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Putnam Hosts Dedication Of Hope Park For Tornado Survivors

Putnam County dedicated the completion of Hope Park Sunday to the neighborhood and donors that made the project possible. Mayor Randy Porter said the park brings peace to a community that experienced great loss from the March tornado two years ago. “In talking with you with the survivors in the surrounding neighborhoods, the one thing that soon became apparent was ... Read More »

Putnam And Cookeville Community Donate Some $240K To December Tornado Victims

Putnam County and Cookeville residents and businesses donated some $240,000 to help families in west Tennessee and southern Kentucky impacted by the December tornadoes. Mayors Ricky Shelton and Randy Porter made the announcement Thursday on the second anniversary of the Cookeville tornado. The mayors held a Zoom meeting with the mayors of Dresden and Kenton, Tennessee and Graves County, Kentucky. ... Read More »

NWS: F-1 Tornado Caused Damage In Hermitage Springs

National Weather Service Meteorologists found a F-1 tornado touched down in Clay County Saturday morning. During a Monday assessment, meteorologists found the tornado stayed on the ground nearly six miles with a width of 75 yards. The storm uprooted trees in Hermitage Springs just south of Highway 52. It then crossed the highway destroying four agricultural buildings. The storm moved ... Read More »

Clay County Hardest Hit Early Saturday By Storms

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The Hermitage Springs community of Clay County suffered tree damage from what the National Weather Service called a likely tornado early Saturday morning. The Weather Service reports a large tornado debris signature on radar just after 4am Saturday morning. The signature shows building materials and trees on radar. “At this time, we ask that people, please stay off the roadways ... Read More »

Cumberland County Confirms EF-1 Tornado, First Ever In October

National Weather Service and Cumberland County EMA damage assessments show an EF-1 tornado touched down Wednesday night, just north of Crossville. It reportedly touched down just before 6:00 PM with max winds of 90 miles per hour. The path length was roughly 1 mile and path width was 50 yards. This would be the first tornado to ever touch down ... Read More »

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 »