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One Dead After Thursday Morning Accident Near Putnam’s Hillwood Street

One person has died as a result of a Thursday morning Highway 70 accident near Hillwood Street in rural Putnam County. 27-year-old Johnny Buckner Howard Jr. of Stilwell, Oklahoma was driving a 2018 Peterbilt and pulling a cattle trailer while negotiating a left curve. Howard’s vehicle crossed the center line where a passenger-side tire blew. The vehicle then went off ... Read More »

Former Jackson Schools Bus Driver Arrested For Sexual Battery

Former Jackson County School Bus Driver Kenneth Borawski has been arrested for sexual battery by an authority figure. The investigation began with a complaint of suspicious activity to School Officials who immediately started an internal investigation and contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Video recordings provided by the Jackson County School System as well as statements obtained by the investigators ... Read More »

Home Repair Grants Open For Cumberland, Fentress Veteran Home Owners

Veterans that own a home in Cumberland or Fentress County may be eligible for home repairs through a grant program. A Crossville Low-Income Housing non-profit called Creative Compassion is administering the funds. Deputy Director Mark Baldwin said up to $7,500 can be awarded for non cosmetic upgrades. “We’re always grateful for their service to our country, and so, we always ... Read More »

UCHRA Addressing Certified Driver Shortage In Approved Budget

The UCHRA Executive Committee took measures to improve driver staffing issues in the agency’s new budget approved Wednesday. During discussion, some committee members asked about the affordability of a step raise plan. Finance Director Ginger Stout said the move is financially feasible. “We’re struggling right now with employer retention, employee recruitment and we’re investing money on the front in especially ... Read More »

Additional CTE Funding Coming Down To UC Schools

New funds in Governor Bill Lee’s budget will be coming to Upper Cumberland CTE programs starting next school year. Over the course of the next four years, innovative grants up to $1 million for high schools and $500,000 for middle schools will be available statewide. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the district has preliminary plans prepared for ... Read More »

UCHRA Sells DeKalb Group Home Property, Pays Off Loan With Profit

UCHRA has sold some 110 acres that used to be the site of a DeKalb County Group home. Executive Director Mark Farley said the Indian Mound Residential Center property sold through online public auction for $675,000. “Part of it was simply farm land,” Farley said. “There’s roughly 100 acres of farm land and that is just going to be used ... Read More »

Council To Consider Sewer Extension For New Lovelady Road Subdivision

The process to extend sewer to the Lovelady Road subdivision could begin if Cookeville City Council approves a construction contract Thursday. Water Quality Director Designee Barry Turner said that the sewer would extend to the proposed Timberwalk Subdivision. He said that the estimated cost of the extension is some $800,000 split evenly between the city and the developer. “It’s going ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Seeing Similar Trends As State In Preliminary TCAP Data

State TCAP numbers are in with elementary students improving ELA scores statewide. Math numbers also improved. Director of Schools Corby King said his system has only preliminary data from the state. He said that shows similar trends in Putnam. “It looks good so far that our students did move forward last year and that we’re recovering from the pandemic,” King ... Read More »

Celina Adds New Mural To Downtown Area

The City of Celina has a new mural in its downtown area. Clay County Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Young said that the mural highlights another aspect of Clay County outside of Dale Hollow Lake. He said that the mural depicts the farmland and gives a nod to the Clay County Bulldogs. “You always need some color in your downtown ... Read More »

UCRA To Close Runways Temporarily For September Striping Project

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will close its runways for the upcoming striping project this September. Airport Manager Dean Selby said that the project will include resealing, coating, and striping the taxiways, ramps, and runways. “It’s a pretty intensive project, a lot of paint and a lot of asphalt sealer,” Selby said. “And it’s going to require at least a few ... Read More »