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Overton Executive Taken To Hospital

Overton County Executive Stephen Barlow was taken from Monday night’s County Commission meeting in an ambulance after appearing to suffer a heat-related illness. A packed house attended Monday night’s public hearing on a proposed property tax increase. The upper courtroom was totally full as of 5pm Monday. The air conditioning in the room was not working. County Commissioner Gregg Nivens ... Read More »

Tech Asking For $310M Capital, $17M Maintenance

Tennessee Tech will ask the state for some $310 million for capital projects next year and almost $17 million in capital maintenance. Tech President Phil Oldham told the Board of Trustees that his leadership team understands what’s realistic, considering the state has not funded any new buildings for Tech the last two years. He said he remains concerned about getting ... Read More »

Tech Football Stadium Costs Up To $57.2M

The price tag to finish the Tennessee Tech Football Stadium west side renovation has ballooned to more than $57.2 million. The Board of Trustees approved the original budget at some $29.9 million in 2021, a number President Phil Oldham said officials believed to be an accurate estimate. “This is not likely to go up at all, because this is as ... Read More »

Tech Football Project Up To $57.2M

The price tag to finish the Tennessee Tech Football Stadium west side renovation has ballooned to more than $57.2 million. The Board of Trustees approved the original budget at some $29.9 million in 2021, a number President Phil Oldham said officials believed to be an accurate estimate. “This is not likely to go up at all, because this is as ... Read More »

Tech Freshmen, Transfers Up As Fall Approaches

Current numbers show a 379-student enrollment increase with just over 60 days until the Tennessee Tech fall semester opens. Vice President for Enrollment & Communication Karen Lykins said that’s a roughly 4.6 percent increase over last year’s enrollment. Freshmen numbers are up as are transfers. Lykins said better data has led to better outreach. “It’s personal, it has to meet ... Read More »

Tech Trustees Increase Tuition Just Over 5%

Tennessee Tech Trustees raised student tuition and mandatory fees Thursday roughly five percent for the 24-25 academic year. President Phil Oldham told the board University leadership does not take the increase lightly. The increase takes into account inflationary pressures, progress on the campus pay study, increased utility costs and state and federal mandates. “Nobody wants to raise tuition and fees, ... Read More »

Putnam To Spend $5.7M On Capital Projects

Putnam County will budget some $5.7 million in capital expenses during the new fiscal year. The projects are part of a five-year plan instituted by County Mayor Randy Porter when he took office. The plan not only includes the project outline but budgets dollars to cover it. “You can see for the next five years, the highest year we’re looking ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Passes With Cost Of Living Raise

The Putnam County Commission Budget Committee approved all proposed budgets with no changes Monday night. The final budget will include $1,000 cost of living increases for all full time county employees. That is in addition to the step raises included in the pay plan adopted last year. Mayor Randy Porter said the flat rate increase keeps that pay plan in ... Read More »

New Retail Center Plan Gets Variances

A new plan for a proposed retail center at the corner of I-40 and Willow Avenue received three variance approvals from Cookeville’s Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday night. The new plan submitted by Nashville-based Development Management Group includes two major retailers, a 128,000 square foot anchor and a 107,000 square foot anchor with a 28,188 square foot garden center. The ... Read More »

Clay Schools Budget Tightening, But Solid

Clay County School Board approved the first draft of a new fiscal year budget Thursday night with a move to “tighten up” spending. Finance Director Ashley White said the plan includes a $45,000 salary for teachers, as the system moves toward the new state mandate. For non-certified personnel, the proposal includes a $1 per hour raise. School Board Chair Benji ... Read More »