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Control Of Van Buren Ag Learning Center Given To Extension Office

Van Buren County has given administrative control of the Agriculture Learning Center to the UT-Extension Office. When asked why change control, Commissioner Brian Simmons said everything in the Ag Learning Center was bought by UT. “Because of renting that stuff out, something getting tore up in there, that type of thing,” Simmons said. “So any of that administrative stuff should ... Read More »

Governor Lee Returns To Where He Started At Van Buren Ag Learning Center

Governor Bill Lee made a stop in Van Buren County on Tuesday to tour the newly renovated Ag Learning Center. Lee said growing up with agriculture, the facility represents exactly why he strives to enhance rural, distressed communities in Tennessee. Lee said the memories of kicking off his campaign came right back when he arrived in Van Buren County. “This ... Read More »

Large Population Growth In Van Buren Will Affect Redistricting

Van Buren County saw more than 11 percent growth over the last decade, the highest by percentage in the Upper Cumberland. Mayor Greg Wilson said that number was not a surprise, based on the number of new residents moving in outside of Spencer. Wilson said the Piney, Cedar Grove and Cummingsville communities have seen the largest uptick. Wilson said this ... Read More »

Van Buren Fair Bringing Back Fan Favorites For 2021

The Van Buren County Fair will open the gates on Saturday with country nights and carnival lights. Fair President Lesa Bouldin said the fair stuck with fan favorites this year like beauty pageants, the chainsaw challenge and greased pig competition. “We stuck with the ones that we knew worked, that people would come out and see,” Bouldin said. “The carnival, ... Read More »

Van Buren FFA Selling Handcrafted Tables, Benches To Fund Club

The Van Buren County High School FFA is taking orders for handmade picnic tables and benches. Agriculture Teacher Lance Smith said throughout the entire school year, orders are open for six foot to 12 foot tables. Smith said everything is student built. “They go in, they make all the cuts, they take all the measurements, they do all the building,” ... Read More »

Van Buren Students Bringing Human Trafficking Awareness To Spencer

An interactive art exhibit is coming to Spencer City Park on Monday to raise awareness about Human Trafficking. Van Buren County Schools Coordinated School Health Director Kelly Lewis said high school students participated in Tennessee’s first Red Sand Project, bringing it back to the county. Lewis said anyone who comes to participate will get red sand to spread in the ... Read More »

Van Buren County Passes Budget And Tax Rate, Mayor Optimistic

Van Buren County has approved its final budget and property tax rate for the fiscal year. Mayor Greg Wilson said the comptroller’s office gave a tax rate recommendation of $2.3992, which the county rounded to $2.40. Wilson said this was the rate necessary to maintain current revenues. Wilson said he’s optimistic about revenues. “In the last few weeks, couple of ... Read More »

Fall Creek Falls Father’s Day Offering Endless Outdoor Opportunities

A Fall Creek Falls Father’s Day Weekend offers a little bit of everything for a dad looking to get outdoors. Park Manager Jacob Young said fishing weather is at its peak and the same goes for golf. Young said waters are at a perfect level for swimming or just getting a refreshing splash from the iconic waterfalls. “You can come ... Read More »

Spencer’s First Meat Processing Plant Opening June 14

The A&H Custom Meat and Processing plant will open on June 14 in Spencer becoming the first facility in the county. President Barry Austin said the plant will start with seven full-time employees and provide job opportunities to Van Buren County High School students interested in working this summer. Austin said they have received over 500 calls from Upper Cumberland ... Read More »