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Monterey Exploring Bioretention As Part Of Flood Mitigation Plan

Monterey will begin searching for funding mechanisms to install bioretention areas throughout town. Consulting engineer Jerry Warren said Metro Nashville has used the flood mitigation process for years. “They kind of look like big planting areas. Basically, you go down in the ground a little bit and put in what we call select material,” Warren said. “But you get the ... Read More »

Baxter Aldermen Approve LED Street Light Project

The Baxter Board of Aldermen approved an LED street light project during Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor John Martin said Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) will install LED bulbs in about 200 street lights. “It’ll take care of out interstate lighting also. Of course, they’ve got to work with TDOT on that to make sure it’s the right type of light ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Killed In Tuesday Night Crash

A Two-vehicle crash in Putnam County killed a Cookeville woman Tuesday night. Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased as 46-year-old Karen Madewell. The accident happened just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 111 and Quinland Lake Road. State troopers said Madewell was traveling South on 111 when her Mercury Sable crashed into the left rear of a Lincoln ... Read More »

Celina Hospital Owner To Run For U.S. Senate

Cumberland River Hospital (CRH) owner Johnny Presley has announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Presley said he’s motivated to run because of delays he’s experiencing with reopening the Celina hospital. “The first thing I’m going to do is present a bill stating that companies issuing medicare provider numbers have a maximum of only 60-days to turn these things around,” Presley ... Read More »

Six Apply For 15th Judicial District Circuit Court Vacancy

Six people have applied for the circuit court judge vacancy in the 15th Judicial District. The vacancy created after Judge John D. Wootten, Jr. announced his retirement earlier this year. The 15th District covers Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale, and Wilson counties. Applicants include Jack Bellar, Michael Collins, Javin Cripps, Robert Hibbett, Shawn McBrien, and Jonathan H. Wardle. Trial Court Vacancy ... Read More »

Concrete Poured For Millard V. Oakley Services Building

Crews have finished pouring concrete for the second floor of the new county services building in Overton County. County Executive Ben Danner said the building will begin taking shape over the next few weeks. “They’re setting stairs in and I think their going to start doing the framing for the walls next week,” Danner said. “Everybody will be able to ... Read More »

Monterey To Explore New Rail Trail Extension

Monterey will explore the possibility of extending its walking trail to Woodcliff Road. Town grant writer Dawn Kupferer said she recently had an engineer draw up some plans for the project. “We have got some numbers together and we are going to start looking for some funding for it,” Kupferer said. “Potentially the same funding we did for the last ... Read More »

Finished Monterey Suite Is Open For New Business

Crews have finished renovating a vacant suite in Monterey’s Cate Gill building. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the city will be looking to lease the space out as soon as possible. “If you hear of any prospects, please, we need to get that space rented. It’s been empty for too long.” The city began renovating in late October this year. Wiggins ... Read More »

Mayor Issues November Building Permit Report

The number of building permits issued in Putnam county last month almost doubled in number from the same time last year.   Mayor Randy Porter says the county issued a total of 23 building permits last month.   “In the past, November is not normally a very big month for permits,” Porter said in an email to county commissioners. “Last year in 2018 we only had 14 permits in ... Read More »

Putnam County Fire Chief Gives Heating Safety Tips For Residents

Heating related fire calls are the most common the Putnam county fire department receives during the winter months. Fire Chief Tom Brown says one of the main causes are space heaters. “The big thing with space heaters is they need plenty of clearance around them, you don’t need anything close to them. They should be plugged directly into the wall, ... Read More »