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Sparta Housing Authority Says Treatment Of White, Van Buren Residents Equal

The Sparta Housing Authority released a statement declaring that the organization strictly obeys federal regulations and has additional policies to establish equality for all. The statement comes after some Spencer officials expressed concern last month about how Van Buren County residents are being handled by the authority. Those officials said they saw White County residents getting preferential treatment for openings ... Read More »

Unemployment In Clay, Pickett, Van Buren Among State’s Highest

November unemployment rates in Clay, Pickett and Van Buren Counties among the ten highest in the state. Unemployment stood at 4.7 percent last month in Clay and Pickett Counties, 4.5 percent in Van Buren County. That’s a drop of 1.5 percent from the October rate. Putnam County unemployment fell 0.3 percent in November to 3.5 percent. That’s a slight rise ... Read More »

Van Buren & Warren Teaming Up To Extradite Inmates From New York

Law Enforcement Agencies in Van Buren and Warren Counties working together to extradite two inmates currently behind bars in New York. Van Buren County Sheriff Michael Brock said both inmates have active warrants in Van Buren County. He said Warren County agreed to split the $2,000 extradition cost to secure the return of one of the inmates who also has ... Read More »

Spencer Officials Concerned About Housing Fairness For Those In Need

The Spencer Aldermen will look into concerns that Van Buren County residents are not being treated fairly by the Sparta Housing Authority. Van Buren Schools Homeless System Navigator Jill Bouldin said she remains concerned by the lack of Van Buren County representation on the Sparta Housing Authority board. Bouldin said Van Buren residents are overlooked by the authority for vacant ... Read More »

Governor’s Budget Hearing Complete; Sexton Said Safety Big Priority For Him

The Governor’s budget hearings wrapped up last week, beginning the process for a new state budget according to House Speaker Cameron Sexton. Governor Bill Lee fielded ideas and concerns from Tennessee departments and agencies about financial priorities in their corners of the state. Sexton said the initial process is all about the Governor’s wants and priorities. “There’s a lot of ... Read More »

Veterans Day Celebrations Honor Service Members Across The UC

Veterans Day celebrations happening this Friday across the Upper Cumberland. Putnam County’s Veterans Day ceremony and parade will begin on Friday at 10:45am on the Broad Street side of the Courthouse Square. The photos of veterans from across the county are posted around the courthouse. Overton County’s Veterans Day Program takes place Friday at 10:00am in the Joe L. Evins ... Read More »

Van Buren Solid Waste New Hours Start Monday

New hours for the Van Buren County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will take effect starting Monday. With daylight savings set for Sunday, the centers will mirror the time change with new hours. The Spencer location will continue to have the most availability, open four days a week from 8 am to 4 pm, and 8 am to noon on Fridays ... Read More »

Van Buren, White Systems Leading Talk On Regional Bus Cooperative

Several Upper Cumberland county school systems are looking to form a regional bus cooperative to allow for easier transportation assistance. The cooperative would allow schools to help one another find immediate transportation when issues arise. Van Buren Director of Schools Jared Copeland said the cooperative would encourage counties to focus on taking care of the children first while having a ... Read More »

Be Aware: Increase In Accidents Involving Deer Across UC

Counties across the Upper Cumberland are seeing an increase in accidents involving deer. There were six accidents involving deer in the Fairfield Glade community in Cumberland County on Saturday. Van Buren County Sheriff Michael Brock said over the last few weeks his county has seen 19 accidents involving deer, two of those resulting in injuries. Clay County Sheriff Brandon Boone ... Read More »

Van Buren School Board Considering Sick Day Sharing Policy

The Van Buren County School Board considering plan to allow faculty to share sick days. The system conducted a survey of faculty to see how they felt about two different donation plans. Director of Schools Jared Copeland said one plan included had a sick day bank where sick days would be approved by a committee. The second plan would allow ... Read More »