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Genesis House Uses Safe At Home Program To Keep Victims Confidential

A state program called Safe at Home has helped the Genesis House keep domestic violent victims confidential. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett highlighted the program as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Executive Director Melissa Garrett said the program provides victims a substitute address so they cannot be tracked after relocating from a dangerous situation. “The last thing ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Applying For Solid Waste Grant

Jackson County Commission applying for a $50,000 solid waste grant. Mayor Randy Heady said the grant pool had closed down during the pandemic and had recently opened back up. He said the funding has to go towards recycling mechanisms. “The three things we are looking to go for is a new tow motor, our tow motors have been costing us ... Read More »

White Co. Sheriff’s New Phone System Going Well

White County Sheriff’s Office has initiated a new phone system. Sheriff Steve Page said the replacement was made possible through a recent grant opportunity. He said the previous phone system was over 20 years old and used multiple numbers. “It’s digital and that helps us with our answering service and being able to transfer the calls without dropping the calls,” ... Read More »

Residents Evacuated As Fire Crews Work To Contain Wildfire In Warren County

National Guard helicopters arrived in Warren County Tuesday to help fight a wildfire that started Monday evening. The aerial support came after County Executive Terry Bell declared a state of emergency. The helicopters have coordinated at least two drops of water on the flames located behind Isha. The Warren County Sheriff’s Department reported that 35 percent of the fire is ... Read More »

Concrete Mixing Company Opens Tennessee Avenue Facility

A concrete mixing company has opened its new Cookeville facility on Tennessee Avenue. Danial Bugbee is the President of Garrott Brothers Ready Mix-Concrete. Bugbee said the facility brings about 15 new jobs to the area. “I think the spot on Tennessee Avenue is just a great logistic spot to get around the city and the growth that has happened,” Bugbee ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Approves Covering Cost Of Employee Insurance

Jackson County Commission approved covering the cost of a 10 percent health insurance increase at its Monday night meeting. County Mayor Randy Heady said the increase does not require amending the county’s budget, as the county budget committee planned to cover the increase during the budgeting process. He said the increase was a significant leap to these costs. “It was ... Read More »

White Co “Hemorrhaging” Money Paying For Transfer Of Trash

White County Commissioner Derrick Hutchings said the county is hemorrhaging money by the way it is currently operating its trash operations. The White County Solid Waste Committee spent more than two hours Monday night discussing rate increases. Hutchings said the county needs to try and offset the costs by reevaluating rates that have not been updated in several years. “Right ... Read More »

UCDD UCHRA Director Wants Region-Wide EMS Wage Study

UCDD UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley wants to conduct an EMS pay and benefit study to help local staffing issues. Farley said local leaders at a recent mayor’s retreat expressed concern about workforce issues. “It’s been a part of county government that you have seen a lot of changes in,” Farley said. “You’ve seen employees with turnover moving from program ... Read More »

Cookeville-Putnam Visitor’s Bureau Using Billboards Through State Grant

The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitor’s Bureau has launched a grant-funded market imitative to bring more traffic into Cookeville. Director of Tourism Shan Stout said a new billboard has been placed between I-40 exits 288 and 290 advertising its Visit Cookeville shop. “The goal is to navigate traffic from a two-hour radius, so that way people coming in from the Smokies or ... Read More »

Sparta Starts Residential Leaf Pickups For The Fall Season

Sparta residential leaf pickups began Monday. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said participating residents need to rake their leaves to the edge of your yard for street workers to collect. “It’s just one benefit that the city offers,” Quick said. “What we require is for the leaves to be placed at the edge of the road. We can’t work on ... Read More »