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Regional Heat Index Values Expected To Hit 100+ Degrees Tuesday

A brief heat wave is expected to hit the Upper Cumberland over the next couple days. Putnam County EMA Director Tyler Smith said residents around the area should be prepared for rising temperatures through Tuesday. “The best thing for folks to do for tomorrow, especially in the hottest part of the day, is limit outdoor activities,” Smith said. “Drink plenty ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Counties See Rising Senior Populations

A report from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities (TCAD) shows senior populations are rising in the Upper Cumberland. TCAD’s 2019 State of Aging report indicates Upper Cumberland counties have experienced senior growths between 1.67 and 3.5 percent. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said the agency works to address the needs of seniors across the region. “We are in ... Read More »

Five-Vehicle Crash Kills One In Putnam County

A Cookeville man died and an eight-year-old was injured during a five-vehicle crash on I-40 in Putnam County Saturday (File Photo)

A Cookeville man died Saturday during a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Putnam County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the deceased as 37-year-old Michael Silvey. According to a crash report, the accident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. when Silvey was traveling west in the eastbound lanes. The report states 21-year-old Caleb Green, of Crossville, swerved to avoid hitting ... Read More »

Porter To Propose Seeking RFPs on New Solid Waste Technology

Putnam County’s Fiscal Review Committee will consider a motion Monday to seek proposals on new solid waste technology. Mayor Randy Porter said Putnam County and the rest of the state has been tasked with finding ways to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. “We’ve been looking at alternatives on what we can do,” Porter said. “So I’m looking ... Read More »

Price Murder Case Heading To Putnam Grand Jury

A Putnam County grand jury will determine the fate of a man charged with killing a woman in Cookeville. 38-year-old Andrew Price appeared in court Friday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. He’s facing multiple charges for the May, 2019 stabbing death of 22-year-old Kelsey Lamb. During the hearing, District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway presented three testimonies from Cookeville Police personnel ... Read More »

Bailey Named TDDA’s Legislator of the Year

The Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA) has named State Senator Paul Bailey its Legislator of the Year. According to a press release, the award is given to on the basis of nominations from each of Tennessee’s nine development districts, including the UCDD. UCDD Executive Director Mark Farley said in the release the award goes to state lawmakers who “put forth ... Read More »

Two Arrested For Using Fake Money At Cookeville Stores

Authorities arrested two people on multiple charges for passing fake currency at Cookeville stores. Cookeville Police arrested 28-year-old Jamontrae Ridley, of Columbia, and 39-year-old Thomas Givens, of Clarksville, on Monday. Arrest warrants state officers received a tip that two subjects were using counterfeit $100 bills at multiple Cookeville locations. Both suspects were identified on video using the fake currency at ... Read More »

Dr. Joe Miller Named New Director Of York Institute

The Tennessee Department of Education has selected Dr. Joe Miller as the new director of the Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown. Department officials made the announcement via press release Friday. According to the release, Miller comes to AYI from Claiborne County where he most recently served as the director of schools. While in Claiborne County, Miller helped turn a ... Read More »

Cookeville High Student Arrested For Making Threats

Putnam County authorities have arrested a Cookeville High School student for threatening to shoot up the school. A statement released by Principal Max Petett Friday said the arrest took place late Thursday night at the student’s home. According to the release, the student was overheard by another making threats to bring an assault rifle to school. The student then told ... Read More »

Fiesta Cancun Pays $271k In Owed Wages, Fines After DOL Investigation

Fiesta Cancun of Cookeville has paid over $271,000 in fines and owed wages following a federal investigation. The United States Department of Labor (DOL) made the announcement via press release Thursday. According to the release, Fiesta Cancun violated minimum wage requirements by failing to pay servers for the hours they worked. Fiesta Cancun also failed to pay required overtime to ... Read More »