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Van Buren Commission Approves Sheriffs Department Grant

Van Buren County Commissioners approved several grants for the Sheriff’s Department at its special called meeting Tuesday night. The grants included the state Health Department’s ELC confinement grant, a training equipment grant, and a technology grant. Sheriff Michael Brock said the confinement grant is the largest at more than $479,000 and a zero percent match. He said the funding must ... Read More »

Collins Says City Is Feeling Effects Of Nationwide Police Shortage

Celina Mayor Luke Collins said he did not instruct police officers to go home while Chief Terry Scott recovers from medical leave. Collins said the city has been dealing with a nationwide police shortage and as of Tuesday, did not have officers working in the city’s department. He said the County Sheriff’s Office has been aiding the city with law ... Read More »

Livingston Requesting Response To Water Pipe Questionnaire

City of Livingston seeking community input on a water pipe questionnaire. Mayor Curtis Hayes said the Environmental Protection Agency recently developed new rules for the control of lead and copper in potable water. He said as a result, the Livingston Water System is required to complete a Lead Service Line Inventory. He said the first question asks if the building ... Read More »

Monterey Working To Address Bee Rock Graffiti

Town of Monterey working to address graffiti issues at Bee Rock. Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary said multiple recent incidents have caused damage at the park. Cleary said the town has had instances of graffiti before at Bee Rock, but that this is more widespread. “We have thousands of visitors to Bee Rock each year, a majority of ... Read More »

Creating A Budget Key To Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping ramping up, but how do you decide on those final purchases that may be out of your range. White County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Mallory Christian said the best thing to do is to create a list of items you need before shopping. Christian said then budget accordingly so you know what items you can afford. “It’s ... Read More »

Putnam County Man Charged With Murder Of Toddler

A Putnam County man arrested in Chattanooga Tuesday for felony murder and aggravated child abuse after a May incident. 28-year-old Justin Dixon was caring for two-year-old Atlas Copeland when deputies responded to the Copeland residence. The child was found unconscious, transported to Vanderbilt Hospital and died the next morning due to blunt force trauma. Dixon was the boyfriend of the ... Read More »

Baxter Home Suffers Significant Damage In Fire

A single family home in Baxter suffered significant fire damage Tuesday morning after an apparent stove fire. Fire Chief Tom Brown said crews responded to Old Mill Road with heavy smoke coming from the home. “We made entry and extinguished the fire in the kitchen,” Brown said. “We realized the fire expanded and had a well involved fire in the ... Read More »

Putnam County Preparing Designs To Bid Out Maintenance and Bus Garage Next Year

Designs ready for Putnam County’s county road and maintenance facility and school bus garage to be located on Tennessee Avenue. Mayor Randy Porter said the facility will be large enough to place all county vehicle maintenance under one roof. “Our architects and engineers have been working on this for several months now,” Porter said. “Getting real close on getting bid ... Read More »

Gainesboro Receives Grant Funding To Construct New Sidewalk

A new sidewalk and crosswalks coming to Gainesboro that will improve the connectivity of downtown. The town awarded a $613,000 state grant to construct walkways from the State Route 53 intersection to South Murray Street. Dale Hollow RPO Coordinator Mark Dudney said the town’s work on planning grants lead to this implementation money. “What those did was to have consultants ... Read More »

Fentress Approves Speed Limit For Black House Mountain Road

Fentress County Commissioners approved a speed limit for Black House Mountain Road. That after much discussion about safety issues when it comes to offroad vehicles on the road. County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the road will now have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour. “And hopefully people will respect that and people will slow down and ride their ... Read More »