Monthly Archives: June 2017

Celebrate summer solstice with the Oakley STEM Center

Posted on June 16, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Tuesday, June 20 will see more daylight than any other day in 2017 and the Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech is inviting the community to celebrate.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the STEM Center will host The Longest Day of the Year celebration. This annual event is free and open to families and participants of all ages.

June 20 is the summer solstice, when the earth experiences the longest the largest amount of daylight all year.

Community members can celebrate the summer solstice at the STEM Center with star gazing activities using telescopes, building space satellites and visiting a mini-planetarium. This year, the STEM Center will also … CONTINUED

Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approves tuition increase and new College of Fine Arts

Posted on June 16, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

In a full agenda, the Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved a nearly 4 percent tuition and fees increase, voted to establish Tech’s newest academic college, adopted a board policy on free speech at the university, and approved a proposed budget for 2017-2018.


For 2017-2018, an undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours will see an increase in maintenance and mandatory fees of $161 per semester.

The university’s maintenance fee (also known as tuition) covers up to 15 credit hours per semester for a student. For 2017-2018, it will be $3,828 per semester, an increase of $138 over 2016-2017. This is a 3.74 percent increase. Out-of-state students pay … CONTINUED

ACCUPLACER assessment test available at Motlow State campuses

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Motlow State Community College is offering the ACCUPLACER assessment test at all Motlow campuses multiple times through the 2017 calendar year. The ACCUPLACER assessment test replaced the COMPASS test.  Students planning to enroll at Motlow for the fall semester who need to take the ACCUPLACER, which is used to assess a student’s readiness for college-level work, should do so as soon as possible.

Before taking the test, students must have the following on file in Motlow’s admissions office: a completed admission application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. Special test accommodations are available for students who require other than standard conditions for … CONTINUED

Five employers to participate in job fair on Tuesday, June 20

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

The Goodwill Career Solutions Center, at 565 S. Jefferson Ave., in Cookeville, will host a job fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, for five employers seeking to fill at least 100 positions in Putnam and White counties.

Employers include Pacesetters, Bledsoe Correctional Complex, @WORK Cumberland Staffing, Metro Industrial Services and Silver Angels. Openings include production, corrections and direct care positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center … CONTINUED

The mark of a great dad

Posted on June 16, 2017 6:06 am by Sparta Live

Brian’s Biblical Minute – By Brian McCutchen

He isn’t your ordinary father. He has always been around to lead and teach and to discipline and to protect and to love and to pass on values that will sustain each of his children through life. His work ethic is extraordinary. His devotion to his wife no matter the hardships has been inspiring and his desire to lead a godly life is evident in his speech and actions.

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig declared himself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth” to have played for the Yankees. Today, I declare myself the luckiest man on the … CONTINUED

Possible electric outages

Posted on June 15, 2017 8:08 pm by

From June 12 through July 30, customers of Sparta Electric System may experience temporary power outages. This will be necessary to perform sub-station repairs and pole replacements.

Sparta Electric System will strive to keep outages to a minimum and whenever possible schedule necessary outages for weekends or late nights to minimize customer interruptions.

Sparta Electric appreciates your understanding and patience while they strive to make necessary repairs to make the system more reliable.

Large crowd gathered for the Grand Opening of Hickory Creek Boutique 

Posted on June 15, 2017 6:06 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

Despite the less than picture perfect weather, a large and excited crowd has gathered to participate in the Grand Opening of Hickory Creek Boutique.

Hickory Creek Boutique, which is located at 5 Dr Gaines Street in Sparta, provides a wide selection of vintage decor, custom furniture, paintings, clothing and more.

The focus for this unique store is, “All things repurposed, repainted, and reinvented. We take things that other people see as “junk” and try to make it shine better than it did the day it was created.”

The Grand Opening celebration for Hickory Creek Boutique is from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm today, June 15. For this weekend, … CONTINUED

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Posted on June 15, 2017 4:04 pm by

Representative Williams teams with governor and TEMA to assist with Putnam County storm recovery

Posted on June 15, 2017 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

State Representative Ryan Williams

House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville), Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) are working to secure additional assistance for Putnam County residents impacted by last month’s severe storms.

Governor Haslam has requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster in Tennessee after powerful storms and straight-line winds caused considerable damage in 12 counties during the weekend of May 27-28. This declaration would make federal assistance available for recovery efforts in each community impacted through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program.

The program reimburses local and state governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, for repair … CONTINUED

City of Cookeville approves its new budget, no property tax increases

Posted on June 15, 2017 1:01 pm by Bobby Lee McCulley

During the June 1, 2017, meeting of the Cookeville City Council meeting, members voted to approve its $27.6 million budget without any property tax rate increases.

Cookeville’s property tax rate is set at 84 cents per $100 of assessed value. The newly approved budget will keep the current property tax rate set as the same, at 84 cents per $100.

For an example, a $150,000 home within the city limits of Cookeville, the city’s property taxes would be approximately $315. However, that does not include Putnam property taxes, which is set by the Putnam County Commission.

The county budget committee has held several meetings over the past few … CONTINUED

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