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October A big Month For Building Permits In Putnam

Putnam County issued more building permits in October than in any other month this fiscal year. Mayor Randy Porter said the county issued 37-permits for a total estimated construction cost of $4.46 million. “19 of those permits were for new single family homes, which gives a total of 75 new homes in the past 120 days or this fiscal year,” ... Read More »

Algood Working To Weatherproof White Plains Home

Some upgrades will soon be made to the White Plains Historic Home in Algood. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the work will help preserve the home for future generations. “We don’t want to lose the condition of the house, so we want to work to make sure we’re protecting it from the weather,” Morrison said. “I think the house has ... Read More »

Man Shot And Killed In Liberty Thursday Night

DeKalb County authorities have arrested a man for a Halloween night shooting that left one man dead. Albert Wayne Fisher Jr. faces a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of Tyler Durden. The incident happened on Eckels Heights Street in Liberty just after 6 p.m. Warrants accuse Fisher of shooting Durden in the chest with a handgun. ... Read More »

Putnam County Deputy Seriously Injured In Crash

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy suffered severe injuries during a Thursday afternoon traffic crash in Cookeville. The sheriff’s office said Deputy Chris Lynn is receiving treatment at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He’s listed in critical condition at this time. Lynn crashed his patrol car on 12th street while responding to a call for service at 4:47 p.m. A press release said ... Read More »

Monterey Hoping For New Tenant In Cate Gill Building

Some improvement may be coming to a vacant suit in Monterey’s Cate Gill Building. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the Building and Grounds Committee will discuss the project during a meeting Monday night. “We have an empty suite and it’s been vacant for a good number of years, Wiggins said. “There’s some water damage, we’ve got to replace the carpet, and ... Read More »

Clay County Anti-Drug Coalition Awarded $125,000 Grant

The Clay County Anti-Drug Coalition received $125,000 from the federal government earlier this week. Executive Director Jamie Colson said the grant funding supports a number of drug and alcohol prevention programs. “We use a lot of these funds for our SADD, which is the Students Against Destructive Decisions organization,” Colson said. “We use that funding for a lot of the ... Read More »

Vacant Trailer Stripped Of Cabinets, Sinks, And Wiring

Cumberland County authorities found a vacant trailer earlier this month stripped of cabinets, sinks, light fixtures and other items. The burglary happened on Racoon Drive in the Windridge Subdivision. Investigators say the thieves also stripped out the wiring from inside the structure. According to a statement from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, a witness saw several unidentified males going in ... Read More »

SmartFinancial Announces Merger With Progressive Financial Group

Knoxville-based SmartFinancial Inc. has agreed to buy Progressive Financial Group. The $41.4 million acquisition will move SmartFinancial into Middle Tennessee. Progressive Financial Group is the parent company of Progressive Savings Bank, which has six branches across Cookeville, Crossville, Jamestown, and Wartburg. “The Progressive franchise is complementary to our existing Tennessee footprint, adding adjacent markets where we are excited to introduce ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Injured In Thursday Morning Crash

A Cookeville woman suffered injuries during a single-vehicle crash in Putnam County Thursday morning. The accident happened on Interstate 40 westbound at the 295 mile marker. Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the injured driver as 31-year-old Chandra Long. A crash report said Long was negotiating a right curve when her Pontiac Grand AM hydroplaned and went off the ... Read More »

Foister Named Putnam County 911 Director

Penny Foister will serve as the next director of Putnam County 911. The change comes six months after the agency’s board established an interim period for the position. Mike Thompson requested to step back from the position earlier this year, citing personal reasons. The 911 Board accepted Thompson’s request and began discussions internally to name the next director. Foister discussed ... Read More »