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Putnam Schools Seeing Steady Enrollment Growth

Putnam County Schools enrollment is seeing good numbers and steadily growing. Attendance Supervisor Chris Pierce said that they’ve gotten back many of the students who turned to homeschooling because of COVID. He said that in terms of capacity, the only one that is bringing concern is Prescott South Elementary School, which is sitting about at 98 percent. “That school has ... Read More »

Shooting In Woodcliff Road Area Near Monterey Friday Morning

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office confirms a shooting incident has occurred around 10:30 Friday morning allegedly in the Woodcliff Road area near Monterey. Public Information Officer Houston Hamblin said that sheriff’s deputies are responding to the incident. He said that they are still gathering information at this time. Read More »

Monterey’s JJ Reels Resigns As Mayor Effective Monday

Monterey Mayor JJ Reels told city employees and Aldermen Friday he would step down as Mayor effective Monday. Reels cited ongoing medical issues as the reason. Reels said the issue is non-life-threatening. Reels said he would issue a statement before Monday’s meeting. Reels said he made the decision shortly after announcing in February he would not seek re-election. As for ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council Weighs In On Future PotentialOf Ice Facility

Cookeville City Council members say that an ice facility is unfeasible now, but could happen down the road. Vice Mayor Laurin Wheaton said that she thinks the city has other focuses before taking on another project. However, she said that through this feasibility study the city now has formed a relationship with the Nashville Predators that could prove beneficial down ... Read More »

Baxter Codes Asking For More Compliance With City Signage Ordinance

Baxter Building and Codes Official Bob Lane is asking residents to be more compliant with city signage ordinances. In a Thursday night Board of Alderman meeting, Lane said that he’s been having issues with folks putting signs where they shouldn’t be. He said Thursday morning he picked up an entire truckload of unlawfully placed signs. “Everybody in the world is ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Approve Plans For New Virtual Learning Facility

The Putnam County Board of Education finalized plans for the new VITAL facility near White Plains Academy Thursday night. Upland Designs Consultant Kim Chamberlain said that the 13,000 square-foot facility was slightly bigger than originally planned for, but that the space will meet the needs of its users. “We’re going to try to be really economical with this one,” Chamberlain ... Read More »

Putnam And Cookeville Community Donate Some $240K To December Tornado Victims

Putnam County and Cookeville residents and businesses donated some $240,000 to help families in west Tennessee and southern Kentucky impacted by the December tornadoes. Mayors Ricky Shelton and Randy Porter made the announcement Thursday on the second anniversary of the Cookeville tornado. The mayors held a Zoom meeting with the mayors of Dresden and Kenton, Tennessee and Graves County, Kentucky. ... Read More »

Cumberland County Animal Shelter Needs Community Help

Cumberland County Animal Shelter is seeking donations to help care for the many pets at the shelter. Shelter Employee Mia Rees said that they are currently collecting several items to help continue with the care of their very full shelter. “We are currently collecting cat and dog food as usual,” Rees said. “Wet and dry. We go through a lot ... Read More »

TTU Enrolling For New Center For English As A Second Language Program

Tennessee Tech is currently enrolling students at its new Center for English as a Second Language for the spring session starting March 7th. Director of International Education Charlie Wilkerson said that the main idea behind the center is to give students who speak English as a second language an opportunity to succeed. He said that they realized they were running ... Read More »

Land Acquisition Will Be Key In Next Aquatic Facility Steps

Land acquisition will play a key role in the next steps of Cookeville’s potential aquatic facility. City Manager James Mills said that no site has been selected for the facility yet. He said that the two biggest hurdles will be finding a 13 to 15-acre tract and paying for that land. “If anybody’s priced land lately, it’s expensive,” Mills said. ... Read More »