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State Safety Report Highlights Concern Areas in Schools

The Putnam County School System is using grant funding to address safety concerns highlighted in a recent report from the state Department of Education. (File Photo)

The Tennessee Department of Education’s ‘Safety First’ report highlights several areas needing improvement regarding school security. Putnam County’s Deputy Director of Schools, Corby King, says the school system has already begun addressing several of those issues. “Some of those areas that were identified as needing improvement were also identified in Putnam County,” King says. “We’re utilizing money we received from ... Read More »

FDA Ruling Unlikely to Effect Vape Shops

The FDA anounced Thursday it would prevent access to flavored vape products to help reduce teen smoking and vaping trends (Stock Photo)

The FDA’s decision to crack-down on flavored e-cigarette cartridges will likely have no effect on vape shops. Austin ‘Shazam’ Phifer of Doc’s Vape Escape in Cookeville says heavy regulations prevent teens from even entering the store, let alone purchasing from them. “Inside of these kinds of businesses, like a vape shop, it’s 18 and up. You can’t make a purchase ... Read More »

Monterey HS Likely to Use Inclement Weather Day after Thurs. Closure

Monterey High School will likely need to use one of its 13 inclement weather days following Thursday's water main break. (File Photo)

The Putnam County School System will petition for Monterey High School to use an inclement weather day after being closed for a water main break Thursday. Deputy Director of Schools Corby King says the district usually submits a petition if a school closure can’t be prevented. “We can petition for a waiver to use one of the inclement weather days ... Read More »

Bunker Hill Resident Concerned with Rezoning Plan

A Cookeville man along Bunker Hill Road is concerned an ordinance rezoning nearby property may increase the number of accidents in the area.

A Cookeville man is concerned plans to rezone property along Bunker Hill Road may increase the number of accidents in the area. Fred Ray lives along Bunker Hill and says the proposed addition of a new subdivision could create more harm than good. “The curve that’s on Bunker Hill Road, right at Messenger Road and right at Dustin Lane, [it’s ... Read More »

Health Insurance Sign-Up Window Closes Dec. 15

Health insurance providers are encouraging people to sign-up for policies with open enrollment ending Dec. 15. Account Executive Gabe Colwell of Swallows Insurance says knowing the prominent providers in the region is critical. “Blue Cross Blue Shield is usually who we sell through because the majority of doctors and hospitals in our area and in Nashville accept it,” Colwell says. ... Read More »

Cookeville Surpluses Police Car to Baxter

Baxter Police will soon receive a surplused police car once used by the Cookeville Police Department. Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans says he’s glad the department can assist other law enforcement in the area. “[The car] was still serviceable to some degree and it will start. A lot of times we surplus vehicles that are not serviceable,” Evans says. “So ... Read More »

Vehicle Hits Pole, Causes Outages on Gainesboro Grade

Crews are working to restore power to customers in Northwest Putnam and Southern Jackson Counties after a vehicle struck a power line Thursday.

Northwest Putnam and Southwest Jackson County residents are currently without power after an accident along Gainesboro Grade Thursday afternoon. Public Safety Coordinator Brandon Smith says a vehicle struck TVA power lines with outages reported as far north as Gainesboro. “Upper Cumberland Electric crews are on the scene and working on resolving the problem, but we don’t have an estimate from ... Read More »

Select Cookeville, Crossville Businesses Offering Instacart

Select businesses in Cookeville and Crossville, including Publix at Eagle Point, will begin offering delivery service through Instacart. (File Photo)

Select businesses in Cookeville and Crossville will begin offering delivery through Instacart. Senior Operations Manager Daniel Gould says the service will be helpful to those looking to prepare for Thanksgiving next week. “Whether it’s closing things up for work around the holidays, family or friends coming into town, people are more and more crunched for time,” Gould says. “What Instacart ... Read More »

Veterans Services Aids Those with Emotional, Mental Health Needs

The Veterans Services Office looks to assist servicemen and women who struggle with emotional or mental health needs. Putnam County Veterans Services Officer Mark Harris says the organization tries to guide those in need of help to the proper resources. “What we do is we help them put their claim together,” Harris says. “First of all they have to have ... Read More »

Bargain Furnitiure Reopening in Cookeville

Bargain Furniture will soon reopen in Cookeville featuring a brand-new facility. Cookeville Planning Director James Mills reports the building will be located at 1201 South Jefferson Avenue across from Upper Cumberland Auto Sales near the AMC Theater. Mills says Hilltop Excavating is helping construct the new 26,000 square ft. facility. Original signs pointed to a mid-November opening date. Read More »