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Putnam Human Trafficking Sting Nets 10 Indictments

Ten men face felony charges of attempting to purchase sex from minors following a joint-sting investigation in Cookeville. A Putnam County Grand Jury indicted the men, ranging in age from 19 to 51, May 8th. Eight of the ten men have been taken into custody, according to the DA’s office. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway announced the sting Thursday. The ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Contract For New Police Station

The Cookeville City Council approved an $879,000 contract Thursday night to begin architectural planning on the city’s new police station. “This council has been united in working to get a site and to start a site to build us a brand new police station,“ Dr. Charles Womack said. “It’s going to be expensive, but we need it.” Police officials will ... Read More »

Local Citizens Celebrate Day Of Prayer

Local citizens gathered Thursday afternoon to pray for America as part of the annual National Day of Prayer at the Putnam County Courthouse. Local leaders from government, business, and churches prayed for all areas of the community from families and marriages to schools, economy and business. “This is an opportunity for us to pray together, to unite,” Pastor Diantha McLeod ... Read More »

Seat Belt Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

A police stop for a seat belt violation turned into a drug arrest along Cookeville’s Broad Street Wednesday. 30-year-old Stacy B. Igou, 37-year-old Herman Conley, and 39-year-old Stacy Lynn Brockington of Cookeville face simple possession charges after police found 1.25 grams of methamphetamine in the car. Two of the people in the car also had active arrest warrants. Read More »

Tint Stop Turns Into Cookeville Drug Arrest

A Monday morning traffic stop for tinted windows turned into a drug arrest along Cookeville’s Willow Avenue. 20-year-old Brince Couch of Red Boiling Springs and 21-year-old Justin Dixon of Lafayette face simple possession charges and drug paraphernalia charges. Cookeville Police stopped the pair as they drove just after 12:30am on Willow Avenue. The 1996 Nissan pickup had illegal window tinting. ... Read More »

Crossville Woman Dies In I-40 Crash

A Crossville woman died and a passenger suffered injuries Friday morning in an accident along Interstate 40. 36-year-old Krista L. Brock died when the 2005 Jeep she was driving went off the right side of I-40, went down an embankment and struck multiple trees. Brock traveling westbound around 9:00am on I-40 near the 312 mile marker when the accident occurred. ... Read More »

Renovations On Jets Football Stadium Begin Next Week

A pre-construction meeting with the contractor completed Friday, work will begin on renovations to the Cumberland County High School Football Stadium next week. Upland Design Group’s Kim Chamberlin said crews will begin arriving Monday to get setup for the renovation project. “We’ll see work on that starting soon and that’s got a 90-day time period on it,” Chamberlin said. “It’ll ... Read More »

Drug Take Back Event Saturday

Your chance to help reduce the Upper Cumberland’s Opioid problem comes Saturday. The spring Drug Take Back event will happen in Putnam, Overton, Dekalb, and Jackson Counties Saturday. Law enforcement will be setup at locations across the region accepting old prescriptions you no longer need or use. More than 456 tons of prescription medicine were removed from medicine cabinets nationwide ... Read More »

Two Local Photographers Featured In Wildlife Calendar

Cookeville Photographer Christopher Nelson and Smithville’s Danielle Knowles will be featured in the 2018-2019 Tennessee Wildlife Magazine Calendar. Nelson and Knowles finished among the 13 best photographers in a statewide contest. Judges selected the works from hundreds of entries. The calendar features wildlife species native to the state as well as fishing and hunting scenes from specific areas of the ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Unemployment Down In March

Unemployment decreased slightly across the Upper Cumberland during March according to statistics released Thursday by the state. Only Van Buren County reported a slightly higher unemployment number in March over February. Putnam County saw unemployment claims drop 0.1 percent between February and March to 3.5 percent. The 3.5 percent number in both Putnam and Pickett Counties, the lowest in the ... Read More »