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Cookeville Considering Project Without T-DOT

Cookeville considering taking on a project to add sidewalks along 12th Street without additional help from T-DOT. City Manager James Mills said the state approved Cookeville for a $1 million grant several years ago. He said as costs have risen and timelines have been extended in similar projects like the Spring Street sidewalk project, the city may be able to ... Read More »

Algood Police Holding Retail Theft Seminar Wednesday

The Algood Police Department is holding a retail theft seminar Wednesday to train law enforcement, private security, and retail owners on identifying organized theft before it happens. Algood Police Chief Dale Armour said organized retail theft has become more common nationwide. He said the perpetrators may travel from city to city stealing hundreds of dollars of merchandise from stores and ... Read More »

Putnam County Schools Upgrading And Repairing Doors

The Putnam County School System set to change exterior doors and add escape hardware to allow students and faculty to freely exit while doors are locked. Deputy Director Tim Martin said the $222,000 project will upgrade some 125 doors. He said Avery Trace Middle School, Cornerstone Elementary School, and Upperman High School will get the bulk of the repairs. He ... Read More »

Cookeville Fire Returns Citizens Fire Academy

The Cookeville Fire Department is bringing back the Citizen Fire Academy to teach the public about the daily responsibilities of a firefighter, and how to respond to different emergencies. Fire Chief Benton Young said the department discontinued the course some eight years ago due to a lack of time and interest. He said the eight-week course has been shortened to ... Read More »

Celina Considering Adding To Its Board Of Aldermen

The City of Celina is looking to add seats to its three-member Board of Aldermen after several seats recently went empty. Celina Mayor Luke Collins said Board Member Brittney Kerr was recently added to the board, filling an open seat. He said since then, the board has entertained the idea of adding more in the next election cycle. He said ... Read More »

White County Report Cards Delayed; Awaiting Test Data

Final report cards for White County Middle School and White County High School students will be delayed as the district awaits TCAP and end-of-course testing data from the state. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said he hopes to have the results back in the next two weeks. He said the district voted to add standardized test scores to report cards ... Read More »

Methadone Clinic Proposed For Putnam Property

A proposal has been submitted for a methadone clinic in Putnam County, just outside of the Cookeville city limits. Cookeville Economic and Community Development Director Jon Ward said a notice of intent to apply for a certificate of need was published on May 15. He said the notice identified 1805 Burgess Falls Road as the potential location for a non-residential, ... Read More »

South Jefferson Sewer Rehab $188K Over Original Cost

Cookeville City Council approved a change order of some $188,000 to the South Jefferson Avenue sewer rehab project. Water and Sewer Quality Control Director Barry Turner said the change pushes the final cost of the project over $2 million. He said the project improved water and sewer lines from I-40 to the Putnam County Courthouse. “This project ran into a ... Read More »

White County Students Head To School Saturday

The White County School System will do something other generations did more often, attend school Saturday morning for an abbreviated day. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the State Board of Education allows districts three abbreviated days that count as full school days. Dronebarger said when the district’s Calendar Committee realized the final day fell on a Monday, it decided ... Read More »

Cookeville Passes Final Budget Amendments Of Year

Cookeville City Council passed a handful of budget amendments Thursday night in preparation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year-end. Finance Director Brenda Imel said the ordinance includes amendments to five funds. She said $660,000 has been added to the State Street Aid Fund Balance to cover any paving the city completes before June 30. She said the Solid Waste Fund, Animal ... Read More »