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JCSO Seizes Drugs, Cash In Traffic Stop

Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies seized cash and pills recently. According to a written statement, K9 Officer Ridge Long discovered drugs during a traffic stop on Highway 56. In all, prescription pills packaged for resale and $700 cash was discovered. The Sheriff’s Department believes the cash is the proceeds of illegal narcotics sales. Read More »

Burton Branch Road Closed Until Oct. 30

Algood’s Burton Branch Road will be closed until Halloween. Rogers Group project manager John Roberts said closing the road will speed up the process. “There’s just some alignment issues that are going to require shut down of the road to actually speed up construction, let us get done a little early,” Roberts said. That will interfere with traffic for Algood ... Read More »

Solar Grid Opened Thursday

Officials gathered at the Highland Business park Thursday to power up a new solar array. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said the solar array will generate electricity for the Cookeville electric grid. Restoration Services Inc., partnered with Vis Solis Inc. and the TVA, Highlands Business Park, Putnam County and the city of Cookeville. Porter said the project was free for ... Read More »

White Co. Commission To Discuss Sheriff Legal Bill

The White County Commission’s regular meeting Monday will include an executive session. County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said the county attorney needs to meet privately with the commission to discuss paying Sheriff Oddie Shoupe’s legal fees. “They’ll be an attorney/client meeting for the county commission for our attorney to advise them what their options are. Basically, at this point there’s ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »