Celina Ambulance Service Struggling To Fill Positions

Celina’s ambulance services are struggling to fill full-time EMT and paramedic positions. Director Natalie Boone said Monday the issue boils down to low pay and few benefits available to employees. “Every service is short-staffed now. There’s a shortage of EMTs and paramedics anymore,” Boone said. “We’ve been referred to as a dying breed. Folks don’t …

Clay County Approves Budget; Employees Receive Raises

Clay County Commissioners voted Monday to pass its new budget which includes a 1.5 percent salary increase for employees. County Mayor Dale Reagan said raises will go into effect once the budget is approved by the state Comptroller’s Office. “Once they do that, my office and the finance clerk will go back to July 1 …

TN E-911 Districts Supports Increasing State Surcharge

Increasing Tennessee’s E-911 surcharge would help benefit emergency districts across the state. That according to Putnam County E-911 Director Penny Foister. Foister said increasing the surcharge to $1.50 would provide additional funding for various projects. “I know that it would help us greatly as far as keeping up with technology,” Foister said. “There’s things that …

Upper Cumberland Counties See Rising Senior Populations

A report from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities (TCAD) shows senior populations are rising in the Upper Cumberland. TCAD’s 2019 State of Aging report indicates Upper Cumberland counties have experienced senior growths between 1.67 and 3.5 percent. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said the agency works to address the needs of seniors across …

Red Boiling Springs School Break-In Suspect Turns Himself In

A subject wanted for breaking into Red Boiling Springs Elementary in Macon County has turned himself in. Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports Adam Cisneros turned himself in to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and is now in custody. Authorities began looking for Cisneros Thursday afternoon following a reported break-in overnight at Red Boiling Springs Elementary. …

Cookeville, Putnam County See Tourism Growth In 2018

Cookeville and Putnam County saw continued tourism growth in 2018. The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau reports the continued growth in tourism generated $2.82 million in local tax revenue. According to a press release, Putnam County’s contribution to Tennessee’s overall tourism growth resulted in mover $140 million worth of tourism expenditures. Travel industry jobs have also …

Cookeville Regional Officially Sells Celina Hospital

https://newstalk941.com/cumberland-river-hospital-officially-sold/ State Representative Kelly Keisling, new Celina hospital owner Johnny Presley (center), Celina Mayor Tonya Spears, Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan, CRMC Legal Consultant Luke Hill (back right), and CRMC CEO Paul Korth (Photo: Logan Weaver) The sale of Cumberland River Hospital in Celina is now official. Officials with Cookeville Regional Medical Center and new …

Progress Being Made On Cummins Falls Warning System

Tennessee state park officials have made progress on implementing a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park. State Representative Ryan Williams said state officials are working to find ways to collect information that can be shared during flash flood events. “There are additional systems that have been installed and they are in place. TDEC and …

Tennessee Tech’s Head Softball Coach Resigns

Tennessee Tech University’s head softball coach Bonnie Graham has stepped down from her position. TTU released a statement Thursday saying Graham accepted a position with Cookeville’s Leisure Services department. Graham said the move will allow her to spend more time with family. “Unfortunately, anyone who works in athletics knows you don’t get a lot of …

Upper Cumberland Traffic Fatalities Down for 2019

Upper Cumberland traffic fatalities are down slightly in 2019 despite a deadly July month. According to the State of Tennessee’s year-to-date fatality report, 37 people have died this year in vehicle accidents. That number is down slightly from 41 deaths through the first seven months of 2018. Eight people died on Upper Cumberland roadways last …