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Car Crashes Into Cookeville Business; No Injuries

No one was injured after a car crashed into Express Footwear on Interstate Drive Friday morning. The accident occurred about 9 a.m. Cookeville Police Lt. Bobby Anderson said crews responded quickly. At this time, it’s not known why the car struck the building. Anderson said the investigation continues. Read More »

Search Continues For Missing Woman In Cumberland County

The search for a missing woman in Cumberland County continues today. County authorities said 31-year-old Shanin Leedora Mehle went missing Tuesday after leaving a residence around 2:00 p.m. Around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday authorities located Mehle’s vehicle abandoned in front of a driveway on Millstone Mountain.Her cell phone and other personal property were found inside the vehicle. Mehle is described as ... Read More »

THP Shares Predictor Software With Sheriffs

The THP will share software that can predict traffic accidents with sheriff’s offices around the state. Lt. Travis Plotzer said the software has been very helpful for the THP. “What it does is it creates like a map where you might see it similar to a weather map, it shows areas they’ve had crashes in the past but also takes ... Read More »

Job Fair In Cookeville Tuesday

Cookeville’s Goodwill Career Solutions Center will hold a job fair Tuesday. six employers will be on hand seeking to fill at least 100 positions in Putnam and White Counties. Employers include Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Metro Industrial Services, Krispey Kreme, Blue Coast Burrito, and Qualified Staffing and Integrity Staffing. “Representatives from these companies are going to be on hand and ... Read More »

Distracted Driving Enforcement Issues Citations

The THP’s distracted driving enforcement netted a bunch of citations, but only one for distracted driving. The THP said officers issued 17 citations and 8 warnings for seat belt usage, three citations for child restraint violations and one citation for texting and driving. Troopers, Putnam County deputies and Cookeville Police officers joined together for the enforcement. Some were stationed on ... Read More »

Smithville Wastewater Plant Upgrades Complete

Smithville’s Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrades have been completed. Work beganon the $2.7 million project last year. The refurbished plant could now treat 8 million gallons of wastewater daily. That provides room for growth. The plant only needs to treat about 1.2 million gallons daily. A Community Development Block Grant covered about $500,000 of the costs, the rest was handled ... Read More »

Crossville Mulling Health Insurance Change

A proposal by Crossville City Manager Greg Wood could allow the city to reduce overall health insurance costs. Wood’s plan calls for increasing city employee deductibles to save money then splitting the difference, leaving employees with only a $1,000 deductible to pay. The city’s current deductible is $2,500 dollars. Wood’s proposal would raise the deductible to $6,850, meaning the city ... Read More »

Road Closures For Flatt Celebration Saturday

Sparta’s Square will be closed to traffic Saturday for the annual Lester Flatt Celebration. Chief Jeff Guth said the police department has the festival preparations down to a science. “The whole square will be shut off to vehicle traffic and will be foot traffic only, it’s just park where you can on the side of the street,” Guth said. Police ... Read More »

Work Continues At Evins Community Center

Overton County officials said work continues on the Joe L. Evins Community Center. County Executive Ben Danner said the building opened in the 1960s and hasn’t seen an update since. “Put new flooring, new lights and everything, new switches, new air conditioning, new roof, it’s looking pretty good,” Danner said. When the building is complete, the county extension office and ... Read More »

Family Justice Center Expanding To Overton

The Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center will expand next month. Director Amy Stockwell said it was time to grow. “We finally feel like we have a firm foundation in Putnam County and we thought the next natural move was Livingston and Overton County and hopefully so that we can better serve the victims who are in Pickett and Clay and ... Read More »