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Gallatin Manufacturer Moves Operations To Sparta

A new manufacturing business has moved from Gallatin to Sparta. Fusion Tools Inc creates cable ropes and shackles for the industrial market. Vice-President Wes Howard said family, expansion opportunities and more employees is why the company selected Sparta. ‘We actually scoured the state all the way from Dickson, Tennnessee over to Oak Ridge, Tennessee,” Howard said. “We sent a considerable ... Read More »

Fall Creek Falls Participating In Kayak Safety Instruction Course

Fall Creek Falls is one of 12 state parks to partner with the American Canoe Association (ACA) in a low-cost kayak instruction program. Saturday’s program will be offered as part of National Boating Safety Week. ACA Tennessee State Director Andrea White: “Well we know there has been a surge of folks who come to the rivers to start paddling and ... Read More »

Algood Parks And Rec Optimistic About City Park Dirt Work

Algood Parks and Recreation Director Roy Phipps said he’s optimistic about the dirt removal process at City Park. City Council recently approved a change order that added a third site for fill dirt drop-off after concerns regarding capacity. Phipps said that the current locations at the park and at the Algood Public Works Department are close to filling up. “It’s ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council Candidate Gene Bressler Withdraws

Cookeville City Council Candidate Gene Bressler announced on Monday he would withdraw from the upcoming council race. Bressler was one of 12 candidates to qualify for the city council ballot in the August election. Due to a family health situation, Bressler decided he must withdraw to dedicate his time to his family. Bressler said that he hopes to return to ... Read More »

Student Delegate Reflects On Student Congress On Polices In Education

Three students from Putnam County Schools served as delegates to the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE). One delegate, Upperman High School Junior Ross King, said that at the one-day event at Belmont University, students were put into small groups and discussed and debated policies that affect school systems. “We debated whether we should have uniforms for students,” King ... Read More »

Cookeville Murder Suspect Extradited To Putnam Jail

A Cookeville man that allegedly murdered his 23-year-old fiancee was transported back to Putnam County from Louisiana Saturday. Christian Luna is currently being held with a $250,000 bond at the Putnam County Jail. Luna was arrested out-of-state in February for the first degree murder of Lyndzy Bounds. Bounds’ body was found by authorities at her 12th Street apartment in Cookeville ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Purchase New Cafeteria Management System

A new county-wide school nutrition software will be implemented at all Putnam County Schools next year. Deputy Director Tim Martin said the new system will streamline data collecting for nutrition staff. “The added benefit will be that the managers will be able to keep and notice trends and see what kind of things are selling better,” Martin said. “They can ... Read More »

Engineer Work On White County Bridge May Cause Some Closures

Roberts Matthew Highway Bridge over Post Oak Creek in White County will experience closures or lane reductions starting Monday. Financial Director Chad Marcum said engineers will be studying the feasibility of replacing the bridge over the next two weeks. “They need to access underneath the bridge to do some burrowing for geotechnical investigation just to make sure that when we ... Read More »

What Police Departments Consider Before Pursuing A Vehicle

How do police departments determine when or when not to pursue a vehicle? The question comes after a recent police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Monterey that was called off due to public safety. Sparta Police Chief Doug Goff said his officers consider several factors. “We consider the nature of the offense, road conditions, traffic conditions, time of day ... Read More »

State Funds Tourism Initiative To Tell History Of Wilder

The unincorporated town of Wilder in Fentress County will receive $500,000 though Governor Bill Lee’s newest budget. State Representative John Mark Windle said the money will be used to develop tourism attractions in the once populated coal mining community. “I’ve heard estimates as high as 7,000, but certainly, there were close to 5,000 residents in a close proximity to the ... Read More »