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Pickett BOE Approves Proposed Budget For Commission To Consider

The Pickett County Board of Education will send a proposed budget to the county commission to consider that includes raises for employees. Director of Schools Diane Elder said the next fiscal year budget includes a $2,000 raise for teachers and a three percent raise for non-licensed staff. “We feel like the teachers that have stuck with us deserve as much ... Read More »

Sparta Aldermen Approve Budget On First Reading

The Sparta Board of Aldermen approved the city’s new fiscal year budget Thursday night. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the city will allow up to a month period of public comment on the spending before final approval. Hennessee said a public hearing will also be scheduled. Hennessee said the budget will be voted on its final reading in June. The ... Read More »

Hotel Company Verbally Committed To Build In Baxter

A hotel company has expressed interest in constructing a new hotel in Baxter on Olan Maxwell Road. Cookeville Developer Donny Meadows shared plans of a two-phased residential development to the Baxter Planning Commission Thursday. The company has verbally agreed to build on the site. “I think it’s a great project,” Mayor John Martin said. “Like Donnie said, we’ve got a ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Discuss Future Costs Of Jail Expansion

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said 30 to 34 new jail employees will be required to open the new jail addition. At Monday night’s county budget committee meeting, Farris said members should also anticipate about a 25 percent increase to each line item pertaining to the jail. “I was hoping that in this budget I could ask for some of ... Read More »

20 New Employees, Higher Fuel Costs Part Of Putnam’s New Budget

Twenty new employees, double the budgeted fuel money, increased benefits’ costs and employee raises highlight Putnam County’s proposed budget shared with budget committee members Thursday night. Those items make up $2.7 million of the some $4.2 million of increases in the county’s $47 million general fund. Mayor Randy Porter said the county must be ready for increased costs. “Some difficult ... Read More »

Sparta Kicks Off Budget Season With First Work Session

Sparta will have its first budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year Monday night. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said city officials will review the expected operating budget and its ARP money which has yet to be earmarked. “My recommendation will be that it is spent on facility upgrades,” Hennessee said. “Our department heads have identified what we would anticipate over ... Read More »

This Week Putnam And Sparta Work On New Budget

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Sparta Board of Aldermen will host its first budget meeting Monday. City Administrator Brad Hennessee will present department head requests and a preliminary spending plan to the board. The city will also work on a plan to spend its ARP money. The Cookeville Planning Commission will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. Cookeville Regional ... Read More »

Van Buren BOE Reviews State And Federal Budget

In an effort to fully include Van Buren County school board members with state and federal grants, Director of Schools Cheryl Cole compared this year’s numbers to next year. Wednesday’s school board meeting was spent reviewing federal COVID money, salaries and instruction grants. Cole said the district’s auditor recommended the discussion for transparency purposes. After review, the school board approved ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board Approves FY Budget

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Manager Dean Selby asked the four government entities affiliated with the airport to consider increasing their contributions. Those four entities are Putnam County, Cookeville, White County, and Sparta. The request to increase from $28,000 to $35,00 each came as part of budget approval at Tuesday’s airport board meeting. “I feel like, and based on TDOT’s (study), ... Read More »

Monterey Police Chief Says License Cameras Will Help Keep Town Safe

Monterey Police Chief Bill Randolph said he requested the purchase of license plate cameras to identify stolen or wanted vehicles. Randolph said the cameras are connected to databases. They alert an officer’s phone when reported tags enter the town. “We’ve recovered several of them over the last few years without any car readers just by traffic stops are somebody calling ... Read More »