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TDOT Revokes $3 Million Grant from UCHRA

The Tennessee Department of Transportation revoked a $3 million grant Friday from the UCHRA to be used for a new transit hub. TDOT’s decision comes one week after an auditor’s report revealed over $130,000 in questionable grant spending by the agency. UCHRA Interim Director Mark Farley said the agency is not surprised by the decision. “From the very beginning, they ... Read More »

Hormann Breaks Ground On $64 Million Manufacturing Facility

Hormann Group broke ground Friday afternoon on it’s $64 million facility in White County. “We are most excited to be here in White County today,” Hormann North America President Camron Rudd said. “This is the largest single site investment by Hormann in the United States.” State Senator Paul Bailey said the project also represents the single largest one-time financial investment ... Read More »

Baxter Mayor Addresses Development Concerns

Baxter Mayor John Martin addressed concerns and rumors surrounding development projects during Thursday’s Board of Aldermen and Mayor meeting. Martin said people have been concerned about what new businesses could mean for the city. “I guess people are kindly concerned and complain at times about growth,” Martin said. “But there’s not a lot of restaurants that want to come and ... Read More »

Baxter Mayor: J. Cumby Project to be Finalized Soon

The J. Cumby Project in Baxter will likely be finalized within the near future. That according to Baxter Mayor John Martin during Thursday’s Board of Aldermen and Mayor meeting. “Our attorney, Shawn Fry, is working with Double Springs’ attorney now as far as an agreement with the water, so I feel like in a couple weeks everything will be finalized ... Read More »

Austin Murder Case to Go Before Grand Jury

A grand jury will hear the murder case of Stacey Dwight Austin following an arraignment hearing in Crossville Thursday. Judge Larry Warner determined there was enough evidence in the case to send it to a grand jury for trial. The 37-year-old Austin was charged with voluntary manslaughter after the shooting death of his 55-year-old aunt, Teresa Faye Austin, last month. ... Read More »

Highlands Initiative’s Fourth Phase Surpasses $3 Million

The Highlands Economic Partnership surpassed its goal of $2.85 million raised in phase four of its five-year plan (Photo: Logan Weaver)

The Highlands Economic Partnership exceeded its funding goal as part of the fourth phase in the group’s five-year plan. Pledges gave over $3.25 million as part of the Highlands Initiative, which is designed to attract new businesses to Jackson, Overton, Putnam, and White Counties. The group’s initial goal was set at $2.85 million. George Halford is the President and CEO ... Read More »

Rise Partners Purchase Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza

Chattanooga-based Rise Partners recently acquired Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza. The real estate development, acquisition, and redevelopment company closed on the West Jackson Street property about two weeks ago. Rise Partners founding partner Matt Phillips said the group plans to continue helping current tenants and bring new retailers to Cookeville. “The Sears box right in the Center is now closed and we ... Read More »

‘Food to the Rescue’ Provides Meals to Those in Need

‘Food to the Rescue’ is a community program that offers meals to school-age children and teens throughout the summer. Katelyn Steakley is the assistant director of the program. She said serving kids in need around Putnam County is the group’s primary goal. “All of our food is easy to open. We want to make sure children can open it themselves ... Read More »

Monterey Receives Grant For Sewer Improvements

The state has awarded Monterey with a $475,000 Community Development Block Grant. Grant writer Dawn Kupferer said that funding will be used for sewer system improvements. “Projects like this can be real economic drivers. A lot of times these are not projects that the citizens recognize as helping build business, but they are,” Kupferer said. “Once Monterey is able to ... Read More »

Putnam County Candidates Participate in Meet-and-Greets

Putnam County Candidates attended multiple events Tuesday in an effort to garner more votes prior to the August 2 election. George Halford is the President and CEO of the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce, which hosted two of the day’s events. He said he was impressed not only by the turnout of the candidates, but by the general public as well. ... Read More »