TTU Whistleblower Case Heading to Trial in 2020

A lawsuit filed by Tennessee Tech’s former director of financial aid will head to trial next year. Leslie McKenzie filed the lawsuit in May after reporting nearly $1.7 million in Title IV funds were distributed to unqualified students between 2017-2018. According to the initial complaint, McKenzie stated he was terminated after reporting the misuse of …

Brannon Speaks Out On Resignation From York Institute

Former Alvin C. York Institute Director Phil Brannon is speaking out about his termination that occurred last month. Brannon said he was surprised when Tennessee state officials gave him two options in what he calls a “forced resignation.” “Needless to say I was stunned. I had no expectation, no inclination this was going to happen,” …

TN Republican Causus Nominates Sexton as House Speaker

The Tennessee Republican Caucus has nominated 25th District Representative Cameron Sexton as House Speaker. Sexton defeated 68th District Representative Curtis Johnson, of Clarksville, in the final round of voting Wednesday, receiving 41 of the 70 possible votes. Sexton said during his initial address the House Speaker should be a leader for all Tennesseans. “During this …

Rose Speaks Out After Voting Against 9/11 Victims Fund

The United States Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to approve additional funding for the 9/11 victims compensation fund. U.S. Congressman John Rose was one of 12 members of the House of Representatives who voted against the bill earlier this month. He said the proposal would only worsen the federal government’s financial situation. “The biggest …

Baxter Man Arrested After Friday Shooting Incident

A Baxter man faces charges following a shooting incident on Highland Avenue Friday. Baxter Police report Bob Goodwin was arrested after he allegedly threatened his caretaker with a shotgun. According to the report, Goodwin’s caretaker told police she had entered the apartment and used the bathroom while Goodwin was asleep. The caretaker stated she had …

White County Man Drowns In Center Hill Lake

A White County man drowned Wednesday at Johnson Chapel Boat Launch on Center Hill Lake. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased as 73-year-old Joe Elkins. A press release states Elkins and another person were swimming near the boat ramp when Elkins was found struggling in the water. According to the release, The …

Fred’s Pharmacy Closing in Livingston, Monterey

National pharmacy chain Fred’s will close its remaining Upper Cumberland locations in the near future. The company announced Friday it would close another 129 stores, including its Livingston and Monterey locations. Monterey’s Fred’s had only been open just over a year after the company constructed a brand-new building along East Stratton Avenue. Fred’s will have …

Retail Strategies Helping Cookeville Find Kmart, Ruby Tuesday Buyers

Consulting firm Retail Strategies is assisting the City of Cookeville in filling retail vacancies. City Economic Development Coordinator Melinda Keifer said the company is currently helping find buyers for two retail sites. “We’ve been notified there is a buyer supposedly for the Kmart shopping center area, we don’t know anything about it. Also, that there …