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Van Buren Election Seeking Polling Locations; Asked To Move By School

Van Buren School System is requesting the county’s Election Commission to move their District 1 and 5 polling locations. Polling is currently conducted inside the Van Buren High Auxiliary gym across the street from the school after school hours. Election Committee Chairman Kurt Powers said he asked the Director of Schools for help finding another location. Powers said that finding ... Read More »

Van Buren Spencer Elementary Enforces Traffic Procedure

Spencer Elementary officials set to enforce stricter traffic rules for child pick-up and drop-off. School Principal Amanda Binkley said the code enforcement is in an attempt to relieve congestion. Binkley said that the procedures announced have always been in place, but have lately not been followed. “There are cones that are placed along Sparta Street that prevent from being about ... Read More »

State Comptroller Pleased With Van Buren Progress, Will Continue Regular Supervision

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office pleased with Van Buren County’s progress, taking them off of the heightened supervision list. Comptroller Communications Director John Dunn said Van Buren originally went under heightened supervision in 2020 when concerns arose about the county’s spending. He said it appeared that the county was letting its cash reserves fall to a risky level and had failed ... Read More »

New Alert Form Will Help Van Buren Responders Locate Missing Persons

Van Buren’s Alert Form will decrease response time to locate missing children and adults under guardianship. Sheriff Michael Brock said the form was created in response to requests from concerned citizens. The citizens wanted to help shorten the time it takes for authorities to begin their search for missing persons. “It all started when that parent reached out to me ... Read More »

Bitcoin Mining Facility Could Come To Van Buren Industrial Park

Caney Fork Electric can provide the 10 megawatts needed by a proposed VBC bitcoin mining facility. Contractor Cliff Evans met with Van Buren County officials Tuesday. Evans said he represents a Little Rock Arkansas company that wants to build the facility in the Van Buren County Industrial Park. Evans said 300-plus computers that do the mining are housed in a ... Read More »

Van Buren Health Department Asbestos Presence Better Than Anticipated

Officials did discover asbestos at the Van Buren County Health Department, but the presence was less than anticipated. The testing came as officials prepare to remodel and expand the facility on Old McMinnville Street. County Public Health Director Angela Slaven said the news was better than what they feared. “Estimated abatement costs currently is eight thousand dollars,” Slaven said. “Which ... Read More »

Van Buren Will Have To Increase School Budget To Meet State Guidelines

The Van Buren County Director of Schools told County Commissioners Tuesday night they will need to increase school spending by some $450,000 to meet new state education guidelines. Cheryl Cope presented budget projections based on the new Tennessee education formula. Cope said the maintenance of effort number represents the local investment in education. “Projected maintenance of effort is over one ... Read More »

Ag Director Recommends Winter Hay Testing For Livestock Nutrition Needs

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The winter season calls for farmers to change how they feed their livestock, especially cattle. Van Buren Ag Extension Director Chris Binkley said as temperatures drop, the nutritional needs increase. “It takes them a lot more energy to stay warm,” Binkley said. “They need more food to stay warm. As it gets colder you will need to increase that. If ... Read More »

Recycle Christmas Trees To Benefit Wildlife

The presents are gone and the ornaments are up, but what should you do with that live Christmas tree? As opposed to sending it to a landfill, Van Buren County Ag Extension Director Chris Binkley said the tree can has many more environmentally conscious uses. “They make some awesome wildlife habitats and some fishery habitats,” Binkley said. “And even at ... Read More »

Van Buren 4H Land Judging Team Heading To Nationals

The Van Buren County 4H Land Judging Team is heading to the national competition. Coach Lance Smith said the all-girls team placed 2nd in the state and will get to compete at the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma in May. He said this is only the second time a team from Van Buren has made it to this level. ... Read More »