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Putnam Committee Recommends New Budget Draft After Several Cuts

The Putnam County Budget Committee cut about $695,000 of departmental requests Monday in order to better balance its new fiscal year budget. The cuts included eight requested positions, four from EMS, three firefighters, and one mechanic. Some $200,000 worth of EMS equipment and a sheriff’s vehicle were also cut. The plan still includes money from the county’s savings to cover ... Read More »

Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree Returns Friday For 51st Year

One of the biggest traditions of DeKalb County returns for the 51st year this Friday: the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree. Marketing Director Shan Stout said the two-day festival will bring in several musicians and dance performers of all ages competing in their respective category. “Tradition is what has kept the Jamboree such a wonderful, recurring event that has really stood the ... Read More »

Additional Money For Dirt Work At Tennessee Ave Fairgrounds Approved

The Putnam County Commission voted Monday to allow Mayor Randy Porter to move forward with dirt work at the Tennessee Avenue fairgrounds site. Commissioners gave Porter a $6.5 million limit to proceed with the lowest bidder, an additional $4 million from the original allocation. Porter said bids for the project came in several million dollars more than anticipated. “We were ... Read More »

Hundreds Gather For The Opening Of Buc-ee’s in Crossville

It was a huge grand opening in Crossville Monday as hundreds came to check out the first-ever Tennessee Buc-ee’s location. Local officials and state leaders gave their remarks at the ribbon cutting of the 54,000 square foot site. Crossville Mayor James Mayberry said the three years of work to open the location was worth it. “Now when you look around here, ... Read More »

Sexton Signs Truth In Sentencing Bill Honoring Victims and Victim Families

Upper Cumberland legislators and law enforcement discussed the potential impacts of the state’s new truth in sentencing act. Monday’s ceremonial bill signing by House Speaker Cameron Sexton in Crossville focused on specifics of the bill which goes into effect Friday. State Representative Ryan Williams shared a recent example of how the law will benefit the community. “If this bill would ... Read More »

Van Buren Commission Approves Extra ARP Spending To Purchase Ambulance

Van Buren County has locked in a price for a new ambulance. Mayor Greg Wilson said the price $260,000, an increase of $10,000 from the original quote that the county commission covered through American Rescue Plan money. “It’s a Dodge diesel,” Wilson said. “Basically, the same type of what we have right now. It’s to replace one of our last ... Read More »

White Co Executive Wants To Rework Solid Waste Business Model

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson wants to change how the county operates its solid waste department. Robinson said the current business model of the county’s landfill is not sustainable. “That whole system has to be revamped,” Robinson said. “What that end project is going to look like I don’t know, but we have to change it. I’m going to ... Read More »

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 5:00 p.m., business will begin with consideration of the county’s ... Read More »

Van Buren Fair Board Taking Over Farmer’s Market Booking

Event booking for the Van Buren County Farmer’s Market will now operate under the county’s fair board. Board President Lesa Bouldin said the county used to oversee the operation but gifted it to the fair board to increase revenue. “Any time we can make money, it’s going to benefit the fair,” Bouldin said. “Van Buren County is small and rural, ... Read More »

Overton To Pay Off County Service Building Loan In New Budget

Overton County’s proposed budget includes funding that would pay off a loan used to build the Millard V. Oakley County Services Building. County Executive Ben Danner said if the budget is approved Monday night, the county would have paid off a 12-year note in just two years. “We’re collecting over $2.5 million in sales tax every year, so that’s what ... Read More »