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Putnam Budget Committee Helps Schools Cover Deficit

The Putnam County Budget Committee will help fill a $1.7 million deficit in the school budget by recommending the county commission cover school bus expenditures. The committee approved the some $820,000 expenditure to be paid through its capital projects fund Thursday. Director of Schools Corby King said the school system should be able to cover the some $900,000 that remains. ... Read More »

Livingston Vol State Ribbon Cutting Held Thursday

Volunteer State Community College held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for the new laboratory renovations on the Livingston Regional Hospital campus. Dean of Nursing Cassie Koester said the lab has been completely renovated to better meet the needs of the growing nursing program. “The previous lab that was here was an old doctor’s office, so it was hard for the instructor to ... Read More »

Van Buren Expenditures On Track To Be Removed From Comptroller’s Supervision

The State Comptroller’s Office confirms that Van Buren County’s financial condition has significantly improved. Several Van Buren leaders addressed public concern on the county’s financial state this week. Director of Communications John Dunn said the county has grown from a negative fund balance in 2019 to some $1.6 million. “In Van Buren County there had been an issue of overspending,” ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Decides On County Employee Raises

After considering two proposals, the Putnam County Budget Committee voted Thursday recommending a plan that increases emergency service worker salaries by $5,000. All other county employees will receive a $3,000 salary increase. Committee Chair Ben Rodgers said he would like to give more, but it’s all the county can afford considering other requests. “I feel like this commission has done ... Read More »

TTU Will Not Increase Tuition For Upcoming School Year

Tennessee Tech tuition and fees will not increase for the 2022-2023 school year. Board of Trustees Chair Trudy Harper said funding in the state’s budget allowed the decision. “A zero tuition increase helps students and families keep their budgets in check,” Harper said. “At the same time, the state understood the funding required to maintain and improve Tech’s ability to ... Read More »

UC Realty Market Most Affected By Lack Of Inventory

Upper Cumberland realtors say the biggest thing affecting the housing market right now is a lack of inventory. Realtor Darren Wilson said that the influx of people moving to Cookeville and almost 300 homes destroyed by the 2020 tornado have contributed to the issue. “And so the builders are having a hard time not only getting caught up with the ... Read More »

Cookeville FD Will Not Issue Burn Permits Until Weather Conditions Improve

Cookeville Fire Department will not issue burn permits for the city until weather conditions improve. Chief Benton Young said that the department considers weather, hot temperatures, and wind speeds when it comes to issuing burn permits. “We’ve not had any rain for at least a couple of weeks and the combination of the high temps and low humidity really makes ... Read More »

Cookeville’s CityScape Designated As Main Street America Accredited Program

Cookeville’s CityScape has been designated as a Main Street America™ Accredited program. Each year, Main Street America and its partners recognize their exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization. In 2021, CityScape reported some $1.3 million reinvested into Cookeville’s historic commercial districts through 17 building rehabilitation projects, six public improvement projects, and one new building construction. “Downtown Cookeville ... Read More »

TTU Board Of Trustees Approve New Contract For Oldham

Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham has received a new six-year contract. The Board of Trustees approved the contract Thursday afternoon. It replaces the current contract and takes Oldham’s employment through 2028. Trustee Tom Jones said it is a big step forward for the university. “This is not something that I would have entered into or proposed six, eight or even ... Read More »

TDOT Temporarily Closing Portion Of S.R. 30 In Van Buren Thursday

A portion of State Route 30 in Van Buren County will be closed Thursday morning. The closure will happen from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from the Cane Creek Road junction to Mooneyham Road junction. TDOT will be placing a overflow drain pipe as a part of a slide remediation project. There will be no vehicles that can get through ... Read More »