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 …

Former UCHRA Director Files Lawsuit Against Agency

The former executive director of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) has filed a lawsuit against the organization. Luke Collins accuses multiple city and county mayors of soliciting bribes during his time as the agency’s executive director. Current Executive Director Mark Farley said Collins’ decision to pursue a lawsuit against the agency is unfortunate. …

Jamestown Regional Allowed To Operate ‘Day-to-Day’

Jamestown Regional Medical Center will operate on a day-to-day basis after receiving permission from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). That according to Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson. “We have talked with corporate out of Miami, and they have instructed the hospital here in Jamestown that they will operate business as usual on …

Celina Mayor Hoping for Quick Turnaround with CRH Closure

Celina Mayor Joey Rich hopes to have a quick turnaround in finding a potential buyer for Cumberland River Hospital (CRH). Rich and other Clay County residents attended Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) special-called Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday regarding the closure of CRH. “We were just asking some of the board members about the licensure …

CRMC Trustees Officially Dissolve, Liquidate CRH Assets

Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to officially liquidate all assets of Cumberland River Hospital. Chief Legal Counsel Luke Hill said the vote effectively separates CRMC from the Celina facility. “The Board voted to inevitably dissolve the corporation at a certain time and give the CEO (Paul Korth) the authority to effectually …

CRMC Still Looking for Cumberland River Hospital Buyers

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has yet to solidify a buyer for Cumberland River Hospital. CEO Paul Korth said the hospital has received several offers for the Celina facility but nothing has come to fruition. “As of right now, there’s still nobody that is able to come up with the money to close on the transaction …

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 …