New water station keeping Cane Creek Park trail users hydrated

Posted on October 21, 2017 8:08 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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A refreshing drink of water.

That’s what awaits Cane Creek Park trail users thanks to a new drinking fountain and bottle filling station that was recently installed through a partnership between the City of Cookeville and Putnam County Health Department.

“It is important to stay hydrated, especially during physical activities,” Lisa Bumbalough, county health director, said.

Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services director, agreed.

“We have so many individuals who use our park for walking, running and bicycling that having a hydration station along the way makes good sense,” he said. “We are grateful to Putnam County Health Department for their contributions to our park and to a healthier … Read More


Governor announces lowest unemployment rate in history

Posted on October 21, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the state unemployment rate fell to 3 percent in September, marking the lowest it has been since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the information in January 1976.

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent.

“Since June, the state’s unemployment rate has been on a steady, record-breaking decline. Behind these history-making figures are real working Tennesseans – people who get up and go to … Read More


First of two young sportsman deer hunts is set for Oct. 28-29

Posted on October 21, 2017 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

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The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2017-18 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 28-29.

Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

Archery season began in the state on Sept. 23 and the first segment ends Oct. 27, the day prior to … Read More



Columbia strikes again

Posted on October 20, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

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Columbia intercepts a Warriors pass and returns it to the 5 yard yard line. Columbia runs it in two plays later. The lions miss the pat to make the score 13-0 with 8:16 remaining


Columbia Central scores first

Posted on October 20, 2017 7:07 pm by Andy Southard

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Columbia Cental blocks the Warriors punt and recovers it at the 4 yard line. Columbia scores on the next play to go up 7-0


PCSO is third law enforcement agency in the country to carry epinephrine auto-injectors

Posted on October 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has become the third law enforcement agency in the country equipped with epinephrine, thanks to a gift of 100 epinephrine auto-injectors from Dr. Charles Womack, the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the county executive’s office.

While allergies affect 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the most common cause of allergy related deaths involve medicines, food, and insect stings. About 43 million people are at risk of going into anaphylactic shock. That’s where epinephrine auto-injectors come in. Epinephrine auto-injectors, made popular in recent years by the brand … Read More



Veterans’ Benefit Concert on Nov. 9

Posted on October 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017, at Stone Memorial High School

The Cumberland County Community Band and the Cumberland County Community Chorus will jointly present a Veterans’ Benefit Concert at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2017, in the Stone Memorial High School auditorium.  The concert is free, but donations are requested, and will be taken at the door.  This year, the local Vietnam Veterans’ Organization will be the recipient of all donations.  The band and chorus will each perform selections as separate groups.  Several numbers will be presented with both band and chorus performing together.  Musical selections will include patriotic songs, marches, service songs, popular music from the 1950’s and … Read More


National Resources Conservation Service in Tennessee now accepting fiscal year 2018 EQIP applications

Posted on October 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farmland have until Friday, November 17, 2017 to submit their application for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

“We accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, however only the applications received by November 17th will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said NRCS Acting Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Kelly German. “EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these … Read More



TBI’s Drug Investigation Division issues public warning after troubling lab submissions

Posted on October 20, 2017 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division (DID) is urging public caution, especially among recreational drug users, following recent evidence submissions to two TBI crime laboratories.

Several samples of cocaine, submitted by law enforcement agencies in Middle and East Tennessee in recent months, also tested positive for fentanyl, a powerful, narcotic painkiller, or one of its dangerous analogs. Previously, fentanyl had primarily been identified in samples of heroin or in clandestine pills compounded to resemble legitimate prescription opioids. The recent submissions mark the first time samples of cocaine have tested positive in a TBI laboratory for fentanyl. The investigation into the origins of the submitted samples remains … Read More



Scholar Athlete of the Week

Posted on October 19, 2017 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

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The WCHS Scholar Athlete of the Week is Macee Allison.

Allison, a senior at White County High School, has been a member the Warriorettes’ Volleyball team for the past four year. She was voted second team all-district during this past season.

Warriorette coach, Joni Simpson-Trivette had this to say about Allison.

“Macee is someone who works hard at everything she does,” said Simpson-Trivette. “She is a leader on and off the court and is well deserving of this award. Macee has a tremendous work ethic, and it was a pleasure to coach her this year.”

Allison’s teacher, Relva Lewis, also commented.

“Macee has a great attitude and makes … Read More


Fall Colors Spooktacular events for everyone this weekend

Posted on October 19, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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The annual Fall Colors Spooktacular event at Fall Creek Falls State Park will be held this weekend and has plenty of activities for everyone.

Park Rangers and volunteers with the Friends of Fall Creek Falls State Park will be hosting their annual Fall Colors Spooktacular event. Fall Creek Falls puts on the Fall Colors Spooktacular event as a way to bring people to the beautiful outdoors and to give campers an opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage and the Halloween season.

The annual “spooktacular” event gives campers and the public the opportunity to come together and enjoy the fall foliage and beautiful scenery of the 26,000-plus acre state … Read More


Van Buren County to receive $300 million economic project

Posted on October 19, 2017 9:09 am by Bobby Lee McCulley

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Van Buren County has just announced that they will receive a $300 million economic development project that will generate 75 new jobs.

On Oct. 18, Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson announced that the county would become the home of a new employer that will be investing $300 million to create a new facility and generate 75 new jobs in the county. After a year of planning and negotiating with the county, Just Be Green, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will be creating a new alternative fuel generation facility in Van Buren County.

According to Wilson, the county has been working on this project for approximately a year. In … Read More


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