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State Senator Bailey Requests Special Session With Concerns Of Federal COVID Overreach

State Senator Paul Bailey sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally Friday requesting a special session for the Tennessee General Assembly. In the letter, Bailey said that the federal government is overreaching in its push for vaccinations and mask-wearing and that it should be an individual’s personal choice. “While the General Assembly did act, during the 2021 legislative session, ... Read More »

UC Medical Director Warning Public Against Ivermectin Usage

Upper Cumberland Regional Medical Director Dr. Don Grisham is warning the public against treating COVID with Ivermectin. Grisham said the drug is used by veterinarians to treat animal parasites like heartworms and roundworms. Grisham said the FDA, CDC and WHO have all issued statements saying Ivermectin is not authorized or approved to treat COVID. “The side effects of Ivermectin that ... Read More »

Livingston PD Staffing Shortage During COVID, Mayor Asks Community To Help

Livingston Police are having to work extra shifts, and leadership are patrolling: the impacts of the latest COVID surge. Mayor Curtis Hayes said officers and their families are being hit hard, leaving shifts understaffed. Hayes said he looked into a city employee vaccine mandate because he wants to protect his people. “We’re just filling the gaps,” Hayes said. “The great ... Read More »

Remainder of Sparta’s Bluegrass On Square Season Cancelled

Sparta’s Bluegrass on the Square concert series has been cancelled for the remainder of the season. Performances happen every third Friday from May until October. Organizer Angie Wilhite said the decision was made to protect the community from rising COVID numbers. “I’m sad to have to do this, but I feel for the safety of our people and our community,” ... Read More »

CRMC Reports 5 COVID Deaths, 98 Patients Currently Hospitalized

Cookeville Regional reports five COVID deaths that occurred over Tuesday night. Chief Strategy Officer Ricky Shelton said of those, four patients were not vaccinated. Shelton said the deaths were residents from Putnam County from ages 73 to 83. According to Shelton, 12 new COVID positive admits came in Tuesday. Ninety-eight patients are currently being treated for COVID. Twenty-Nine of those ... Read More »

Livingston Gets Legal Opinion On Mandating City Employee Vaccines

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes asked for a legal opinion on mandating vaccinations for city employees. Hayes said City Attorney John Meadows does not recommend the city taking any action. Meadows recommendation stated recent Tennessee law does not allow vaccine mandates from the city. Hayes said at the end of the day, COVID if affecting the city’s health and operations. “Livinston, ... Read More »

New Text Messaging System To Be Used For COVID Notifications

The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office launched a new text message process for COVID cases Monday. Clinical Disease Nurse Leslie Looper said those that have recently tested positive for COVID should expect a text message with a link to complete a survey. “Because of the volume of cases that we are receiving in the Upper Cumberland Region, it has been ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners To Return To Meetings In Cookeville Community Center

Putnam County Commissioners will move their county commission meetings back to the Cookeville Community Center. Mayor Randy Porter said that after conversations with Chair Mike Atwood, they made the decision citing concern over rising COVID numbers. “I know our hospital is feeling the effects and having a lot of COVID cases and is kind of maxed out right now so ... Read More »

Summer School And Tutoring Highlight Pickett Schools ESSER Spending

The Pickett County Board of Education has approved its third round of COVID relief funding with the main focus on learning loss. Director of Schools Diane Elder said a portion of the $1.3 million will give the high school three years of summer school and tutoring services. “Students will be chosen according to the amount of learning loss and referred ... Read More »