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18-Year-Old Faces Meth, Firearm Charges In Putnam County

A traffic stop in Putnam County Monday led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Cleveland teen. Authorities charged Alexandra Laplume for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a felony, and simple possession of marijuana. According to arrest warrants, a Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle for a registration violation. The deputy noticed a strong marijuana smell coming ... Read More »

Corrections Officer Terminated Following Domestic Assault Charge

The White County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has fired a corrections officer for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Authorities charged 21-year-old Christopher Frazier with domestic assault following the incident last week The arrest report states Frazier and his girlfriend got into an altercation after the woman allegedly took Frazier’s cell phone. The report indicates Frazier then pinned the woman down by grabbing ... Read More »

Baxter Man Faces Two Counts Of Aggravated Assault

Authorities arrested 63-year-old Dural Clark, of Baxter, Tuesday on two counts of aggravated assault [Photo: Putnam County Jail]

Authorities arrested a Baxter man Tuesday for threatening two people with a handgun. 63-year-old Dural Clark faces two counts of aggravated assault following the incident along Ditty Road. Arrest warrants state Clark and a male victim had gotten into an argument the night before. The victim, who lives at the same residence as Clark, noticed Clark load a handgun. The ... Read More »

Livingston Aldermen Approve Budget On First Reading

Livingston’s Board of Aldermen approved the first reading of the city’s new budget Monday evening. City Mayor Curtis Hayes said the budget keeps property taxes the same but does come with a water rate increase. “There is unfortunately a 10-percent water increase given to a bond issue where we were running water to Hilham to be able to supply the ... Read More »

Rennova Cuts 20 JRMC Jobs, Announces New CEO

Rennova Health Systems has appointed a new CEO to Jamestown Regional Medical Center while laying off 20 employees. The company announced Monday that Michael Alexander would become the next CEO of JRMC. The announcement comes four months after the hospital appointed Dr. Angel Giraldez as the interim CEO. Alexander’s appointment comes after several financial-related issues at JRMC nearly closing the ... Read More »

Habitat For Humanity Raising Funds To Expand Pottery Studio

The Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity wants to raise funds to expand its pottery studio. Director of Development and Communications Melissa Parks said expanding the studio will ultimately help with their Cooking on the Square event later this fall. “Twice a month, we have mini bowl-a-thons where local artists come out and throw bowls for us to use at Cooking ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Electric Redesigns Website, Gears Up For New Outage Tool

Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) has redesigned its website. General Manager Jimmy Gregory said the new design will be more user friendly for customers. “We wanted a more modern look and we wanted to have more internal control over our own website,” Gregory said. “It was hard to change things on the old website, so we wanted it designed ... Read More »

Garden Inn Dismisses Lawsuit Over Bee Rock, Monterey Files Suit

The owners of the Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast on Monday dismissed another Bee Rock lawsuit against Monterey and Bob Walker. Monterey Attorney Danny Rader said Walker and the city have now filed suit against the Garden Inn. “Rather than waiting for the bed and breakfast owners to sue the town of Monterey for a third time, the town of ... Read More »

Baxter Awards Bid For New Trash Cans

The Baxter Board of Mayor and Aldermen have approved bids for citywide garbage cans. Mayor John Martin said the 90-gallon cans will be picked up by a new side loader garbage truck. “We’re going to buy probably 1,000 cans and we’ve got probably 800 customers,” Martin said. “Each customer will get a can from the City of Baxter at no ... Read More »

White County Man Charged With Tax Evasion

A White County man faces possible jail time for a tax evasion charge. Special agents with the State Department of Revenue arrested 55-year-old Gary Dewayne Goodwin at his home last week. A grand jury handed down indictments charging Goodwin with a single Class E felony count of tax evasion. “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, ... Read More »