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Harris Files Appeal Of Termination In Chancery Court

An attorney for Former Algood Police Chief Gary Harris appealed his termination in Putnam County Chancery Court last week. Richard Brooks said Algood’s termination and appeal process violated Harris’ civil rights. “What we have here is the man that fired Gary Harris, based on what reason, is the man that heard the appeal. That’s like a traffic cop writing you ... Read More »

Domestic Dispute Forces Lock Down At Cumberland Medical Center

A domestic dispute involving a man armed with a firearm forced Crossville’s Cumberland Medical Center to go on lock down last night. Around 8:00 p.m. authorities responded to a home near the hospital where a dispute between a man and woman had escalated. A tactical response team arrived on scene and eventually took the man into custody without incident. He’s ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves $27.6 Million Budget On First Reading

The Cookeville City Council unanimously approved a $27.6 million budget on first reading last night. The budget did not include a property tax increase. The city’s property tax rate will remain at 84-cents per $100 of assessed value. “We have one of the lowest property tax rates in the state,” Mayor Ricky Shelton said. “We were able to fund a ... Read More »

Sparta Approves Garbage Truck Repairs

The Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman approved up to $35,000 to repair a garbage truck. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said the city’s garbage trucks broke down last week. The primary one is still under warranty and at a garage in Nashville awaiting repairs. The secondary truck needs a little more work. Mayor Jeff Young said the secondary truck ... Read More »

Sparta Garbage Service Back On Track Monday

Garbage service in the City of Sparta should resume as normal Monday. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said the city’s primary garbage truck broke down last week. The secondary truck broke down shortly afterward. Quick said residents can put out bags of trash with their cans on their regular garbage day, or take their garbage to a convenience center. Quick ... Read More »

Shoupe Sued For $350,000 In Federal Court

A White County woman filed a federal lawsuit against White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe and four deputies. Sparta resident Jessica Newnum is seeking $350,000. According to the suit, Shoupe and deputies arrived at her Gum Springs Mountain Road home in May 2016, looking for David Pecor. Newnum was in bed at the time and didn’t know Pecor. She said her ... Read More »

Clay County Fair Next Week

The Clay County Fair kicks off this weekend. It all kicks off with the Fairest of the Fair pageant at 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair officially runs from Tuesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 10 at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Features include Senior Day and the dog show Tuesday, 4-H animal demonstrations Wednesday, dirt bike rodeo Thursday and lawn mower ... Read More »

Pickett County Working To Bring Back E-911 Center

17 years ago the Pickett and Overton County E-911 centers merged together, but that could change soon. Pickett County wants to start up their own E-911 center and house the department in the new jail that’s scheduled to be built by the summer of 2018. Pickett County Executive Richard Daniel said the county simply didn’t have a facility to house ... Read More »

JCSO Anti-Drug Day Camp Begins Soon

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s first kids day camp will begin soon. Deputy Kim Denson serves as the school resource officer for Jackson County High School. She said Jackson County students ages 12-18 are welcome. The camp is free and will take place at Jackson County High. Six one week sessions are available beginning June 12. Twenty students will be ... Read More »

Homeschool/Christian Education Fair Provides Information

The annual Upper Cumberland Homeschool and Christian Education Fair will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at Cookeville’s The River church. Catrina Howell serves as one of the organizers. A homeschool mom herself, Howell said it’s a great way to get information on education alternatives. “It’s a blessing to know that we’re helping other families answer questions and get started and ... Read More »