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TTU Seeking State Approval For Artificial Turf At Baseball And Softball Fields

Tennessee Tech wants to replace its real grass at the baseball and softball fields with artificial turf. Capital Projects and Maintenance Director Jim Cobb said the university will request project approval from the state building commission next month. “Obviously, we are trying to have little to no impact on their seasons,” Cobb said. “Mark Wilson has told us that he’s ... Read More »

Jackson Beginning Process To Bid For New Trash Truck

Jackson County looking to bid for a new trash truck. Mayor Randy Heady said that the truck would replace the county’s current 2004 model. “It does a good job it’s still on the road today but it does have some breakdown issues,” Heady said. “So we’re wanting to replace that one and maybe in a couple of years we’ve got ... Read More »

New Park View School Bid Comes In Some $20M Over Budget

The bid for Putnam County Schools’ new Park View School project came in almost $20 million over projections. Director of Schools Corby King said that the bond capacity for the new school was set at some $44 million. He said that the lone bid came in at $60,450,000, and did not include furnishings. “It was much, much higher than what ... Read More »

Design Phase Still Underway For S. Jefferson Waterline Replacement

Design phase still underway for Cookeville’s South Jefferson waterline replacement project. Water Quality Department Director Barry Turner said that at the same time as the design phase, the city is working to get acquire easements. “They are still the plans they’re not to the finished parts yet but just to try and speed up the project we’ve already started on ... Read More »

Former Putnam Schools Teacher Indicted On Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Charges

A former Putnam County Schools teacher was indicted on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. 61-year-old Michael Joe Phillips is being held in the Cumberland County Jail after a search warrant authorized the search and seizure of all computers and electronic devices in his Cumberland County home. A TBI lab analyzed the ... Read More »

Putnam Committee Recommends New Budget Draft After Several Cuts

The Putnam County Budget Committee cut about $695,000 of departmental requests Monday in order to better balance its new fiscal year budget. The cuts included eight requested positions, four from EMS, three firefighters, and one mechanic. Some $200,000 worth of EMS equipment and a sheriff’s vehicle were also cut. The plan still includes money from the county’s savings to cover ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning Commission Approves Timberwalk Plat Monday

Cookeville Planning Commission approved the preliminary plat for Timberwalk Subdivision at its meeting Monday night. The Timberwalk Subdivision, located on Lovelady Road consists of approximately 292 building lots, and 17 community lots. Nine streets will be constructed. Two streets will connect to Lovelady Road. Planning Director Jon Ward said commission members expressed concern during a work session about Timberwalk Trail, ... Read More »

Overton Commission Passes Budget, No Tax Increases For 7th Consecutive Year

Overton County Commission passed its budget Monday night with one of the healthiest fund balances the county has ever had. That’s according to County Executive Ben Danner. He said that since he’s gone into office eight years ago, the county has doubled its general fund balance. “And what that means is that if things go badly, like the fuel prices,” ... Read More »

Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree Returns Friday For 51st Year

One of the biggest traditions of DeKalb County returns for the 51st year this Friday: the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree. Marketing Director Shan Stout said the two-day festival will bring in several musicians and dance performers of all ages competing in their respective category. “Tradition is what has kept the Jamboree such a wonderful, recurring event that has really stood the ... Read More »

Additional Money For Dirt Work At Tennessee Ave Fairgrounds Approved

The Putnam County Commission voted Monday to allow Mayor Randy Porter to move forward with dirt work at the Tennessee Avenue fairgrounds site. Commissioners gave Porter a $6.5 million limit to proceed with the lowest bidder, an additional $4 million from the original allocation. Porter said bids for the project came in several million dollars more than anticipated. “We were ... Read More »