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York Sentenced For 2016 House Fire

A Kentucky judge has sentenced a Celina man to prison for setting a Clinton County house on fire in March of last year. Ricky Lee York pleaded guilty this week to reduced charges of first-degree assault and second-degree arson. A judge sentenced York to serve 15-years behind bars. The fire that York set destroyed a home occupied by three people. ... Read More »

Man Sentenced For Church Burglary

A Cumberland County judge has sentenced a man who burglarized a church last year. 20-year-old Daniel Eugene Sherrill has pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and burglary. The judge handed down two three year sentences to be served concurrently. Authorities said Sherrill entered the Meridian Baptist Church last September and stole cash and a cell phone. Read More »

Fentress County Man Arrested Following Drug Raid

A drug raid has resulted in the seizure of an elaborate indoor grow operation in Fentress County. Authorities have arrested John Eversole on charges of sale, delivery, and manufacturing marijuana. During a search of Eversole’s home on Doubletop Road officers found the indoor grow operation and approximately one and a half pounds of high grade marijuana. Officials said the marijuana ... Read More »

Trustees To Create Evaluation Procedures For President

Tennessee Tech’s Board of Trustees will discuss evaluations for the president at its meeting Thursday. The full board’s agenda includes setting board evaluations for the university’s president, and developing a contract for the president. At it’s last meeting the board approved a 3 percent raise for President Phil Oldham. Other items on the agenda include approving capital outlay requests and ... Read More »

Accidents Keep Police Busy Wednesday Morning

Rain and traffic accidents made for a messy morning commute in Cookeville Wednesday. The first accident took place about 5 a.m. on Highway 111 when a Chevy Equinox entered the northbound lanes traveling south. One person was flown to Vanderbilt for advanced treatment following that accident. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said the department assisted the THP with that accident ... Read More »

Cumberland Sex Offender Facing Theft Charges

A Cumberland County sex offender has been charged with four counts of theft. Jerry Lynn Davenport, 55, a registered sex offender, was arrested and is in jail on a $2,000 bond. A statement from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department said Davenport had obtained money from victims by fraudulent means. Investigators learned of the alleged incidents through social media. The sheriff’s ... Read More »

Cumberland Native Inducted Into TN Journalism Hall Of Fame

Cumberland County native Larry Woody was inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame Tuesday. He was one of three inductees. Woody retired as a sportswriter from The Tennesseean. He started at the Crossville Chronicle. He also served as a combat reporter in Vietnam. Woody was named Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year three times and authored several books. Read More »

One Flown To Vanderbilt After Morning Accident

A wrong-way accident early Wednesday morning resulted in one person being taken to Vanderbilt hospital by air. The THP said a Chevy Equinox entered Highway 111 traveling south in the northbound lanes. That car hit a Buick Le Sabre head on. The driver of the Le Sabre was transported by air to Vanderbilt. Morning traffic on 111 had to go ... Read More »

Commission Approves Funding For Fall Creek Falls Visitor Center

The Tennessee Building Commission has approved $2.89 million in funding for a project at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The money will be used to construct a new welcome center at the park near Spencer. TDEC officials said the project also includes the demolition of the campground check-in station and business offices. Bids for the project are expected in January ... Read More »

Funding For Cookeville Senior Center Will Not Be Restored

Funding for the Cookeville Senior Center won’t be restored by the Putnam County Commission. Members of the senior center requested funding to be restored during a fiscal review committee meeting Monday night, but none of the commissioners made a motion to restore funding. During this year’s budget process the county decided to eliminate $10,000 in funding for the center that ... Read More »