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Two Local Photographers Featured In Wildlife Calendar

Cookeville Photographer Christopher Nelson and Smithville’s Danielle Knowles will be featured in the 2018-2019 Tennessee Wildlife Magazine Calendar. Nelson and Knowles finished among the 13 best photographers in a statewide contest. Judges selected the works from hundreds of entries. The calendar features wildlife species native to the state as well as fishing and hunting scenes from specific areas of the ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Unemployment Down In March

Unemployment decreased slightly across the Upper Cumberland during March according to statistics released Thursday by the state. Only Van Buren County reported a slightly higher unemployment number in March over February. Putnam County saw unemployment claims drop 0.1 percent between February and March to 3.5 percent. The 3.5 percent number in both Putnam and Pickett Counties, the lowest in the ... Read More »

CTAS Consultant: Boards Responsible For Agency Actions

A consultant with the County Technical Advisory Service, who also serves as a Putnam County 911 board member, says the board of directors ultimately have responsibility for the actions taken by an organization, such as the Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District. Ben Rodgers said the board of directors establish policy, approve funding, and also hire the director. “We don’t oversee daily ... Read More »

Crews Expected To Finish 111 Work In Van Buren

Crews expected to wrap-up the widening of Highway 111 through Van Buren County in the next few weeks. Rain this week postponed final paving of the highway stretching from Manus Road to near Double Bridge Road in Van Buren County. Crews hope to begin that work Friday. Southbound lanes will be affected with traffic reduced to one lane, according to ... Read More »

2nd Arrest In Two Days For Baxter Man

For the second time in two days, Cookeville Police arrested a Baxter man for driving with a revoked license. And in both cases, officers found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The latest incident happened Wednesday afternoon when police spotted 23-year-old Micajah Grey Bowman of Baxter driving east on Pippen Road about 4:30pm. Officers stopped Bowman on the revoked license charge. Once ... Read More »

Driver Cited Following Thursday Morning Crash

A Cookeville man faces citations following a two vehicle crash in Putnam County Thursday morning. The crash happened on Highway 70 North at Hawkins Crawford Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol cited 20-year-old Andrew Brown with failure to exercise due care, expired registration, and failing to provide proof of financial responsibility. Brown driving a 2008 Pontiac grand Prix when he rear ... Read More »

Director Responds To Comptroller’s Report

The Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District Director has responded to a report questioning expenses by his district. Chris Masiongale spoke out for the first time Thursday morning and said his district has corrected everything in the State Comptroller’s report. The report released Tuesday morning found some $85,000 in questionable expenses by the district. Masiongale said he’s fully cooperated with the state ... Read More »

Chairman Confirms Cancellation Of 911 Meeting

The Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District Board Chairman has confirmed the cancellation of a special called meeting Wednesday night. Stanley Carter Jr. said he cancelled the meeting due to concerns of violating the state’s open meetings law. When asked if the board had scheduled another meeting, Carter said “not at this time.” had the meeting taken place, whether an open or ... Read More »

Celina Awarded Facade Grant

Celina was awarded a 100 thousand dollar facade grant. This state grant helps store and business owners with outside repairs and updates. Kevin Donaldson is the executive director of the Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited about it. This is the third of these facade grants that we have gotten,” Donaldson said. “I’m pretty sure I am ... Read More »

Jeff Gentry Sentencing Hearing Rescheduled

A sentencing hearing for a White County man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering will take place May 14th. Jeff Gentry was supposed to be sentenced today, but the court rescheduled the hearing for unknown reasons. In February, Gentry’s sentencing hearing was rescheduled for April 26th due to the number of victims in the case and potential forfeiture and restitution ... Read More »