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Donation Fixes Funding Concerns At Cookeville Senior Center

Three people have donated a total of $10,000 to make up a funding shortfall for the Cookeville Senior Center. For weeks the center had concerns about funding after the Putnam County Commission voted to reduce their contribution to the center by $10,000. Councilman Dwight Henry said the donation allows certain programs and services to continue. “This money is there, the ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Electric Rate Increase

The average residential Cookeville Electric customer will see a $1.50 increase to their monthly bills. The bill increase is the result of a 1.5 percent TVA rate increase that the electric department can’t absorb. Thursday’s vote passed that increase on to the city’s electric customer. “We looked at the possibility of absorbing the increase, but it would be an excess ... Read More »

Sparta Man Struck And Killed By Vehicle

A Sparta resident has died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night. The incident happened around 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Roberts Mathews Highway and Jim Hennessee Road. The deceased is identified as 56-year-old William F. Woody. Woody was struck and killed by a 2009 Volvo driven by 45-year-old Anthony Lawson of Sparta. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said ... Read More »

Crossville Dragway Closes Unexpectedly

The owners of the Crossville Dragway have decided to close the track. The announcement was posted to the track’s Facebook page today. The owners did not give a reason for the track closing, but they did say they had confidence that an agreement for sale or lease of the Dragway would be secured by 2018. Anyone interested in buying or ... Read More »

Crossville To Conduct Special Census

The City of Crossville will be conducting a special census this fall and winter. Crossville officials believe as many as 800 residents have moved into the city since the 2014 census. Vice Mayor J.H. Graham said that could mean more money for the city since state-shared revenues are based off population. “Our current state-shared tax numbers is $126 per head,” ... Read More »

Overton County Man Charged With Statutory Rape

Clay County Authorities have arrested a 24-year-old Overton County man for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a 15-year-old girl. Joshua T. Fraley of Hilham is charged with statutory rape. He’s also facing additional charges of solicitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Read More »

Pickett Co. Rejects Measure To Purchase Jail Property

The Pickett County Commission voted down a motion Monday night to purchase property for the new jail. County Executive Richard Daniel said it’s another stall that only hurts the county. “Our 12 county commissioners know that this situation can’t go on and why four would vote no…. I don’t understand that,” Daniel said. “All this is doing is delaying the ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider Rate Increase For Electric Customers

The Cookeville City Council will consider a rate increase for electric customers Thursday night. The rate increase is needed to cover a 1.5 percent rate increase that the Tennessee valley Authority approved last month. The electric department won’t be able to absorb the $550,000 impact from TVA’s increase. If the council approves the rate increase it would mean an additional ... Read More »

DeKalb Teachers Taking On Higher Health Insurance Premiums

The DeKalb County Board of Education has approved a state mandated 7-percent health insurance increase. The school system will not be absorbing the increase, meaning higher costs will be passed on to teachers. About 40 educators met Tuesday evening to voice their concerns. They would like the board to reconsider its decision and come up with funds to cover the ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Fair Attendance Drops This Year

The Putnam County fair had a lower attendance this year. A total of 48, 714 people attended the fair this year, which is down 5.6 percent from last year’s attendance. Fair Board President John Allen said a couple days of bad weather can be blamed for the lower attendance. “It’s because of the rain and the fact that on most ... Read More »