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New Council To Oversee Monterey Events In The Works

The idea of a new Monterey council that would oversee events and sports has been introduced. Mayor Nathan Walker said the concept resulted from a Monday night work session. Walker said the goal would be to bring all the community events and civic organizations together. “Of course, this was just the beginning stage of trying to put something like that ... Read More »

Mills: Goal For New Budget To Step Up Employee Salaries

Stepping up for city employees. That’s the goal Cookeville City Manager James Mills outlined for city council members as they wrapped up a two-day budget work session Tuesday. Under the proposed $36.8 million budget, employees would receive about a $4,600 raise. Mills said city employees deserve the increase. “This council has been very good to our employees over the last ... Read More »

LA Students Make Bird feeders For Overton Health And Rehab

As a year-end project, some Livingston Academy agriculture students handmade and installed bird feeders for Overton County Health and Rehab residents. Director of Schools Donnie Holman said he worked with Center Director Jennifer Bouldin to plan out the day. “It was just such an uplifting day,” Holman said. “We met with a lot of the residents and their smiling faces. ... Read More »

Rodgers: Decisions On Putnam Budget Requests To Be Made Next Month

After hearing presentations from the final county departments, Putnam County Budget Committee Chair Ben Rodgers had a message for committee members. Rodgers said with the requests the county has, it will require additional funding. “So, we need to start deciding June 9th where we go from there based on the funding we know that we’re going to have and work ... Read More »

Jackson Schools Exploring Potential For Vocational School

Jackson County School System is exploring the potential to create a vocational school in the county. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said that with funding passed in Governor Bill Lee’s budget, they want to try and expand CTE options in the county. “What we found is that any classes that can be offered on the Jackson County campus, are more ... Read More »

Cookeville FD On Scene At North Dixie Apartment Fire Tuesday Morning

Cookeville Fire Department was on the scene for an hour Tuesday morning at approximately 4:22 a.m. to address a crawl space fire at a North Dixie Avenue apartment complex. Acting Captain Paul Parrish said that it appeared to be a bag of garbage or clothes that had caught part of the subflooring of apartment number six on fire. He said ... Read More »

Further Work Needed On Portion Of Tennessee Avenue, $400K Cost

Cookeville City Council will consider a $250,000 payment to help pay for road improvements on Tennessee Avenue. Some 900 feet of roadway will be brought up to industrial road standards to handle truck traffic from the new Fed Ex and Garrett Brothers Concrete Company facilities in the area. City Manager James Mills said recent work discovered that some three feet ... Read More »

Overton School Budget Moves To County Committee For Approval

The Overton County School Board approved a some $26 million dollar budget Monday that includes raises, support staff insurance and two new nurse positions. School Board Chair Mike Hayes said the spending plan will go to the Overton County Education Committee for approval Tuesday. “Last year, started at 25.1. This year we’re at 26.5,” Hayes said. “So, we’re 1.4 million ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Support US Constitution In Resolution

Putnam County Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the US Constitution Monday night. Commissioner Jordan Iwanyszyn proposed a resolution during the April meeting that would support the second amendment right to bear arms. Several commissioners expressed concern about picking out one constitutional amendment to support. County Attorney Jeff Jones worked on the resolution, taking commissioner concerns into account. The resolution specifically ... Read More »

Jackson Director Of Schools Receives High Marks, Contract Extension

Jackson County Director of Schools Kristy Brown received high marks on this year’s director evaluations, scoring a 4.9 out of 5. Board Chair Mark Brown said that Kristy Brown is a blessing to the school system, and the county itself. “I think we have a highly skilled and highly trained director of schools here that applies and does a lot ... Read More »