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Algood Leases Former Police Department Building

The City of Algood has reached an agreement for leasing out part of the old city hall building. Rae Construction will occupy the former police department wing. City Administrator Keith Morrison said a few more spaces remain up for grabs. “We’ve got one more that’s definitely available for rent, and if we go farther we can rent the old work ... Read More »

City of Baxter Launches New Website

The town of Baxter has launched a new website. Mayor John Martin said city officials began working on the new website nearly a year ago. “We’ve been working on this since July of last year,” Martin said. “We just felt like it was time to make a change because what we previously had was a decent site, but nothing like ... Read More »

Celina Physician Arrested On Federal Drug Distribution Charges

Federal agents charged a Livingston man Friday morning for violating the Controlled Substances Act. Authorities arrested 65-year-old Gilbert Ross Ghearing at his Celina-based medical practice. According to a criminal complaint, Ghearing repeatedly violated the Controlled Substances Act between August 2016 and February 2019. The complaint alleges that Ghearing prescribed Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs outside the usual course of ... Read More »

Crossville Man Killed After Deer Strikes Motorcycle

A Crossville man died Thursday night after a deer struck his motorcycle on Highway 68 in Cumberland County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol on Friday identified the deceased as 75-year-old Kenneth A. Lewis. A THP crash report said Lewis was traveling northbound when a deer struck his 2003 Harley Davidson from the west side of the roadway. Officials said the collision ... Read More »

Monterey Awarded $256K For Connecting Schools To Walking Trail

Tennessee Department of Health has awarded Monterey a $256,000 grant. Monterey grant writer Dawn Kupferer said the funding will help connect area schools to the town’s walking trail. “We’ve never had a sidewalk system around the high school and elementary school,” Kupferer said. “Although about 130 kids from the elementary school walk to school, this might increase as we move ... Read More »

Porter Recommends Sticking With Private Vendor For Jail Medical

A study by Mayor Randy Porter suggests that Putnam County could save $133,000 on medical services at the jail. The figure represents the difference between what the county pays a private vendor and the cost for in-house medical services. Despite the savings, Porter said the county’s deal with a private vendor would be the better option. “We probably got a ... Read More »

Two More Precincts Could Close In Putnam County

Two more voting precincts could possibly close in Putnam County. The election Commission recommended Wednesday to close Poplar Grove and Cornerstone. The commission voted to close the Brotherton precinct last month. Election Commission Chairman Phil Adams said consolidating the precincts would save tax dollars and keep election workers more active. “We have some precincts that have such low numbers that ... Read More »

Algood Budget Tabled As Council Questions Raises

Disagreements over raises for employees prevented Algood City Council from passing a budget Tuesday. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said she couldn’t support a budget that gives a 10-percent raise to administrative positions. “I respect everybody who does their work here and I anticipate that supervisory work is maybe a little more complex,” Chapman-Fowler said. “However, for everyone else to receive a ... Read More »

Body Recovered From Dale Hollow Lake Tuesday

Crews recovered a body from Dale Hollow Lake Tuesday afternoon. Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Natalie Boone said the crews located the body during a training operation on Monday. “They were able to go down with an ROV (remote operated vehicle) and verify that it was in fact a body,” Boone said. “It was a little bit challenging because ... Read More »

Non-Profits Request Nearly $88,000 From Putnam County

The Putnam County Non-Profit Committee has recommended giving $72,800 to 15 organizations next fiscal year. Budget Committee Chairman Ben Rodgers said his committee will consider approving the recommendation next week. “It’s still a recommendation to the full commission and that’s why I encourage you all to look at these and study them,” Rodgers said. “There’s support behind what each one ... Read More »