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White County’s BOE Relocates To Old Findlay School

White County’s Board of Education is now located in the old Findlay School, a facility three times larger than the previous location. Director Kurt Dronebarger said the extra space will provide more opportunities for students and faculty. “In a sense, we got three buildings in one,” Dronebarger said. “We got a new central office for us, we got the new ... Read More »

Lee Investigation Ongoing; No Timeline

Overton County

The investigation into alleged misconduct by Livingston Academy teacher Mark Lee continues. Overton County Director of Schools Dr. Mark Winningham said there is not a specific timeline or an end date to the School Board examination of Lee’s behavior. However, Winningham said it should conclude in the near future. Lee has been on an indefinite suspension since allegations surfaced publicly ... Read More »

Clay County Approves Increased Commissioner Compensation

Clay County Commissioners approved a pay raise for themselves Monday night. Mayor Dale Reagan broke the tie and voted in favor of the raise. Compensation increased from $100 to $200 for commissioner meetings and from $50 to $100 for statutory meeting sessions. County Commissioner Michael Miller voted against the raise. He said commissioners don’t serve to make money, but to ... Read More »

Porter Will Not Require Masks In Putnam

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter will encourage but not require the wearing of masks by local residents. “I feel like one of my top responsibilities as County Mayor is to help ensure our citizens stay safe and healthy,” Porter said in a statement Monday night. “As I have since the beginning of this pandemic, I’m recommending the citizens of Putnam ... Read More »

Mills Pleased With Price Tag On Police Station

Putnam County

Cookeville City Council got its first view of the new $15.45 million police station to be built off Neal Street. That includes some $13.6 million in construction costs, well below earlier estimates. City Manager James Mills said architects called the building one of the most efficient buildings they had seen. “Very little wasted space,” Mills said. “I’m personally very pleased ... Read More »

Etheredge Part Of Leadership On Law Enforcement Change

Overton County

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge said continual training will be critical to improved law enforcement. Etheredge serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. That is one of the organizations joining with Governor Bill Lee last week to focus on better law enforcement statewide. “I think what everyone is looking for is uniformity,” Etheredge said. “And ... Read More »

Two Cookeville Power Outages Over Weekend

Two circuit outages through the Fourth of July weekend caused some Cookeville residents and businesses to lose power. Electric Department Director Carl Haney said the outage Friday took over three hours to repair. “It was caused by a transformer failure in one of our subdivisions,” Haney said. “When that happened it also caused a piece of equipment to fall right ... Read More »

Burks Elementary To Get AC In Gym

Putnam County

A new HVAC system will be installed in the Burks Elementary School gym this summer. Putnam County Schools Maintenance Supervisor John Magura said with the addition, all Putnam County Schools and gyms now have air conditioning. “The gym at Burks Elementary did not have air conditioning. It only had heat,” Magura said. “So, we are adding an air conditioning system.” ... Read More »

White County Will Not Require Masks

White County

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said county residents will not be required to wear masks. Executive Order 54 signed Friday by Governor Bill Lee gives county mayors the authority to issue local mask requirements in the event of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. Robinson said the order blindsided the county. “Governor Lee just kinda popped that on us ... Read More »

Cookeville Police Buying New Patrol Cars

The Cookeville Police Department ordering eight new patrol cars at a price tag of some $250,000. “We generally try to surplus our [vehicles] around the 100,000 mile mark,” Evans said. “The Sheriff’s Department and THP will probably get a little more mileage out of their because they’re on longer stretches of highway at higher speeds. When you drive around in ... Read More »