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Reward Offered For Burglary Suspect ID

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a burglary suspect. Department spokesman Laura Hull said a burglary occurred May 10 at the Fred Sherrill Construction Company on Hutcheson Road. The suspect has been described as a white male, 5 foot 10 inches tall. He was last seen driving a ... Read More »

Absences Make For Abbreviated Sparta Meeting

Several absences made for a speedy meeting of the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Mayor Jeff Young didn’t elaborate on the absences of City Manager Chris Dorsey, City Recorder Tonya Tindle or Alderman Robert Officer. He did say that since they knew the three would be out, the agenda was shortened. The board approved solicitation for bids for several ... Read More »

Whitleyville Man Faces Marijuana Charges

A Jackson County man is facing marijuana charges after the sheriff’s department followed up on a tip. An anonymous tip sent the deputies to the Whitleyville address of Chris Flatt. Deputies got permission to search Flatt’s residence for narcotics and found marijuana packaged in multiple bags. They also found scales and several pieces of paraphernalia. He was charged with possession ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Hosts Boys State Starting Sunday

Tennessee Tech will host 500 high school junior boys next week. The 53rd annual American Legion Boys State begins Sunday. During the week, boys learn about state government by running a mock state, Boys State. They organize political parties and create city, county and state governments by election, complete with primaries and political campaigns. They’ll also hear from politicians including ... Read More »

Cookeville Tourism Website Live

There’s a new way for visitors to find information on Cookeville. The Cookeville Putnam County Chamber of Commerce launched the new visitcookevilletn.com a new tourism website. Chamber VP of Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the website has been in the works for awhile. “We’ve been working on this for quite some time, we’ve had ideas and started building the frame ... Read More »

Redevelopment Area Overlay Ordinance Approved By Cookeville Council

A mobile home park will soon be redeveloped off of Cookeville’s Freehill Road. Thursday night the City Council approved the final reading of the city’s 5th Redevelopment Area Overlay ordinance. “This is going to be very nice and it’s going to be quite an asset,” Vice Mayor Larry Epps said. “It’s going to be affordable housing so it hits everything ... Read More »

More Parking Coming To Downtown Cookeville

More parking will be added in downtown Cookeville. A lease agreement approved by the City Council last night allows the city to construct a parking lot at First Baptist Church’s gravel lot off Spring and Walnut. Mayor Ricky Shelton said it will add 185 parking spaces. “This is a good step in addressing the needs for downtown parking,” Shelton said. ... Read More »

Sparta Skate Park Officially Opens Saturday

Sparta’s skate park opened earlier this month. Mayor Jeff Young said the park has been a popular attraction. “More welcomed to the community or by the community than we anticipated, we have 20-30 kids there every afternoon skating and we’re exited about it, we’re glad the kids love it,” Young said. The city will host an official opening at 2 ... Read More »

High School Teacher Placed On Administrative Leave Amid Crash Investigation

Cumberland County School officials have placed a special needs education teacher on administrative leave amid a deadly crash investigation. 36-year-old Meghan E. Wilson is charged with DUI and vehicular homicide. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wilson crashed her Dodge pickup into a motorcycle on Cumberland County’s Highway 127 early Thursday morning. The impact killed the motorcyclist identified as 46-year-old ... Read More »

Former OCSD Sergeant Charged With Domestic Assault In Court Today

A former Sergeant with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department appeared in court today for a domestic assault charge. Steven Castle was arrested last week after he allegedly assaulted a woman by grabbing her arm leaving red marks and holding a door on her in a residence. Today a judge dismissed the order of protection against Castle and also removed his ... Read More »