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New Crossville Daycare Aims To Alleviate Lack Of Options

A new daycare facility called Crossroads Academy set to open this July to combat the lack of daycare options for Crossville’s school-aged children. Co-Owner Laura Brock is a retired teacher. She said she has seen parents struggle for years to care for their children in the hours immediately after school. Brock said the facility will be available for children from ... Read More »

Prescott South Designated As Two-Time STEM School

Prescott South Elementary received its second designation as a STEM school from the State Department of Education. Principal Catherine Jones said the title based on the school’s performance in integrating STEM-based concepts in different ways throughout the past five years. Jones said she is proud of the teachers, but is happiest for the students. “They just think like engineers,” Jones ... Read More »

Committee For Public Alcohol Sales Nearing Decision

Cookeville’s committee dedicated to finding an appropriate avenue for alcohol sales and consumption on public property is nearing a proposed ordinance. Committee Member and Soul Craft Coffee Owner Anna Dunn said the committee has met weekly over the past several months. She said the next step will be a community meeting where the committee will share its ideas with the ... Read More »

Parents, Teachers More Prepared For Retention Year Two

Year two of the third-grade retention law has been a much smoother process for many parents and educators because of clearer expectations and more communication. That according to Jackson County Director of Schools Jason Hardy who said when the law was rolled out last year, it lacked clarity. He said when parents receive their students’ TCAP scores later this month, ... Read More »

Upgrades Underway At Allardt’s Bruno Gernt Park

Significant upgrades and new features are coming to Allardt’s Bruno Gernt Park thanks to community donations. Park Committee Member Rebecca Day said because the park is not owned by the city, it is ineligible for most grants. She said this makes funding difficult to come by. Day said thanks to the community stepping up, the park has new benches and ... Read More »

Tech Moving Forward With Nuclear Engineering Program

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved Tennessee Tech’s new program in nuclear engineering Thursday. The bachelor’s degree anticipated to begin this fall with a starting group of 10 students. Fifteen new courses are being developed for the program. A survey from February 2023 of 265 engineering students at Tech showed that sixty-five percent of them would have considered majoring in ... Read More »

Van Buren Schools Receive Grant For Summer Meals

The Van Buren County School system will continue its summer meal program with help from an $8,800 No Kid Hungry Grant. Director of Schools Jared Copeland said stations will be set up throughout the county to provide daily lunches for students. He said the grant would go toward meal coolers, meal storage, and other meal service supplies. He said the ... Read More »

Council Turns Down Church/Washington Rezoning Request

Algood City Council denied a request to rezone 1.18 acres at West Church Street and West Washington Street. Developers wanted to build four homes on the property. G&C Properties requested a change from Low Density Residential to Medium Density zoning, an increase of one home. Council voted unanimously to turn down the proposed change. “Four houses, to me, is too ... Read More »

Livingston Acquires New Infrastructure Data System

Livingston approved the purchase of a geographic information system (GIS) designed to map the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Magnolia River Director of GIS Allisyn Hudson said the system will be part of an asset management plan that the city must complete to be eligible for ARP funding. Hudson said the system can be further enhanced and developed over time ... Read More »

Gainesboro Looking To Double Water Withdrawal With Structure

The Town of Gainesboro is looking to double its water withdrawal through the construction of a new water withdrawal intake structure and two raw water lines. The town is currently permitted to withdraw some 750,000 gallons per day and has requested a TDEC permit that would allow it to take some 1.5 million gallons daily. Consulting Engineer Nathaniel Green said ... Read More »