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Two Hickory Creek Elementary School Teachers Suspended

The Warren County School System has suspended two Hickory Creek Elementary teachers amid an ongoing drug investigation. The teachers are identified as Jordan Underhill and Lisa Miller. Their suspensions follow last week’s arrest of 5th grade teacher Jason Moore. Moore allegedly bought prescription narcotics from an undercover officer on school grounds. The ongoing investigation stems from complaints from parents regarding ... Read More »

Moving Overhead Power Lines Underground Would Be Expensive In Cookeville

One of the top responses from the Envision Cookeville survey was replacing overhead power lines with underground lines. Cookeville Planning Director James Mills says replacing all of the city’s overhead lines would be an extremely difficult thing to do. “It would cost between $1 million and $1.5 million a mile to replace a lot of the larger lines,” Mills said. ... Read More »

Cookeville To Test Curbside Recycling With Pilot Program

If you’re advocating for Cookeville to implement curbside recycling, your wish might be coming true. Cookeville City Councilman Dwight Henry says he and his fellow council members have a plan to test out curbside recycling. “We are working with the clean commission to identify a community or subdivision where we could use curbside recycling as a pilot project,” Henry said. ... Read More »

Weather Delays Mine Lick Creek Closure

Weather caused delays for TDOT this week. Mine Lick Creek and Crawford roads were scheduled to close Wednesday, but rainy weather pushed the date to Monday. TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the roads will be closed for a week. Flynn said the roads will be closed to allow workers to complete tie-ins for the new north alignment. The contractor will ... Read More »

Fentress Deputies Look For Horses’ Owner

Fentress County Sheriff’s deputies took two long-faced characters into custody this week. Two horses were found wandering on Government Pond Road in Allardt at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies are searching for the horses’ owners, so they can be returned. If you have any information, contact the sheriff’s department at 931-879-8142 or central dispatch 931-752-0911. Read More »

Mayhem For Mustard Seed Saturday

Crossfit teams will compete for a cause Saturday. The fourth annual Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hyder-Burks Pavilion. Crossfit teams from across the country will compete, including Cookeville’s Crossfit Mayhem team, featuring 4-time World’s Fittest Man Rich Frohning. Spectator seats are $5. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed Ranch. The ranch ... Read More »

GOP Supermajority Makes Tenn. Hard For Dems

Statewide Democrat leaders recently announced record participation at county-level reorganization meetings this spring. A written release from Statewide Chairman Mary Mancini said Democrats are energized and ready to stand up in their communities. Tennessee Tech Political Science Instructor Lauren Harding said the increased participation is great, but it might not translate to more blue seats in the General Assembly. “After ... Read More »

Overton County Man Charged With Arson

The Pickett County grand jury has indicted an Overton County man on a single count of arson. Authorities served 40-year-old Chad Pickens with the capias at the Fentress County Jail Wednesday. He’s accused of setting a December 2016 fire at a home on North Main Street in Byrdstown. Pickens remains incarcerated at the Fentress County Jail on an unrelated charge. ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Breaks Ground On New Fitness Center

Tennessee Tech broke ground on the new fitness and recreation facility Thursday. Tech President Phil Oldham said the 154,000 square foot facility will expand the fitness and recreation opportunities for tech students and future students. “The facility needs to reflect what we are trying to accomplish and it needs to create environments that are conducive to all of that,” Oldham ... Read More »

Legislative Session Goes On Longer Than Usual

This year’s General Assembly session has gone on longer than usual. Sen. Paul Bailey said legislators have completed their work the week of April 20 in the last few years. This year, they hope to close the session May 12. “I think we’re ready to come home, ready to get back to being part time legislators like we are and ... Read More »