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White County Highway 135 Reopens With One Lane

A portion of Highway 135 in White County partially reopened due to a portion of roadway washing out. This is two miles west of Highway 111, near Milk Plant Road. T-DOT Spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said the Bridge Inspection Team determined the concrete box culvert was having issues due to heavy rains. However, Flynn said that a temporary solution is on ... Read More »

Sparta Woman Competing For Ms. Tennessee Senior America

One of Sparta’s own is competing to be the next Ms. Tennessee Senior America. Seventy-Four-Year-Old Sherry Hickey is up against 15 other contestants in an online voting system. Hickey said she is participating to represent her community but to also show other seniors anything is possible. “I have multiple sclerosis,” Hickey said. “When I first moved here 15 years ago ... Read More »

Sparta Public Works Spring Cleaning All Week

Sparta is getting a jump on spring leaf cleaning by helping residents remove any leftover leaves. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said that its leaf collection truck will be running all week from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Quick said that public works tried to line up its leaf collection with residents cleaning their yards. “The guys are just going ... Read More »

Sparta Lowers Food Truck Vendor Permit Fees

Sparta approved an ordinance cutting food truck vendor fees in half during its Thursday meeting. With the change, food truck vendors will be assessed a $25 charge for a one day permit to $250 for a one year permit. Sparta Green Market Manager Amanda Dunsmore said Sparta is moving the right direction on food trucks. “I just wanted to extend ... Read More »

Sparta Approves Water Leak Bill Insurance

Sparta will move forward with an optional water leak insurance program. Council members Thursday approved authorizing Mayor Jeff Young to enter an agreement for the program. The service agreement is with the company Water Leak Relief out of Crossville. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said residents will get two insurance claims worth $1,500 for an added $2.03 on their bill. “We ... Read More »

T-DOT Repaving 22 Miles In Putnam, White Co.

About 22 miles of state routes along the Putnam and White County line will be resurfaced this summer. T-DOT Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn said the first contract focuses on Highway 111. “It is a slightly over two mile section of State Route 111 that will be resurfaced from the White County line to north of State Route 136,” Flynn ... Read More »

Flash Flood Warning Out For Overnight Areas


Very heavy rainfall moving into the Upper Cumberland once again Saturday night prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning. The National Weather Service issued a third flash flood warning just before midnight Sunday, including Fentress, Overton and Pickett counties. Very heavy rain will impact these areas with the next batch of rain moving in from the ... Read More »

Construction Pathway Program Forming From Regional Need

The Highlands Economic Partnership is preparing to add construction to its Pathways Program. Director of Workforce Development and Education Kaitlin Salyer said a committee will be formed to connect education partners and employers. Salyer said this ensures that curriculum being taught lines up with in-demand skills. “We’d been hearing quite a bit and I’ll use the example, we had the ... Read More »

CDC Change Could Cut Quarantines In White Co. Schools

The CDC has relaxed social distancing guidelines inside schools from six feet to three feet. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said this news is an exciting step in the right direction. Dronebarger said this will cut down on education gaps caused by quarantines. “What this will do for our schools is just limit the number of folks who ... Read More »

Counties Given Ability To Move Through Vaccine Phases

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Friday that each county will be able to move through vaccine eligibility phases as they choose. The vaccine had been available statewide to people age 65 and older and those in Phase 1c. “As Tennessee continues working to protect those most at risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and provide vaccinations as ... Read More »