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Fireworks Legal, But There’s Still Rules To Follow

Fireworks sales are booming across the state. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said fireworks can be set off from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 to July 5. On Independence Day, fireworks can be set off up to midnight, he said. There are some basic rules to follow. “They can’t ignite or explode fireworks within 600 feet of a ... Read More »

Man Hit By Train Identified

A Putnam County man has died after being struck by a train in Monterey today. Authorities have identified the victim as 37-year-old Jesse Harold Cooper. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said Cooper was struck by a train carrying cargo as he walked on Woodcliff Road near the intersection of Grant Lane. “Several attempts were made by law enforcement and medical ... Read More »

Overton Taxes Stay The Same

Overton County residents won’t see a tax increase this year. The Overton County Commission voted to keep the county’s tax rate at $2.25 per $100 of assessed value. That’s the same tax rate as last year. The vote came at Monday’s regular commission meeting. Read More »

Warren Co. Driver Testing Center To Remain Open

Warren County’s Driver Testing Center will officially remain open for at least another year. The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an ordinance last night that keeps the center open until June 30th of next year. Under the ordinance the city will pay $4,000 a month to keep the center open. Alderman Mike Neal voted against the measure and ... Read More »

Train Strikes Pedestrian In Monterey

Putnam County officials have confirmed that a train struck a pedestrian in Monterey this afternoon. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Grant Lane and Woodcliff Road. Authorities have not provided any additional details at this time. Sheriff’s office personnel and other emergency responders are currently on scene and investigating the incident. Read More »

Two Airlifted After Wednesday Morning Crash

A head on collision sent two people to Vanderbilt Medical Center this morning. The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at Highway 136 and Fisk Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 42-year-old Jason Norton was traveling North on 136 near Fisk Road when he left the right side of the roadway. A report states that Norton overcorrected, crossed the center line, ... Read More »

Youths Take Mushrooms, Get Lost In Fentress County

Four youths got in trouble with the law after taking “magic mushrooms” and losing their car. A written statement from the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department said one of the youths called 911 Tuesday afternoon for help finding the car. The youth said he and three friends had taken mushrooms and gotten lost in Wilder. Deputies located the youths, and took ... Read More »

Putnam BOE To Review Budget

The Putnam County Board of Education will discuss the budget at its meeting Thursday. Putnam County’s funds have been set, except for the school budget. Director of Schools Jerry Boyd presented a budget two months ago with a $4.5 million gap in it. Thursday, the school board will review the third version of that budget. The Putnam County Board of ... Read More »

THP Encourages Safe Celebrating This Weekend

Area law enforcement will be out in force this holiday weekend making sure everyone stays safe. THP Lt. Jimmy Neal said officers will be out reminding folks to stay safe on the roads. “We want to stress, if you’re going to drink, don’t drive, it’s not worth taking the risk,” Neal said. Officers will conduct patrols and initiatives throughout the ... Read More »

Bear-Proof Your Home To Prevent Close Encounters

Young black bears are leaving their mothers for the first time, TWRA officials said. Information and Education Coordinator Mime Barnes said this is a busy time of year for the bears. The young bears are exploring the world on their own for the first time, which means they may get a little too close to humans in counties across the ... Read More »