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Monterey Seeks Grant For Adding Sidewalks To Burks

Monterey has located a possible funding source for providing students a safer route to and from school. Dawn Kupferer is the grant writer for the town of Monterey. “The State of Tennessee Department of Health has invited us to write a grant for sidewalks and a boardwalk,” Kupferer said. “It’s about $256,000 to connect the high school and elementary school ... Read More »

Stacey Dwight Austin Arrested For Disorderly Conduct After Release From Jail

Crossville Police arrested 37-year-old Stacey Dwight Austin five days after being released from jail for manslaughter. A police report indicates authorities were called to the Highway 127 bridge over I-40 about a man sitting on the ledge. Officers arrived on scene and found Austin sitting with his feet on the sidewalk and hands in his pocket. Austin tried walking away ... Read More »

Cookeville Adds Identification Labels To Native Cane Creek, City Lake Trees

Cookeville has added new identification labels to native tree species in Cane Creek and City Lake Parks. Urban Forester Jaime Nunan said the labels will provide a great benefit to anyone who visit the parks. “Identification labels, I think, give people better access to education and knowledge about our local native plants. Everything labeled there is a native plant that ... Read More »

Organization Expects To Feed 500 Families Saturday

Hundreds of Upper Cumberland families will receive free food when Feed America First visits the Putnam County Fairgrounds Saturday. Executive Director Mike Womack said a variety of perishable and non-perishable food items will be distributed. “We plan on arriving with somewhere around 32,000 to 35,000 pounds of food,” Womack said. “I know that’s a little hard to wrap your head ... Read More »

Cumberland County Schools Receive $90k for RTBR Program

The Cumberland County School District will receive $90,000 in grant funding for its Read to be Ready (RTBR) summer reading program. Federal Programs Director Dan Schlafer said the funding will be used to help improve elementary student reading levels. “It provides innovative and creative activities that engage our students in reading,” Schlafer said. “It also provides some books for them ... Read More »

Former TTU President Reflects On Jim Hicks’ Legacy

Cookeville lost a prominent community leader Saturday as Tennessee Tech alumni and local banker Jim Hicks passed away. Dr. Robert Bell served as Tennessee Tech President from 2000 to 2011. He said Hick will be greatly missed by the community. “We lost a community servant, a good neighbor, and a devoted partner for Tennessee Tech when we lost Jim Hicks,” ... Read More »

Cookeville To Consider Brush Grinder Purchase Thursday

Cookeville City Council will consider purchasing a new brush grinder Thursday. City Manager Mike Davidson said the city has previously needed a contractor to help remove brush from the city. “Six to eight months ago, we applied for a grant through the state of Tennessee to try and purchase our own grinder so we don’t have to hire someone to ... Read More »

Detour Work Set To Begin For Elmore Town Bridge

A detour for the Elmore Town Bridge should be in place by the end of the month. Putnam County Road Supervisor Randy Jones said Monday he will order supplies Tuesday morning. “I haven’t bought any supplies to build a detour around it because I was waiting to see if Baxter did de-annex and if the county accepted it back,” Jones ... Read More »

Vol-State To Offer RN Nursing Information Session

Volunteer State Community College at Livingston will host an information session for the new nursing degree program Tuesday. Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing Eric Melcher said the session will give those interested the tools to apply for the program. “We are very excited about it,” Melcher said. “And we are having an information session on Tuesday, April 23 at ... Read More »

Local Contractor Offers To Build Algood Farmer’s Market

It looks like the Algood farmer’s market project will become a reality. Algood officials turned down bids for the project last year, but a local contractor has now offered to build the facility for the cost of materials. Bryan Henry said he recently moved to Algood and heard about the city’s struggle with getting the project started. “When I heard ... Read More »