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Monterey Aldermen Approve Purchase Of Used Patrol Vehicles

The Monterey Police Department will purchase two used patrol vehicles in the coming weeks. Chief Bill Randolph said a combination of a newly hired officer and aging vehicles caused the need. “We got four new Durangos last year and are expected to order some more new ones later on in the fall this year or closer to winter time, but ... Read More »

Interim Chief Smith: LPD Excited About Progress

Morale is up at the Livingston Police Department. That’s according to Interim Chief Ray Smith. He said after much turmoil, the department is excited about its progress and about the future. “When you talk about morale, just knowing there is a forward motion gives encouragement that there will be a positive end to any thoughts or any processes that we’re ... Read More »

Putnam 10-Year-Old Named Champion Of Ancient History In International Competition

A Putnam County Schools student has been named a champion in the International History Olympiad Competition. 10-year-old Taylor Chen won in Ancient History out of 27 states and 15 countries. He first what first got him interested in Ancient History was the Wikipedia page for Roman Emperors. Chen said his favorite part of the competition was the simulation portion. “For ... Read More »

Tax Free Holiday For Food Items Happening Now

Grocery stores across the Upper Cumberland already experiencing a busy start to August as some food items are tax free until the end of the month. The General Assembly passed the sales tax holiday as relief for citizens earlier this summer. Food City District Manager Steven Jones said meat and non-perishable items expected to be hot items at its Cookeville ... Read More »

Putnam BOE Appoves Contract For New Strategic Plan

The Putnam County School System has started the process of creating a new strategic plan. Director of Schools Corby King said the last plan the school system created was about 10 years ago. “A lot of things have changed in 10 years,” King said. “Our demographics have changed. Our enrollment has changed quite a bit. We have a couple thousand ... Read More »

Livingston Accepting Applications Monday For THDA’s Home Rehab Grant Funding

Livingston to host a public hearing Monday to accept applications for home rehab grant funding. The town was awarded some $500,000 from the Tennessee Housing Development Authority. Community Developer Amanda Mainord said the program will allow developers to go inspect homes and make repairs that bring them up to codes. “If the home is in extremely poor shape we can ... Read More »

Cookeville Water Quality Control Department Renews Letters Of Engagement

Cookeville’s Water Quality Control Department renewed its engagement letter for legal representation in two matters. Director Barry Turner said one matter centers on a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and appeal. He said there have been questions about the legality of the treatment process known as “blending.” “The way our treatment plant was built, we have two treatment ... Read More »

This Week Van Buren Commission Considers Budget, Joint Putnam Co Meeting

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Overton County Commission will consider bidding out an ambulance roof repair Monday. Commissioners will also act on a grant application for the senior center for $8,000. Business begins at 5:00 p.m. The Putnam County Board of Education and County Commission meets in joint session Monday. Future enrollment and funding for the 5-8 grade ... Read More »

McMinnville To Honor Tennis Star With Court-Naming Ceremony Saturday

McMinnville set to hold a ceremony honoring long-time community member and tennis star, Lester Cowell. Parks and Rec Director Justin Scott said Cowell has been a fixture in McMinnville for over 60 years. He said Cowell picked up the sport while he was in his late 40s, and never stopped. “He’s always been a part of it, he’s played in ... Read More »

Vote From Next Cookeville City Council Would Finalize Wheaton As Mayor

Laurin Wheaton was the top vote-getter in the Cookeville City Council elections, making her the prospective mayor. However, that does not make it official. Attorney Lane Moore said the top vote-earner becoming mayor is simply tradition. “That’s the way it’s been for a long time, but it’s not necessarily written into law that tradition,” Moore said. “So it would be ... Read More »