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TDOT To Study Stratton Avenue Corridor

Monterey has asked the Tennessee Department of Transportation to study the Stratton Avenue corridor. Mayor Bill Wiggins said he met with TDOT representatives Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve requested TDOT to come over and diagnose what kind of study is needed because that area is where the commercial district is slowly moving,” Wiggins said. “Already we have congestion at certain times in ... Read More »

Local Response Team Better Equipped For Latest Storm

As Hurricane Florence forces millions of people to evacuate the eastern United States coastline, a local disaster response team will be heading towards the potentially devastating storm. The Monterey Disaster Response team will head to Raleigh North Carolina Wednesday as they get ready for their 62nd disaster response mission. Director Ken Hall said getting to the area early makes it easier ... Read More »

Monterey Board Awards Paving Bid

The Monterey Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved bids Monday night for the paving projects. The board awarded the $21,195 bid to Copeland Dirt Rock Pavement out of Cookeville. “We use them all the time to buy asphalt for pothole repair,” Mayor Bill Wiggins said. “They’ve bid on other jobs. The Paving projects will take place on Gaw Street heading ... Read More »

Livingston Board Approves Central Park Agenda Items

Livingston’s Central Park can now be rented out for an entire day after the board of mayor and aldermen approved a new rental application for the park last week. Ray Evans is the spokesperson for the Downtown Revitalization Committee. “We’ve had numerous request, particularly for corporate outings, that the entire park be rented for a day or in some cases ... Read More »

Monterey To Apply For Wi-Fi Grant

The town of Monterey plans to apply for a grant to help bring Wi-Fi to the downtown area. The board of mayor and aldermen voted Monday night to apply for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to help fund the project. Alderman Nathan Walker said the deadline to apply for the $52,500 grant is Friday. “There’s not a lot to it, ... Read More »

Baxter NAPA Store Making Progress

Baxter officials expect the new NAPA Auto Parts store to open within the next eight or nine weeks. Baxter Mayor John Martin said the city gave approval last week for electricity to be turned on at the store. “My understanding is that they will have a soft opening to start with, where people can go in a probably shop and ... Read More »

Baxter Fire Department To Receive Near Gear And Equipment

The Baxter Fire Department will be getting new nozzles, hoses, and turnout gear. The fire department has received a $19,168 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the federal government. “This will replace aging hose and nozzles that we’ve got. Some of the nozzles are not pumpable anymore and the hose are only good for 10 to 12 years before they start ... Read More »

Monterey To Consider Paving Bids

Monterey’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider approving bids for three paving projects when they meet tonight. “One is Gaw Street from East Commercial into that strip mall,” Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said. “We’ve had a road bed in there. It’s well packed now and ready for a hard surface.” The other two projects are the lower end of ... Read More »

Motorcyclist Injured In DeKalb County Crash

A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries Friday morning when the bike struck the side of a car on Highway 70 East in DeKalb County. 40-year-old Jimmy McCord received treatment for minor injuries at Saint Thomas Dekalb Hospital. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, McCord’s 2019 Triumph motorcycle struck the side of a 2014 Kia Sorento, driven by 74-year-old Michael Braswell ... Read More »

Baxter Meter Reader Upgrade To Cost $34K

The town of Baxter will have to spend $34,000 to upgrade its meter reader system. Water Department office manager Melanie Harris said unfortunately the system upgrade has to take place. “If we don’t do this by the first of the year we will not be able to read our meters. We will have to hand write them,” Harris said. “I ... Read More »