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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 »

TBI Agents Investigating Cookeville Arrest-Related Death

The TBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died while being arrested by Cookeville Police officers early Friday morning. Preliminary information indicates that the incident occurred at 12:30 Friday morning when Cookeville Police responded to reports of a man walking in the median of Interstate 40 near mile marker 288. Police said 37-year-old Richard Thomas Sparks became combative ... Read More »

Putnam County 175th Anniversary Ends July 4

Putnam County’s 175th anniversary celebration will end this weekend. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said the official celebration began back in February and it’ll all end with a ceremony on July 4. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. at the courthouse, immediately following the children’s parade. The ceremony will include recognition of the five oldest veterans in Putnam County, Porter ... Read More »

Fentress Officers Arrest Fugitives

The Fentress County Sheriff’s Department and Jamestown Police arrested a fugitive Thursday. Jackie Foster, 30, of Deer Lodge, Tenn., was found in the attic of a home on Clark Street in Jamestown. A K-9 officer was sent into the attic and Foster was arrested without incident. A written statement from the FCSD states Foster was wanted on Fentress County warrants. ... Read More »