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Cookeville FD Responds To Two-Hour Call On Stout St.

Cookeville Fire Department responded to a two-hour call for a storage structure fire around midnight on Thursday on Stout Street. Battalion Chief Shawn Roberson said that Cookeville Police were the first on the scene. He said that once CFD members arrived, they were able to suppress the fire quickly with no injury and no spread. Roberson said that the fire ... Read More »

Spencer Aldermen Respond To Comptroller, Approve Discussing Utility District Options

The Spencer Board of Aldermen approved exploring options with the Warren County Utility District on the city’s water system Thursday. The action was needed since the State Comptroller’s Office has mandated Spencer to consider alternatives on how it operates its water system. Engineer Nathaniel Green said with so many options to explore, the city needed to start conversations. “It can ... Read More »

Putnam Fair Opens Fairest Of The Fair Competition To Jackson Residents

Jackson County residents will now have the opportunity to compete in the Putnam County Fairest of the Fair. Chair Shannon Hayes said that before the fair board’s vote, only Putnam County residents and students were allowed to compete. She said that for several years now, the Fairest of the Fair Board has fielded questions from Jackson County ladies who haven’t ... Read More »

State “Divisive Concepts” Bill Concerning To Some Tech Faculty

Some Tennessee Tech faculty members calling a state bill about “divisive concepts” in colleges a “big concern” The bill would allow students to sue public colleges and universities if they feel they’ve been unfairly punished for not accepting certain ideas and concepts. History Professor Troy Smith said some “divisive concepts,” such as unconscious bias or structural racism, are fundamental concepts ... Read More »

Upperman High To Rename Basketball Court After Coach McWilliams

Upperman High School to celebrate the long and successful career of Coach Dana McWilliams by renaming the basketball court in her honor. Athletic Director Ross Fanning said the administration decided it was about time for some well-deserved recognition. “She has 731 wins, three state championships, three state runner-ups, three additional final four seasons,” Fanning said. “She’s been Tennesseean Coach of ... Read More »

Clay Executive Introduces Initial Spending Plan For ARP Money

Clay County starting the process on its spending plan on some $1.4 million of American Rescue Plan money. County Executive Dale Reagan created a suggested list that he has shared with the county commission. Reagan said he has included expenditures for emergency services, solid waste and parks. “Just about everything I mentioned there is somethings that we absolutely need,” Reagan ... Read More »

Sparta Targeting More Sewer Rehab With Grant Application

Sparta wants to continue sewer rehabilitation with this year’s CDBG application. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said Bockman Way has been identified as a high priority area. “We’re hoping to get the sewer camera immediately, and our plans are to start in that area and work our way to the plant from there,” Hennessee said. “We’ll have a better feel for ... Read More »

Overton Schools Utilizing VR Headsets For Career Exploration

The Overton County School System implementing virtual reality technology for students to explore career options. CTE Director Teresa Johnson said the idea came from the Upper Cumberland Workforce Development. Johnson said the system partnered with the organization to get five VR headsets. “When a student puts these headsets on, they can perform various tasks including culinary arts to changing oil ... Read More »

Cookeville Daycare Temp Closed By State Department

A Cookeville Daycare Center temporarily closed this week due to noncompliance with licensing rules. According to the State Department of Human Services, Bright Ideas Enrichment Center had inadequate classroom ratios, supervision and safety issues noted within the facility. A state Child Care licensing team has issued a closure safety plan to the daycare. “The Department is engaged in an ongoing ... Read More »