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New Principal Named At DeKalb County High School

DeKalb County High School has a new principal. Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has hired Randy Jennings as the new DCHS principal. Jennings has spent the past 13 years serving as principal of DeKalb County Middle School. Earlier this month Cripps hired former DeKalb County High School Principal Kathy Bryant to serve as the new Supervisor of Instruction for grades ... Read More »

Law Adds Car Warranty Scams To Consumer Protection Act

A new anti-scam law passed by the General Assembly this year has already gone into effect. Sometimes, scammers send car warranty information to vehicle owners. The scam looks like it may be from the dealer or the manufacturer, but it’s not. The new law adds the scam to the Consumer Protection Act of 1977. It adds additional punishment for violators. ... Read More »

Six Groups Get Arts Commission Grants

Six Upper Cumberland programs will get a boost from the Tennessee Arts Commission this summer. Rep. Ryan Williams announced the grant recipients Monday. The grants total $47,000, given to a variety of groups for their projects. Those projects include the Algood Senior Center, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Art Round Tennessee, Cumberland Art Society, Tennessee Theater Association and the Upper Cumberland Development ... Read More »

TTU Salary Increases Part Of State Budget

Tennessee Tech’s pay raises were part of the state budgeting process this year, officials said. At its meeting Thursday, the TTU Board of Trustees approved the plan, which calls for a one-percent salary increase for employees who receive benefits and were hired before Jan. 1, 2017. The measure also allows for a two-percent increase based on merit. The salary increases ... Read More »

DeKalb Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Drive Wednesday

DeKalb County Court Clerk Jimmy Poss hopes neighbors will help neighbors for a good cause Wednesday. Poss’ office will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the DeKalb County Complex. For each donation, county officials will donate $2. That money will be split between the county’s two senior centers. Poss teamed up with Blood Assurance ... Read More »

Lake Tansi Man To Serve Three Years For Attempted Robbery

A judge has sentenced a Lake Tansi man to serve three years in prison for attempting to rob a man last year. 50-year-old Kenneth Wayne Spivey recently pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated robbery. According to Cumberland County authorities, Spivey entered a Tansi Beach restroom in September wearing a law enforcement badge and carrying a handgun. A report states that Spivey ... Read More »

Lifetime Insurance Ending For Cookeville City Employees

The Cookeville City Council has voted to eliminate lifetime participation for city retirees in its employee health insurance program once they reach the age of Medicare eligibility. Human Resource Director Gail Fowler said the change will apply to employees hired after July 1st and won’t affect current employees or retirees currently on the city health insurance plan. “It’s going to ... Read More »

Sparta Hopes For TDOT Approval On Roosevelt Paving

Sparta officials hope Roosevelt Dive will be paved soon. The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a measure allowing City Administrator Chris Dorsey to put the project out for bids if approval comes in from TDOT. “We have been waiting multiple times to get approval from TDOT, different phases of this project, it’s taken awhile, we’re excited that we’re ... Read More »

Sparta Garbage Trucks Back On The Road Monday

Sparta’s garbage trucks should all be ready to work this week. City Public Works Director Dillard Quick told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the city’s main truck had been repaired two more times since the last meeting. Two weeks ago, the city had to rent a garbage truck to collect resident’s trash. Friday, city workers took the truck back ... Read More »

Sparta Electric Plans Outages

Customers of the Sparta electric department may experience some power outages until July 30. Sparta electric employees plan to replace several utility poles and perform some upgrades on substations. The city plans to conduct the outages late nights and on weekends to minimize interruptions. Officials say the upgrades will make the system more reliable. Read More »