. “Conditions are always changing out there so we’ve had to make a ... Read More »

Sparta Looks to Amend Property Zoning Code

Sparta citizens may see a new zoning category within the city limits. Mayor Jeff Young said the Zero-Lot Line Development District would allow construction of townhouses and condos. “It benefits us quite a bit by creating new opportunities for growth and development in our area,” Young said. “We sort of been limited, we can’t annex anymore so the corporate city ... Read More »

TTU Undergrad Tuition Going Up $90 Per Semester

Tennessee Tech's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve a tuition increase of $90 per semester (File Photo)

Tennessee Tech students will see a slight tuition increase when they return to campus this fall. The university’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve an increase of approximately $90 per semester. The 2.29-percent increase for undergraduate students is the smallest implemented by the university in the past five years, according to TTU officials. Undergrad students will pay $4,020 per ... Read More »

Monterey Approves $1 Million Outlay Note

Monterey has approved a $1 million capital outlay note to pay for several major projects. Alderman Nathan Walker said the 12-year note will provide better roads, new street lights, and address flooding issues. “I think it’s something that’s necessary that we’re just going to have to do,” Walker said. “We don’t have the money to take care of a lot ... Read More »

Skaters Enjoy Grand Opening of Cookeville Skate Park

Cookeville city officials celebrated the opening of the Park View Public Skate Park Thursday. Local skater Jacob Turrington said he felt excited to have a place to practice. “It’s pretty dope, I’ve been waiting on this for a long time. I mean, we have had indoor parks and stuff but it never had much business so they all kind of ... Read More »