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Karl Dean To Speak In Nashville

Former Nashville Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean will be in Smithville later this month. Dean is scheduled to appear at a dinner hosted by the DeKalb County Democratic Party on July 27th at DeKalb County High School. Dean will speak at the event along with United States Senate candidate James Mackler and Holly McCall, the Recruitment Coordinator for ... Read More »

Man Sentenced To Six Years For Possessing Meth

A Crossville man will serve a 12 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to methamphetamine possession charges. 46-year-old Barry Keith Lail pleaded guilty possession of less than .5 grams of meth last week. He received a six year sentence for the charge, but that charge will run consecutive to a six year sentence handed down to Lail in April. His ... Read More »

Sunday Fire Causes Minor Damage To Businesses

A Sunday afternoon fire caused minor smoke damage to a number of Putnam County businesses. The Cookeville Fire Department received the call around 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Jersey Mike’s Subs location on Jefferson Avenue. Fire department officials said the business was drying towels when a dryer malfunctioned and caught fire. Smoke from the fire reportedly filed up Jersey Mike’s ... Read More »

Upgrades Coming For Emergency Operations Center

Putnam County’s emergency operations center will soon get an upgrade. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said the center is nearly 10 years old. “When we had the last storm on Memorial Day weekend, we saw some things we thought we need to be looking at changing, technology has changed some,” Porter said. The county and the county’s 911 board have ... Read More »

Putnam Looking Into State Fair

Putnam County’s fair property problems could be solved by the Tennessee State Fair. Tennessee State Fair and Exposition commissioners reportedly voted 9-0 to explore other cities to host the fair beginning in 2019. Like Putnam County, the current fair site in Nashville is land-locked, with no room for expansion. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said he’s interested in the idea. ... Read More »

Putnam BOE To Sell Property To Church

The Putnam County Board of Education began the process to sell a small plot of land at its meeting Thursday. Pat Farris of the Mt. Hermon community addressed the board. The BOE owns a one-acre plot of land bordering the Mt. Hermon Church property. “It’s been the community’s belief that the property has been transferred, of course there’s no deed ... Read More »

Putnam Coaches Supplement Increase May Not Happen

Putnam County coaches may not get a supplement increase this year. The Putnam County Board of Education didn’t make a decision on the issue at its meeting Thursday. Budget issues may prevent the board from offering coaches a supplement. Board President Kim Cravens said she’d prefer to offer the supplement increase if they could. “When I think that we have ... Read More »

Tractor Trailer Fire Closes I-40 In Putnam County

A portion of Interstate 40 in Putnam County closed down Sunday night after a tractor trailer caught fire. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The incident happened at the eastbound lanes near miler marker 274 in Silver point. Authorities have not released any information regarding injuries or the cause of the fire. Authorities expected the road to be reopened by ... Read More »

Falling Water River Bridge To Be Repaired

Sen. Paul Bailey announced Friday a White County bridge would be repaired over the next three years. The bridge is on Old State Route 42, crossing the Falling Water River. The bridge repair is part of the work TDOT will perform with money from the IMPROVE Act. The act goes into effect Saturday, raising gas taxes as well as fees ... Read More »

Crossville Approves $20 Million Budget

The City of Crossville approved its upcoming fiscal year budget last night. The $20 million budget includes a 59-cent tax rate, which is 4-cents lower than last year’s rate. Prior to voting, council member J.H. Graham made a motion to cut the rate even further, back to 55-cents. “The unemployment rate right now is less than 4-percent and sales tax ... Read More »