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Putnam commissioners: No decision yet on Slammin and Jammin

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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson PostSlammin’ & Jammin’ officials will have to wait a little longer to find out if the welcome mat will be rolled out for the car and truck show in Cookeville as the Putnam County Commission decided Monday not to act on a request for the event to use that county’s fairgrounds.According to an article posted online by The (Cookeville) Herald-Citizen newspaper at www.herald-citizen.com on Tuesday, commissioners heard three different motions, one of which would have granted permission for Slammin’ & Jammin to rent the fairgrounds, but none of them had the two-thirds votes needed for passage.The matter can be brought back before the panel and will likely be put on the planning authority’s agenda for its August meeting, a county commission spokesperson said.Lebanon has been home to Slammin’ & Jammin’ for the past 17 years, but decreased attendance in the past two to three years had led organizers to seek a different location. Also playing a part in the decision are arrests made off-site during the Memorial Day weekend event that included charges for underage drinking, indecent exposure and statutory rape.Putnam commissioners who favor allowing the car and truck show to rent the Putnam County Fairgrounds cite the economic benefits of $500,000 to $2 million, but others have said they have a moral issue with the event. Law enforcement officials in Cookeville and Putnam County have told commissioners the event has led to a number of arrests every year in Lebanon.Charlie Cobble, president of Autoshows, the organization that puts on the Slammin’ & Jammin’ event each year, told The Wilson Post in its Friday, July 16 edition that the show was leaving Lebanon and that he was also looking at two other locations for the car and truck show. He did not identify the two sites under consideration.Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.
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