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Livingston’s Microburst Storm Event Saw Wind Speeds Up To 85MPH

A strong wind event unexpectedly caused widespread damage in Livingston Saturday night. The microburst event caused an estimated $2 million in damage to buildings and homes. Nashville National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Reagan said that a microburst requires two things: instability in the air, and a lack of wind shear. “What happened was there wasn’t much shear in the atmosphere ... Read More »

Hundreds Gather For The Opening Of Buc-ee’s in Crossville

It was a huge grand opening in Crossville Monday as hundreds came to check out the first-ever Tennessee Buc-ee’s location. Local officials and state leaders gave their remarks at the ribbon cutting of the 54,000 square foot site. Crossville Mayor James Mayberry said the three years of work to open the location was worth it. “Now when you look around here, ... Read More »

Sexton Signs Truth In Sentencing Bill Honoring Victims and Victim Families

Upper Cumberland legislators and law enforcement discussed the potential impacts of the state’s new truth in sentencing act. Monday’s ceremonial bill signing by House Speaker Cameron Sexton in Crossville focused on specifics of the bill which goes into effect Friday. State Representative Ryan Williams shared a recent example of how the law will benefit the community. “If this bill would ... Read More »

Livingston Estimating $2M In Property Damage After Saturday Storm

The Town of Livingston is working on debris cleanup following a major storm Saturday night. Mayor Curtis Hayes said that most of the damage was inside the town’s corporate limits due to downed trees and straight-line winds. Hayes said that the National Weather Service called the storm cell a “Micro Burst.” “It began north of Livingston in the Little Eagle ... Read More »

Overton School Lunches Returning To Traditional Style

Overton School lunches seeing changes to next year’s serving style after the FDA recommends a return to the traditional serving style. School Nutrition Supervisor Debie Taylor said that the system adapted to pandemic protocols and that returning to normal will hopefully ease the work for employees. “We had to package everything and deliver it to the rooms and that’s a ... Read More »

Fentress Renews Contract With State For Housing State Prisoners

Fentress County has renewed its contract for housing state prisoners. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said that the state’s Department of Correction pays approximately $39 per prisoner per day to help counties offset costs. “We have to furnish the housing and such and pay for the bills of our own,” Johnson said. “And so when that gives us a little bit ... Read More »

Putnam Solid Waste Issues Reminders For Waste Drop-Off

Putnam County Solid Waste reminds community members that out-of-county waste is not permitted at any drop-off locations. Director Doug Ashburn said that with so many new people moving to the county, they wanted to make sure that people understand protocols. “What that does is the more trash, the more it costs to haul it out,” Ashburn said. “So we just ... Read More »

White Co. Heritage Museum Looks To Potential Grant For Sawmill Restoration

White County Heritage Museum seeking a grant to restore the old Everett Rowland Lumber Company Sawmill. Co-Director Brenda Templeton said that once the opportunity came about for a potential grant from T-Mobile, they wanted to do what they could to help its restoration. She said that the first step is to renovate the building where it’s stored. “The building right ... Read More »

Cookeville Leisure Services To Begin Transition From City Hall To Old Police HQ

Cookeville’s Leisure Services Department will move forward with the transition from the basement of City Hall to the old Police Headquarters. City Manager James Mills said that the city has budgeted money to make the transition for the offices. He said currently, they’re working on a new layout for the building. “When the police department was opened, there was no ... Read More »

Van Buren Commission Approves Extra ARP Spending To Purchase Ambulance

Van Buren County has locked in a price for a new ambulance. Mayor Greg Wilson said the price $260,000, an increase of $10,000 from the original quote that the county commission covered through American Rescue Plan money. “It’s a Dodge diesel,” Wilson said. “Basically, the same type of what we have right now. It’s to replace one of our last ... Read More »