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South Jefferson Widening Running Months Behind

Cookeville’s South Jefferson Avenue widening project stands at least one-year behind the original timeline set for the project. The project was originally scheduled for completion in September, 2024. T-DOT Regional Communications Officer Rae Anne Bradley said the contractor had requested a 146-day extension back in 2022. Now, the work is some eight months behind that completion date. “Some current work ... Read More »

Algood Upgrading Utility Payment Service

Algood City Council will vote to transition to a new billing software to make online utility payments more informative for customers. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the new company will more directly interact with the city’s existing account management software. He said online customer fees will go from 2.75 percent to 2.5 percent. He said customers will be able to ... Read More »

Big Picture Planning Key For Baxter’s Development Demands

Water and sewer are the main concerns when it comes to Baxter’s rapid growth affecting utilities. City Engineer Tom Bennett said that’s why he asked the Baxter Planning Commission to better define the process of approving subdivision developments. He said that first phase of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant project will help meet some of the development demands “Really the ... Read More »

Helping Hands of Putnam Co. Will Return to In-Person Services

Helping Hands of Putnam County is officially seeing in-person clients again. The group helps individuals in need by providing food, utilities assistance and rent assistance among others. Director Debbie Handlson said they hope the decision will allow the group to expand the work they do for the community. “You know they say ‘We need food, or I need help with ... Read More »

Baxter Crossroads Subdivision Nearing Start Of Home Construction

Baxter residents can expect to see some new homes erected at the Crossroads Subdivision within the next month. City Building Inspector Bob Lane said water and sewer for the some 86 house subdivision nears completion, so paving should begin sometime this week. “They’re going to build a model house first,” Lane said. “I talked to the developers and builder. They ... Read More »

Portobello America Aiming For August Ground Breaking In Baxter

A date has been set for Portobello America to break ground in Baxter. Mayor John Martin said after a meeting last week with architects, the tile and ceramics manufacturer has indicated construction will begin in August. “We’re very excited about that,” Martin said. “It’s been something we’ve waited on for a couple of years, but we understand why the problem ... Read More »

Jefferson Avenue Widening Construction Expected In Early, Mid-2022

Dirt will not start moving on the Jefferson Avenue widening project until 2022. T-DOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said the department is still in the property acquisition phase and bids are expected to open in late-summer or fall. Flynn said that once a contract is awarded, utilities must be relocated. That could take six months. “It just depends on how many ... Read More »

Cookeville Water Looks to Expand with Record Expenditures

The City of Cookeville Water is projecting a record of $16.17 million in capital expenditures during the new fiscal year. The largest item in the proposed budget is the $4.32 million expansion of the Cookeville Water Plant. Director Ronnie Kelly said that with plans almost complete, he hopes to get the projected funded and started soon. “We’re adding 7.5 million ... Read More »

Sparta Sees High-Wind Damage From Tuesday Storm, Residents Without Power

Sparta took some significant wind damage during Tuesday’s storms. Public Works Director Dillard Quick said that several trees fell, taking down power lines and blocking roads. Quick said that some electric customers have had to go without power into Wednesday. “North side of town, the Rainbow Subdivision there’s north and east Edgewood, there were several trees down, several people without ... Read More »

Electric Providers Urge Residents To Call Before Tree Trimming

In the wake of February’s ice storm, many have asked who is responsible for trees in the right of way? Cookeville Right of Way Superintendent Jeff Fitzpatrick said the city is responsible for its 572 miles of overhead lines. However, Fitzpatrick said if any resident is still wondering who needs to do the trimming they should contact the city. “If ... Read More »