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Cookeville Community Band Silent For Memorial Day

For the first time in almost 15 years, the Cookeville Community Band’s instruments will be silent this Memorial Day weekend. Each May, the band plays in Dogwood Park’s pavilion to launch their summer concert series. Band President Jerry Buttram said he and band board members agreed to cancel the concert over concerns about COVID-19. Buttram said the decision was difficult ... Read More »

Cummins Falls Gorge Permit System Goes Well

Cummins Falls Park officials raised the daily gorge access permit limit to 150 visitors. Park Manager Ray Cutcher said the increased access is a result from a successful launch to the program in the reopening weekend. “It went pretty smooth overall,” Cutcher said. “Obviously there were people who showed up who didn’t know about the permit system so they weren’t ... Read More »

Putnam Rabies Clinic Begins Saturday

Get your pets vaccinated this weekend through Putnam County’s 2020 Rabies Clinics. Tennessee law requires all dogs and cats over six months of age to be vaccinated every year. Putnam County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist Tiffany Johnson said the yearly clinic usually lasts for two weeks. This year the clinic expanded to three weeks due to the coronavirus. “Clinics ... Read More »

Road Construction Stops For Weekend

If Tennesseans want to escape their homes this weekend, road construction will not stop them. T-DOT has instituted its usual holiday traffic suspension of road construction statewide. Beginning at Noon Friday, no interstate or state highway road closures related to construction will take place through Tuesday at 6am. “Suspending construction-related lane closures during the Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion ... Read More »

Youth Baseball Officials Miss Games

One of the great summer pastimes has been taken away by COVID-19. Youth baseball seasons across the Upper Cumberland were cancelled in the wake of the pandemic. Putnam County Youth Baseball Co-President Chris Westmooreland said he feels a loss without playing the games. “It’s been tough,” Westmooreland said. “Usually our springs are spent at the ball fields, and so it’s ... Read More »

Bailey Wants To Keep School Security In Focus

During the pandemic, school and state officials have focused on student health safety. What about school security? State Senator Paul Bailey said school security has not been forgotten. “The focus is always on student safety from the Department of Education, and of course from the Department of Safety,” Bailey said. “The efforts are ongoing to make sure that our students ... Read More »

Robert Matthews Bridge Set To Complete By June

Construction on a new bridge along the Robert Matthews Highway between Cookeville and Sparta should finish in June. The $1.8 million project was originally scheduled to be completed May 30. White County Road Superintendent Clay Parker said progress has slowed due to weather. “They’re moving along great, they have done some quick, fantastic work over there with the weather they’ve ... Read More »

Crossville’s Military Museum Offers Chance To Reflect

Memorial Day offers a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. A local museum has worked almost 20 years to ensure the community never forgets. Crossville’s Military Memorial Museum volunteer Jerry Daniels said some military memorabilia dates back to the 1800’s. “We cover the Civil War, World War I, and World War II,” Daniels said. ... Read More »

Cookeville Awards Bid To Replace Pump Station

Cookeville City Council awarded a bid to replace the Little Creek pump station and force main Thursday night. Water and Sewer Director Ronnie Kelly said the underground station will be replaced with a new-style above-ground station. Kelly said the station dates back to 1980 and has outlived its useful life. John T. Hall Construction bid $903,065 for the project. Council ... Read More »

New 77-Home Baxter Subdivision Takes Next Step

Baxter officials and developers of a new 77-home subdivision will begin the process of talking to utility providers next week. No residents commented during a public hearing Thursday night on the development at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 70. An ordinance to change the zoning from residential to multi-family residential passed on second reading Thursday night. “You’ll have ... Read More »