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Sparta Mayor Says Sewer Moratorium Could Be Lifted In About A Year

Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said the city’s sewer moratorium could be lifted in about a years time if the city persists in repairing its problem areas. TDEC issued a consent order that the past administration signed in August that limits new sewer connections. Lowery said he met with state officials to gauge a time frame. “TDEC has informed us that ... Read More »

Cookeville Water To Begin Process For Mine Lick Creek Road Water Line Project

Cookeville Water Quality Control Department will begin the engineering design work for Mine Lick Creek Road water line improvements. Director Barry Turner said the city acquired the asbestos cement water line from the Double Springs Utility District. “A lot of their lines were identified as being insufficient to provide fire protection don’t his line is asbestos cement pipe as well,” ... Read More »

Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic Seeing An Increase Of Baby Formula On Shelves

A baby formula shortage that left many parents concerned earlier this year seems to be less severe. That is according to Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic THRIVE Parent Education Director Lisa Reeves. Reeves said she hears from clients that supply has been easier to find. “It was completely empty and people were very panicked,” Reeves said. “We even had clients here where ... Read More »

Warren Co UD Wants More Information About Spencer’s Water System

The Warren County Utility District Board wants to learn more about the Spencer water system before making a decision on the city’s request. Board President Glenn Mitchell said city officials shared a letter of request to the board proposing a contract for the utility district to operate the water treatment plant. “Certainly want to know what the water quality problems ... Read More »

Tech’s Bacchanal Auction Returns In Person This Saturday

Tennessee Tech’s 25th Annual Bacchanal Auction returns in-person after a two-year hiatus. Event Coordinator Bevin Butler said attendees will see pieces across all art mediums from faculty, students, and alumni. She said all of the proceeds will go towards the Bacchanal Scholarship. “It’s a sizable scholarship that we’re able to offer and it’s open to all of our students,” Butler ... Read More »

Fall Creek Falls Land Acquisition Part Of Ongoing Tennessee Conservation Efforts

Fall Creek Falls set to acquire some 838 acres of land as a result of a collaboration with Tennessee conservancy organizations. TennGreen Director of Land Conservation Christie Henderson said the Fall Creek Falls addition is part of a series of acquisitions. She said the main goal is to protect and preserve natural resources across Tennessee. “It is I believe the ... Read More »

Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Charity Name Confusion Biggest Cause Of Scams

It is International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. Organizations and agencies come together to educate consumers on how to wisely give. Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau President and CEO Robyn Householder said times of natural disaster are the most common times fake charities arise. “It’s usually an unsolicited email or social media post that is often times crowd funding platforms or ... Read More »

Sparta Using TDEC Infrastructure Money To Address Sewer Overflow

Sparta investing $1.8 million into its sewer system to address overflow issues. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said a mixture of state COVID infrastructure money and local funds are being used. Hennessee said the project will be sent to the state for final approval. “In the end, there will be a total amount of $720,000 that actually comes from the city ... Read More »

Longtime Sparta Officials Honored For Service By Mayor And Aldermen

Longtime Sparta Mayor Jeff Young and Alderman Hoyt Jones were honored for their long tenure as city officials Thursday night. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen presented a custom wooden clock for their service. Jones addressed the board as a citizen as the meeting concluded. He said there are two projects he would like to see the new administration complete. ... Read More »