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Fentress Pursuing $461K In Grants For Confinement Facilities

Fentress County is pursuing some $461,000 worth of equipment through an ELC grant for confinement facilities. Executive Jimmy Johnson said that the grant would cover things from HVAC system upgrades to a new X-Ray metal detector. “The person will walk up on this, they’ll turn just like an x-ray when they’re going to the doctor’s,” Johnson said. “There’ll be no ... Read More »

Elderly Abuse Cases Often Not Reported, Signs To Look For

Elderly abuse cases are often not reported as the issue continues to grow in severity. A state report released last week said there’s an urgent need to address the issue because it’s affecting a larger percentage of people. Upper Cumberland Aging Services Executive Director Marie Ferran said state law mandates individuals with reasonable cause of abuse to report the case. ... Read More »

Cameras Returning To Algood Police Vehicles After Council Approved Purchase

Cameras are returning to fleet vehicles of the Algood Police Department for the first time in some four years. The Algood City Council approved the purchase of seven cameras. Police Chief Dale Armour said past gear became outdated, and work on this year’s budget shined light on the need. “It gives accountability to the officers, and it gives protection for ... Read More »

Baxter Takes Initial Steps To Address Utilities Concern With Rapid Growth

The City of Baxter has taken steps to address utility concerns with rapid city growth. City Engineer Tom Bennett said that the work will include preliminary designs and opinions for probable costs for the I-40 Interchange Sewer System Forcemain. He said that project is in response to the proposed development near the interstate. “So it’s really to get into a ... Read More »

Celina EMS Interim Director Named Full-Time Director Of Department

Celina EMS Interim Director Andy Hall has dropped the interim title becoming director of the department. Hall was named interim after Jason Emerton stepped down. A staff shortage came with the leadership change at the time, but Hall said the department now has nine full-time employees. “Thank the good Lord I have been able to pull through that first month,” ... Read More »

Northern UC Counties Report Downed Trees, Poor Road Conditions

Several downed trees and poor road conditions reported Sunday night across the Upper Cumberland as northern counties experienced heavy snowfall. Fentress County saw over eight inches in Clarkrange and five inches in Allardt. Fentress County is receiving reports of downed trees and power outages in Jamestown. Pickett County Sheriff’s Office reporting some five inches of snowfall, as well. The wet ... Read More »

Parkview Elementary Students Take Part In School Name Survey

Parkview Elementary students have been active in the survey to collect names for the new Putnam Southwest School. Assistant Principal Casey Garrison said that some responses have been very creative. “We have everything from Rockets and Panthers to Tigers,” Garrison said. “We have Scorpions, and Unicorns, and Sharks, so if you can imagine it, we’ve probably had it on one ... Read More »

This Week Putnam Commission Fills District Five Seat, Cumberland Considers ARP Projects

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Putnam County Commission will consider seven candidates to fill the vacant district five commissioner seat. Terry Randolph held the seat until moving out of the district last month. Bobby Williams, Johnnie Wheeler, Vinnie Faccinto, Bruce Bailey, Junior Phipps, Tyna Bryan and Brandon Burgess are interested persons. Other candidates may attend the meeting to ... Read More »

White Co Residents From Solved Cold Case Laid To Rest This Weekend

The two White County residents whose remains were discovered in December will be laid to rest this weekend. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Lee Bechtel and 18-year-old Erin Leigh Foster went missing in 2000. Their bodies were found inside their vehicle in Calfkiller River in Sparta. Bechtel’s funeral will be Saturday at Oak Lawn Funeral Home and laid to rest at Skurlock Cemetery ... Read More »

Clay Road Department Preparing For Weekend’s Weather

Local Highway Departments are making preparations for this weekend’s winter weather. Clay Highway Superintendent Jason Browning said that the forecasted rain Saturday night could pose some issues. He said that the state will salt roads prior to Sunday’s snow, but the rain could wash it all away. “We just treat it as it comes,” Browning said. “Rain will wash the ... Read More »