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Author Archives: Rafferty Cleary

CTAS Consultant: Boards Responsible For Agency Actions

A consultant with the County Technical Advisory Service, who also serves as a Putnam County 911 board member, says the board of directors ultimately have responsibility for the actions taken by an organization, such as the Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District. Ben Rodgers said the board of directors establish policy, approve funding, and also hire the director. “We don’t oversee daily ... Read More »

Driver Cited Following Thursday Morning Crash

A Cookeville man faces citations following a two vehicle crash in Putnam County Thursday morning. The crash happened on Highway 70 North at Hawkins Crawford Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol cited 20-year-old Andrew Brown with failure to exercise due care, expired registration, and failing to provide proof of financial responsibility. Brown driving a 2008 Pontiac grand Prix when he rear ... Read More »

Director Responds To Comptroller’s Report

The Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District Director has responded to a report questioning expenses by his district. Chris Masiongale spoke out for the first time Thursday morning and said his district has corrected everything in the State Comptroller’s report. The report released Tuesday morning found some $85,000 in questionable expenses by the district. Masiongale said he’s fully cooperated with the state ... Read More »

Chairman Confirms Cancellation Of 911 Meeting

The Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District Board Chairman has confirmed the cancellation of a special called meeting Wednesday night. Stanley Carter Jr. said he cancelled the meeting due to concerns of violating the state’s open meetings law. When asked if the board had scheduled another meeting, Carter said “not at this time.” had the meeting taken place, whether an open or ... Read More »

Jeff Gentry Sentencing Hearing Rescheduled

A sentencing hearing for a White County man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering will take place May 14th. Jeff Gentry was supposed to be sentenced today, but the court rescheduled the hearing for unknown reasons. In February, Gentry’s sentencing hearing was rescheduled for April 26th due to the number of victims in the case and potential forfeiture and restitution ... Read More »

Pickett County Faces State Approval For 911

If Pickett County wants to sever ties on the joint E-911 district, it will first need to go through a lengthy process. Tennessee Emergency Communications Board Executive Director Curtis Sutton said state law allows the county to create a communications district through a public referendum, however, the state board would have to approve that referendum based on two determinations. “Number ... Read More »

Jackson Co. School Officials Excited About Possible TCAT Opportunity

Jackson County School officials expressed excitement Tuesday night about the possibility of a future Satellite TCAT campus. Director of Schools Joe Barlow said the project will be moving forward with plans to construct the building next to Jackson County High School. “It would be the first higher ed campus that this county has ever had in the history of Jackson ... Read More »

Rhedona Rose Named To Tennessee Tech Board Of Trustees

Tennessee Farm Bureau Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President Rhedona Rose will be the newest Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees member. The Tennessee General Assembly has confirmed her nomination. She will replace Millard Oakley who retired from the board earlier this month. Rose’s term on the board will expire in 2020. “Tennessee Tech University is a jewel for the ... Read More »

District Attorney Confirms Investigation Into E-911 District

The 31st Judicial District has opened an investigation into the Overton/Pickett E-911 Communication District. The office of District Attorney General Lisa Zavigiannis confirmed the investigation Wednesday morning, but declined to provide any additional details. The Tennessee State Comptroller’s Office released a report Tuesday that found nearly $85,000 in questionable expenditures made by the district. Overton County Executive Ben Danner said ... Read More »

Daniel Calling For Resignations and Termination In Wake Of Report

Pickett County Executive Richard Daniel plans to request current Overton/Pickett County E-911 District board members to resign and that Director Chris Masiongale be terminated. His request follows the release of a state comptroller’s investigation report Tuesday that found some $85,000 in questionable expenses made by the district last fiscal year. “Any board that would allow this type of behavior to ... Read More »