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Center Hill Dam Water Reallocation Study Gets Federal Funding

President Joe Biden’s budget for this fiscal year includes funding for a Water Reallocation Study at Center Hill Dam. Natural Resources Program Manager Kevin Salvilla said the study is a planning tool. He said it would let the Corps of Engineers know how much water Center Hill Lake has available and what that water should be used for. He said ... Read More »

McMinnville Business Owners Can Learn About Grant Monday

McMinnville business owners will get details on new grant funding opportunities during a Monday meeting with Main Street McMinnville. The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development awarded the Downtown Improvement Grant to just 17 communities in the state. McMinnville received $300,000. Main Street McMinnville Executive Director Jennifer Flatt Meredith said the grant has stringent rules on what it can ... Read More »

Dekalb EMS Gets New Ambulance And Equipment For CDBG Grant

Dekalb County EMS will use a Community Development Block Grant of some $350,000 to purchase a new ambulance and updated patient-care equipment. EMS Director Hoyte Hale said of the five ambulances in the fleet, many are old and are racking up high mileage number. Add to that, a state-of-the-art chest compressor system, which will make transport easier for staff and ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Musicians Selected For Heritage Apprenticeship Program

Keeping alive the tradition of Upper Cumberland music will be the goal of two local musicians selected for the 2024 Traditional Art Apprenticeship Program. Trenton “Tater” Caruthers and Jordan Judkins will perform at art centers and public parks as part of the The Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program. Caruthers, a Cookeville resident, will teach the banjo to Judkins, a Smithville ... Read More »

Christmas Parades Crank Up Saturday Across Region

Christmas parade season goes into overdrive this weekend across the Upper Cumberland. Pickett County is celebrating the holidays with the “Christmas in Byrdstown” event and Christmas parade Saturday. It will be at the Pickett County Library featuring music, food, and even an appearance from Santa Claus. The event begins at 9am. The Jamestown Rotary Club hosts its annual parade Saturday ... Read More »

Some Dekalb Citizens Petitioning Against Plans For New Justice Center

Some Dekalb County residents have put together a petition to prevent the construction of a new justice center in Smithville. The Dekalb County Commission is considering several pieces of land for such a facility. One is a 38-acre lot currently used for agriculture. Petitioner Terry Mahle said the property should be left available for private development. “This is a piece ... Read More »

Smithville Christmas On The Square Kicks Off Holiday Season Saturday

Smithville will hold its 22nd annual Christmas on the Square Saturday to celebrate the season and the increasingly popular downtown. Downtown business owner Karyn Walker said the Smithville Merchants Alliance teams up with the city to plan the yearly event. Walker said the evening showcases downtown Smithville as a destination for tourism and local families. “Our community is just growing ... Read More »

Smithville House For Recovering Women Opening At Start Of Year

A transitional housing program for women recovering from substance abuse will open its doors in early 2024. Smithville will be closing on a $375,000 property to be used as the recovery house in the coming weeks. UCHRA will oversee the program. Executive Director Mark Farley said the idea is to give these women a hand up to getting their lives ... Read More »

Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree Receives $75,000 For New Stage Cover

A new roof over the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree will be constructed thanks to a $75,000 state Tourism Enhancement Grant. In 2019 a windstorm ripped the cover off, and the stage has not had a roof since. The original roof was built some 30 years ago, designed by Tennessee Tech students. Jamboree President Kim Luton said she hopes the grant will ... Read More »

Dekalb County Mayor Has Found Land For Possible Justice Center

Dekalb County Mayor Matt Adcock is trying to acquire 38 acres of land in the middle of Smithville in order to build a Criminal Justice Center. Adcock said that he found the parcel of land while looking through Tennessee Property Viewer for candidates for a Justice Center. Adcock said the property is located off Anthony Street and is the best ... Read More »