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Council Approves Actuarial Study To Clean Up Retirement Issues

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Cookeville City Council approved an actuarial study Thursday night to try and correct the retirement records of the city and Cookeville Regional. The state made a mistake in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System during the 1999 medical center split from the city. Hospital employees should have been transferred from the city account to the hospital entity. That did not happen, ... Read More »

2 Cookeville Firemen Indicted On Payroll Scheme

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A former Cookeville Fire Captain faces charges after he allegedly took some $32,212 in compensation he did not deserve. Marvin Montgomery worked for the Cookeville Fire Department and as a part-time instructor at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office found in an investigation that Montgomery put down the same hours worked at ... Read More »

Putnam County Expenses Up 7 Percent In First Budget Plan

The Putnam County Commissioners budget committee saw a seven percent increase in county general fund expenses as budget deliberations began Monday night. County department heads requested 18 new employees in the $43 million budget, led by six paramedics, three firefighters and two new 911 dispatchers. County Mayor Randy Porter said he thought the department heads put together a reasonable budget. ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Dies In Dekalb Crash Monday

A Cookeville teenager died Monday morning in a Dekalb County accident. 19-year-old Savannah Buckley died when she lost control of her vehicle along highway 70 and crossed the center line colliding with a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Ryan Robinson of Sparta. According to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Buckley’s vehicle did not negotiate the curve. The two ... Read More »

Motorcyclist Injured In Sunday Accident Along Nashville Highway

A Goodlettsville man was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center following a Sunday afternoon accident along Nashville Highway. The motorcycle of 20-year-old James Biggers crossed the center line striking a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Whitney Maxwell of Baxter in the left front side. Maxwell nor the child riding in the vehicle were injured, according to preliminary reports from the Tennessee Highway ... Read More »

Private Developer Interested In Shoney’s Hill; Declared Surplus

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A private developer wants to purchase the 30 acres atop Shoney’s hill just off Cookeville’s South Jefferson Avenue. County Mayor Randy Porter said the property appraised for some $300,000. The developer has offered “two to three times that amount.” Porter said no deal has been worked out. “I’m coming back to you to see if that’s something that you’re interested ... Read More »

Commissioners Decide Against Considering Gun Resolution

A resolution declaring Putnam County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” will not be considered by Putnam County Commissioners this month. The Commissioners Planning Committee voted 10-2 Monday night to remove Commissioner Jordan Iwanyszyn’s proposal from the agenda. It said Putnam County would “dedicate no physical or financial resources toward the unlawful infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.” ... Read More »

Maryland Man Dies In US-70N Accident

A Maryland man lost his life early Sunday morning on Putnam County’s US 70N. 44-year-old Tony Lynn Mills was traveling westbound when he left the roadway on the right side. Mills travelled through the grass, striking a parking vehicle. According to the preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Mills vehicle then overturned and struck a tree. The accident happened ... Read More »

Council Votes To Cease Shelton Investigation

Over the objections of Charles Womack, the Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night to cease the investigation into Mayor Ricky Shelton’s hiring at Cookeville Regional. “From the outside and from what this council can view, Mr. Shelton hasn’t done anything wrong in the eyes of this council,” Council Member Eric Walker said. “And for what this council has the authority ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional: We Were Fully Transparent

Following Cookeville City Council’s Thursday night decision to end the investigation of Ricky Shelton’s hiring at CRMC, the medical center released a statement saying the center had fully cooperated and had been transparent. “CRMC is aware that the Cookeville City Council engaged an independent external investigator to review whether Ricky Shelton violated any law, statute or regulation as a result ... Read More »