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Putnam First Budget: $10.4 Million Expense Increase

Putnam County’s first budget proposal shows an increase in expenses of some $10.4 million. County Mayor Randy Porter shared the roughly $58.4 million in department head requests with the County Budget Committee Monday night. “Just remember, it’s a process,” Porter said. “We always make it. We’ll just have to work through it. Don’t get aggravated, don’t get upset. Don’t get ... Read More »

Monterey Passes New Budget, Concern About New Position

The Monterey Board of Aldermen passed its new fiscal year budget on first reading Monday night. However, the budget passed on just a four to three vote. Aldermen divided over $35,000 budgeted for a new position of Assistant to the Cultural Administrator. Finance Committee Chair Bill Wiggins said the position was needed to allow the Cultural Administrator to fulfill his ... Read More »

Farris Proposes 60 New Law Enforcement Positions For Justice Center

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris wants to add roughly 60 new positions to help staff the new justice center. A CTAS study shared with the County Budget Committee Monday night suggested the county needed at least 110 new employees to operate the expanded facility. “I don’t think we can afford 110 new employees,” Farris said. “If we see we can’t ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Decide On Spending Excess Revenue On Paving

Cookeville City Council will consider Thursday using unbudgeted revenue to help pave streets this spring. City Manager James Mills said the city has generated an additional $2.5 million in revenue this year, largely due to increased interest on its accounts. Mills said the additional 6.4 miles of paving work could begin in the next two weeks if council approves. “If ... Read More »

WCTE Invites Feedback During Public Media Giving Days

WCTE PBS wants the Upper Cumberland to reach out during Public Media Giving Days and tell them how to serve you better. The new two-day event ends Tuesday. Donor Relations Manager Patti Cloud said WCTE is hoping that people will engage with WCTE to share their stories. “Oh, well we’re so excited about it,” Cloud said. “It’s a lot of ... Read More »

Algood Putting State Money To Use With Sewer Rehab Work

Algood will use new state ARP funds to continue its sewer rehabilitation project. The city received just under $723,000 in grant money from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the money will be used to fix some of the city’s biggest issues. “We knew the funding was coming and we had started on it ... Read More »

CRMC Job Fair Tuesday: New Partnership, Approach

Cookeville Regional Medical Center will try to fill some of its 400+ jobs Tuesday at a job fair. The event is a joint venture of the American Job Center and UC Workforce Development. It is an attempt to reach out to those who are not currently a member of the job force across the region. Cookeville Regional Interim CEO Buffy ... Read More »

Overton Chamber’s Cantrell Certified As Economic Developer

Livingston Overton County Chamber Of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Cantrell has a new title next to her name. Tennessee Certified Economic Developer. Cantrell completed a 100-hour program through the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services to become certified. She said it takes about two years to complete. It includes a number of different courses designed to help the student ... Read More »

Williams Said He Hopes To Work On Returning State Sales Tax In 2024

Efforts to return some sales tax revenue to local municipalities did not make it to the final budget this year. Cities like Cookeville have been fighting for several years to get the money, estimated between $72 and $86 million, returned to the local budget. State Representiative Ryan Williams said because Governor Bill Lee did not include the change in his ... Read More »

Putnam’s Electric School Buses Should Arrive In Next 60 Days

New electric school buses could be on the ground in Putnam County within the next two months. Putnam County Schools Transportation Supervisor Ron Chaffin said there have been a few delays, attributed to the supply chain. “We have had a series of meetings with TVA meetings with the company in charge that’s going to be installing our charging systems for ... Read More »