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Commission To Consider Pay Raise Proposal

Future Putnam County Commissioners will make 5-percent of the county mayor’s salary under a recommendation approved by the fiscal review committee Monday. Commissioner Cindy Adams said the proposal was a terrible idea. “It’s like shirking our duty. If we feel like we need a raise, we need to just vote ourselves a raise rather than making it something that happens ... Read More »

PCSO Charges Two With Burglary And Arson

53-year-old Kenneth Teeples faces two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of arson (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

Putnam County authorities arrested two people Monday for charges related to a November 2018 fire. Arrest warrants charge 28-year-old Tabatha Marie Shown and 53-year-old Kenneth Levon Teeples with arson and two counts of aggravated burglary. A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed Teeples and Shown as possible suspects in a November 25th fire that occurred on Cane Creek Road. ... Read More »

Flu Closes Pickett County Schools

Pickett County schools will be closed the rest of the week due to illness. Director of schools Diane Elder said she made the decision to close schools after talking with a local pediatrician. “We have over 20-percent absent today and we had several leaving with fever,” Elder said. “We talked to the pediatrician. She said the flu was rampant and ... Read More »

White County Schools To Begin Therapy Dog Program

White County High School and Middle School will soon have dogs roaming the hallways. The board of education has approved a request from Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger to place therapy dogs inside the schools. Dronebarger said he got the idea after seeing a therapy dog program at the Dyersburg City School System. “We went to Dyersburg and witnessed their ... Read More »

Water Line Extension Projects Pitched To Commission

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter has presented a plan for extending water lines to the western and eastern ends of the county. Porter said Monday night that project funding could be obtained through a Community Development Block Grant. “My goal with this water project is for us to start applying for these grants to try to extend those water lines,” ... Read More »

Groundbreaking Set For Fall Creek Falls Inn

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday afternoon for the new inn, restaurant, and conference center at Fall Creek Falls State Park. State officials expect the 98,000 square foot replacement facility to be completed by 2020. The demolition of the old inn began in August 2018 and was completed in December. State officials believe the new facility will enhance visitors’ experience at ... Read More »

McMinnville Man Charged In Friday Night Shooting

A McMinnville man faces a felony murder charge following a Friday night shooting that left one man dead. Officers arrested 43-year-old Terrence Lamont Malone Sunday on a charge of felony murder and especially aggravated burglary. Malone’s arrest coming two days after the shooting death of 33-year-old Darius Michael Bishop. Investigators said Bishop was shot when he confronted two masked men ... Read More »

Warriors Baseball Team Recognized For Hurricane Relief Efforts

The White County Board of Education has recognized the high school baseball team for its Hurricane Michael relief efforts. White County High School coaches and players traveled to Florida on two different occasions and provided assistance to at least 36 families. It’s not the first natural disaster response for the baseball team and head coach Shaun Floyd said it won’t ... Read More »

Monterey Still Considering LED Street Lights

Monterey will likely pay more than $150,000 if it chooses to convert all 349 city street lights to LED bulbs. Mayor Bill Wiggins said lower energy bills would help pay for the project in the long run. “If you all recall, we had a private concern estimated that our power bill on street lights could go from $70,000 a year ... Read More »

Shutdown Creates New Deadline For SNAP Customers

The federal government shutdown has created a new deadline for those who depend on SNAP benefits. According to the Department of Human Services, individuals who are renewing their benefits or filing a 6 month Simplified Report form need to have any required paperwork in by the end of business Monday, January 14th. “We realize this deadline to submit paperwork requires ... Read More »