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Cookeville Liquor Store Plans To Take Advantage Of New Law

Starting this weekend Tennesseans will be able to purchase wine and liquor in stores on Sundays. Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law Friday morning. Interstate Wine and Spirits President Bill George said he wasn’t a fan of the bill, but plans to open the Cookeville store up on Sunday. “We accept the fact the the governor has signed ... Read More »

AG Withdraws Motion To Intervene In DA’s Opioid Lawsuit

The State Attorney General’s office has withdrawn a motion to intervene with an opioid lawsuit filed by the 13th Judicial District. The state withdrew its motion in Putnam County Court Friday morning, meaning the District Attorneys General lawsuit can now move forward in state court. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway said by filing in state court the monies and damages ... Read More »

TTU College Of Engineering Gets $3 Million

The state fiscal year budget includes $3 million dollars for the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University. Cookeville State Representative Ryan Williams said he began working to secure the funding in 2012. “I was able to advocate over the last six years for the opportunity to be able to fund the engineering department at Tennessee Tech University. Six years ... Read More »

Biernacki Honored With Caplenor Award

Joseph Biernacki, chemical engineering professor, has been awarded Tennessee Tech University’s highest faculty honor, the 2018 Caplenor Faculty Research Award. “Dr. Joseph Biernacki was selected as this year’s Caplenor Faculty Research awardee based on his extensive record of externally funded research and publication,” the Caplenor award committee said in a statement. “Dr. Biernacki is recognized by his colleagues as one of ... Read More »

Garbage Truck Collapses; No Injuries

 A garbage truck fell into a parking lot that collapsed in Cookeville Friday morning. The incident happened in the parking lot of Tony Smith Shelter Insurance on Broad Street across from Bobby Q’s. “The truck has fell through a hole and it’s an old parking garage, as my understanding,” Cookeville Public Information Officer Bobby Anderson said. “We anticipate that Broad Street ... Read More »

State Lawmakers Pass Fix To Testing Problems

Teachers, students, and school districts will not suffer from the results of this year’s state assessment test. Following a week of issues with the TN-Ready test, lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that makes sure teachers, students and school districts will not be harmed by the results. “It’s one of those things where the trust was already eroded from previous years,” ... Read More »

Whitaker Located In Putnam County Thursday

Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday captured an escape felon who fled from authorities last week. Michael D. Whitaker taken into custody around 9:00 a.m. without incident. He’s charged with two counts reckless endangerment and one count of evading arrest. Bond set at $11,500. Authorities located Whitaker outside a home on Spurlock Drive. Last Thursday, Whitaker fled ... Read More »

$600K Approved For Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery

State lawmakers have passed a $37.5 billion dollar budget that includes $600,000 for constructing an Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery. Chuck Mateyka serves on the Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Association board. “It’s definitely needed in the state of Tennessee and in our region of the Upper Cumberland,” Mateyka said. “We are very pleased that they have done this and ... Read More »

Rain Helping Bring A Mild Spring Wildfire Season

The local Tennessee Forestry Service says the rain has helped bring a mild spring wildfire season. Forester Jim Dale said it should continue as long as the region gets some consistent warmth. “If we can get some warm weather here and stabilize the temperatures, those humidities will tend to stay higher during the day and we will have more moisture ... Read More »