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Bids Opened For Cookeville Public Housing Project

Highlands Residential Services (HRS) opened bids on Tuesday for the Oak Tree Towers project. King Construction of Cookeville submitted the $8,978,000 low bid for constructing the 50-unit mid-rise apartment complex. HRS Director of Operations Chris Cassetty said board members will look to approve that bid during Thursday’s meeting. “Once we do that, we’ll sit down and have a formal pre-construction ... Read More »

Elevated Lead Levels Found At Six Putnam Schools

Six Putnam County Schools have elevated levels of lead inside certain drinking water sources. A Knoxville-based company recorded the levels after conducting testing at Avery Trace Middle School, Baxter Primary School, Cane Creek Elementary, Cookeville High School, Cornerstone Elementary, and White Plains Academy. Maintenance Facilities Supervisor John Magura said parents and students do not have reason to worry. “We’re trying ... Read More »

Lightning Caused Crossville Fire

A Crossville fire was reported Tuesday morning at the Charleston Plantation Apartments. The fire department received the call 11:30 a.m. to douse the fire out. Smoke was receding from one of the eaves upon arrival. Fire Chief Mike Turner said the probable cause was from lightning strike, but no injuries were reported. “It all went as well as could be ... Read More »

First Time Tech Hosts STEM Education Research Conference

Tech will host the 14th annual STEM Education Research Conference for the first time. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) researchers and educators will meet on campus this Thursday and Friday. MTSU had hosted this conference over the past 13 years. Tech mathematics education professor Holly Anthony said this is part of universities working together. “We want people to recognize ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Continues CEO Search

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has officially restarted the search for its next CEO. Qualified candidates for the position must submit a cover letter and resume by February 14. Officials announced Tuesday that Chamber Executive Committee member Phillip Baker would lead a diverse search committee. “The Committee will follow an international process to attract a broad candidate pool and ... Read More »

Five Candidates For Vacant Cumberland Commission Seat

Five people have expressed interest in filling the vacant 9th District Cumberland County Commission seat. Carl MacLeod resigned from that position last month after announcing his intention to move out of state. County Commission documents indicate that five people submitted their names as candidates, including Larry Brilliant, Colleen Mall, Mark Rosser, Nico CearGeo, and former Cumberland County Commissioner Carmin Lynch. ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider New Rate Structure For Gas

Coookeville City Council will consider a new rate structure for the Gas Department when they meet Thursday. Gas Department Director Jeff Mills unveiled the proposal during Monday’s work session. He said the change will help collect a larger percentage for fixed costs. “The purpose of it is to get a more stable recovery of our rates,” Mills said. “Right now, ... Read More »

Putnam EMS Seeking Grant Funding For Stair Chairs

Putnam County EMS will likely apply for another $150,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. EMS Director Tommy Copeland said he would use the funding to purchase powered stair chairs. “We’ve got stair chairs on our trucks now that you can manually carry them (patients) up or roll them down a set of stairs,” Copeland said. “These will have actually a battery ... Read More »

Price Estimate For New School Tops $45 Million

The new school in southwest Cookeville may cost Putnam County more than $46 million. Architects presented a $46.9 million cost estimate during a meeting Monday between the Putnam County Commission and Board of Education. Superintendent of Schools Jerry Boyd said the county commission will need to make a funding decision by the end of this year. “There’s a lot of ... Read More »

Michael Bloomberg Has Eyes Set In Tennessee

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has set up part of his campaign shop in Tennessee. Tech Political Science Assistant Professor Dr. Lauren Harding said this is part of his unusual strategy. “He’s making a huge push for the Super Tuesday states, and Tennessee is one of those,” Harding said. “This a really crazy, unprecedented campaign strategy to skip the contest ... Read More »