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Road Construction Stops For Weekend

If Tennesseans want to escape their homes this weekend, road construction will not stop them. T-DOT has instituted its usual holiday traffic suspension of road construction statewide. Beginning at Noon Friday, no interstate or state highway road closures related to construction will take place through Tuesday at 6am. “Suspending construction-related lane closures during the Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion ... Read More »

Cookeville Awards Bid To Replace Pump Station

Cookeville City Council awarded a bid to replace the Little Creek pump station and force main Thursday night. Water and Sewer Director Ronnie Kelly said the underground station will be replaced with a new-style above-ground station. Kelly said the station dates back to 1980 and has outlived its useful life. John T. Hall Construction bid $903,065 for the project. Council ... Read More »

New 77-Home Baxter Subdivision Takes Next Step

Baxter officials and developers of a new 77-home subdivision will begin the process of talking to utility providers next week. No residents commented during a public hearing Thursday night on the development at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 70. An ordinance to change the zoning from residential to multi-family residential passed on second reading Thursday night. “You’ll have ... Read More »

Cane Creek Principal Pierce Retires

Cane Creek Elementary School Principal Emily Pierce announced her retirement Thursday. The 30-year educator will step down immediately. Pierce has been principal at Cane Creek since 2012. Putnam County Director Of Schools Corby King called Pierce a respected educator and mentor to local students. “She has served as a respected teacher, administrator, friend, and mentor to many students and educators ... Read More »

TTU To Sell Land To County For Fire Dept

The Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees agreed Thursday to sell 0.5 acres of the Hyder Farm to Putnam County for a fire department. Putnam County will pay $25,000 for the piece of land on the corner of the farm. The revenue will go to scholarships as outlined in the 1996 gift of W. Claude Hyder and his wife. That gift ... Read More »

Oldham: Tech Working Toward August 20 Opening

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham said the campus will begin its reopening plan next week in an effort to return students to campus August 20. “The goal is very clear, the goal is by the end of August to be welcoming 10,000 students back on this campus in as much of a traditional format as possible,” Oldham said. Oldham said ... Read More »

Cookeville’s Hartgrove Part Of State’s COVID Education Work

As school systems across the state have sought to work through the COVID-19 shutdown, a Cookeville leader has been part of many tough decisions. Lillian Hartgrove serves as the chair of the Tennessee Board of Education. She came to the board in 2014. The board includes 11 members, appointed by the governor, who focus on decisions concerning Tennessee children. During ... Read More »

Former Cookeville Pain Clinic Owner Settles

A Tennessee-based company that operated a Cookeville pain clinic has settled allegations of Medicare fraud with federal authorities. Rinova The Wellness Group settled the allegations leveled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. The settlement stands at $482,000. The company closed its clinic, including the Cookeville location, in May, 2019 after charges that owner Dr. ... Read More »

Monterey Aldermen Approve Budget, Water Hike

The Town of Monterey passed its new fiscal year budget on second reading Tuesday night. The $4.7 million budget features a status-quo approach because of COVID-19. The third and final reading of the budget comes in June. The board also approved a five percent increase in water and sewer rates. On minimum water usage, the average bill would increase 25 ... Read More »

Putnam Reports 46 Additional Positives

Putnam County saw a 19 percent increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday with 46 additional cases. The uptick could be a data reporting issue. Nashville’s Health Department reported Tuesday that one of the companies conducting COVID-19 tests could not report its results electronically this weekend. That caused a spike in Nashville’s numbers Tuesday. County Mayor Randy Porter said the increase could ... Read More »