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Shelton: Jail/Justice Center Expansion County Decision

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said the expansion of the Putnam County Jail and Justice Center is a county decision. Speaking as part of a Highlands Economic Development Live Event Wednesday, Shelton said the county commissioners do not need the city’s permission to move forward with the expansion. “Ultimately, it’s not really a City of Cookeville decision, it’s a Putnam County ... Read More »

Statewide Drive-Thru Testing Set For Jamestown Saturday

The Tennessee Department Of Health will host weekend drive-thru testing at the Fentress County Senior Center Saturday. Jamestown’s mobile testing site will be one of three sits setup across the state in an attempt to address rising COVID cases in the rural areas. The testing site will be open 9am to Noon Saturday. “We’ve seen an upward trend in COVID ... Read More »

CRMC Suspending Elective Surgeries With Overnight Stays

Cookeville Regional will suspend elective surgeries that require overnight stays effective immediately. CRMC CEO Paul Korth said it’s an effort to free up beds with the recent COVID surge. “We are surging up in our numbers and we’re doing things appropriately to to take care of those patients,” Korth said. “We’re also looking at ways to get those patients home ... Read More »

City Council Members Ask For Answers On Jail Expansion

Two Cookeville City Council members spoke against the expansion of the Putnam County Jail Monday night. Council members Mark Miller and Laurin Wheaton said the decision could cause irreversible effects on the downtown. The comments came some six months after commissioners first voted on moving forward with expansion. “We’re not going to get high-end development there, $300,000 or $400,000 town ... Read More »

Easements Approved For New Speedway Project

Putnam County Commissioners approved two driveway easements onto Fairgrounds Street Monday night. The easement provides the first step toward the construction of a Speedway convenience store and gas station on Jefferson Avenue. Speedway Planner Jonathan Woker said the company has an option to purchase the former Payless Shoes property. Woker said Speedway has not yet purchased the property based on ... Read More »

2 Parcels To Be Purchased As Part Of Justice Center/Jail Expansion

Putnam County will purchase two additional pieces of property in the Spring Street-Broad Street corridor for Justice Center parking. Commissioners voted 16-8 Monday night to spend the $1.3 million to purchase the land at 538 East Spring Street and 613 East Broad Street. Without the purchase, County Mayor Randy Porter said the county would not have the available parking needed ... Read More »

Hospitalizations Reach 64 From COVID

COVID hospitalizations at Cookeville Regional Medical Center reached 64 Monday, doubling the rate of just a month ago. The rate sets a new high at CRMC, according to Public Relations Director Melahn Finley. Cookeville Regional recorded an additional COVID death over the weekend, the 44th since the pandemic began. The deceased was a Putnam County resident. Read More »

Korth Set To Chair TN Hospital Board

Cookeville Regional Medical Center CEO Paul Korth has been voted chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board Of Directors. The association was established in 1938 as a not-for-profit membership association, advocating for hospitals and healthcare systems. Korth is the only Upper Cumberland representative on the association’s board. Korth served as chief financial officer for 13 years at Cookeville Regional Medical ... Read More »

Council Votes Down Spring Street Quarry Rezoning

Worried about the long-term impact of the land-use decision, Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night against the rezoning land at Spring Street and Interstate 40 to Quarry-Mining. Council Member Laurin Wheaton said the rezoning conflicts with the city’s 2030 Land Use Plan that calls for mixed commercial and light industrial development in that area. “The citizens of Cookeville should have ... Read More »

Cookeville Will Not Pass Panhandling Ordinance

Saying state laws best protect local citizens, Cookeville City Council will not pass an ordinance concerning panhandling or other commerce on local right of ways. City Attorney Dan Rader said the ordinance appears to be too vague and not the best way to deal with the issue. “The ordinance, which was originally passed with very broad and did did raise ... Read More »