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Gainesboro Man Presumed Dead After Jet Ski Accident

A 52-year-old Gainesboro man is presumably dead following a jet ski accident at the Dale Hollow Reservoir Wednesday. Clay County EMA Director Natalie Boone said two witnesses saw the man crash but didn’t resurface after hitting the water. “The story that we got from the witnesses who were with him stated that he hit a wave from another boat that ... Read More »

Monterey to Live Más with new Taco Bell

Monterey officials have announced a new Taco Bell will come to town. According to Mayor Bill Wiggins, the restaurant will be built on Stratton Avenue near the Bank of Putnam County. “This exciting news is a big boost to the effectiveness of our economic plan and reinforces our efforts to keep Monterey competitive, extraordinary, and on the move,” Wiggins said. ... Read More »

Falls Creek Falls Nature Center Opening Delayed

The nature center at Fall Creek Falls State Park is expected to reopen in mid-to-late August after a delay in the renovation process. Park Manager Jacob Young said contractors are beginning to pick up the pace and move to the next phase of the project. “If you drive by it still looks rough but they’re starting to get the pathways ... Read More »

Power Issues Effect State Street, South Willow in Cookeville

Damaged underground lines caused power issues late Wednesday and into Thursday along State Street and South Willow Avenue in Cookeville. That according to Electric Department Director, Tony Peek. He said crews are still working in the area to fix the problem. “We haven’t been able to identify [the issue] yet because it is underground and we’re trying our best to ... Read More »

Monterey Mountain Tops Putnam Transportation Survey

A recent Putnam County transportation survey revealed area residents would like to see a truck lane created on I-40 on Monterey Mountain. The county’s transportation committee met Wednesday to discuss the results of the countywide survey. County Executive Randy Porter said he was surprised the truck lane idea was the public’s number one priority. “I travel I-40 a lot going ... Read More »

Meth Bust Leads to Arrest of Cookeville Woman

A Cookeville woman faces a methamphetamine charge following a search at the Star Motor Inn in Cookeville Tuesday. According to the arrest warrant, Cookeville Police responded to a call at the Inn regarding residents using the substance inside one of the rooms. 48-year-old Shana Randolph was charged after CPD officers found four grams of meth in a backpack, as well ... Read More »

Senior Lifestyles Officially Sold to Absolute Care, LLC

The Senior Lifestyles assisted living facility in Cookeville has officially been sold to Absolute Care, LLC. Matthew Parriott is the Communication Director of the Tennessee State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He confirmed Tuesday the sale of the facility had been completed Monday. Parriott also confirmed a Brandi Lawson is now the license holder for the business. He ... Read More »

Highlands Initiative Aims to Revitalize Auto Industry

The Highlands Economic Partnership looks to revitalize the region’s auto industry as it enters phase four of the organization’s five-year plan. Stephen Crook is the Vice President of Economic Development with the HEP. He said the organization is looking to attract smaller manufacturers that would assist in larger manufacturing plants. “Those OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sites usually involve about 500 ... Read More »

Cookeville Hampton Inn Recognized by Hilton Hotels

Cookeville’s Hampton Inn was awarded the ‘Wall of Fame’ Award from the hotel chain’s parent company, Hilton Hotels. According to a press release, the award is given to the top 15 percent of Hampton Inns based on quality assurance, inspections and guest satisfaction scores for service, and accommodations. Bill Upshaw is the president of Platinum Management Services in Nashville, which ... Read More »

Cookeville Council to Consider Sidewalk Projects

Cookeville City Council will consider approving two sidewalk projects along Interstate Drive and South Jefferson Avenue. Public Works Director Greg Brown said if approved, the projects could start as early as spring 2019. “We’re working on the right-of-way plans right now,” Brown said. “We’re going to have to certify the right-of-way to TDOT. That’s where we’re getting the grant money ... Read More »