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Ben Rodgers Moving On From CTAS To State Position

Ben Rodgers will move on from his position as the Upper Cumberland’s CTAS County Government Consultant to become the Executive Director of the Tennessee County Officials Association. Rodgers said after some 20 years with CTAS, he never imagined he would leave, but he could not ignore the opportunity in front of him. He said his experience with CTAS and the ... Read More »

Putnam Sheriff Offering Classes For Retired Officers

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department will hold a firearm certification course for retired law enforcement at the Department’s training facility in Baxter. Sheriff Eddie Farris said 2004 legislation allows retired officers to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States by participating in annual training. He said the Department is proud to offer resources and opportunities like this one to ... Read More »

This Week: White County Will Vote On Landfill Negotiation

This week the White County Commission will discuss allowing County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson to handle negotiations for the sale of the county landfill. The solid waste committees last week heard presentations from two potential companies seeking to manage the landfill and Waste Management received a higher score than its competitor. The negotiations will include how solid waste is disposed ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Accept Jeff Hicks As New Fire Chief

Putnam County Commissioners ratified Mayor Randy Porter’s appointment of Jeff Hicks as new Putnam County Fire Chief Monday night. Current Chief Tom Brown is retiring after serving Putnam County 31 years, seven of those as Fire chief. Hicks said Brown has been a great leader and a great friend, and he plans to work just as hard as he watched ... Read More »

Families Of First Responders Who Die In Duty Can Retain Health Insurance

Putnam County will provide families of First Responders who die while on duty the chance to remain on the county’s health insurance for up to two years. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said this idea began as a law enforcement bill in the state legislature. Farris said in 2021, the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association partnered with other emergency services, and the ... Read More »

Calfkiller Water Project Approved To Expand Water To Eastern Putnam

Putnam County Commissioners gave final approval to the Calfkiller Water Project with bids coming in just slightly above the expected numbers. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said he was happy with the three bids that came in for the project, between $4 million and $4.4 million. The project will bring water to areas of eastern Putnam County between Monterey and ... Read More »

Putnam School Bus Garage Project Stalls As Bids Come In Over Budget

Putnam County Commissioners voted Monday night to put the county’s new School bus Garage and County Transportation Facility on hold. Bids came in almost three times higher than expected. Only two bidders brought proposals to the county with the low bid at $15.7 million. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said the project budget stood at around $5 million. “I think ... Read More »

Animal Shelter Staff To Become Full-Fledged City Employees Through Vote

The final step in officially making animal shelter workers Cookeville city employees could come Thursday if Cookeville City Council votes to approve a new agreement. The city and Putnam County have jointly operated the shelter since 2000 with employees stuck in the middle of city and county systems for payroll and benefits. Now, the two sides have created a formal ... Read More »

Putnam Commission Chambers Upgrade Audio Equipment And Setup Future Growth

The Putnam County Commission Chamber getting an upgrade to its audio system, though it has not always been easy. County IT Director Jeff Rami said the installation gave them plenty of problems to solve. The tall ceiling at the County Courthouse meant scaffolding had to be erected to run cables. “The ceiling is very tight up there,” Rami said. “There ... Read More »