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Algood Approves One-Time Bonus For Employees

The Algood City Council approved an ordinance to provide a $500 one-time bonus for front line city employees who worked through the COVID-19 pandemic. The council approved the ordinance 4-1 with Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler voting against the payment. Chapman-Fowler said the bonus is non budgeted. The total expense will be over $23,000. The ordinance will now go before a public ... Read More »

State Supreme Court Denies Cartwright Request

The State Supreme Court had denied a request by William Floyd Cartwright to examine his jury conviction for first degree premeditated murder. Cartwright was convicted in September, 2005 for the murder of Marvin Martin Jr. A co-defendant, Christoper Servo, was charged with facilitation of the murder. The incident happened in August, 2004 at the Cookeville home of Lakeisha Darty. Cartwright ... Read More »

Algood Approves Green Mtn Water Project

Algood City Council unanimously approved an agreement to provide water to residents of the Green Mountain region. “The folks needed water and one of the county’s objectives was to look at areas that weren’t being served by clean drinking water,” City Administrator Keith Morrison said. “This was one of those areas. We worked out this opportunity with the county to ... Read More »

Crossville Will Restart Public Works Director Process

The Crossville City Council authorized the city manager to restart the process to find a Public Works Director Tuesday night. The council authorized the city’s first public works director earlier this year. But City Manager Greg Wood stopped the process over fears of COVID-19 and its impact on hiring. There was also a plan being floated to consolidate all of ... Read More »

Putnam Election Commission Preparing For November Election

With the August Election less than five days past, the Putnam County Election Commission began work Tuesday on the November election. Director Michele Honeycutt said after seeing a voter response increase in August, more employees are needed. “We’re going to try to get more workers because we do believe with bigger crowds we’re going to need more people working, so ... Read More »

White County Schools First Few Days Going Well

White County School Director Kurt Dronebarger said the school system’s hybrid in-person and virtual learning schedule off to a great start. “I feel pretty good overall,” Dronebarger said. “I’m really proud of our faculty and staff. Our teachers have worked really hard, they’ve given up a lot of summer time to plan and train. It’s not perfect by any means,  ... Read More »

Airport Board Approves Raises For Employees

Employees at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will receive raises based on evaluations. Airport Manager Dean Selby said the raises range from three to four percent based on evaluation. Selby said the raises were budgeted in the new fiscal year numbers with a total price tag of around $3,000. “I think it’s a fair evaluation, we sat down and talked ... Read More »

Clay County Wants Cumberland River Hospital Open

Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan said the local government and community both want the Cumberland River Hospital to remain open. But, Reagan said the county can not directly help the facility financially. “Nobody is working against the hospital,” Reagan said. “And, I know that you hear speculations all the time, but everybody has been so supportive of it (Cumberland River ... Read More »

150 Weather Radios Donated to Highlands Residential

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cookeville donated 150 NOAA weather radios to Highlands Residential Services on August 6th. Highlands Residential Services is the public housing authority for Putnam, Jackson and Clay counties serving the towns of Cookeville, Monterey, Algood, Baxter, Gainesboro and Celina. With 609 homes providing low-income, affordable housing to approximately 1,100 people ranging in age from birth to ... Read More »

NHC Smithville COVID Numbers Increase

The number of patients testing positive at NHC Smithville has increased to nine. Two additional patients are awaiting test results. Nine employees have also tested positive with two staff members already recovered. One additional employee is awaiting test results. At NHC Sparta, one employee is awaiting results. Five staff members have tested positive with all but one recovered. No patients ... Read More »