Updated: Nov 11, 2019
By Susan Newby
Looking ahead and planning for the future, the Putnam County Commission recently voted to buy 187 acres of land just off the county’s new 5th Interchange on Tennessee Avenue.
The land will be the future site of a new Expo-Event Center, Fairgrounds, new Fire-EMS Station as well as room to meet any other needs.
According to Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, the cost of the property and project are expected to be paid for with the proceeds from selling the current fairgrounds property and possibly the land that currently houses the school bus garage and the county’s highway department, which is locally called “Shoney’s Hill.”
“The goal is to attract commercial-retail development on the sale of the current property, which would bring in property and sales tax revenue to the city and county,” said the mayor. “Stay tuned for more details.”