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Putnam EMS To Raise Fees To Stay In Line With Medicare Allowable Rates

Putnam EMS is raising its rates for the first time since 2015 to keep up with Medicare rate increases. EMS Chief Tommy Copeland said that the law states a local EMS is not allowed to charge anyone less than what the Medicare rate is. “And our rates were so low for these things,” Copeland said. “That on a non-emergency trip ... Read More »

Cookeville Named A State Grant Recipient For Site Development

The City of Cookeville will receive at least $25,000 in state grant money to complete due diligence studies at the Lemon-Farris Industrial Site off Highway 111. The city is one of 12 recipients of state grant monies that total more than $8 million for site development. Economic Development Coordinator Melinda Keifer said that while it’s not the full amount the ... Read More »

Volunteer Energy President Disappointed In FERC Ruling Over TVA

Volunteer Energy Cooperative President Rody Blevins said he is disappointed in a federal ruling continuing limited utility access to TVA’s transmission system. Blevins said Volunteer Energy is still looking at the option to build its own transmission system. “We felt like we had a very good case with FERC, and actually the FERC commissioners in some of their narrative agreed ... Read More »

Warren Utility Manager Brings Rural Perspective To TDEC Committee

Warren County Utility District General Manager Anthony Pelham has been working on a TDEC committee as a rural representative for ARP funding. The Water Infrastructure Advisory Committee was formed to guide the prioritization of projects. Pelham said aged infrastructure and water loss are issues he brings to the table. “Pretty much gives the perspective of a rural utility district,” Pelham ... Read More »

TDEC Changes ARP Allocations Giving Cities Water Infrastructure Money

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said he sees TDEC’s revised plan to allocate ARP funding as a better solution. Under the new plan, the county will no longer serve as a middleman in allocating funds to local municipalities. Instead, the state will allocate money directly. “I think this is probably better,” Porter said. “I think the cities getting their own ... Read More »

White Commission Approves Funding For Recycling Building At Landfill

A new recycling center will be coming to the White County landfill. The county commission approved the $150,000 for the project Monday. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said finding companies to take the county’s recyclables has been an issue. “We have tried for years to basically partner with somebody, get a vendor, somebody to come and take the recyclables,” Robinson ... Read More »

Dogwood Park Christmas Tree Light Show Each Night On The Hour

If you’re looking for some lights to view leading up to Christmas, look no further than Cookeville’s Dogwood Park. This is the 7th year the city has transformed the park. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said the department has added a few things each year, but the 40-foot Christmas tree is the centerpiece. “It comes on at 4:30, and it ... Read More »

Pickett To Take Initial Steps Towards Developing Plans For New Jail

Pickett County will begin actively pursuing plans to build a new county jail. County Executive Carey Garner said at Monday night’s Commissioners Meeting, the project has been some eight years in the making. “We weren’t financially able to start it,” Garner said. “And so we’ve just not got to where we think we can afford one, so it’s time that ... Read More »

White Co Executive Drafts Letter In Opposition Of TWRA Habitat Project

White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson has drafted a letter to Governor Bill Lee requesting TWRA’s habitat project be stopped. Robinson said the concern is the impact on tourism from the cutting project. “People come to that area to hike it, walk, hunt it and that brings and that brings tourism revenue into our county,” Robinson said. “And you cut ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Will Fill District Five Seat January 18

Putnam County Commissioners will elect a new representative for district five at the January 18th meeting. Six candidates have already made their interest known in replacing commissioner Terry Randolph. Randolph moved out of district five earlier this month. District five includes the Cookeville Community Center, Dry Valley, and Prescott South areas. Commission Chair Mike Atwood said each person will be ... Read More »