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State Supreme Court Rules Against Bonding Company

The State Supreme Court found a Van Buren County court can suspend a local bonding company for failure to appear. Cumberland Bail Bonding challenged the September, 2017 ruling that it could no longer write bonds in Van Buren County. At issue, a local rule that requires bonding agents to appear at any court hearing involving the defendants. The bonding agent ... Read More »

Debris Cleanup Focused On April 18 Finish

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said clean-up crews hope to finish debris removal by April 18. Porter said officials want to make sure residents get their debris moved to roadside as soon as possible. “We need you to get your debris out to the county right of way by the street in the next week,” Porter said. Residents needing assistance ... Read More »

Big O Donuts Relocating After 47 Years

Cookeville’s Big O Donuts is scheduled to move to a new location later this month. Owner Tom Bonning said the business has to leave due to the building being bought by an accounting office. “The building got sold without being offered to us. I’ve been trying to buy it for the last eight years and they kept saying it wasn’t ... Read More »

Road Damage After Breached Dam

A lane of Monterey’s Industrial Drive suffered erosion damage after a earthen dam breached Friday. Monterey City Mayor Bill Wiggins said high amounts of rainfall and beavers caused the breach. “After the breach, some of our city employees and police officers were up there and actually saw the beavers come around after the breach happened,” Wiggins said. “We’re attributing it ... Read More »

Bid Winner For Paving Project In Monterey

Rogers Group, Inc. won the bid to start paving improvements in the city of Monterey. Consulting engineer Jerry Warren said the overall bid total was $489,020.60. Railroad Avenue, Old Walton Road, East New Street, S. Elm Street and Jackson Street will receive improvements. “We did have three bidders who picked up plans and specs, but Rogers Group was the one ... Read More »

Worries About Domestic Violence Among COVID

Domestic violence numbers have increased nationally over the last two weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak. Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center Director Amy Stockwell said the office has not seen an increase in calls, but that doesn’t mean there’s less abuse. “All of the obstacles we’ve been through lately with the tornado and COVID-19, I think that people are more afraid ... Read More »

Overton’s Grant Request May Not Be Enough

Overton County officials are filing for an infrastructure grant that may not be enough to cover pandemic costs. Governor Bill Lee announced Monday grant money to be distributed to every county and city governments in Tennessee for one-time local expenses in 2021’s fiscal year. County Executive Ben Danner said the county is expecting to lose $1 million in revenue over ... Read More »

Biz Foundry Providing 3-D Printed Face Shields

Cookeville’s Biz Foundry will provide free 3-D printed face shields for anyone in need. Director Tiffany Anton said the idea came from Hip Cookeville’s Blair Dudley. “[He] has kinda dabbled in 3-D printing with different projects here and there along the way,” Anton said. “When the coronavirus pandemic started closing things down, he decided that he wanted to figure out ... Read More »

CRMC Reduces Workforce

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is laying off 400 employees due to a decrease in patient volume. CRMC CEO Paul Korth said the reduction in the hospital’s workforce is necessary to ensure its long-term financial health. “The furloughing of the staff is a must if,” Korth said. “It’s something we must do at the medical center in order to continue to ... Read More »

I Heart Tech Fundraiser Raises Some $418K

The second I Heart Tech Students Fundraising Campaign garnered some $418,000 for students in need. “We, in the Crawford Alumni Center, were pleasantly surprised at the outpouring of support and are grateful for all of those generous donors who chose to support Tech students during these unexpected and unprecedented times,” Tech Director of University Advancement Brandon Boyd said. The times ... Read More »