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Putnam Co. Commission Cuts Funding For Cookeville Senior Center

The Putnam County Commission voted to cut funding from the Cookeville Senior Center last night.

Commissioner Chris Savage made a motion to reduce the county’s contribution to the Cookeville Senior Center by $10,000. Cookeville Senior Center Executive Director Maxine Frasier called the reduction a significant hit to the county’s largest senior center.

“That puts us at less funding than we had when I came here five years ago and only once during the five years have we had any increase,” Frasier said. “I’ve been really petitioned and begged for an increase because our numbers are increasing so rapidly.”

Frasier said every year the center has increased approximately 300 members and currently the center has over 900 active members.

County Executive Randy Porter said the funding reduction brings the county’s contribution to the center to $39,000.