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Dale Hollow Dam Road Closed This Week

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Dale Hollow Dam Road will be closed this week. The road will close for scheduled maintenance. The closure also allows engineers to inspect the dam’s equipment, including spillway gates and trunnions. Dale Hollow Dam Road will close at 8 a.m. Tuesday and reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, unless the work is completed early. Read More »

Wind Farm Law One Step Closer To Reality

A bill to study wind farms has passed the state House of Representatives. It may be up for a full Senate vote as early as this week. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cameron Sexton and Sen. Paul Bailey. “Tennessee is one of four states in the nation that doesn’t have current regulations in place. We thought we’d never need ... Read More »

Drug Repository Bill Gets House Committee Vote

Rep. Cameron Sexton’s drug repository bill has passed the full Senate and faces a vote in a House committee this week. The bill would create a method for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to give unused drugs to free clinics. “Right now nothing in the state of Tennessee that allows long term care facilities to contract with nonprofit ... Read More »

Cumberland County Man Pleads To Attempted Child Rape Charge

Michael Joseph Pigg pleaded guilty to a single charge of attempted rape of a child last week in Cumberland County court. Pigg agreed to a 15-year sentence. The charges were issued after events at Pigg’s home in December 2012, involving a girl who was 12 years old at the time. The case was set to go to trial and the ... Read More »

TWRA Women’s Workshop Registration Open

Registration has begun for the TWRA’s annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop. The event takes place June 2-4 at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville. It costs $225, but includes lodging, meals and a state hunting and fishing license. Participants can take classes in survival skills, basic firearms and fishing. Applications are available online or at TWRA offices. Read More »

Drug Take Back Events Scheduled Saturday

The Power of Putnam hopes this year’s drug take back event will set records. Coalition Director Bill Gibson said the event has grown in popularity since it began in 2011. Now, six sites will host events from 10-2 p.m. Saturday at all four Walgreens stores, Andy’s Pharmacy and the Algood Police Department. The Sparta Police Department will also host an ... Read More »

Window Cliffs Closed Until Wednesday

Window Cliffs State Natural Area will be closed until at least Wednesday because of high water levels. Park Manager Bill Summers said heavy rain has made the nine creek crossings impassable and unsafe for visitors. “The creek crossing cables were underwater and we have at least one cable that is damaged,” Summers said. “We hope to open Wednesday and to ... Read More »

Weekend Rain Damages Several Cumberland County Roads

Heavy rain over the weekend has left several Cumberland County Roads damaged. Road Commissioner Scott Blaylock said the worst damage occurred on Cow Pens Road and Walker Hollow Road in the southern portion of the county. “We lost two roads and had to barricade them off,” Blaylock said. “We are having to replace some large pipes today and tomorrow in ... Read More »

Frito Lay Recalls Jalapeno Chips

Frito Lay issued a recall for jalapeno-flavored chips over the weekend. The recall includes Lay’s Kettle Cooked and Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked chips, both jalapeno-flavored. The FDA said the jalapeno seasoning provider had issued a recall because salmonella was found in it. Chips labeled “guaranteed fresh” on or before July 4 are included in the recall. Multipacks dated June 20 ... Read More »

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 »