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Monterey No Longer Being Monitored For Water Loss

Tennessee state officials are no longer monitoring Monterey for water loss. That according to Mayor Bill Wiggins, who said the city has worked diligently to solve the problem over the past few years. “For years, Monterey has coped with a creeky sort of system out there with old meters,” Wiggins said. “We were being monitored for that water lost and ... Read More »

MTSU, HEP Conducting Wage, Benefit Study Starting Wednesday

The Highlands Economic Partnership will assist Middle Tennessee State University in its annual wage and benefits survey starting Wednesday (Photo: 2017 Middle Tennessee Wage & Benefit Survey)

The Highlands Economic Partnership (HEP) will assist Middle Tennessee State University in their annual wage and benefit study starting Wednesday. Economic and Community Development Coordinator Yvonne Pickering said the study will help area companies see where they stack up in their respected industries. “It gives us a competitive edge as far as what we have available here and what communities ... Read More »

Putnam Election Commission Considering Voting Machine Add-On

Members of the Putnam County Election Commission are considering adding a device to current voting machines ensuring that ballots are being properly cast. The add-on created by MicroVote would create a voter-verified paper audit trail, (referred to as VVPAT or V-PAT), allowing voters to see their ballots before submitting them. MicroVote Representative Bill Whitehead said the new add-on could be ... Read More »

TTU Students Could See Slight Tuition Increase

Tennessee Tech's Board of Trustees will consider implementing a 2.3 percent tuition increase when they meet June 20 (File Photo)

Tennessee Tech students could return to campus next fall with slightly higher tuition. President Phil Oldham said a proposed tuition increase of 2.3 percent will be considered by the university’s Board of Trustees later this June. “This will be the smallest tuition increase percentage-wise at Tennessee Tech in at least the last eight or 10 years,” Oldham said. “It’s a ... Read More »

Baxter Woman Faces DUI, Drug Charges

A Baxter woman faces one count of driving under the influence following a motor vehicle crash Saturday. Cookeville authorities booked 27-year-old Lashay Danielle Davis into the Putnam County Jail on a $1,000 bond. Arrest warrants indicate that officials responded to a crash on Jackson Street and identified Davis as the driver. Davis consented to a search of her vehicle and ... Read More »

Putnam Animal Shelter Creates Kitten Foster Program

The Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter has opened a kitten foster program to allow kittens to grow before being adopted (Photo: Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter)

An influx of newborn kittens has led the Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter to create a kitten foster program. Shelter Director Jennifer Hutchinson-Tracy said cats are seasonal breeders, leading to the influx this time of year. “We get a little break in the winter months, but in the late spring and early summer, that’s when we see start seeing a surge ... Read More »

Tourism Grant “Tremendous Asset” to City of Sparta

A new Tourism Enhancement Grant could provide Sparta with more tourism draws. That according to Mayor Jeff Young. “The grant we have applied for, this will be a tremendous asset to our tourism part. We are going a grant for lighting on the new bridge we just completed,” Young said. “And we are wanting to put in a kayak dock ... Read More »

Crossville Man Wanted For Kidnapping, Violating Sex Offender Registry

Authorities are searching for 57-year-old George Hardin in Clay County for attempting to kidnap a woman and violating the sex offender registry (Photo: TBI Sex Offender Registry)

Clay County authorities are searching for a Crossville man wanted for kidnapping and violating the sex offender registry. Clay County Sheriff Brandon Boone said 57-year-old George Hardin escaped authorities in Celina Sunday. “Cumberland County had a reported kidnapping. Later on [Sunday] afternoon, the suspect had pulled into a convenience store here in Celina,” Boone said. “The victim had managed to ... Read More »

Sparta Narrows Search for City Administrator Position

The City of Sparta has narrowed down the search for a new city administrator. Mayor Jeff Young said the city began the interview process on Friday. “The search is going really good, we actually had fourteen new applicants. We have been reviewing those with MTAS with the University of Tennessee,” Young said. “And we have got it down from fourteen ... Read More »

Commissioners To Consider Short-Term Rental Committee Monday

The Putnam County Commission will discuss possible regulations for short-term rental properties when they meet Monday. County Attorney Jeff Jones said during last week’s committee meeting that officials have considered regulating locations such as Airbnb rentals for some time. “First of all, a uniform set of regulations puts everyone on an even playing field and everyone knows what the expectations ... Read More »