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Author Archives: Rafferty Cleary

Schools To Use Online Auction For Uffelman Facility

The Putnam County School System will take another shot at trying to sell the former Uffelman Elementary School. Superintendent Jerry Boyd said the school system rejected a single bid for the three-acre property last year. “The one single bid was lower than what we felt was the value of the property,” Boyd said. “We’ve had some other offers since then ... Read More »

Putnam School Board Approves First Budget Draft

The first budget draft for the Putnam County School System includes an $8.8 million gap between projected revenue and expenditures. Superintendent Jerry Boyd said the proposal aligns with the needs and vision of the school system. “So we’re going to continue to be realistic, and since realism to us is… what do we need to serve the children of Putnam ... Read More »

Baxter Budget Includes Salary Increase, No Tax Hike

Baxter aldermen approved the first reading of the new fiscal year budget Thursday. Mayor John Martin said residents will not be facing a tax increase. “Our property tax is going to stay the same,” Martin said. “Of course, I’m a person that feels good about the people working for the city of Baxter. We’re giving another increase to all of ... Read More »

Knoxville Man Charged After Vehicle Strikes Jamestown Officer

A Knoxville man landed behind bars after his vehicle struck a Jamestown police officer Tuesday. Arrest warrants charge Don A. Stephens II with five counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault on police. He remains behind bars on $125,000 bond. The report states an officer encountered Stephens when arriving at Walmart for a person passed out ... Read More »

Putnam County SROs Receive Tactical Training

Putnam County school resource officers have received tactical training in active shooter response. Chief Deputy Bob Crabtree said the training exercises combine with other security measures protecting the county’s children. “Sheriff Farris and his administration want to make sure that the SROs that are in the schools are some of the best. We’re not just putting anybody in the schools…the ... Read More »

Business Owners Invited To Workforce Meeting Wednesday

A strategic planning session for workforce and economic development takes place in White County Wednesday. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the event will detail available programs and funding opportunities for local business owners. “These programs are here to make our local businesses thrive, and often they go unused because we don’t know about them,” Robinson said. “This is a ... Read More »

Cookeville Ruby Tuesday Permanently Closes

The Cookeville Ruby Tuesday has permanently closed. A district manager at the store confirmed the closure during a phone call Tuesday afternoon but provided no specific reason. Calls to the corporate office in Knoxville went unanswered. Putnam County Clerk Wayne Nabors said Ruby Tuesday operated its Interstate Drive location for a total of 12-years. Restaurant Business reported last year that ... Read More »

Putnam County Begins ‘Tough’ Budget Process

Putnam County officials viewed a preliminary budget Monday that shows a $3.7 million increase to the county general fund. Budget Committee Chairman Ben Rodgers said the upcoming fiscal year budget will be one of the toughest he’s ever faced. “I’ve had a chance to look at this with Randy, and it’s tough. There’s a lot of requests in here and there’s ... Read More »

Monterey Man Airlifted Following Monday Crash

A Putnam County crash injured a 61-year-old Monterey man Monday afternoon. Douglas Copeland was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital after crashing his 1983 Chevy pickup truck on Highway 62 West near Meadow Creek Road. A preliminary accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated that Copeland’s vehicle went off the left side of the road, traveled several feet, and crashed into ... Read More »

Crossville Motorcyclist Injured In I-40 Crash

A Crossville man suffered injuries when his motorcycle crashed into a van Monday morning. The accident happened at the 287 mile marker of Interstate 40 in Cookeville. A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report said James William Brigham was traveling east when the front wheel of his 2009 Harley Davidson collided with a 2016 Nissan, driven by Jared Lee Bandy of ... Read More »