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UCDD To Help UC Mayors In Need Of Administering TDEC ARP Money

UCDD will offer administrative services to Upper Cumberland counties needing assistance with managing TDEC ARP fund. Executive Committee Chair Randy Heady said in his role as Jackson County Mayor, he does not have the staff to oversee the money. “It is hard to navigate, and I don’t have time to do that kind of work,” Heady said. “So, I’m willing ... Read More »

Teachers Hopeful For Student Success During Testing Week

Tuesday marks the beginning of state testing season in schools, which can be one of the most stressful parts of the year for teachers. Tristan Stafford teaches 3rd Grade at Celina K-8 school. She said that the stress is a combination of scores reflecting on her, and wanting success for her students. “You can see the looks on their faces ... Read More »

Cookeville FD Receiving Hazardous Gas Meters Through UC Homeland Security

Cookeville Fire Department will receive some eight hazardous gas meters through the Upper Cumberland Region of Homeland Security. Paramedic Reserve Engineer Joey Smith said that firefighters will use the tools in a variety of emergency situations, including structure fires, hazardous material emergencies, and leak detections. “They draw in ambient air in our atmosphere and in our environment that we’re in ... Read More »

Two Cordell Hull Swim Beaches Closed For Bacteria Levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed two swimming beaches at Cordell Hull Lake due to high traces of bacteria. Park Ranger Spencer Taylor said that the two affected beaches are Defeated Creek Day Use in Carthage and Roaring River in Gainesboro. “We presume that’s due to the low water levels at the lake and then we get a ... Read More »

First Volunteer Bank To Rebrand As Builtwell Bank

First Volunteer Bank will rebrand as Builtwell Bank this year. The company has branches in Clarkrange, Jamestown, Cookeville and Monterey. The company said that the new brand identity “underscores the soundness that forms the foundation of our strong community bank.” The Builtwell brand will begin to appear at the 24 branches spanning 11 counties in Tennessee and Georgia later this ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board Approves FY Budget

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Manager Dean Selby asked the four government entities affiliated with the airport to consider increasing their contributions. Those four entities are Putnam County, Cookeville, White County, and Sparta. The request to increase from $28,000 to $35,00 each came as part of budget approval at Tuesday’s airport board meeting. “I feel like, and based on TDOT’s (study), ... Read More »

Van Buren Commission Approves Federal Money For VFD Maintenance

The Van Buren County Commission has approved about $50,000 to help the county’s volunteer fire departments with maintenance efforts. Mayor Greg Wilson asked the commission Tuesday night to use some of its remaining ARP funding of $128,000. Wilson said one example of need was the Fall Creek Falls Department that dished out over $6,000 for a repair. “We’ve got one ... Read More »

Cookeville Receives TDOT Approval On Initial Review Of Gateway Monument Project

Cookeville received TDOT approval on the initial review for its gateway project partnership with Tech. Planning Director Jon Ward said that TDOT approved both proposed locations along Willow Avenue and that they will continue with the next steps. “After receiving initial approval for the project, you move into final review requirements where we will have to provide engineered drawings for ... Read More »

Putnam Committee Appoints Leaders To Start Budget Work

The Putnam County Budget Committee met for the first time approving the meeting dates and leadership of the body. Members appointed Commissioner Ben Rodgers as the chair. Rodgers said the committee will start be reviewing general fund requests from department heads. “Then that gives you any opportunities to ask any questions that you have,” Rodgers said. “We don’t generally make ... Read More »

Monterey Police Chief Says License Cameras Will Help Keep Town Safe

Monterey Police Chief Bill Randolph said he requested the purchase of license plate cameras to identify stolen or wanted vehicles. Randolph said the cameras are connected to databases. They alert an officer’s phone when reported tags enter the town. “We’ve recovered several of them over the last few years without any car readers just by traffic stops are somebody calling ... Read More »