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Check With Local City Government Before Burning Brush

If your weekend plans involve cleaning up your property, you should check with your local government before burning brush. The state bans burning from October 15 to May 15. Cities have their own regulations. Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young said his city discourages burning. “We have trash pickup and they can call the street department and limbs and stuff can ... Read More »

White County Library Gearing Up For Summer Programs

The White County Public Library is planning another summer of activities for kids of all ages and adults too. Library Director Cathy Farley said the popular children’s program begins June 1. “We definitely don’t want them to lose the gains they fought so hard for during the school year, so the library offers programming during the summer to keep them ... Read More »

Adult Coloring Night Thursday At The Putnam County Library

The Putnam County Library’s adult coloring night is gaining in popularity. Adult Services Librarian Phil Schaller said the monthly event has been well-attended the last few months. Adult coloring night begins at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Putnam County Library’s main branch. “Like I said it’s real low key, people just come in, grab ... Read More »

Chattanooga Shooting Bill Heads To Haslam’s Desk

The deadly 2015 shooting at military offices in Chattanooga inspired a bill approved by the General Assembly Wednesday. Sen. Paul Bailey sponsored the bill. “This bill enhances penalties against those that intentionally target uniformed law enforcement officers or uniformed members of any branch of the military including National Guard,” Bailey said. Judges can make that call from the bench, he ... Read More »

Celina Reverses Course On One-Way Roads

The Celina Board of Alderman reversed course on two streets at its recent meeting. The vote to make Washington and McMillian streets two-way again was unanimous. The board had changed Washington and McMillian streets to one-way a few months ago. At that time, aldermen and city officials said the streets were too narrow to easily accommodate two-way traffic. Residents, especially ... Read More »

Fentress County Schools Receive Funding For Summer Reading Camp

The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded the Fentress County School System with funding for a summer reading camp. The funding comes from the 2017 Read to be Ready Summer Grant program. Federal Programs Director Kristi Hall said the money will be used to host the Plant the Seed Summer Reading Camp at York Elementary School. “We want to promote ... Read More »

Jobs4TN Van In DeKalb County Wednesday

The state’s mobile employment center visited the DeKalb County Complex Wednesday. Library Director Kathy Hendrixson said people had been arriving at the van all day. “People need jobs and this is a wonderful, free opportunity for them to come in and tweak their resume or write a resume and post it, so that’s a win-win for everyone,” Hendrixson said. The ... Read More »

US Bank Hosts First Blood Assurance Drive

Blood Assurance will hold a blood drive this week at Cookeville’s U.S. Bank. It’s the first time the bank has hosted a drive and Donor Recruiter Trudy Cody hopes it will be a success. “People can give money, you can work, but we can’t reproduce blood without the donors,” Cody said. Each donation goes to help local people, she said. ... Read More »

Cookeville Seeking To Purchase Park View School

The Putnam County Board of Education has voted unanimously to begin discussing the sale of Park View Elementary School. The board voted Tuesday night to to allow Director of Schools Jerry Boyd to begin working with the city of Cookeville on a deal to sell the property. Cookeville wants to purchase the school and use the site for a new ... Read More »

Crossville Police Arrest Convicted Sex Offender

Crossville Police have arrested a convicted sex offender. Police arrested 40-year-old Scott Charles King after they found him living at a Crossville Housing Authority apartment across from LBJ&C Head Start. According to the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry database, King was convicted in 2001 for second degree rape.   Read More »