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Bids For Highway 56 Improvement Project Could Be Delayed

Bid letting for DeKalb County’s Highway-56 improvement project could be delayed. The projected is scheduled to be let out June 23rd, but Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Jennifer Flynn says pending environmental document re-evaluation issues may push that date back. TDOT wants to build a two lane road from along a 3.3 mile existing alignment from south of the Warren ... Read More »

Wheel Tax Proposal Dead For Now In DeKalb County

DeKalb County won’t be implementing a wheel tax. A few days after recommending the adoption of a wheel tax, County Commissioner Anita Puckett has decided to delay asking for a vote. Puckett believes a wheel tax should be adopted to help secure funding for a new elementary school. Monday night Puckett told fellow commissioners that she wanted to wait on ... Read More »

Suspect Runs Into River, Gets Arrested Anyway

Crossville Police and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies chased a suspect into the Obed River last week. An anonymous tip led Crossville Police officers to stake out a bus stop off North Main Street. They believed Michael Darrell Willis, 35, of Crossville, would be there. He was wanted on a probation violation warrant. When they approached, the suspect fled, running into ... Read More »

Cookeville High School Hires Girls Basketball Coach

Cookeville High School has a new girls basketball coach. The Cavaliers have hired Jamie Gillies to lead the squad. Gillies has spent the past five years as head coach of the Upperman Middle School girls basketball team. She has also served at an assistant coach for the Lady Cavalier basketball program. Gillies replaced Mindy Odom who retired last month after ... Read More »

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Dept. Accepts K-9 Vest Donation

A Cumberland County K-9 officer is protected thanks to a donation from a pet pharmaceutical company. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department accepted a donation of a K-9 vest from the parent company of PetArmor. The vest is bullet and stab-proof. It will protect K-9 officer Niko. Deputy Zach Gilpin and Niko have been working together since 2014. “Our K-9 officers ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Host Health Fair Thursday

Putnam County Schools will host a health fair Thursday. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at TTU’s Hooper Eblen Center. The health fair is sponsored by Putnam County Schools and Coordinated School Health. Blood pressure checks and educational booths will be available along with mascots like Ollie the Otter. The health fair ends at 6:30 p.m. Read More »

Trial For Murdered Pinup Model To Begin May 15

New details were revealed during a court hearing Tuesday for the case of murdered pinup model Nikki Burgess. The former Cumberland County resident disappeared in Nashville three years ago. Authorities have charged and arrested 36-year-old Caleb Cannon, who is the father of Burgess’s daughter. Detectives believe Cannon killed Burgess inside her Hermitage home, placed her body in his truck and ... Read More »

Dale Hollow Dam Road May Reopen Faster

Dale Hollow Dam Road may be open a little sooner than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted. Dam Superintendent Stanley Carter said inspectors hope to have their work completed and the road reopened Thursday. “What we’re actually hoping for is that we can get all this maintenance taken care of in two days rather than in four,” Carter said. ... Read More »

Putnam County School Bus Drivers Already Use New Regulations

A school bus safety bill proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam was approved by the General Assembly this week. The bill requires additional training for school bus drivers and raises the minimum age to 25. Putnam County Schools Transportation Director Kim Bradford said the new regulations won’t affect her department much. “It’s not going to be a big change for us ... Read More »

Aphena Pharma Expanding In Cookeville

Aphena Pharma announced it will expand its Cookeville plant, doubling in size. Stephen Crook serves as Highlands Economic Partnership Vice President of Economic Development. He said Aphena could have expanded anywhere, but they chose the Upper Cumberland. “It’s an exciting expansion for our community, this is a company that’s been with us for many years, their leadership has been firmly ... Read More »