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Van Buren Ag Ex Director Receives State Award For Excellence

Van Buren County Ag Extension Director Chris Binkley has won a statewide honor for excellence among extension agents. Binkley said it would not be possible without his co-workers over the past six years. “It means a great deal,” Binkley said. “I mean UT Extension is like a family. People like Vernon and Ida Darter and their families keep that family ... Read More »

Backpack Assist Ministry To Host 10th Annual Back-To-School Drive

The Backpack Assist Ministry will host its 10th annual Back-to-School celebration. Coordinator Carleen Benson said that each year the organization takes donations and puts the money towards providing resources to students in White and Van Buren Counties. “It is an awesome event,” Benson said. “And it’s a community event where everybody gets together and we provide backpacks, school supplies, we ... 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 »

Fall Creek Falls Community Center Needs Help After 2020

The Fall Creek Falls area is making multiple attempts to raise money for its community center. The community center is hosting a car show Saturday, and has an online store set up selling Fall Creek Falls memorabilia. Community Group Vice President Leon Deweese said the efforts are due to the aftermath of the pandemic. “A lot of people cancelled that ... Read More »

Man Captured After 4-County Police Chase Tuesday

A police chase through Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White Counties Tuesday led to a 30-year old man being charged with first-degree murder. 30-year-old Joshua Brennon Wilson allegedly tried to strike Warren County Sheriffs Department Captain Jody Cavanaugh as Cavanaugh worked to deploy stop sticks along the Highway 70 Bypass. Cavanaugh was not injured. Wilson was stopped in Warren County ... Read More »

This Week: Putnam Commission Works On Jail Bond And New School

This week the Putnam County Commission will discuss finances and county debt in a work session Monday. The topic of discussions will focus on the bond issue for the new jail, a new school, as well as the new fiscal year budget. Sheriff Eddie Farris and School Director Corby King are set to present their requests to the county court ... Read More »

Pikeville 16-Year-Old Dies In Fiery Accident In Van Buren

A Pikeville 16-year-old died in a one car accident in Van Buren County late Thursday night. The vehicle was traveling west on Highway 258 near Spencer when it veered right off the roadway. The driver over corrected back onto the roadway, and then, went off road to the left side striking a tree. The driver was unresponsive and trapped when ... Read More »

TN Comptroller’s Office Seeing Positive Change In Van Buren Finances

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office said Van Buren County is in a stronger financial position than it was at this time last year. Director of Communications John Dunn said the county’s final budget has not been submitted or reviewed yet. However, Dunn said with more cash in the bank and a better understanding of budget composition that the county is moving ... 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 »