Monthly Archives: April 2016

Jacquelin Elaine Selby Keen

Posted on April 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Jacquelin”Jackie” Elaine Selby Keen, 38, of the Pomona Community, passed away April 25, 2016 at her home.

She was born Oct. 20, 1977, in Putnam County, and was one of the miracle babies.

She was preceded in death by her son, Zachary “Blake” Keen, and older brother, Christopher Wayne Selby.

Survivors include her parents, Wayne Selby and Bessie Frasier Selby; twin brother, Nathan Selby; lifetime friend, Larry Keagle; daughters, Kristan Keen, Savannah Keen; son, Brett Keen; Malcolm Keen Jr., father of her children and her first love; the Keen family; nephew, J.J. Martin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be 3:30 p.m., April 30, 2016, … CONTINUED

Arrie Morine Looney

Posted on April 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Arrie Morine Looney, 91, of Sparta, passed away April 28, 2016, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elbert Daniels

Posted on April 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Elbert Daniels, 76, of Sparta, passed away April 28, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daughters of Confederacy meeting

Posted on April 29, 2016 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Captain Sally Tompkins 2123 will meet at noon, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in the upper level of the Putnam County Library. Please call (931) 738-5869 if you have a Confederate ancestor or further questions.

TVC National Summit to focus on entrepreneurism in the region

Posted on April 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the annual Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit, which will make its first visit to Cookeville on June 1-2. The Summit, themed “Where Entrepreneurs and Technology Meet,” will be held on the campus of Tennessee Tech University, and it is hosted by TTU President Dr. Phil Oldham in cooperation with Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black.

Leaders from throughout the region will be at the event to focus attention on the vital role entrepreneurs provide in turning the brain power and technologies from the region’s universities and federal programs into new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses.

Main speakers scheduled for the … CONTINUED

Department of Labor and Workforce Development awards Putnam County Job Training Grants

Posted on April 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today Thursday the department has awarded $50,000 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to three companies in Putnam County. Incumbent Worker Training Grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs of their employees.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and … CONTINUED

Vanderbilt LifeFlight to open emergency helicopter base in Cookeville at CRMC

Posted on April 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt LifeFlight will soon be expanding its footprint to serve the Upper Cumberland region by adding an emergency helicopter base in Cookeville.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center CEO Paul Korth said the addition of the helicopter is a “win-win” for everyone, including CRMC patients in the Upper Cumberland region.

“Our partnership with Vanderbilt continues to grow since we affiliated with them four years ago,” Korth said. “We affiliated so that we could expand access to health services and resources for our region, and this project is just another example of how our facilities can work together for … CONTINUED

Van Buren Head Start

Posted on April 29, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Free service – Van Buren County Head Start is taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year. They recruit children regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin or disabling condition, and serve children ages 3 to 4. The services are free. Call (423) 881-5182 for more information.

Thursday, April 28th Sports Update

Posted on April 28, 2016 11:11 pm by Tammy Wilhite

It was yet another busy afternoon for the White County High School spring sports teams, but it was a beautiful day to be outside supporting the teams.

The WCHS tennis team hosted Livingston Academy for their final regular season match and both the WCHS girls’ and boys’ were victorious.  The Warriors won 9-0 and the Warriorettes picked up the 6-3 win.

The WCHS soccer team hosted Soddy Daisy on senior night and finished in a 2-2 tie.

The Warrior and Warriorette softball teams both traveled to Livingston Academy and split their games.  The Warriors held off the Wildcats for the 4-3 victory, their 21st of the year, but … CONTINUED

National Day of Prayer

Posted on April 28, 2016 4:04 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

National Prayer Day is Thursday, May 5, 2016. Everyone is invited to gather at White County Courthouse in the area near the gazebo for a special ceremony at 10 a.m. For additional information contact Brian McCutchen, (931) 545-7543.

Lisa K. Young found guilty of murder

Posted on April 28, 2016 2:02 pm by Pamela Claytor

According to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, a jury has found Lisa K. Young, 44 of Sparta, guilty in the Feb. 2014 murder of Jill Farley, of Cookeville.

Assistant District Attorney General Bruce MacLeod says Young was found guilty of first degree premeditated murder, second degree murder and aggravated assault. She was given a mandatory life sentence for the first degree murder charge, and fined $50,000 for the first degree murder charge, $50,000 for the second degree murder charge and $10,000 for the aggravated assault charge. She will be sentenced for the assault charge on June 3.

Young was the third person arrested in connection with the incident, … CONTINUED

Goodwill Job Fair

Posted on April 28, 2016 1:01 pm by Kim Swindell Wood


Goodwill Career Solutions will host a job fair at Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency, 580 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, for at least 35 employers in 13 counties from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. More information is available at

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