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Algood Awaits Information For Park Grant

The City of Algood needs further direction to move forward with the park master plan development. Keith Morrison is the City Administrator. “The park grant, we are waiting for further direction. Tennessee Department of Health is in charge of that grant and asked for additional paperwork from us, which we have submitted,” Morrison said. “I did hear from UCDD today and ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Remains a Concern for the Upper Cumberland

Domestic violence remains a concern for Upper Cumberland residents. That according to the Executive Director of the Avalon Center, Rachel Bruning. TBI released the 2017 Annual Domestic Violence Report yesterday. The report said Tennessee saw a 1.8 percent decrease in reported domestic violence cases. “I would say consistently, the clients we have seen over the year has stayed steady or ... Read More »

Man, 57, Killed In Tuesday Apartment Fire

The victim of a Tuesday afternoon apartment fire in Putnam County has passed away. The 57-year-old man pronounced dead at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, according to a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office press release. According to officials with the Putnam County Fire Department, the fire broke out at Sun Valley Apartments on Benton Young Road. Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Golberger said ... Read More »

Plans Progressing For Mountain Bike Trail At Edgar Evins State Park

Officials at Edgar Evins State Park continue to make progress on plans to construct a mountain bike trail. The park has decided to construct a trail that can be used for all skill levels. Park Manager Kenny Gragg said construction likely won’t occur until later this year or early next year. “As far as cutting trail, I don’t expect that ... Read More »

Baxter Council Passes Budget, Gives Pay Raises

Baxter City Council passed the 2018-19 fiscal year budget during Tuesday’s meeting. Under the new budget, city employees will receive a raise as part of the new fiscal year. Baxter Police Chief Danny Holmes said his department is thankful for the work done by City Council. “We know how hard it is for you all to make decisions,” Holmes said. ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Budget Committee Proposes Raise For All County Employees

The Putnam County Budget Committee voted Tuesday night to give all county employees a raise. Under the committee’s proposal, law enforcement and public safety employees would receive a $2,000 raise. All other department employees would receive an $1,800 raise. According to committee chairman Ben Rodger, the raises would be paid for with funding out of the penny rate growth and ... Read More »

Baxter’s Titan Project Inches Closer to Reality

Baxter’s highly-anticipated Titan Project will begin soon, according to Mayor John Martin. Martin said the Tennessee Department of Transportation approved the project area entrance last week. The only thing missing now is a waterline, which will be installed in the near future. Martin said During Tuesday’s Baxter City Council meeting the project will be important to the city once completed. ... Read More »

Algood Passes Final Reading of New Budget

The Algood City Council passed the second and final reading of the new budget today. Mayor Kirk Dyer said the budget contains a minimal increase for expenditures. “Just some quick numbers. This is involving our purposed 2018, 2019 budget. We are projecting our revenues to be at 3,351, 420 dollars,” Dyer said. “Of course, that is our total projected revenue. Our ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Delay Rolling Reader Program

The Putnam County School System delayed its Rolling Reader mobile library until the fall. PreK-5 Curriculum Supervisor Jill Ramsey said scheduling conflicts and delays in funding pushed back the project until the next academic year. “It’s just taken a little more time than what we anticipated,” Ramsey said. “We really wanted the bus to be on the road this summer ... Read More »

Sheriff Farris Hoping To Hire 11 Additional SROs

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris wants to hire 11 additional school resource officers to give coverage to all 19 county schools. Farris said the cost to hire the officers would approach $1 million and likely require a property tax increase. “You can’t put a price tag on the lives of our students, teachers, and administrators. They are our future,” Farris ... Read More »