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Putnam To Distribute Free Weather Radios Saturday

Putnam County will distribute free weather radios Saturday as the community remembers the 2020 tornado. County Mayor Randy Porter said pre-programmed weather radios will be distributed Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. “They sit on your nightstand or somewhere in your bedroom at night,” Porter said. “They wake you up when you’re asleep. And we found out that ... Read More »

Developers Can Get Extension For Possible VA Clinic

Developers moving forward in the process to build a Cookeville VA Clinic can request an option extension after a Tuesday night County Commission vote. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said the Veterans Administration has notified the parties that it plans to make an announcement on the clinic during first quarter 2025. It is unclear whether that means fiscal year or ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony For Wing Renovations

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Cookeville Regional held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for an expansion project that will bring 40 additional beds. The 4 West/5 West project is further along than what a groundbreaking would suggest. Rooms are framed and drywall is up in some places, though some wiring and pipes are still exposed. Chief Executive Officer Buffy Key said the medical center has to ... Read More »

UC Airport Board Updates Agreement Between Local Counties And Cities

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board will take an updated inter-local agreement to the four owners of the airport for approval. The agreement between Cookeville, Sparta, Putnam County and White County governments allocating the airport responsibilities had not been updated since the 1990s. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter chairs the board. He said T-DOT kick started the need to upgrade ... Read More »

UT Ag Vice President Said We Need To Renew Focus On Farming

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The Senior Vice President for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture told local residents Tuesday agriculture is more than a rural thing. Keith Carver spoke as part of Farm City Week, hosted by the Cookeville Rotary Club and Putnam County UT Extension Service. Carver said there is an important relationship between agriculture, the suburbs and the inner city. “We’ve ... Read More »

Putnam Awarded FEMA Grant For Emergency Weather Radios

FEMA has awarded Putnam County a grant to allow for the purchase of some 2,500 weather radios. County Mayor Randy Porter said he will likely organize an event similar to the Emergency Preparedness event held back in September to give the radios away on a first come, first serve basis. “Getting the message out to our citizens is top priority ... Read More »

New Putnam County Building Permits Up Nearly $4M In October

New building permits increased some 70 percent in Putnam County during October compared with the same month a year ago. Some $9.4 million in permits were issued in the county last month, excluding the four municipalities. 25 of the 47 permits were new single-family residential housing. County Mayor Randy Porter said the county still has a chance to beat the ... Read More »

State Tourism Grant Money Help Fund Work At Putnam Fairgrounds

A $100,000 state tourism grant will help Putnam County with the construction of the new Fairgrounds off Tennessee Avenue. County Mayor Randy Porter said the money will be used for lighting and electricity in the arena area. He said the grant will pay roughly one-third of the $300,000 project. “We think this event center and new fairgrounds, all that is ... Read More »

Developer Extends Putnam Fairground Property Option Until May

Putnam County extended the option on the 41.4-acre Fairgrounds with developer E2L through May 6. The $20,000 option gives E2L the opportunity to continue negotiations with potential tenants of the site off South Jefferson Avenue. County Mayor Randy Porter said the extension date was chosen to line up with an expected decision on a VA Clinic which could be built ... Read More »

Portobello America Celebrates Grand Opening In Baxter Tuesday

Portobello America hosted an opening ceremony Tuesday, celebrating the company’s history and its new partnership with Tennessee, Putnam County and Baxter. “It’s a great moment for us,” Portobello CEO Cezar Gomez Jr. said. “I would like to thank you very much. Without this partnership with the state and the community this wouldn’t be possible. This is for us a dream ... Read More »