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Hawkins Declared Unofficial Winner of Algood Council Race

Algood City Council Candidate Ruby Hawkins is now ahead of Justin Grant in the Algood City Council election. According to Putnam County Election Administrator Debbie Steidl, Hawkins now leads Grant by a single vote following Thursday’s election. A second provisional ballot gave Hawkins the lead Tuesday afternoon. A provisional ballot discovered Friday afternoon put the candidates at a tie with ... Read More »

Former CCSO Chief Deputy To Serve As TBI Deputy Director

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch’s choice for the agency’s next deputy director has ties to an Upper Cumberland law enforcement agency. Rausch on Tuesday appointed TBI special agent Brad Nealon to the deputy director position. Prior to joining the TBI in 2004, Nealon served as chief deputy for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Nealon has a total of ... Read More »

Surveying To Begin For Rail Trail Extension

Work to expand Monterey’s rail trail will get underway this week, according to Monterey grant writer Dawn Kupferer. “The surveyor is coming this week to survey everything and to get the plans together for the bid packet,” Kupferer said. “Once we have all that together we can bid it out, accept bids, and look at the lowest bid to bring ... Read More »

State to Allow Certification of Algood Council Race

The Putnam County Election Commission will certify the Algood City Council election results Friday after being granted the opportunity by the state. Debbie Steidl is the Election Commission Administrator for Putnam County. She said both Ruby Hawkins and Justin Grant will have reason to contest the results after an audit discovered errors in the city’s results. “Three people voted in ... Read More »

Commissioners To Undergo Training As Part Of New State Law

New county commission members across the state will be required to undergo eight hours of training as part of a new state law. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said he believes the new training requirement will be beneficial to the new members. “I think the more education that the commissioners can get when it comes to what their jobs are ... Read More »

Monterey Mayor Questions Enterprise Fund Motion

Monterey Aldermen voted last night to earmark alcoholic beverage sales for an enterprise fund that will pay for sidewalk and road projects. Alderman Rebecca Iaquinta made the motion to earmark the funds during Monday night’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting. “In all the years I have been in office, streets has always operated either on zero or negative. This ... Read More »

Smithville Mayor to Return to Court October 5

Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss is set to appear in court October 5 for his trial as he faces theft and official misconduct charges. Poss was not present for court Monday as his attorney Tony Hagan filed a motion to waive his client’s arraignment. Both Poss and his son, Anthony, were charged last month after the Mayor hired Anthony to work ... Read More »

Smithville Council Meeting Cancelled Monday

The Smithville City Council meeting was called off Monday after only two of the city’s five aldermen were in attendance. Mayor Jimmy Poss dismissed the meeting after Aldermen Gayla Hendrix, Jason Murphy, and Danny Washer did not appear. “We don’t have enough to have a quorum. Nothing we can do. We’re done,” Poss said before banging the gavel. “Sorry guys, ... Read More »

Smoking Ban Has Little Impact On HRS

A smoking ban at public housing units across the nation had little impact on the Highlands Residential Services. HRS Executive Director Dow Harris said the agency implemented a smoke-free policy in September of 2016. “We had actually considered implementing the no smoking policy in late 2014 and early 2015 when we had experienced several fires,” Harris said. “One in particular ... Read More »

Remote Area Medical to Serve Fentress County in September

Remote Area Medical announced that the nonprofit organization will come to Fentress County this September. This marks the first time RAM will bring its services to Fentress County. RAM provides various medical services free of charge, including dental exams, eye exams, on-site prescription¬†glasses, women’s health exams, and general medical exams. RAM does not require an ID in order to receive ... Read More »