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Robinson: Annual Railroad Funding Needed From State

No railroad funding in the new state budget a concern to White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. Robinson chairs the Tri-County Railroad Authority. He said funding for railroad maintenance has become hard to come by. Robinson said Governor Bill Lee gave $85 million for railroads in 2019, but that funding is set to run out next year. “With it not ... Read More »

Putnam Communities See Possibilities Of Train Tourism Returning

News that future improvements to Putnam County railways are possible, could revitalize train tourism. TDOT agreed on Friday to pay off an $8.5 million dollar loan taken out on the railroad. Friends of The Baxter Depot’s Jeanie Lee said funding being available to increase speeds and safety could be huge to future tourism. “It was such a good thing when ... Read More »

State Paying Off $8.5 Million Railroad Loan For Putnam

An $8.5 million loan to keep railroad tracks in place and usable in Putnam County will be paid off by TDOT. Mayor Randy Porter said the decision came Friday. Putnam, Smith and Wilson Counties took out the loan several years ago. Porter said when diesel taxation methods changed, the railroads brought lawsuits against the state. Porter said during this time, ... Read More »