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Putnam County Schools Working To Mitigate Number Of Chronically Absent Students

A state mandate put in place several years ago now affecting several Upper Cumberland school systems working to avoid chronic absenteeism. The state classifies chronic absenteeism as when a student misses 10 percent of instructional days. Putnam Schools Attendance Supervisor Chris Pierce this is a fluctuating issue and students today would be chronically absent after missing just five days. “It’s ... Read More »

TTU Capstone Students Working To Develop Program To Better Parking

A group of Tennessee Tech students is working to develop a program that will make parking on campus more efficient through a computer science capstone project. Lecturer Jesse Roberts said the idea was generated through a partnership with another institute. He said the basic idea is that it would look for available parking spots and make those known to students. ... Read More »

Research Group Finds TTU Electrical Engineering Degree As Best Return On Invest

An independent research organization has found that Tennessee Tech’s Electrical Engineer program has the best return on investment among all state public universities. Beacon Center of Tennessee is a free-market think tank that focuses on issues from taxes to education. Research Associate Jason Edmonds said the study released Wednesday found that graduates make about $80,000 while only accruing $19,000 of ... Read More »

North Warren Fire Chief Pleased With Response To Wildfire

North Warren Fire Department Chief Raymond Roberts described the scene of the Warren County wildfire as “controlled chaos.” Roberts was incident command over the response that started early Monday morning and continued until Tuesday night. Roberts said he issued a state mutual aid request and crews from across the Upper Cumberland responded to the call. “On the ground it was ... Read More »

Warren Co Executive Says Wildfire Mostly Contained After Tuesday Rain

The wildfire in Warren County that has been burning since Monday night is now under control. County Executive Terry Bell said water drops by the National Guard and rain Tuesday afternoon has extinguished the majority of flames. “A lot of the problem with this fire was the wind,” Bell said. “We got from 40 to 50 miles per hour wind ... Read More »

Overton BOE Updates Project Master List For Architects To Review

The Overton County Board of Education will proceed with quotes from architects for roof replacements, a kitchen remodel and facilities for a JROTC program. School Board Members held a roundtable discussion Tuesday night discussing maintenance and capital projects in every school across the system. The projects will need to be addressed in the future. School Board Member Wayne Taylor said ... Read More »

Livingston BZA Approves Variance For New Childcare Facility

The Livingston Board of Zoning Appeals approved a square footage variance to allow the development of a new childcare facility. Chair Daniel Elder said codes require a 30,000 square foot lot size for development. Elder said the lot in question is only 23,000 square feet. “The individual that was putting fourth the variance it was just a request to do ... Read More »

CRMC Board Finance Committee Approves Patient Financial Services Product

Cookeville Regional Board of Trustee Finance Committee approved the purchase of a new product that provides cost estimates for patient procedures at its Tuesday meeting. CFO Tommye Rena Wells said the Change Healthcare Clearance Patient Access fills a federal rule to have all charges online and costs for the patients. “We currently have that online on our website, however that ... Read More »

Dirt Work Moving Forward At Tennessee Avenue Fairgrounds

Equipment has moved onto the Tennessee Avenue Putnam County Fairgrounds site to start dirt work. Mayor Randy Porter said the project will prepare the property for paving, utility work and construction of building pads. “They’ve started to do some clearing around the edges of the property and getting all the wetlands, water and streams staked out,” Porter said. “We are ... Read More »

CDC Predicting Larger Flu Season Than Recent Years

This year’s flu season expected to hit harder than years in recent years. That’s according to Cookeville Regional Medical Center Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter. She said the Center for Disease Control is sensing a bigger trend in its early predictions. “They believe that’s probably due to people not masking as much,” Etter said. “And honestly flu comes in waves ... Read More »