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White County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Updated

White County has updated its hazard mitigation plan to ensure the county is prepared for any natural disasters that come. EMA Director Matt McBride said the plan identifies vulnerable areas and ensures there are plans in place and people ready to act in case a disaster does occur. McBride said the plan has shifted to focus more on severe weather ... Read More »

Search For Missing White County Resident Continues

White County Resident Roy Whited remains missing after a day-long search effort Tuesday around Lovejoy Road involving about 100 people. Sheriff Steve Page said the search included volunteers, sheriff deputies, EMS personnel, and TWRA staff. Page said day was successful in terms of how much ground they covered. “I think we’ve checked off several boxes today with the search,” Page ... Read More »

Community Search For Missing White Co. Citizen Tuesday

White County residents will be conducting a community search day Tuesday with the goal of locating 64-year-old Sparta resident Roy Whited. Whited was last seen on May 3 near Lovejoy Road, where the search will be taking place. First Baptist Church Sparta Pastor Brad Walker told the county commission during their Monday meeting that there are about 4,000 acres in ... Read More »

North Smithville Tornado Labeled EF1; 100 Mile Winds

100-mile-per-hour winds blew through Smithville Monday evening as an EF-1 tornado left trees down and a handful of homes damaged. National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Sam Shamburger said tornadoes this size are fairly common in the Upper Cumberland. He said this one did not move very fast, traveling 3.3 miles in some 10 minutes. He said the storm pulsed, gaining ... Read More »

Airport Emergency Training Coming For White, Putnam

Emergency Management personnel from White and Putnam Counties will be familiarizing themselves with aviation emergency protocols over the coming months. White County EMA Director Matt McBride said protecting aircraft passengers using the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport requires multiple agencies to operate on one accord. He said aviation emergency response requires specialized training beyond what many firefighters and first responders have ... Read More »

Clay March Unemployment Highest In State

Clay County’s unemployment rate ranked highest in the state during March at 4.6 percent. Most economists believe rates between three and five percent rank as low unemployment. 31 of the state’s 95 counties reported March unemployment rates below three percent. No Upper Cumberland counties reached those numbers, but Fentress, Putnam and White Counties all finished March with three percent rates. ... Read More »

Preservationist Concerned About Future Of Rock House

A local preservationist and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution has concerns about the future of the White County Rock House. White County is in the process of purchasing land surrounding the building to secure it for the state. The state plans to renovate the facility, returning it, according state officials, to the way it appeared in the ... Read More »

Cicadas To Emerge Next Month After 13-Year Absence

Broods of cicadas are expected to emerge throughout the Upper Cumberland next month after spending 13 years underground. Jackson County Agriculture Extension Agent Dill Hughes said the two separate broods operate on 13 and 17-year cycles respectively. He said due to the Upper Cumberland’s location and climate, we often see the emergence of both. He said despite the bad rap, ... Read More »

White County To Bring In Behavior Specialists For Elementary

The White County School Board voted Thursday night to insert behavioral health specialists into district elementary schools. Board Chair Bob Young said these would neither be school employees nor contractors. He said the therapists would work with students whose parents requested the service, and the fee would be paid through that parent’s insurance. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the ... Read More »

Robert Matthews Highway Bridge Running 6-8 Weeks Behind

The replacement of a bridge on Robert Matthews Highway in White County is running six to eight weeks behind after contractors began the project without the correct drill casings. White County Highway Supervisor Jerry Sawyer said weather has held up the project as well. A new crew has stepped in over the past several weeks and Sawyer said productivity has ... Read More »