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Toys For Tots Accepting Donations For Upper Cumberland Families

A Cookeville man continuing his work with Toys for Tots after 12 years of providing Christmas gifts to families in need. Freddy Duncan and Sons Moving and Storage Owner Freddy Duncan partnering with Life Church. Duncan said last year, over 2,000 children received toys. “When you are there on the day you are giving those presents out and you see ... Read More »

TTU Approves Designers For Building Projects

Tennessee Tech’s taking the next steps on two of its major projects. Capital Projects and Planning Director Jim Cobb said that design company Community Tectonics was selected for renovations at the Johnson Hall building, home of Tennesse Tech’s College of Business. He said the budget for the renovations along with the Foster Hall demolition sits at some $37.6 million. “It’ll ... Read More »

State Data Predicts Growth Of 300K In Aging Population Over Next Decade

Recent state report detailing new data on Tennessee’s aging population predicts an increase of 300,000 in the state’s aging population over the next 10 years. UCDD Family Caregiver Coordinator Clare Farless said that indicates a need to provide more resources and make communities aging-friendly. “I don’t think it’s going to be just specifically the aging network it’s going to be ... Read More »

White Co. Resumes Efforts To Bring Frisbee Golf Opportunities

White County will resume efforts on bringing frisbee golf opportunities to the community. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the Parks and Rec Committee voted to pursue this about a year ago, but COVID pushed it back. He said frisbee golf is a component of the new county Parks and Rec Master Plan. “We’ve got insight from people in the ... Read More »

Bulldogs To Receive Sheriff’s Escort As They Head To State Championship

Clay County making preparations to send off the Bulldogs to their first football state championship this Friday. Sheriff Brandon Boone said his department plans to escort the players out of the county as they travel to Chattanooga. He said he also expects a large community turnout to send their well-wishes. “Clay County has always been a close-knit community and at ... Read More »

Electric Heater Likely Source Of South Jefferson Avenue Fire

South Jefferson Avenue is back open after Cookeville Fire Department closed it to respond to a hotel fire. Chief Benton Young said crews were on the scene for about an hour and a half. He said when they arrived, there was heavy smoke and fire venting from the window of a first-floor office. “The structure wasn’t really involved it was ... Read More »

Rumor Of Threat Causes Soft Lockdown At Monterey High

A rumor of a threat led to an hour-long soft lockdown at Monterey High School Wednesday morning. Communications Supervisor Hannah Davis said a student reported the situation and the school’s administration, Student Resource Officer, and law enforcement took action. “We went into the investigation process and deemed around 10 a.m. that the threat was not found credible,” Davis said. “It ... Read More »

Cookeville Looking At Zoning Changes For Dumpster Gate Requirements

Cookeville City Council considering changes to zoning code requirements for dumpster gates. Community Development Director Jon Ward said there have been persistent problems with the gates for the Public Work Department’s efficiency in garbage collecting. “I mean the guys having to get off the trucks to open the gates, they’re left open when they leave,” Ward said. “The gates are ... Read More »

Habitat Restore Pauses In-Person Donations To Prepare For New Location

The Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity Restore pausing in-person donations as the organization works towards opening its new location. Habitat’s Jennifer Olsen said donations should resume once the Jefferson Avenue location opens. “We’re trying to get everything moved and organized over at the new location,” Olsen said. “The amount of drop-offs that we generally have over there it was just ... Read More »

Clay Residents Call For Community Meeting Over Cumberland River Hospital

Clay County community members have called for a meeting Thursday night to try to again discuss options to reopen the hospital. Several community members have expressed concern to both officials and hospital advocates that the county’s decision on funding could jeopardize efforts. Clay County Commissioners voted earlier this month not to fund an incentive package for Boa Vida, an Indiana-based ... Read More »