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Monterey Wastewater Project Remains Under Budget

The Monterey Wastewater Plant project is on time and remains under budget, even after several change orders. Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Duane Jarrett said the change orders covered minor adjustments like additional grading and fence repositioning. Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Tim Hedgecough said the changes also include lab supplies like beakers and microscopes not available at the existing plant. “It’s ... Read More »

Monterey High FFA Wins First State Proficiency Award

The Monterey High School FFA has won its first state proficiency award for turf grass management, thanks to student Greyson Key. Monterey Agriculture Teacher Tyler Vester said Key earned the award for his work as a groundskeeper at the Bear Trace Golf Course at Cumberland Mountain. Vester said the award has already has a positive impact on the school’s FFA ... Read More »

Monterey’s 3-Cent Property Tax Increase Workable

Monterey Alderman Bill Wiggins believes a three-cent property tax increase provides department heads with needed resources without imposing a dramatic impact on residents. Wiggins said Monterey’s property tax has been $1.36 for as long as he can remember. He believes three cents is a modest increase, especially compared to earlier versions of the budget that the board considered. “Oh my ... Read More »

Tech Engineering Students To Renovate Whitaker Park

Monterey Aldermen gave four Tennessee Tech students the green light to turn their Proposed Educational Energy Park school project into reality Monday night. The proposed Whitaker Park renovation would add dozens of features that produce renewable energy. Student Michael Miner said the project would likely take years to complete, but would not cost the town a cent. Miner said items ... Read More »

Monterey High Schools Greenhouse Grand Opening Draws Big Turnout

Monterey High School welcomed residents and elected officials to join the school in celebrating its greenhouse grand opening Wednesday morning. Agriculture Teacher Tyler Vester said the great turnout displayed the community’s resounding support for the new program. He said the greenhouse is already home to thriving ferns, flowers, and vegetables. Agriculture Teacher Aaron Walls said students have been keen on ... Read More »

UC Drug Take Back Events Saturday

The annual spring Drug Take Back program happens Saturday across the Upper Cumberland, giving residents the chance to dispose of prescription medications. More than 300 tons of medications were collected nationwide at last fall’s event. Organizers say the event gets medications off the street, cutting down on potential crimes. The collection also protects the environment by keeping the medications out ... Read More »

Amended Monterey Budget Includes 3-Cent Tax Increase

The town of Monterey’s amended budget includes a three-cent property tax increase, down from a 14-cent increase when a Wednesday work session began. Alderman Alex Garcia said the board went through the budget line-by-line and cut items when possible in order to whittle down the increase. He said the town has not had a property tax increase in well over ... Read More »

Monterey Country Music Festival Cancelled

A two-day country music festival announced last fall for Monterey has been cancelled. The White Pines Music Festival had been set for the final weekend of May. In a message on social media, event organizers said the two-day country music event had been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” “We regretfully announce that the White Pines Music Festival will no longer ... Read More »

Aldermen Approve Bids For Paving Near T-Ball Fields

Monterey Aldermen approved access upgrades to the community’s T-Ball Field. Aldermen accepted the low bid of some $93,000 to pave Callahan Road, Rose Avenue, and the street leading into the center. Mayor Mark Farley said the bid from Copeland DRP leaves the town some $70,000 in its budget for future road projects. He said he intends to have contractors add ... Read More »

Monterey Passes Budget With Questions Still To Answer

After a work session and meetings with department heads, Monterey Aldermen approved a first draft of a new fiscal-year budget Monday night that Aldermen admit will not work. Board Member Alex Garcia said the draft was approved so that the town could have a second reading in May, a third in June, and be approved by July 1. The board ... Read More »