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Overton Budget Focus Projected To Be On Employee Benefits

Overton County Budget Committee set to focus efforts on employee pay and benefits. County Executive Steven Barlow said he has specifically working on getting better benefits for county employees. He said he has been meeting with the state insurance commission to try and find a more affordable insurance program. “If the county tries to put more money, that even if ... Read More »

Cookeville Proposing 10-Cent Property Tax Increase In New Budget

Cookeville City Manager James Mills proposed a 10 cent property tax increase in the new fiscal year budget. The increase would create some $1.17 million in additional revenue or roughly $117,000 per penny. Mills told city council members during a Tuesday work session the property tax increase would raise taxes on a $200,000 home by roughly $50. The property tax ... Read More »

Baxter’s Exit 280 Project Schedules Construction Letting For Spring 2026

Baxter’s rural interchange improvement project has set a scheduled construction let date for spring of 2026. TDOT allocated some $22 million for work on the Exit 280 interchange last year. T-DOT Region 2 Community Relations Officer Rae Anne Bradley said the project is expected to improve the safety and modernization of I-40 at State Route 56. “A defined scope is ... Read More »

Putnam EMS Looks For 10 New On-Road Positions, Crews Too Busy

Putnam County EMS wants to add ten new on-the-road positions to deal with an increased call volume. EMS Chief Tommy Copeland presented his requests to the County Budget Committee Monday night. Copeland said each truck is making about 2,800 calls per year, making Putnam County’s Ambulance Service one of the busiest in the state. “We do need to get it ... Read More »

Algood To Host First Algood Business Association Meeting

Algood Mayor invites local businesses to the inaugural meeting of Algood Business Association. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said the city would like to work with the association to develop plans that draw people into the business district. She said there are restaurants, a coffee shop and a couple of new businesses in that part of town. “People think Algood stops right ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council To Consider Additional Vehicles For Fire Department

Cookeville City Council will consider the purchase of additional vehicles for the fire department in the current fiscal year’s budget. Fire Chief Benton Young said he was able to find two Ford Explorer-type vehicles available within two weeks from a dealer in Georgia. Young said if the city does not purchase the vehicles now, the price is expected to increase ... Read More »

Warren Schools Accepting Bids For Proposed School Health Clinic

Warren County School System accepting bids for a school health clinic to be located at the central office. Director of Schools Grant Swallows said rising insurance and health services costs have posed financial burdens to employees. He said other schools in the area have done similar services in the past. “Really it’s something that we think will be really good ... Read More »