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Van Buren County Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

Van Buren County authorities have arrested a registered sex offender from Rock Island on two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. A TBI investigation has revealed that 51-year-old Robert Steven McCormack was responsible for incidents of sexual exploitation of a minor that took place in May and July of 2017. A Van Buren County grand jury has returned indictments ... Read More »

Jackson Man Arrested After Pursuit In Putnam County Monday

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Jackson Tennessee man after a police chase ended in Putnam County Monday afternoon. 25-year-old Antonio D. McFern faces charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, simple possession, and driving on a suspended license. According to the THP, McFern allegedly fled a traffic stop in Smith County and lead troopers on a lengthy pursuit. The chase ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners To Consider New Budget Next Week

Putnam County Commissioners will consider approving the new fiscal year budget next week. The highlights of the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget include funding for six new school resource officers and a cost of living raise for county employees. County Executive Randy Porter said regular employees will receive $1,800 and public safety employees will get an additional $2,000. “That is intentional ... Read More »

Two Killed In DeKalb County Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that two people died after a pickup truck crashed in DeKalb County this morning. The crash happened on Old Mill Hill Road. The THP identified the deceased as 56-year-old Michael Murphy of Liberty and 50-year-old Angelia Burke of Crossville. According to DeKalb County authorities, a motorcycle rider came upon Murphy lying in the roadway about ... Read More »

Country Farm And Home Opens In Rickman

Country Farm and Home Center opened it’s second Upper Cumberland store Monday The newest family-operated farm, home, building, and garden center is located on Highway 111 in Rickman. “I think it will be a really good location because it’s close enough to Cookeville and the interstate to where we can get a big draw from Putnam County,” owner John Scott ... Read More »

Several Roads In Baxter To Receive Facelift

The city of Baxter plans to pave a few roads recently damaged from water and sewer line repairs. Mayor John Martin said several citizens have complained about the road conditions on 1st Avenue and 4th Avenue North. “We are going to bring a paving machine down and do it right. There’s quite a few dips and holes,” Martin said. “It’s ... Read More »

Hormann Breaks Ground On $64 Million Manufacturing Facility

Hormann Group broke ground Friday afternoon on it’s $64 million facility in White County. “We are most excited to be here in White County today,” Hormann North America President Camrom Rudd said. “This is the largest single site investment by Hormann in the United States.” State Senator Paul Bailey said the project also represents the single largest one-time financial investment ... Read More »

Rise Partners Purchase Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza

Chattanooga-based Rise Partners recently acquired Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza. The real estate development, acquisition, and redevelopment company closed on the West Jackson Street property about two weeks ago. Rise Partners founding partner Matt Phillips said the group plans to continue helping current tenants and bring new retailers to Cookeville. “The Sears box right in the Center is now closed and we ... Read More »

Monterey Receives Grant For Sewer Improvements

The state has awarded Monterey with a $475,000 Community Development Block Grant. Grant writer Dawn Kupferer said that funding will be used for sewer system improvements. “Projects like this can be real economic drivers. A lot of times these are not projects that the citizens recognize as helping build business, but they are,” Kupferer said. “Once Monterey is able to ... Read More »

Putnam County Candidates Participate in Meet-and-Greets

Putnam County Candidates attended multiple events Tuesday in an effort to garner more votes prior to the August 2 election. George Halford is the President and CEO of the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce, which hosted two of the day’s events. He said he was impressed not only by the turnout of the candidates, but by the general public as well. ... Read More »