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Putnam Committee Recommends New Budget Draft After Several Cuts

The Putnam County Budget Committee cut about $695,000 of departmental requests Monday in order to better balance its new fiscal year budget. The cuts included eight requested positions, four from EMS, three firefighters, and one mechanic. Some $200,000 worth of EMS equipment and a sheriff’s vehicle were also cut. The plan still includes money from the county’s savings to cover ... Read More »

Additional Money For Dirt Work At Tennessee Ave Fairgrounds Approved

The Putnam County Commission voted Monday to allow Mayor Randy Porter to move forward with dirt work at the Tennessee Avenue fairgrounds site. Commissioners gave Porter a $6.5 million limit to proceed with the lowest bidder, an additional $4 million from the original allocation. Porter said bids for the project came in several million dollars more than anticipated. “We were ... Read More »

This Week Overton Considers Budget, Putnam Hears ARP Report

This week in the Upper Cumberland the Overton County Commission will vote on its new fiscal year budget Monday. Before the commission meeting begins, a 4:00 p.m. budget committee meeting will take place. Following that, residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the budget at 4:30 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., business will begin with consideration of the county’s ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Decides On County Employee Raises

After considering two proposals, the Putnam County Budget Committee voted Thursday recommending a plan that increases emergency service worker salaries by $5,000. All other county employees will receive a $3,000 salary increase. Committee Chair Ben Rodgers said he would like to give more, but it’s all the county can afford considering other requests. “I feel like this commission has done ... Read More »

Putnam Election Commission To Purchase New Voting Machines

The Putnam County Election Commission has started the process to implement new voting machines in the coming years. Commission Chair Phil Adams said the state has mandated a paper trail for voters. Adams said the new machines would print out what you voted before submitting. “Some people are a little hesitant with technology,” Adams said. “Some people push a button, ... Read More »

Putnam Sheriff Eddie Farris Joins State Officials For Truth In Sentencing Bill Honorary Signing

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris joined state officials Thursday for the honorary signing of the Truth in Sentencing Bill. Farris said that the bill strengthens sentencing for violent crime offenders. He said that though the bill was signed into legislature this April, this honorary signing shows support from other state officials and law enforcement officials. “Really what this bill is ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Chair Introduces New Proposal

Putnam County Budget Committee Chair Ben Rodgers asked members to consider a new proposal Monday that includes employee raises but also cuts new employee positions. Rodgers shared a $4 million plan. A reoccurring $2 million dollars from sales tax revenue that would increase emergency service salaries by $5,000 and $3,000 for all other employees. “Here’s the thing,” Rodgers said. “For this ... Read More »

New Patton House, Veterans Service Building About Half Way Completed

The new Patton House Doll Museum and Veterans facility has reached about 50 percent completion. Mayor Randy Porter said the project has got in the dry, meaning the walls are framed and the roof trust is set. “There getting ready to put the shingles on the roof, and then, they start on the wiring and plumbing and interior sheet rock ... Read More »

Putnam Budget Committee Reviews Penny Rate And Revenue Estimates

Putnam County Penny Rate values projected to increase property tax revenues for the county and the school system of some $800,000 each. The rate is the amount of money generated by a penny on a county’s property tax rate. Mayor Randy Porter told the Budget Committee Thursday night that the county property assessor projects about $220,000. “From prior years, we ... Read More »

Court To Reconvene Monday For Putnam Commissioner Hearing

The United States District Court of Middle Tennessee has taken the case of Putnam County Commissioner Jimmy Neal under advisement. A preliminary hearing occurred Thursday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern. The court will reconvene Monday at 2:00 p.m. to continue the hearing. Neal was charged and arrested last month by federal agents for the possession, receipt and ... Read More »