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New Park View School Bid Comes In Some $20M Over Budget

The bid for Putnam County Schools’ new Park View School project came in almost $20 million over budget. Director of Schools Corby King said that the bond capacity for the new school was set at some $44 million. He said that the lone bid came in at $60,450,000, and did not include furnishings. “It was much, much higher than what ... Read More »

Former Putnam Schools Teacher Indicted On Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Charges

A former Putnam County Schools teacher was indicted on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. 61-year-old Michael Joe Phillips is being held in the Cumberland County Jail after a search warrant authorized the search and seizure of all computers and electronic devices in his Cumberland County home. A TBI lab analyzed the ... Read More »

Overton Commission Passes Budget, No Tax Increases For 7th Consecutive Year

Overton County Commission passed its budget Monday night with one of the healthiest fund balances the county has ever had. That’s according to County Executive Ben Danner. He said that since he’s gone into office eight years ago, the county has doubled its general fund balance. “And what that means is that if things go badly, like the fuel prices,” ... Read More »

Livingston’s Microburst Storm Event Saw Wind Speeds Up To 85MPH

A strong wind event unexpectedly caused widespread damage in Livingston Saturday night. The microburst event caused an estimated $2 million in damage to buildings and homes. Nashville National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Reagan said that a microburst requires two things: instability in the air, and a lack of wind shear. “What happened was there wasn’t much shear in the atmosphere ... Read More »

Livingston Estimating $2M In Property Damage After Saturday Storm

The Town of Livingston is working on debris cleanup following a major storm Saturday night. Mayor Curtis Hayes said that most of the damage was inside the town’s corporate limits due to downed trees and straight-line winds. Hayes said that the National Weather Service called the storm cell a “Micro Burst.” “It began north of Livingston in the Little Eagle ... Read More »

Overton School Lunches Returning To Traditional Style

Overton School lunches seeing changes to next year’s serving style after the FDA recommends a return to the traditional serving style. School Nutrition Supervisor Debie Taylor said that the system adapted to pandemic protocols and that returning to normal will hopefully ease the work for employees. “We had to package everything and deliver it to the rooms and that’s a ... Read More »

Fentress Renews Contract With State For Housing State Prisoners

Fentress County has renewed its contract for housing state prisoners. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said that the state’s Department of Correction pays approximately $39 per prisoner per day to help counties offset costs. “We have to furnish the housing and such and pay for the bills of our own,” Johnson said. “And so when that gives us a little bit ... Read More »

Putnam Solid Waste Issues Reminders For Waste Drop-Off

Putnam County Solid Waste reminds community members that out-of-county waste is not permitted at any drop-off locations. Director Doug Ashburn said that with so many new people moving to the county, they wanted to make sure that people understand protocols. “What that does is the more trash, the more it costs to haul it out,” Ashburn said. “So we just ... Read More »

White Co. Heritage Museum Looks To Potential Grant For Sawmill Restoration

White County Heritage Museum seeking a grant to restore the old Everett Rowland Lumber Company Sawmill. Co-Director Brenda Templeton said that once the opportunity came about for a potential grant from T-Mobile, they wanted to do what they could to help its restoration. She said that the first step is to renovate the building where it’s stored. “The building right ... Read More »

Cookeville Leisure Services To Begin Transition From City Hall To Old Police HQ

Cookeville’s Leisure Services Department will move forward with the transition from the basement of City Hall to the old Police Headquarters. City Manager James Mills said that the city has budgeted money to make the transition for the offices. He said currently, they’re working on a new layout for the building. “When the police department was opened, there was no ... Read More »