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Cookeville Council Approves Property Management Agreement

Cookeville officials have approved a management agreement for property that the city purchased last month for parking. The property sits at 29 North Cedar and contains 55 storage rental units. City Manager James Mills said 49 units have leases. “Since it’s going to be a year before we destroy, demo, and build the parking…we felt like the best way to ... Read More »

Baxter Issues Local Burn Ban

The City of Baxter has issued a burn ban that prohibits all open-source burning within the city limits. Baxter Fire Chief Mark White said he implemented the restriction because of extremely dry conditions and hot weather. The restriction includes all recreational fires and the burning of any wood,brush, or yard debris. White gave no specific date for lifting the burn ... Read More »

Jackson Co. School System Receives SRO Grant

The Jackson County School System has received a state grant to help hire two new School Resource Officers (SRO’s). Director of Schools Kristy Brown said the $70,000 will place SRO’s at Dodson Branch and Gainesboro Elementary. The funding comes from the Tennessee Department of Education. It’s part of Governor Bill Lee’s $40 million investment for school safety grants. State officials ... Read More »

Tennessee Burn Permit Season To Begin Early

Tennessee’s burn permit season will begin earlier than usual this year. Tim Phelps is the Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Division of Forestry. He said the state typically requires a burn permit starting October 15. “Because the conditions have been so hot and dry as we lead up into the fall fire season, we just want to use little ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Updating Layout Plan

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport has begun the process of updating its Airport layout Plan (ALP). Airport Manager Dean Selby said the FAA requires an update to the plan every 10-years. “Ours has exceeded 10-years, so it’s time we have to do a new airport layout plan,” Selby said. “It helps us plan, budget wise, for what’s going in the ... Read More »

Poore Threatens To Shoot Newspaper Delivery People

Putnam County authorities have arrested a man for allegedly threatening to shoot two newspaper delivery people. Deputies charged 58-year-old Mark Eugene Poore with two counts of aggravated assault. The incident happened Tuesday as a husband and wife delivered papers in the area of Lancaster Road. Poore allegedly pulled up behind the couple and told them to stay off the road. ... Read More »

Cookeville Trying To Find New Home For Red Dirt Pile

Cookeville has a large pile of red dirt that’s needing a new home. The pile accumulated on the site of the city’s new police station at Neal Street and Old Walton Road. City Manager James Mills said no one showed any interest after the city requested bids for the red dirt earlier this month. “We’re gonna contact some people on ... Read More »

Airport Board Selects New Fuel Supplier

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (UCRA) will soon have a new fuel supplier. UCRA board members awarded a contract to Avfuel Wednesday night. Airport Manager Dean Selby said he will now begin negotiations with the company. “The RFP (request for proposals) was just the general scope of what you’re going to provide to the airport and what you offer,” Selby ... Read More »

Rodgers Re-Elected As Putnam County Commission Chairman

Ben Rodgers will serve another year as the Putnam County Commission Chairman. Commissioners re-elected Rodgers to the position during Monday’s meeting. The 9th District Commissioner said he appreciates his colleagues for putting their trust in him for another year. “For me, it’s neat to know that they (commissioners) feel that I’m worthy of it, but the chairman is no bigger ... Read More »

Algood Seeking More Suggestions For Water Tower

A historical consultant has recommended a new option for saving Algood’s water tower. Carver Moore said the structure may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. He said the designation could supply the city with grant funding to help repair the aging tower. “With the grant program, I always tell people it’s highly competitive, but a water tower ... Read More »