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Lawmakers Question TDEC Officials Over Cummins Falls Warning System

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Upper Cumberland lawmakers questioned state officials Wednesday about why a flood warning system hasn’t been installed at Cummins Falls State Park. State Representative Ryan Williams said having gauges installed at the top of the falls won’t be enough in the event of a flash flood. “You will have enough time to be warned, but you won’t have enough time to ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Driver’s Services to Issue Real ID

Upper Cumberland drivers will have the option of getting a Real ID license in the coming month. Regional Manager of the Middle Tennessee Driver’s Bureau Rochelle Bryant said that the special ID is not for everyone. “I think people are kind of getting a little antsy about it, but what people have to understand about it is that everybody in ... Read More »

Critical Injuries Reported In Putnam County I-40 Crash

The Putnam County Rescue Squad has responded to an accident involving serious injury on I-40. Putnam County E-911 reports the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 270 in Buffalo Valley. E-911 Director Brandon Smith said two patients had to be flown from the scene in critical condition. As of 5:30 p.m., rescue squad members were working to ... Read More »

Rapid Response Team Visiting Fentress County After JRMC Closure

The Tennessee Rapid Response Team will be in Fentress County Friday to assist those affected by the closure of Jamestown Regional Medical Center (Photo: John Mark Windle - TN Representative Facebook)

The Tennessee Rapid Response Team will visit Fentress County Friday following the closure of Jamestown Regional Medical Center. State Representative John Mark Windle said Department of Labor Commissioner Jeff McCord will meet with area residents affected by the closure. “I’m hopeful that we can work through individual issues, and that’s the first issue is to try and make sure the ... Read More »

Warren County Considering Budget Options

Warren County is considering other options after tabling a wheel tax increase Monday. County Executive Jimmy Haley said the county may propose a property tax increase. “There has been a discussion by our finance director and our financial advisor through Cumberland Securities to propose somewhere around 28 cents,” Haley said. “It could be higher or lower, or if the commission ... Read More »

UCHRA Board Reconfirms Former Executive Director’s Termination

The UCHRA Board of Directors approved a new budget plan last Wednesday at $17 million (Photo: Logan Weaver)

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s (UCHRA) Executive Committee voted Wednesday to reconfirm former director Luke Collins’ termination. The vote comes after Collins alleged the board violated Sunshine Laws when they elected to terminate him last year. Danny Rader serves as the UCHRA’s attorney in the lawsuit. “There’s no merit to that claim at all, and the fastest way to ... Read More »

Fentress County Accepts TDOT Offer For Clarkrange Property

Fentress County has accepted the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s offer to purchase property in Clarkrange. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the purchase is part of a project to widen Highway 127. “They will purchase the land with the fire hall and the convenience center in Clarkrange near Little Rd, almost to the intersection of Highway 62 and 127,” Johnson said. ... Read More »

Livingston Man Indicted for Sexual Battery, Exposure

An Overton County Grand Jury has indicted a Livingston man for indecent exposure and sexual battery by an authority figure. Indictment records state 38-year-old Brandon L. Thomas allegedly exposed his genitals to another person in February. The indictment states that Thomas also had sexual contact with a minor while in a position of trust and supervisory power last year. Thomas ... Read More »

Silver Point Man Allegedly Strikes Semi, Arrested For DUI

A Silver Point man landed behind bars Tuesday for allegedly driving drunk. The Baxter Police Department charged 72-year-old Roy Denton Lewis with driving under the influence. Officer Brandon Herron responded to Elmore Town Road after a motorist reported a silver truck driving recklessly. Herron later made contact with a semi-truck driver who stated the same truck struck his vehicle. The ... Read More »

Burgess Falls To Host TN Promise Service Event

Burgess Falls State Park will host a Tennessee Promise Service Event Saturday. Park Manager Bill Summers said the service day benefits the park in various ways. “The volunteers help us plant these trees. We just, with a small staff and a visitation of about 200,000 visitors a year now, don’t have the time,” Summers said. “And then the Friends, by ... Read More »