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Putnam Asst. 911 Director Could Move To Full Time EMA Under Proposed Budget

Putnam County EMA asking the county commission to approve current 911 Assistant Director Brandon Smith to go full-time with EMA. EMA Director Tyler Smith said that Brandon Smith currently splits his time between the 911 and EMA Departments. He said this change would streamline the process, and be a huge asset to the EMA department. “He’s developed relationships with the ... Read More »

Power Outages Thursday Morning After Wednesday Storms


Strong winds Wednesday night and a line of severe thunderstorms have produced power outages Thursday morning across the region. Upper Cumberland Electric reporting multiple outages in Putnam County as of 5am Thursday, including areas around Buffalo Valley Rd, Deberry Rd, Martin Creek Rd, Nashville Highway, and Shady Grove Rd. Among the specific neighborhoods mentioned by UCEMC include Albert Swift Lane, ... Read More »

Putnam 911 Making Changes To Emergency Alert System

Putnam County 911 making changes to its emergency alert system. Assistant Director Brandon Smith said that the previously free system began charging for services, they decided to streamline alerts into a program that utilizes a communications service the county already has. “What’s really cool about the Smart 911 and the Rave Alert system is that it’s automated,” Smith said. “As ... Read More »

COVID Positivity Rates Top 50 Percent In UC; State Cases Dropping

COVID positivity rates across the Upper Cumberland reached 50.8 percent for the final week of January. The CDC early in the COVID pandemic set 10 percent as a goal for the positivity rate. According to state data for the last week of January, Pickett County had a positivity rate over 75 percent. Statewide, COVID cases dropped 19 percent last week, ... Read More »

New Putnam K-8 School To Be Named Park View

The new Putnam County K-8 school formerly known as the Southwest School received its official new name: Park View. The Putnam County School Board approved the decision unanimously at its Thursday night meeting. Naming Committee Member Adam Pharris said that the committee received over 2,900 submissions from the community survey and 308 submissions from the current Park View Elementary students. ... Read More »

New State Rule Requires More Training To Receive Commercial Driver’s License

A new state requirement will have those seeking to get their Commercial Driver’s Licenses, such as school bus drivers, to undertake more training. Putnam Schools Transportation Supervisor Kim Bradford said that drivers can no longer go to a driver’s testing station and pick up a learner’s permit. She said that they now must be properly trained through certified personnel. “We’ll ... Read More »

Putnam Building Permits Sees Record-Breaking January

Putnam County broke another building permit record in January, the highest on record for a traditionally slow month. The month saw 28 permits that totaled $8.5 million, with 20 of those being new single-family residential homes. County Mayor Randy Porter said that last year set a January record, with 21 permits for $6.2 million. In total for the 2022 fiscal ... Read More »

Putnam Redistricting Recommends Change Allowing More School Districts

The Putnam County Redistricting Committee approved a recommendation Monday that would open the door for more school board members in the future. The proposed changes impacts the county’s Private Acts of 1993. The rules came to light during this year’s redistricting work. The act was setup with a specific number of school board members. Attorney Jeff Jones said the new ... Read More »

Coyote Sightings In Algood Not Unusual This Time Of Year

An increase in coyote sightings has been reported around Algood. TWRA Outreach and Communications Coordinator Mime Barnes said that the sightings are not unusual for this time of year. She said that this is the time of year when coyotes tend to be more active. “Not only is it mating season for coyotes, but this is also a time of ... Read More »

A Healthy New Year Can Be A Simple As Getting Steps In

Starting the year off on a healthy can be as simple as just getting in your steps. That’s according to Putnam YMCA Outreach Coordinator Jenny Thacker. She said that by making sure you move every hour, you can decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and premature death. “Small efforts can make a big impact,” Thacker said. “So it doesn’t ... Read More »