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Putnam EMA Director Tyler Smith Honored For Tornado Leadership

Putnam County EMA Director Tyler Smith has received the state’s highest honor for leadership to the response of the 2020 March tornado. EMA of Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency presented Smith the Bill Worth Award Tuesday at the Statewide emergency manager’s conference in Franklin. “It really shocked me,” Smith said. “We were here since Monday for our statewide ... Read More »

Putnam’s Hope Park Selected By Lowe’s For Funding Program

Putnam County’s new “Hope Park” has been chosen by Lowe’s as one of its “100 impact projects” getting funding. Lowe’s is providing funding to build a pavilion and bathrooms on the park site, located in the 2020 tornado zone. Mayor Randy Porter said the funds allow the park to be even better than it was first planned. The park is ... Read More »

Cumberland County SRO Recognized For Tornado Response

A quick response to protect the lives of students has garnered state recognition for one Cumberland County School Resource Officer. Pleasant Hill Elementary School SRO Anthony Justice has been awarded Tennessee School Resource Officer’s Association President’s Award for his response during the April 8 tornado. Justice said in that moment he knew to take control of the situation, even though ... Read More »

Putnam Co. To Rework Archive Building Specs Facing Construction Price Hike

Bids for Putnam County’s Archives and Veterans Building construction came in much higher than expected. County Mayor Randy Porter said construction costs have gone up since they originally placed out bids. “When the tornado destroyed the building last year, we started looking at estimates of what it would cost to replace it,” Porter said. “They were tremendously lower than what ... Read More »

State Relief For Property Tax On Hold As Numbers Come In

State reimbursement for Putnam County’s tornado-related tax short falls has been put on hold. Representative Ryan Williams said Governor Bill Lee’s office and FEMA have recommended to wait and see if excess revenue could fill the gap instead. “The costs associated with the tornadoes will be in by the end of this calendar year, which leaves a quarter left in ... Read More »

Researchers Seek Local Input About Tornado Preparedness and Aftermath

A group of three researchers is conducting surveys and interviews with middle Tennessee residents about tornado preparedness and aftermaths. The data will help the team gauge the community’s experience with tornadoes, and how it can be used to benefit them in the future. Anthropologist and University of Findlay Associate Professor Dr. Jaymeelee Kim said the work could help communities better ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Volunteers To Have Another Day Of Weather Cleanup

The Putnam County Volunteer Response Organization is having another Saturday of cleanups following last month’s tornado. Member Randy Adams said there’s enough debris to need more volunteers for a second round of clean up from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adams said volunteers can expect to do a lot of picking up and helping out the community. Adams asked that ... Read More »

Sparta Scheduling Weather Alert Coverage Evaluation For Third Siren

A coverage evaluation of weather sirens in Sparta will be conducted next month to gauge the need for a third. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said comments of alerts not being heard in a recent weather event caused the city to assess the situation. “There’s mixed information about how we got to two, and we don’t know for sure if we ... Read More »

Putnam Weekend Cleanup Planned For Those Affected By May Tornado

The Putnam County Volunteer Response Organization is asking for volunteers to help clean up after last week’s tornado. Member Randy Adams said they will be working two shifts on both Saturday and Sunday from 8:00-12:00 and 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Adams said volunteers can help fill the gap between cleanup professionals and homeowners struggling with the aftermath. “Makes things feel ... Read More »

Cookeville Power Running after Friday’s Tornado

The city of Cookeville’s electricity is back fully after Friday’s storms. Director of Cookeville Electric Department Carl Haney said while there were minimal issues, a majority of the damage came from large fallen trees. “A lot of it touched down around South Willow Avenue, there were some trees down there that we went out and looked at,” Haney said. “It ... Read More »