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Algood To Consider Water And Sewer Tap Rate Increases

Algood City Council set to consider major increases for its water and sewer tap rates on second and final reading. This will change the rate for one-inch lines inside city limits from $1,400 to $2,475. City Administrator Keith Morrison said residential sewer taps are projected to double. “Our costs are just going up, so we’re just trying to cover our ... Read More »

Gov. Lee Launches $100M Violent Crime Intervention Fund

Governor Bill Lee has launched the $100 million Violent Crime Intervention Fund where local law enforcement can apply for grant funding. Tennessee Sheriff’s Association President Eddie Farris said the work has been some two years in the making. As the Putnam County Sheriff, Farris said they will likely put their funding towards more license plate readers. “Bad people come into ... Read More »

Dick Vitale To Speak At TTU’s College Of Business Fall Celebration

Legendary ESPN Analyst Dick Vitale will visit Cookeville as the speaker for Tennessee Tech’s College of Business Fall Celebration. The Fall Celebration is scheduled for October 27th at 6 p.m. with tickets currently priced at $75 for alumni and community members and $15 for students. Dean’s Office Director Cheryl Montgomery said the college uses the Fall Celebration as a way ... Read More »

Monterey Aldermen Create Events And Sports Authority

Monterey Board of Alderman has approved the creation of an events and sports authority. Alderman Bill Wiggins said the authority would act as a committee overseeing all Monterey-related events including Standing Stone Day, Bee Rock, and the parks and tee-ball fields. He said this has been in discussion for some time, and now is the time to move forward with ... Read More »

Algood Officials Mixed Bag On Marking All City Vehicles

An Algood ordinance that would require any city-owned vehicle to prominently display decals got a mixed reaction from city officials. During a Monday night city council work session, council members and Police Chief Dale Armour weighed the benefits of having unmarked police vehicles with prominently marked vehicles. Armour said there have been several instances recently where the unmarked vehicle proved ... Read More »

Monterey To Explore Hotel-Motel Tax To Boost Tourism Funding

The town of Monterey will start the process of exploring the creation of an occupancy tax. The tax funding comes from lodging and rentals in the area, or what some called “heads in beds.” Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary said the money generated from the tax has to go directly toward economic and community development. “With us trying to relaunch our ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board Will Continue Discussions For Cookeville Rep

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board will explore revisions of its bylaws to potentially change the board makeup if needed. This after Cookeville Mayor Laurin Wheaton expressed concern about overcommitting herself. Airport Manager Dean Selby said it’s important to have representatives from all four governmental entities on the board. “The mayors were appointed as a permanent seat so it would foster ... Read More »

Cookeville Seeking RFQs For Due Diligence Work At Lemon Farris Industrial Site

City of Cookeville soliciting requests for qualifications (RFQ) from professionals to move forward on the Lemon Farris industrial site. The site is located off Highway 111 near the I-40 interchange. Community Development Director Jon Ward said due diligence tests include geotechnical work and wetland determination. He said having due diligence services completed will be instrumental in attracting potential developers to ... Read More »

TTU Professor: Use Columbus Day As A Time Of Reflection

The second Monday of October marks the federal holiday Columbus Day, which arose from the desire to honor the explorer attributed with discovering the Americas in 1492. However, in recent years there has been more discourse about whether a person who committed atrocities like Columbus is worth celebrating. Tennessee Tech Adjunct History Professor Troy Smith said he uses the day ... Read More »