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This Week White Commission Considers ARP Bonuses

This week in the Upper Cumberland the White County Commission will consider one-time bonuses for county employees. Full-time workers could earn $3,000 and $1,500 for part-time employees. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan. A speed limit reduction may also be approved. The speed of Parker Road could change from 35 to 25 mph. The road runs from Gum ... Read More »

Flooding A Risk As Storms Pass Through UC This Week

Flooding and strong storms a threat for the Upper Cumberland over the next few days. Putnam County EMA Director Tyler Smith said residents should be mindful of flood prone areas as some communities anticipate up to four inches of rainfall. “It will become saturated as time goes on through the week,” Smith said. “That’s when we’ll start to see more ... Read More »

New UC Tourism TV Series To Air On WCTE This Spring

A new television series highlighting tourism and local businesses in the Upper Cumberland is set to air this spring. UCDD Deputy Director Tommy Lee said all 14 counties will be represented. “We’re working on production right now,” Lee said. “What we’re going to do is get some ideas for some shows, and then we will begin filming hopefully sometime in ... Read More »

10 Overdose Deaths Across The UC This Past Week

A synthetic opioid more potent than fentanyl has caused 10 overdose deaths in the Upper Cumberland over the last several days. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said the drug is called Carfentanil. A drug developed as an elephant tranquilizer that is often used directly or as a heroin lacing. “Obviously some of those are in Putnam County,” Farris said. “The ... Read More »

Secretary Of State Recruiting Upper Cumberland Poll Workers

Secretary of State Tre Hargett said the need is high for poll workers in the Upper Cumberland region. Hargett has launched a statewide campaign called, “Be an Election Hero. Become a Poll Worker.” Hargett said the goal is to recruit workers to conduct smooth and efficient elections. “These people that do work the polls for us, they are heroes,” Hargett ... Read More »

AARP Organizing Free Income Tax Services Across UC

Free tax preparations through AARP getting started this week at five locations across the Upper Cumberland. District Two Coordinator Mike Rodts said the service is available for moderate to low income people of all ages. “AARP Foundation provides the organization, but it’s also mainly funded by the IRS,” Rodts said. “The intention of that is to provide a free to ... Read More »

Point In Time Homeless Count For Region Begins Tues Night

The Point in Time Homeless Count begins Tuesday night accounting for homeless populations across 18 counties. The federally designated day takes place across America with volunteers surveying the homeless. Homeless Advocacy of Rural TN Advocate Vivian Walker said the organization will collect data from our region to report to the federal government. “Needs change from year to year,” Walker said. ... Read More »

UC Saw Seven Fatalities From Boating In 2021

The Upper Cumberland saw seven fatalities from boating incidents in 2021. TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Dustin Buttram said that across the state, there were 21 fatalities, 72 injuries, and 93 incidents of property damage. He said that most of the incidents came from operator inattention. “Just not paying attention to their surrounding or other boats in the area, that’s one of ... Read More »

Temperatures Aloft Caused A Less Than Expected Sunday Snow Total

Five to nine inches of snow were expected across the Upper Cumberland Sunday, but the atmosphere had a different plan. National Weather Service Nashville Forecaster Scott Unger said rainfall before the Sunday snowfall made for less snow amounts. “Just took time enough for the atmosphere to become right for snow to fall,” Unger said. “The rain went out in the ... Read More »

This Week Putnam Commission Fills District Five Seat, Cumberland Considers ARP Projects

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Putnam County Commission will consider seven candidates to fill the vacant district five commissioner seat. Terry Randolph held the seat until moving out of the district last month. Bobby Williams, Johnnie Wheeler, Vinnie Faccinto, Bruce Bailey, Junior Phipps, Tyna Bryan and Brandon Burgess are interested persons. Other candidates may attend the meeting to ... Read More »