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Fall-O-Ween Cancelled for Overton, Movie Night Scheduled

The biggest event in Overton County is cancelled due to COVID-19. Fall-O-Ween brings in as many as 7,000 people into downtown Livingston for this completely free event. Livingston-Overton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Cantrell said she knows it’s an unpopular decision but said she had to put the community’s safety first. “We were just kind of left with a ... Read More »

Van Buren Getting Nine Sanitizing Machines

Van Buren County received four sanitizing machines Monday to help with COVID-19 protection. A CARES Act grant paid for the machines. The first two were sent out to ambulance services and the county school system. Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson said nine have been ordered to meet the standards residents expect from the county “It’s huge, people will know ... Read More »

Home Schooling: Is It Right For You

The number of parents considering home schooling is on the rise since the pandemic, but how do you know if it’s right for you? Jami Thornsberry and Adonna Pryor have collectively home schooled for 30 years. Pryor said she recommends parents make a living document of reasons why home schooling is good for you. “It is important that you keep ... Read More »

2020 Baxter Harvest Festival Cancelled

The Baxter Harvest Festival tried to extend the date, but will ultimately be canceled. Friends of The Depot Committee Member Jeanie Lee said she saw the trend of cancelling festivals and being part of the COVID-19 solution as the best plan. Lee said it will be tough on Baxter to miss the event. Along with the chance to show off ... Read More »

Highlands Economic Partnership Connecting Employees and Employers

The Highlands Initiative is working to get businesses and unemployed workers connected to put their skills to use. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Communications Director Allison Boshears said publicizing the jobs available is key to getting them filled. The steps being taken to connect the employees and employers include a job portal on the Highlands and Chamber website and social ... Read More »

Cookeville’s 2020 Made Here Market Cancelled

The second annual Made Here Market has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Biz Foundry’s Director of Engagement and Outreach Tiffany Anton said they postponed from Spring until September 19th but decided that date was not going to work. However, plans are in the works to find a way to give exposure to makers in the Upper Cumberland before ... Read More »

Business Booming for Upper Cumberland Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and Breakfast owners said when the pandemic hit it was devastating for their business. But now, things seem to be back and better than ever once people started to get out and look for safe places to visit. Co-Owner of The Garden Inn, Mike Kopec said he saw the change this Summer. “Absolutely phenomenal, people are wanting to travel ... Read More »

Putnam School’s Virtual Learning Deadline Friday

There’s one week left for Putnam Parents to decide how their kids complete the 2020-2021 school year. Putnam County School Director Corby King said the system needs a clear direction for how each student plans to learn, whether it be in-person or remote. King said the uncertainty of how students will attend is affecting the learning environment. “If there are ... Read More »

Putnam School Board Forming Medical Advisory Committee

Putnam County Schools now have a Medical Advisory Committee. The School board voted Friday to form the committee during a special called session. The committees purpose is to meet with medical professionals to revise the number of days a student is quarantined, who was exposed to COVID-19 but did not test positive. Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King said ... Read More »

Overton Positive Test Rate Increase, 561 Cases

Overton County’s positive test rate has reached 15 percent over the last seven days. That’s double the state average. County Executive Ben Danner said the climbing number of cases is a concern. “Seems like all the counties around us are falling off,” Danner said. “Now, only Cumberland, Putnam and Warren County have more active cases than us. That is why ... Read More »