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Van Buren Commissioners Approve Roof Repair

Van Buren County Commissioners passed a budget continuation resolution Tuesday night for the start of the new fiscal year. “It doesn’t appear that we’re going to have a budget by the end of the physical year for the start of the new one,” Committee A Chair Will Maxwell said. “So we need to pass a continuing budget resolution for the ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Debt Resolution, New Fiscal Year Budget

Cookeville City Council approved a resolution Thursday night allowing the city to incur debt and pay it back with proceeds from bonds. Finance Director Brenda Imel said the decision would allow the city to move quickly if needed to spend money on the proposed aquatic facility or for some of the city’s major road projects. “The first step if this ... Read More »

State Supreme Court Declines Atwood’s Request

The State Supreme Court denied the request of a Clay County man to consider his conviction. William Isaac Atwood faces a sentence of 13 years for possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Isaac’s attorney challenged the evidence and the case that led to the trial court’s sentence. State Supreme Court Monday denied his ... Read More »

Despite Cost Increases, Spring St. Sidewalks Part 1 Approved

Cookeville will go forward with phase one of the East Spring Street Sidewalk project. Council approved Thursday night spending some $469,000 to fund the project. Just one bidder came forward on the project which would build sidewalks from Old Kentucky Road to Raider Drive. T-DOT delays have caused the costs to grow astronomically. City Manager James Mills said the original ... Read More »

New Cookeville Budget Includes Proposed Bond Issue For Aquatics Facility

Cookeville City Council approved the first reading of its 2022-2023 budget Thursday night, including the addition of a bond issue for a proposed aquatic facility. Mayor Ricky Shelton proposed the $15 million bond addition for the facility. Council member Mark Miller seconded the amendment. Council members approved the addition unanimously. Shelton said the community has spoken for many years that ... Read More »

Commissioner Neal Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Putnam County Commissioner Jimmy Neal faces charges of possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography after a FBI arrest Thursday. Neal was arrested at home in Baxter after FBI and Homeland Security executed a search warrant. He faced a US Magistrate in Nashville Thursday evening. The FBI investigation began in 2021. According to details released by U.S. Attorney for the ... Read More »

Money Magazine Ranks TN Tech Top Public School In State

Tennessee Tech named top public college in Tennessee by Money Magazine for its return on investment, one of ten schools across the state to make the rankings. Only Vanderbilt and Rhodes College of Tri Cities ranked higher. Tennessee Tech ranked 27th among public universities in the the southeast. The Money Magazine rankings showed Tech with the lowest estimated full price ... Read More »

Monterey Wins Court Victory In Dispute Over Bee Rock Easement

A court victory for the town of Monterey in the ongoing dispute over the entrance to Bee Rock as the State Court of Appeals denied the appeal of the Garden Inn’s owners. Michael and Mirtha Kopec challenged a lower court ruling that said there was a clear easement granted to the natural area and that the Garden Inn owners knew ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Name New Principals At Algood, Upperman Middle

Putnam County Schools named new principals at Algood and Upperman Middle Schools Tuesday. Cookeville High School Assistant Principal Rusty Darley will take over as Algood Middle School Principal. Darley becomes the second Cookeville High School assistant principal to be promoted this month. Darley replaces Dr. Bubba Winningham who is moving to the central office. Winningham will take over as the ... Read More »

Supreme Court Denies Riley’s Appeal

The State Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Putnam County Man convicted of felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Cookeville Police stopped Martin Riley III in August, 2018 for a broken headlight. Riley stopped initially, but fled the scene when officers asked him to step out of the vehicle. Riley was sentenced to 12 years in prison. ... Read More »