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Cookeville Rescue Mission Launches Long-Term Program

The Cookeville Rescue Mission has launched a long-term program for its residents. Executive Director Bruce Bailey said the mission wants to move past the concept of being a 30 day emergency shelter. “We use a concept based on ACEs, which is Adverse Childhood Experiences. We found that many people get into addiction and other lifestyles that they need to move ... Read More »

State Relies On Programs To Stress Wildfire Protection

State foresters rely on the Fire Wise USA program to help educate people about the dangers of wildfires. Assistant District Forester Jim Dale said the program puts an emphasis on home protection and community involvement. “Here in Tennessee we promote the idea because in many cases it’s the little things that burn homes down. It’s not the catastrophic fires that ... Read More »

Bridgestone To Expand Warren County Plant

Bridgestone America announced Friday plans to expand its tire manufacturing plant in Morrison. The Nashville-based company said it will spend $40 million to add 32,000 square feet to its Warren County plant, where it produces commercial truck and bus radial tires. The three year project will allow the plant to make 275 more tires daily and meet market demand. Plans ... Read More »

Water Boil Advisory Lifted In Monterey

A water boil advisory for Monterey residents has been lifted. Water plant supervisor Duane Jarrett said water samples came back clean this afternoon, allowing the advisory to end. Jarrett and state officials implemented the water boil advisory yesterday morning after a water main break drained the town’s entire water supply. The cancelled advisory allows Monterey residents to safely consume water. Read More »

Volunteers Needed For Rescue Mission Bell Ringing

The Cookeville Rescue Mission needs about 950 volunteers for this year’s Sound of Hope bell ringing event. Rescue Mission Executive Director Bruce Bell said the event officially gets underway the day after Thanksgiving. “We are still in need of about 900 people. One of the great things this year is that some churches and groups have elected to take an ... Read More »

False Claims Act Lawsuit Filed Against Pain Clinics

The U.S. government has filed suit against a Franklin, Tennessee-based pain management clinic. The lawsuit accuses MedManagement Inc. and owner Michael Kestner of False Claims Act conduct for single tendon origin or insertion injections (TOI). The lawsuit alleges Williams and physician Lisabeth Smolenski devised a scheme to operate interventional pain management clinics by fraudulently billing Medicare and TRICARE for injections ... Read More »

Monterey Looks For Improvement After Water Issue

Monterey officials plan to discuss protocols and ways to be better prepared in case another major water loss situation occurs. A water main break drained the town’s entire water supply Wednesday night and forced area schools to close on Thursday. Water plant supervisor Duane Jarrett said he plans to discuss the incident with the board of mayor and aldermen during ... Read More »

Adams Request For New Trial Denied

The Tennessee Appellate Court upheld the conviction and sentence of a Putnam County man charged with felony robbery. A jury previously convicted John Adams III of aggravated robbery and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Adams and two other men planned the robbery of the Burgess Falls Shell station in June 2014, pointing a gun at the cashier and ... Read More »

Gainesboro Grade Crash Results In DUI Charge

Authorities have charged a Cookeville man with second offense DUI after he crashed his vehicle into a power pole Thursday afternoon. The crash happened on Gainesboro Grade near Chester King Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the driver as 47-year-old Donald Bandy. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol Crash report, Bandy was traveling west on Gainesboro Grade when his vehicle ... Read More »

Ansei America To Expand In Jackson County

An automotive parts company plans to expand its operation in Jackson County. County Mayor Randy Heady said Ansei America will be increasing the size of its Highway 53 location by more than a third. “They are out of room. They have got to have some expansion space for inventory and for some new injection molding machines,” Heady said. “It’s a ... Read More »