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Some $44 Million Of Broadband Work To Be Conducted In Cumberland

The state has awarded Cumberland County internet providers $26.5 million dollars that would connect 8,800 addresses to broadband. Mayor Allen Foster said Ben Lomand received the majority of funding and will focus on all areas of the county. “Literally portions all over the county including sections of Crossville have bad broadband,” Foster said. “When I first got involved in this ... Read More »

Oldham: Constructing A Parking Garage Still A Priority

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham said constructing a parking garage on campus is still a high priority. Oldham said the biggest question is the financial aspect since the university would have to fund the project. “We want to make sure that we don’t overburden students with additional fees, so we are trying to find the best way to do that ... Read More »

Livingston Academy Plans For Friday Football Game, Areas Of No Entry

Those planning on attending the Livingston Academy Football game Friday night should not expect a finished product. Head Coach Dale Flatt said majority of the areas on the right side of the field will not be accessible due to construction. “There will be some barriers up, because of some the construction that is still going on,” Flatt said. “People just ... Read More »

Sparta Alderman Wants To Explore Paying Volunteer Firefighters

A Sparta Alderman Robert Officer wants to explore the possibility of paying volunteer firefighters to relieve overtime hours. Mayor Jerry Lowery said he would like to see the option explored. “I think that is a good thing to look at,” Lowery said. “If we’re paying X number of dollars in overtime, why not look at that and see if we ... Read More »

Jamestown City Recorder Indicted On Multiple Counts

A State Comptroller’s Office investigation has lead to the indictment of Jamestown City Recorder Gail Dishmon. The charges involve her personal natural gas account and questionable compensation. Comptroller’s Office Communications Director John Dunn said the investigation began after the city’s financial auditor found delinquent balances in December of last year. “She was failing to pay her personal natural gas utility ... Read More »

Former American Legion National Commander Attends Local Fundraiser

Cookeville American Legion held a dinner Thursday evening in honor of Consitution Day, which celebrates the adoption of the United States Constitution. The event also served as a fundraiser to help send Upper Cumberland young men to the annual Boys’ State Convention. Former American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett said he was invited by the local legion to speak on ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council Approves Employee Health Insurance Plan Changes

Cookeville City Council approved several changes and updates to its Employee Health Insurance Plan. After several bad years, City Manager James Mills said it was time to make changes to the plan to save it from getting to a “dangerously low” fund balance. The city approved a plan that increases premiums with the city covering 85 percent and plan-holders contributing ... Read More »

Highlands Economic Partnership Training Facility To Be Located On Spring St

Highlands Economic Partnership has secured a location for its new training facility to be a part of the Empower UC pilot-program. Training Center Executive Director Ryan Barnhart said the organization leased a building at 1736 East Spring Street across from Johnson’s Nursery. “What we are looking to do is bring 1,600 children out of poverty over the next three years,” ... Read More »

Jere Whitson And Capshaw Named Reward Schools

Two Putnam County Schools achieved a 2021-2022 reward school status. Jere Whitson Elementary and Capshaw Elementary improved their academic growth, academic success, and attendance.  According to the Department of Education, this is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Director of Schools Corby King: “We are proud of the successes shown by our students last year. I could ... Read More »