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Sparta Saves Nearly $700K On Water Department Generator

The city of Sparta saved north of $500,000 on a generator for the Sparta Water Department Thursday night. Sparta Mayor Jerry Lowery said the city bought the semi-truck-sized generator for some $73,000 from the city of Brentwood. City Administrator Tonya Tindle said a generator of that size typically costs some $750,000. Lowery said the city originally bid some $130,000 but ... Read More »

Adcock: Property Tax Cap Detrimental To Rural Counties

Dekalb County Executive Matt Adcock said a bill going through the state legislature capping property tax increases would be devastating to counties like Dekalb. A Madison County representative wants to require a referendum for property tax increases of more than two percent plus the cost of inflation. Adcock said local voters already have a way to control tax increases by ... Read More »

Robinson: Annual Railroad Funding Needed From State

No railroad funding in the new state budget a concern to White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. Robinson chairs the Tri-County Railroad Authority. He said funding for railroad maintenance has become hard to come by. Robinson said Governor Bill Lee gave $85 million for railroads in 2019, but that funding is set to run out next year. “With it not ... Read More »

Tech Emergency Notification Service Did Its Part Tuesday

Tennessee Tech’s emergency text notification service worked as intended as shots were fired Tuesday night near campus. Tennessee Tech News and Public Relations Director Jonathan Frank said Campus Police sent out an alert moments after shots were fired, and the “all clear” was given within just 15 minutes. He said students are automatically enrolled in the service when they come ... Read More »

Hale Looking Forward To Stepping In As City Manager

Valerie Hale said she is excited about the chance to take over as Crossville City Manager. Council unanimously selected Hale this week to replace the retiring Greg Wood. Hale began with the city in 2010 and has served as City Clerk since 2017. She said her experience working alongside the rest of the city staff has helped prepare her for ... Read More »

March Early Voting Now Open Throughout The UC

Upper Cumberland residents can experience a quicker, easier voting process for the March 5 election by early voting this week. Cumberland County Administrator of Elections Jill Davis said there has been a low turnout at her office as well since early voting opened Wednesday. She said even if people are not worried about wait times, life circumstances can conflict with ... Read More »

TCAT Livingston: No Measles Danger

The story of a public health emergency at TCAT Livingston Thursday is simply a false rumor. In a statement Thursday afternoon, a TCAT Livingston spokesperson said a student arrived for class Thursday, feeling sick. When directed to go home, the student reported she had been in contact with someone who had the measles. “TCAT Livingston contacted the Department of Health, ... Read More »

Cyber Crime Awareness Event Thursday For Putnam Parents

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department will hold an event Thursday night to teach parents of Putnam County students how to protect their children online. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said cybercrime has been steadily rising for years. Farris said Detective Rick Wistocki is an expert in this field and will spend the evening educating parents on the dangers of the ... Read More »

I Heart Tennessee Tech Students Initiative Underway

The I Heart Tennessee Tech Students Initiative begins Valentine’s Day, offering the Tech family a chance to fund new opportunities for students. Annual Giving Coordinator Kathleen Lordo said this is her favorite initiative the school holds each year. She said donations fund scholarships and travel grants for students who could not otherwise afford those experiences. “Alumni, friends, we have some ... Read More »

Being Proactive Can Prevent Bugs In House This Spring

Being proactive in preparing for springtime insects now can save you time and money in the long run. Overton County UT Ag Extension Agent Jason Garrett said bugs will be returning from dormancy soon and wreaking havoc for homeowners. He said one of the best ways to keep your home protected is to stay clean. “Try to eliminate the habitat ... Read More »