Progress Being Made On Cummins Falls Warning System

Tennessee state park officials have made progress on implementing a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park. State Representative Ryan Williams said state officials are working to find ways to collect information that can be shared during flash flood events. “There are additional systems that have been installed and they are in place. TDEC and …

Fred’s Pharmacy Closing in Livingston, Monterey

National pharmacy chain Fred’s will close its remaining Upper Cumberland locations in the near future. The company announced Friday it would close another 129 stores, including its Livingston and Monterey locations. Monterey’s Fred’s had only been open just over a year after the company constructed a brand-new building along East Stratton Avenue. Fred’s will have …

Retail Strategies Helping Cookeville Find Kmart, Ruby Tuesday Buyers

Consulting firm Retail Strategies is assisting the City of Cookeville in filling retail vacancies. City Economic Development Coordinator Melinda Keifer said the company is currently helping find buyers for two retail sites. “We’ve been notified there is a buyer supposedly for the Kmart shopping center area, we don’t know anything about it. Also, that there …

Pickett Co. Commission Passes 74-Cent Property Tax Increase

Pickett County commissioners voted Monday evening to pass a 74-cent property tax increase. County resident Tony Milstead said the county had few options after studying the 2019-2020 budget proposal. “[I’d] probably go back 15 years when we were spending more money than we were needing to, “Milstead said. “I feel very offended that our [Sheriff’s …

Baxter, Portobello Sign PILOT Agreement, Await Land Purchase

Baxter and Portobello officials signed a PILOT agreement during the Cookeville Industrial Development Board meeting Thursday. Baxter Mayor John Martin said the next step is for Portobello finish purchasing property for its new American headquarters. “They were waiting for closing on it, and I told them they need to get the closing as soon as …

Baxter Hopeful For Continued Growth Following Portobello Announcement

A ceramic tile company from Brazil could help the Baxter community greatly expand over the next several years. Mayor John Martin says Portobello America’s $150 million capital investment will have a tremendous impact on the small town. “It’s absolutely unbelievable that a company of this magnitude is coming to a small town like Baxter,” Martin …

Portobello America To Build US Headquarters In Baxter

Ceramic tile manufacturer Portobello America, Inc. will invest $150 million in Putnam County to open a new United States Headquarters. TDECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe says the company will create 220 jobs with its new location in Baxter. “It’s a fantastic day for Baxter and Putnam County, and we say that because rarely do we get …