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Monterey Committee Approves Budget With Raises And Additional Police Officer

Monterey’s proposed budget includes employee raises, an additional police officer and extra money for increased water department costs. Chairman Nathan Walker said the town’s Finance Committee will send the proposed budget to the Board of Aldermen for consideration in May. “With the increase in sale taxes and property tax increases overall in revenues,” Walker said. “We are in pretty good ... Read More »

Livingston-Overton Chamber Hosting Chamber 101 Series

Livingston-Overton Chamber of Commerce will start a series to help new and existing members better understand the scope of their benefits. Director Shannon Cantrell said that it’s important for the chamber to have good relationships with its local businesses to help the community thrive. “When I see our local businesses succeed, and I see tourism increasing and people from all ... Read More »

Overton School Board Receives Data About School Bus Driver Shortage

Overton County School Board received data about the bus drivers shortages that are trending across the state. Chair Mike Hayes Hayes said that the data collected indicated that the shortage stems from a combination of issues with pay, benefits, and the new commercial driver’s license requirements. “In Overton County, one of our biggest issues is when you look at our ... Read More »

McGee To Serve As New Hermitage Springs School Principal

Hermitage Springs School welcomes Christine McGee as its new principal. McGee said that she’s been working with the school for some 12 years. She said that in the past few years with COVID, she’s served as a team leader in the upper grades of the school. “Our principal was retiring and he had nominated me to go through instructional leadership ... Read More »

Coast Guard’s New Boat Fire Extinguisher Regulations Start April 20th

New Coast Guard fire extinguisher regulations for boats will go into effect on Wednesday, April 20th. Randy Ventress is the Nashville Auxiliary Division 11 Operations Officer. He said that the new regulations require any boat drivers with extinguishers over 12 years old to replace them. “A corroded busted up fire extinguisher is of no use to the operator at all,” ... Read More »

State Testing Begins This Week For UC Schools

Upper Cumberland school systems are preparing for end of year state testing to begin Tuesday. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said teachers the last couple of weeks have been focusing on getting students ready. “Our teachers feel confident,” Dronebarger said. “They’ve been down this road before. They are hitting those standards, going back hitting those benchmark scores and ... Read More »

Bobby Q’s Owner Reflects On 37 Years Of Business

After 37 years of serving the Cookeville community, Bobby Q’s will close its doors this Saturday. Owner Mike Migliore said it’s one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. “We’ve really enjoyed it,” Migliore said. “Had a passion for the restaurant and putting out good food to my friends and all the new people that I’ve met. It’s just ... Read More »

New Cookeville Police HQ Nearing Completion

Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans says the department should be ready to move in about five weeks. Evans said that technically the building will be ready to become occupied the week of April 18th. He said that there will still be other steps before the department can begin the move. “As we physically occupy that building, then a lot of ... Read More »

Sparta Moving Forward With Right Turn On Taft Church Rd

Sparta finalizing designs to add a right turn lane coming out of Walmart onto Highway 111. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the permit process with T-DOT should begin when the plans are complete. “Preliminary drawings have been submitted to T-DOT,” Hennessee said. “They have come back and asked for some revisions to be made. Those have been passed along to ... Read More »

Van Buren Commission To Consider Water Committee’s Spending Plan

Van Buren County’s Water Committee has approved a TDEC ARP spending plan for the county commission to consider. Mayor Greg Wilson said Spencer Utility District’s raw water source project headlines the proposal. “The City of Spencer was awarded about $2,110,000 for raw water to be pumped straight from Caney Fork to the water plant,” Wilson said. “That is not going ... Read More »