The Herald Citizen

Posted July 1, 2020 at 8:00 am

As protests continue around the country, the youth-led movement in Cookeville marched to city hall Thursday, June 18, calling for justice for Breonna Taylor and in remembrance of black LGBT+ victims.

Organizers and attendees of the Youth for Inclusion Initiative met at Centennial Plaza at Tennessee Tech University before beginning their march at 4:45 p.m. They shared stories, amplified the voices of minority attendees and chanted.

One organizer said they were there to amplify black voices and rally the community to see the need for diversity and inclusion and that, while there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in the country, there are many that need to be fixed in the community.

“We are out here today to celebrate

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    Tompkinsville News …

    As another week passed, the Monroe County count of positive COVID-19 cases moved to 21 as of early June.

    However, as Monroe County Medical Center is continuing free testing for coronavirus, numbers are expected to continue to rise with the added testing.

    On Friday, May 29, one case was confirmed by the Monroe County Health Department’s Director Jill Ford.

    Then on Monday, June 1, Ford released information that four additional cases had been

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    Tompkinsville News …

    Construction of the new Tompkinsville By-pass is continuing and is on schedule, according to Wes Wyatt of the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

    “There is still lots to do, but we anticipate the road opening to traffic in late fall or early winter of this year,” he said.

    The roadway, when completed, will connect Highway 163 from the Edmonton Road side north of Tompkinsville (across from Ben Hall Road) to Celina Road to the south, near Jane Yokley Cemetery Road.

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    Wayne County Outlook …

    There are always many decisions that need to be made by school districts, as one school year ends and planning for another one begins. Add in all the issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic–which preempted the 2019-20 school year in March–and the challenge is even greater.

    The Wayne County Board of Education met on Thursday, May 21, and took one of the initial steps required by the state for the next school year. They adopted three different calendars for the school year, with opening dates reflecting scenarios

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    Wayne County Outlook …

    Our graduating seniors deserve a mulligan

    I come from a family of great golfers, and, to be honest, I am an average to an occasionally lousy golfer. I find myself resorting mostly to golf scrambles wherein my strength lies in contributing the occasional chip shot or putt to a foursome. The saving grace to my game is the comfort of pulling a mulligan. If a mulligan can be secured, I typically use it off the first tee!

    Graduating seniors,

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    Wayne County Outlook …

    Road work began April 22 on KY 790 in Pulaski County, as part of a safety improvement project.

    According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8, work began at the Pulaski-Wayne County line at mile point 0. It will end at the intersection of KY 90 at mile point 5.5.

    Work will consist of grade and drainage improvements with asphalt rehabilitation.

    During this project, the roadway will be reduced to one lane in

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    Pickett County Press …

    The Byrdstown Water Department was the first in the State of Tennessee to implement automated bacteriological testing. It was featured and recently recognized at the Tennessee Association of Utility District’s Utility Technology Conference and the Tennessee Utility News.

    The TECTA is a rapid automated microbial detection system, BAC-T for coliform detection (indicates E. Coli) has become the industry standard for determining drinking water’s sanitary quality due to regulatory actions put in place by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Tennessee public water systems must produce safe water to

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    Tompkinsville News …

    For over 40 years, Stitches has been putting–well, stitches in fabric in Gamaliel. However, the type of sewing and fabric was drastically changed over the last month in the midst of the COVID-19 battle.

    From the stone washed jeans of the ‘80s to safety equipment for their current contract with Tyndale, Stitches has grown and adapted over the years to fit the changing times. And over the past month, the times have sure changed.

    Stitches’ operators were producing fire-retardant pants

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    Wayne County Outlook …

    According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, scammers are targeting local residents again with another scam.

    Scammers are calling and stating they are with the Internal Revenue Service or with the federal government and they need your bank account number so they can deposit your stimulus check.

    The IRS and federal government agencies will not contact you by phone to receive personal information, advised Catron.

    On Wednesday, April 14, Catron met with the

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    The Cumberland County News …

    On Friday, April 10, around 1:30 a.m., Officer Keaton Williams conducted a traffic stop on KY 61 North.

    During the stop Williams was granted consent to search the vehicle. During the subsequent search, Williams located approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine in three separate baggies along with several prescription controlled substances in a cigarette wrapper.

    Williams charged Melanie A. Conner, 37, of Columbia, with trafficking in a controlled substance–more than two grams of meth, possession of a controlled substance third

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