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Governor Lee Headlining White County Independence Day Celebration

Governor Bill Lee will be in attendance for White County’s Freedom Celebration on Friday. Lee will be making two other Upper Cumberland stops on Friday, including Rock Island and Smithville. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said it was perfect timing for a stop from the Governor on 4th of July weekend. “It’s a great honor, we’re glad, ” Robinson ... Read More »

TN Education Commissioner Visiting UC School Systems

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn spent Monday touring Upper Cumberland school systems to get feedback on summer learning. Schwinn made a stop in Overton County Monday and fielded questions from school system leadership. Schwinn said that based on feedback, summer learning went well. “I think that a lot of it is the STEM work and really focusing on science, hands-on ... Read More »

Story Time Hour Offered For Kids In Rock Island This Summer

Rock Island’s Cedar Grove Community Center is offering an hour of story time for kids this summer. Family, Community and Education Club President Sarah Hillis said starting June 29, every Tuesday at 10:00 AM will be dedicated to the story hour. Hillis said this effort was about engaging kids and getting them together. “We wanted to be able to offer ... Read More »

50th Annual Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree: A Celebration Of Old-Time Country Traditions

The long-running Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree returns for its 50th Anniversary this year, but how did it come about? Smithville’s biggest tourism event of the year celebrates old-time talents like square-dancing, clogging, and bluegrass music. Director of Marketing Shan Stout said it was started in 1972 by Congressman Joe Evins as a small music festival. “That first festival, they sent out over ... Read More »

Jackson St. Convenience Center To Open In Roughly Three Months

The  Jackson Street Convenience Center is estimated to open in roughly two to three months. According to Putnam County Solid Waste Director Doug Ashburn, the work is close to completion. “Well we’re probably like another six weeks on finishing the building, pouring the pads, and then the paving will begin” Ashburn said. “And I’m assuming it’ll take a week, week ... Read More »

TTU Summer Program Sending 40 Kids Home With New Bikes

Tennessee Tech’s Elinor Ross Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School is sending 40 kids in need home with a new bike. Executive Director Janet Isbell said the school is a six week summer literacy and enrichment program for K-4 aged kids on free and reduced lunch. Isbell said community support made this idea a reality. “I just got to thinking, what ... Read More »

Baxter and TTU Celebrating 105th Birthday After Last Year’s Cancellation

Baxter and Tennessee Tech are getting the chance to celebrate their 105th birthday, after the event was cancelled last year. Baxter Beautification Chair Jeanie Lee said on July 1 that leaders for the school and city will speak about history and the current community. Lee said this is a time for pride and reflection on what makes Baxter a special ... Read More »

TTU’s New Cupola Clock Tower Delivery Delayed Until Fall

Tennessee Tech’s new clock tower cupola on Derryberry Hall has been delayed until September. The new cupola was set to be delivered on Monday. Vice President for Facilities and Business Services Chuck Roberts said materials measurements were delayed due to weather. Roberts said a lift was unable to be used to get on the roof with a two-week stretch of ... Read More »

Sparta Saves On Budget By Removing Two Positions

Sparta will have two less staff positions heading into the new fiscal year. The recently approved city budget removed a water collection sewer distribution operator and a street laborer. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said two supervisors recently retired and the promoted employees carried those responsibilities to their new positions. “Job descriptions and things like that are not updated as much ... Read More »

Local Dairy Farming Industry Facing Some Difficulties After Pandemic

June is National Dairy Month and local dairy farmers say the state of the industry is difficult right now. Sparkman Farms Co-Owner John Sparkman said that the pandemic has impacted dairy farming. “Right now it’s not really good on the dairy farms,” Sparkman said. “The price has been going down some the last few months. We’re hoping that recovery from ... Read More »