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Putnam Schools Present $99.7 Million Budget To County

The Putnam County School System’s draft 3 budget includes an $8.475 million gap. Putnam County Budget Committee Chairman Ben Rodgers said county funding will not be able to cover the entire gap. “That’s a big gap for the school system to be at, and I understand their needs and why they need that,” Rodgers said. “To consider funding all that ... Read More »

Human Trafficking Concern for Upper Cumberland

Rural populations such as the Upper Cumberland can be most vulnerable to human trafficking. That according to Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Natalie Ivey. “When it happens in rural populations, it is most commonly familial trafficking. So I know, from being from the Upper Cumberland, we are a town that cares about our people, we ... Read More »

TDOT Facing Challenges With Highway 85 Repair Work

Crews are facing hurdles in repairing Highway 85 after flooding damaged the roadway earlier this year. TDOT Spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the project is now slated for completion in January 2020. “It’s been a challenging project. There’s had to be some changes made to that project,” Flynn said. “Conditions are always changing out there so we’ve had to make a ... Read More »

Sparta Looks to Amend Property Zoning Code

Sparta citizens may see a new zoning category within the city limits. Mayor Jeff Young said the Zero-Lot Line Development District would allow construction of townhouses and condos. “It benefits us quite a bit by creating new opportunities for growth and development in our area,” Young said. “We sort of been limited, we can’t annex anymore so the corporate city ... Read More »

TTU Undergrad Tuition Going Up $90 Per Semester

Tennessee Tech's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve a tuition increase of $90 per semester (File Photo)

Tennessee Tech students will see a slight tuition increase when they return to campus this fall. The university’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve an increase of approximately $90 per semester. The 2.29-percent increase for undergraduate students is the smallest implemented by the university in the past five years, according to TTU officials. Undergrad students will pay $4,020 per ... Read More »

Monterey Approves $1 Million Outlay Note

Monterey has approved a $1 million capital outlay note to pay for several major projects. Alderman Nathan Walker said the 12-year note will provide better roads, new street lights, and address flooding issues. “I think it’s something that’s necessary that we’re just going to have to do,” Walker said. “We don’t have the money to take care of a lot ... Read More »

Skaters Enjoy Grand Opening of Cookeville Skate Park

Cookeville city officials celebrated the opening of the Park View Public Skate Park Thursday. Local skater Jacob Turrington said he felt excited to have a place to practice. “It’s pretty dope, I’ve been waiting on this for a long time. I mean, we have had indoor parks and stuff but it never had much business so they all kind of ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Finalizes 15-Cent Property Tax Increase

Cookeville City Council voted Thursday to approve a 15-cent property tax increase. The increase will raise the city’s tax rate to 99 cents. City Finance Director Brenda Imel said the entire 15-cent increase will go towards improving roads. “It is going to go into a separate fund, and the name of the fund is called the transportation fund,” Imel said. ... Read More »

Trousdale Man Indicted, Charged In Girlfriend’s Murder

Authorities arrested 59-year-old Jimmy Lee Scruggs Thursday in connection with the 2018 death of his girlfriend in Trousdale County (Photo: TBI)

A Trousdale County Grand Jury has indicted a man accused of killing his girlfriend earlier this year. Authorities arrested 59-year-old Jimmy Lee Scruggs Thursday on one count of first-degree murder. The TBI reports 53-year-old Dwanna Mayfield was found dead at her residence on Sulpher College Road last year. An autopsy report from last month revealed Mayfiled died by strangulation. An ... Read More »

Man, Juvenile Injured During Wednesday I-40 Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports a 67-year-old man and an eight-year-old juvenile were injured following Wednesday's crash on I-40 in Putnam County (File Photo)

Authorities have identified at least two people injured in a Wednesday crash on I-40. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported Thursday 67-year-old James Tidwell, of Celina, and an eight-year-old juvenile were injured when the accident occurred in Putnam County. The crash report states Tidwell was driving eastbound near Buffalo Valley with the juvenile and 30-year-old Tiffany Ford as passengers. The report ... Read More »