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Author Archives: Rafferty Cleary

Crash Results In DUI For Crossville Man

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged a 23-year-old Crossville man with DUI following a single vehicle crash on Interstate 40 Thursday. Officials said the crash happened on westbound I-40 near mile marker 334 in Cumberland County. A report says Austin Hembree was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a cable guardrail, and flipped several ... Read More »

World Memorial Flag Visits Cookeville Today

The World Memorial Patriot Flag made a stop in Cookeville Thursday. The 24 by 60 foot flag is in memory of 9/11 and is currently on a five year mission touring the United States. It took firemen and several city and county officials about 20 minutes to unfold the flag in front of the Putnam County Courthouse today. Read More »

Court Date Set For Man Who Allegedly Killed Police K-9

A Lebanon Judge has set a May 30th trial date for a Cumberland County man facing numerous charges including killing a Crossville Police K-9 back in August. The trial for 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon will take place in Lebanon because two Upper Cumberland judges recused themselves from the case. Dixon stands accused of leading police on a vehicle pursuit that ... Read More »

Weather Causing Delays To Highway 52 Repair Project

Repairs to a slope failure are continuing on Highway 52 near the Moss Fire Department in Clay County. Part of the roadway washed away during a heavy rain event a day before Christmas. Crews have completed relocating a utility line, but additional work can’t begin until the weather changes and the site dries up. Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Jennifer ... Read More »

UC State Veterans Cemetery Association Meeting Friday

The Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Association will meet Friday to provide an update on efforts to bring a state veterans cemetery to the Upper Cumberland. Association representative Chuck Mateyka said the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services has not yet located land that’s suitable for the project. “We didn’t really know when we started this project, but there are a ... Read More »

More than 20 Grams Of Meth Found During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop for a tag light violation led to the discovery of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine in Cookeville Tuesday. Police have issued drug charges to 22-year-old Jessee Martin of Cookeville, 37-year-old Jeffery Davis of Cookeville and 34-year-old Amy Jenkins of Sparta. Police said they asked to search the vehicle after seeing paraphernalia in plain sight. The search ... Read More »

TDOT Begins Audit On UCHRA Transportation Program

The Tennessee Department of Transportation began conducting an audit today against the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s transportation program. The audit comes in response to several allegations of misconduct against the agency’s Executive Director Luke Collins, including a report that he used the agency’s charter service to travel to to a political event in Nashville with several other people in ... Read More »

Cumberland Commissioners Concerned With Sales Tax Numbers

Cumberland County Commissioners received some unfortunate news this week in regards to sales taxes. Early numbers from December 2017 show the county bringing in $821,000 in sales tax receipts against a projected $927,000. That’s over $100,000 below budget. Year-to-date the county is down $175,000 to budget, but 4th District Commissioners Allen Foster said the county will be checking to see ... Read More »

Cookeville PD Says Lock Your Car Doors

Cookeville Police officials are urging residents to protect their vehicles from break-ins. Captain Bobby Anderson said rarely a week goes by where police don’t take a report of a vehicle break-in and sometimes the cases are hard to solve. “A lot of the property that’s being taken from vehicles don’t have serial numbers or they aren’t traceable,” Anderson said. “Even ... Read More »

Property Tax Deadline Approaching

The deadline for Putnam County residents to pay 2017 property taxes is February 28th at 4:00 p.m. Putnam County Trustee Freddie Nelson said if taxes aren’t paid, penalty and interest will kick in March 1st at rate of 1.5-percent per month. “We’ve collected a little bit over $29 million and we still have about $13 million to collect for this year,” ... Read More »