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Baxter’s First-Ever Fire Truck Back As Historic Artifact

Baxter’s first-ever fire truck has been reclaimed by the Friends of the Baxter Museum for parades and community events. Friends of the Depot President Glenn Jones said the 1946 Ford fire engine was auctioned off to the town of Dunlap, Tennessee years ago. He said it recently appeared in an online auction and he jumped at the chance to bring ... Read More »

Putnam Fire Calling Fatal Baxter Fire An Accident

Putnam County Fire Chief Jeff Hicks said he believes a house fire that claimed the life of a 79-year-old Baxter resident was an accident. Hicks said firefighters entered the burning structure through a window and extracted Mildred Wade in just 14 minutes after receiving the initial page. He said he believes this was an accidental kitchen fire that spread and ... Read More »

Baxter Interviewing For New Police Chief Tuesday

Baxter officials will interview six candidates on Tuesday as it searches for a new Police Chief to replace Danny Holmes. Baxter Mayor John Martin said he hopes to make a selection following the interviews and announce the new hire on Thursday. He said the pool of applicants includes internal candidates and a few out-of-towners. He said the city has leaned ... Read More »

Baxter Passes Budgets, No Tax Increase

Baxter passed its budget on second reading Wednesday night. Baxter Mayor John Martin said employees are the highest priority in this year’s budget. He said all city employees would receive a raise of at least $1 per hour, with others receiving larger special increases. He said conservative spending will allow the city to avoid a property tax increase as well. ... Read More »

Baxter To Allow Food Trucks At Festivals And Events Only

Baxter Aldermen passed an ordinance Wednesday that limits food trucks to festivals and school events only and requires annual safety inspections from the city. Baxter Mayor John Martin said safety inspections will cost $50. Truck owners who fail to display a certificate of a passed inspection will be fined $50 daily. Martin said the board felt that this ordinance was ... Read More »

Baxter Officials: Hooters Sign A Joke

Baxter officials said the sign proclaiming the national restaurant chain Hooters coming to town is a joke. The sign on the Cumby Property across from the Dollar Store said “Hooters Coming 2025.” Mayor John Martin said he spoke to the property owner who said it would be coming down ASAP. Martin said he nor council members knew anything about the ... Read More »

Baxter Citizens Concerned About Wheeler Street Activities

Multiple Baxter residents concerned about the activities they are seeing from certain people on Wheeler Street. Multiple citizens said they have seen people from a specific house on the street acting as if they are on drugs throughout the day and night. Residents also said there was recently a stabbing in the area. Lifelong Resident Cathy Jones said the people ... Read More »

Public Hearing Brings Pro & Con To Baxter One-Way Decision

Baxter residents and business owners shared differing opinions for the plan to turn Broad Street into a one-way street during a public hearing on Thursday. Veterans Barber Shop Owner Jonathan Williams said the change would provide much-needed parking and make the street safer. Williams said the decision should be made based off of facts and data. “I know if you ... Read More »

Flash Flood Concern Remains, More Storms Til AM

Another round of tornado warnings Wednesday night produced scattered damage, but the biggest concern remains flooding heading into the latter part of the evening. A tornado warning issued for Dekalb, Smith and Putnam Counties around 6:45pm Wednesday night. Rotation concerns centered on Carthage. Aarons Branch Road in Jackson County reported impassable due to flooding. Trees down along McCoinsville Road. In ... Read More »

Baxter Looking At 3 Lighting Options

Baxter Planning Commission will consider three options to address lighting in town subdivisions going forward. The first option would be allowing the power company to install wooden poles. The second would be decorative poles from the power company at the contractor’s expense. The third option added Thursday night would be a private system installed by the contractor, where Baxter might ... Read More »