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Commercial fire nearly spreads to 911 call center in Van Buren Co.

SPENCER, Tenn. (WSMV) - Fire crews from multiple counties and stations fought to prevent a commercial fire from spreading to a 911 call center in Spencer, TN, early Saturday morning. According to Hickory Valley Fire Department out of Sparta, TN, a Spencer Police officer spotted a small fire around 12:30...
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Cookeville Krystal reopens after remodel

COOKEVILLE – Friday, the Cookeville Krystal reopened after a months-long closure to completely remodel the restaurant. “Everything in here is new. We basically took it down to the steel studs and started over,” said John Jones, a partner in the Hale Group, owner of Cookeville Krystal. “We redid the roof, the HVAC, all new equipment. We redid the parking lot. Everything is new. There are new high-tech grills with 30% more through-put capacity. We can cook an extra 30% more burgers in the same timeframe. It’ll make us more efficient.”

This Week Overton Considers Budget, Putnam Hears ARP Report

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Overton County Commission will vote on its new fiscal year budget Monday. Before the commission meeting begins, a 4:00 p.m. budget committee meeting will take place. Following that, residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the budget at 4:30 p.m. At...

Council candidates share their economic priorities

COOKEVILLE – Economic development is often the life blood of any city, while tourism is a close second. That’s why the UCBJ asked candidates in the upcoming Cookeville City Council election about the role they believe the city should play in these key areas. Their key positions are shared below in this exclusive story, which is the second part of our four-part City Council series.

Consultant Checking Eligibility To Place Sparta Historic District In National Register

Sparta inquiring on its eligibility to submit its historic district for the National Register of Historic Places. Historical Zoning Commission Chair Kim Griffin said the idea came about through the consulting firm that is currently updating the city’s historic district guidelines. “The next step is for him to present...

Celebrating 30 Years at Vol State Livingston

Join us for Bluegrass and BBQ as we celebrate 30 years of service and programs at Vol State Livingston. Thursday, July 7, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for music, barbecue, community fellowship, and campus tours. 94.7 FM Country Giant will host a live radio...

Tennessee Tech hosts Tennessee Leadership Summit

COOKEVILLE – June 19-24, Tennessee Tech University’s campus became home to about 81 high school student leaders from across the state who participated in the annual Tennessee Leadership Summit. Tech’s College of Agriculture and Human Ecology, in partnership with Farm Bureau, provided sessions to upcoming 11th and 12th...

Chamber’s “Project Welcome Mat” Winners – 2022

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2022 “Project Welcome Mat” in time for the Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival July 1 & 2. This year’s winners are as follows:. *People’s Choice – Wilson Bank & Trust. “Come Have...

Smithville Municipal Judgeship Closer to Becoming Four Year Term

The Smithville Municipal Judgeship is a step closer to becoming a four year rather than a two-year position. During a special called meeting Thursday evening the Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted on first reading an ordinance to change the term of the appointed city judge position from two years to four years to be appointed by the mayor and aldermen. If approved on second and final reading following a public hearing at the next meeting, July 11 the new four-year term will begin September 1, 2022.

Business Spotlight: Moonstone Spa

Moonstone Spa, formally known as Moon Child Spa and Boutique will soon be relocating to 68B Cookeville Highway Carthage, TN. Owner, Genesis Mitchell opened in February 2021 at 53 Cookeville Highway and will celebrate their new location with a grand opening on July 7th from 2-6 p.m. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and everyone who comes receives a free gift.

Copeland Steps Into Leadership Role For Lady Wildcats

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team will have almost an entirely new look when they take the pitch for the 2022 season. After graduating seven players, including the team’s entire starting defense, head coach David Sadler says he’s prepared for many new faces to take the field for the Lady Wildcats.

Cookeville’s CityScape Designated As Main Street America Accredited Program

Cookeville’s CityScape has been designated as a Main Street America™ Accredited program. Each year, Main Street America and its partners recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization. In 2021, CityScape reported some $1.3 million reinvested into Cookeville’s historic commercial districts through 17 building rehabilitation...

25 Southern Waterfalls Worth a Visit

Summer is the ideal season for chasing waterfalls, and the Southern states have plenty worth seeing. Here are 25 waterfalls found in four Southern states that are worth the trek and will reward you with a burst of cooling mist, a refreshing swim, a beautiful photo op, or all of the above! To explore the list by state, use the links below:

Jack McCall: ‘Lord, have mercy!’, and please do it soon

If my late mother said it once, she said it a thousand times – “Lord, have mercy!”. Mercy is closely akin to grace. In many of his greetings to the churches, Paul, the apostle, included the words “mercy” and “grace.” A simple definition of grace is “unmerited favor.” Webster defines mercy as “compassionate leniency toward a wrongdoer or enemy.”

Cookeville FD Will Not Issue Burn Permits Until Weather Conditions Improve

Cookeville Fire Department will not issue burn permits for the city until weather conditions improve. Chief Benton Young said that the department considers weather, hot temperatures, and wind speeds when it comes to issuing burn permits. “We’ve not had any rain for at least a couple of weeks and the...

City Budget now a done deal!

During a special called meeting Thursday evening, the Smithville Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted on second and final reading following a public hearing passage of the budget ordinance for the 2022-23 fiscal year which begins July 1. Water and sewer rates, which went up by 2% last year, will...