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Search For Missing White County Resident Continues

White County Resident Roy Whited remains missing after a day-long search effort Tuesday around Lovejoy Road involving about 100 people. Sheriff Steve Page said the search included volunteers, sheriff deputies, EMS personnel, and TWRA staff. Page said day was successful in terms of how much ground they covered. “I think we’ve checked off several boxes today with the search,” Page ... Read More »

White County Budget Committee Discussing Reappraisal Impact

The White County Budget Committee discussing the potential impact of the reappraisal process coming next year. Property Assessor Junior Jones said they are expecting to see property throughout the county appraise for up to forty-five percent more than it did in 2020. Jones said the state requires to reappraisal process to have a neutral impact on the county’s revenue. “So ... Read More »

Hale Said Property Tax Rates Best A Local Decision

State Representative Michael Hale said he does not foresee the legislature passing a proposed bill limiting how much property taxes can be raised in a year. Hale said there was much discussion surrounding the bill during this year’s session. Proposed limits ranged from two to seven percent. He said at the end of the day, the decision seems to best ... Read More »

Pickleball Leader Said Cane Creek Courts First Step

Cookeville’s Pickleball Ambassador said new courts set to be constructed at Cane Creek Park part of the steady growth of the game locally. USA Pickleball Ambassador Harry Smith pickleball is becoming a family sport in Cookeville, with most people playing in two-person teams. Smith said there are about 1,400 registered players within a forty-mile radius of the city, and up ... Read More »

Fentress Approves New Contracts For Paramedic Classes

The Fentress County Commission approved new contracts for paramedic and advanced medical technology students working with the county. Ambulance Services Director Daniel Coleman said these contracts would ensure that the county is repaid whenever it pays to send someone to paramedic or AEMT school. Coleman said he has two full-time employees that recently started AEMT school. “This is no employment ... Read More »

Bond Approved, Next Steps Ahead In Pre-K Center

The approval of a bond for the old Park View School will expedite the planning for the proposed pre-K center. The center would house pre-K students from all the schools in both Cookeville and Algood, freeing up classroom space that can be used to handle several years of growth. Putnam County Director Of Schools Corby King said planning will include ... Read More »

Commission Helping Cassville Fire Dept. Repair Engine

The White County Commission appropriated funds to help repair the Cassville Fire Department’s fire engine during its Monday meeting. EMA Director Matt McBride said the total cost for the repairs expected to fall between $20,000 and $25,000. McBride said the assistance from the county will be greatly appreciated by the department. “I don’t want to speak on behalf of Fire ... Read More »

Commissioners Pass Senior Tax Freeze Program

Putnam County Commissioners approved implementation of the Tax Freeze Act Monday night, providing property tax relief to some low-income residents. Qualifying individuals 65 or older, meeting the income threshold, could apply to the county to have the tax rate frozen, despite any future property tax increases. Commissioners passed the act unanimously after several months of study. County Commissioner Vinnie Faccinto ... Read More »

Community Search For Missing White Co. Citizen Tuesday

White County residents will be conducting a community search day Tuesday with the goal of locating 64-year-old Sparta resident Roy Whited. Whited was last seen on May 3 near Lovejoy Road, where the search will be taking place. First Baptist Church Sparta Pastor Brad Walker told the county commission during their Monday meeting that there are about 4,000 acres in ... Read More »

Commissioners Approve $13M Bond For Schools

Putnam County Commissioners approved a $13 million bond Monday night to renovate Park View school for a pre-K facility and other system maintenance projects. That bond includes $6.5 to $8.5 million to renovate the Park View facility. Director OF Schools Corby King said the approval of the bond will allow the school system to get exact numbers on the Park ... Read More »