Officials Weigh Options Over Jackson County Library

State lawmakers recently met with the Jackson County Library Board to discuss the Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library’s future. House Representative John Mark Windle said the library could pursue grant funding to either rehab the building or construct a new one. “There’s a chance we could apply for a community development block grant (CDBG) to …

Celina Ambulance Service Struggling To Fill Positions

Celina’s ambulance services are struggling to fill full-time EMT and paramedic positions. Director Natalie Boone said Monday the issue boils down to low pay and few benefits available to employees. “Every service is short-staffed now. There’s a shortage of EMTs and paramedics anymore,” Boone said. “We’ve been referred to as a dying breed. Folks don’t …

Clay County Approves Budget; Employees Receive Raises

Clay County Commissioners voted Monday to pass its new budget which includes a 1.5 percent salary increase for employees. County Mayor Dale Reagan said raises will go into effect once the budget is approved by the state Comptroller’s Office. “Once they do that, my office and the finance clerk will go back to July 1 …

TN E-911 Districts Supports Increasing State Surcharge

Increasing Tennessee’s E-911 surcharge would help benefit emergency districts across the state. That according to Putnam County E-911 Director Penny Foister. Foister said increasing the surcharge to $1.50 would provide additional funding for various projects. “I know that it would help us greatly as far as keeping up with technology,” Foister said. “There’s things that …

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 …

TN Republican Causus Nominates Sexton as House Speaker

The Tennessee Republican Caucus has nominated 25th District Representative Cameron Sexton as House Speaker. Sexton defeated 68th District Representative Curtis Johnson, of Clarksville, in the final round of voting Wednesday, receiving 41 of the 70 possible votes. Sexton said during his initial address the House Speaker should be a leader for all Tennesseans. “During this …

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 …