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THP Inspects Every School Bus

School bus safety has been widely discussed in Tennessee since a deadly crash in Chattanooga in November. Two bills are currently working their way through the General Assembly. One would require seat belts on all new buses. The second, favored by Gov. Bill Haslam, would increase the minimum age of bus drivers from 21 to 25 and changes training and ... Read More »

Cumberland County Schools Expanding Work-Based Programs

Cumberland County Schools plan to expand its work-based learning programs. Chris King oversees the county’s Career and Technical Education department. He told the Cumberland County Board of Education the schools might soon offer EMT training. Roane State Community College currently offers a full EMT program. King said the school district was looking to partner with Roane State on a dual ... Read More »

TDOT Making Changes To Deadly Warren Co. Intersection

The Tennessee Department of Transportation began making changes this week to a deadly Warren County intersection. Crews began placing additional signage and pavement markings at the intersection of Sparta Highway and Rock Island Road. Two crashes have claimed the lives of three people at the intersection this year. TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said the department has long term plans to ... Read More »

Bill Waives Firing Range Requirement For Vets

Gov. Bill Haslam may soon sign a bill making it easier for veterans to get a handgun permit. Now, anyone applying for a handgun permit must take a class, pass a written test and a test on the firing range. State Sen. Paul Bailey said his bill would make it easier for veterans to get the permit. The bill allows veterans to ... Read More »

Saint Thomas To Hire Roughly 100 People

Saint Thomas Health will be hiring roughly 100 people to staff its four Upper Cumberland regional hospitals. A career fair will be held Tuesday, April 25th at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, Saint Thomas DeKalb, Saint Thomas Stones River and Saint Thomas Highlands. Open positions include registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and respiratory therapists. ... Read More »

Elementary Teacher Arrested For Buying Drugs On School Grounds

Warren County authorities arrested a Hickory Creek Elementary teacher Thursday on narcotics charges. 5th grade teacher, 45-year-old Jason Moore, is accused of buying $225 worth of percocets on school grounds. The sheriff’s department said they had received numerous complaints about the teacher purchasing drugs on school property. Chief Investigator Marc Martin says it could be the first in several arrests ... Read More »

Hippie Jack Creates Videos Supporting PBS

Jack Stoddart has a new mission. For years, his “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” festival has brought visitors to the Upper Cumberland. He’s raised money to donate food, household goods, school supplies and even Christmas toys to folks in need. Now he’s crusading for PBS. After President Donald Trump’s administration released a federal budget proposal cutting funding for PBS, Stoddart went ... Read More »

Monterey Man Charged With Rape Of A Child

Putnam County authorities have arrested a Monterey man on charges of child rape. Leslie Bryant Thurman remains behind bars under $115,000 bond. According to authorities, the investigation began last year by the Monterey Police Department and Department of Children Services. Investigators say Thurman began sexually assaulting the victim at the age of 5-years-old. The assaults continued until the child turned ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Engineering Proposal For Sidewalk Project

The Cookeville City Council approved an engineering proposal for a sidewalk project Thursday night. Councilman Dwight Henry said the sidewalks will cover much of Interstate Drive and portions of South Jefferson Avenue and South Walnut. “We think it’s necessary to add sidewalks to that area,” Henry said. ” We see a lot of folks walking and we think those people ... Read More »

EFest This Weekend At TTU

Engineers and engineering students have arrived at TTU for a celebration. Efest begins Friday and continues through Sunday. TTU is one of just three universities worldwide to host an event. The others will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the LNM Institute of Information Technology in India. Faculty advisor of TTU’s ASME chapter Dr. Stephen Canfield, ... Read More »