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Cookeville Rescue Mission Opens Additional Warming Shelter

The Cookeville Rescue Mission will open a temporary warming shelter as it deals with an influx of people looking to escape the cold weather. Executive Director Bruce Bailey said the mission has hit max capacity with it’s bed spaces. “We were maxed out on our normal bed space and then we had nine additional people come in,” Bailey said, “so ... Read More »

Cumberland County SRO Recovering From Injuries

A Cumberland County deputy is recovering at home after he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Gary Howard said Wednesday Deputy Scott Iles sustained injuries to his head which required over 200 stitches, a cracked sternum, and damage to his knee. “Scott is in good spirits and is missing his young friends ... Read More »

Commission Rejects Pay Increase Proposals

The Putnam County Commission won’t be seeing a pay increase after the government body rejected two proposals Tuesday night. The commission voted 14-8 to reject one proposal that would have put commissioner pay at 4.6 percent of County Mayor Randy Porter’s $104,444 salary. Commissioners currently make $400 a month. Cindy Adams said she doesn’t oppose a pay increase for commissioners, ... Read More »

Clarkrange Man Arrested, Charged in Lake Tansi Shooting Death

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a man Tuesday for charges related to a deadly weekend shooting in Cumberland County. Authorities have charged 35-year-old Kirk Douglas Clark of Clarkrange with one count of first degree murder. Clark was arrested during a traffic stop at the Travel Plaza on Interstate Drive. He’s facing additional charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful ... Read More »

Putnam FD Stresses Safety When Using Heating Devices

The Putnam County Fire Department wants you to keep safety in mind when using portable heaters. Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Globerger said the department has responded to a number of heater-related calls over the past few days. “When we hit a cold snap, a majority of our calls are usually because of space heaters and other devices that people are ... Read More »

Sparta Seeking Additional Funding For Sewer System

The town of Sparta hopes to improve it’s sewer system with Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funding. City Administrator Chris Dorsey said the potential grant monies would help upgrade the city’s lift station. “That lift station has been around for quite a while and basically needs to be replaced,” Dorsey said. “We’re hoping that the total cost on that will ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Allegedly Assaults Wife And Children

41-year-old Romelio Martinez of Cookeville faces multiple charges after allegedly assaulting his wife and children Saturday. (Photo: Putnam Co. Jail Roster)

Cookeville Police arrested a man Saturday for allegedly assaulting his wife and two daughters at their Woodland Avenue home. 41-year-old Romelio Martinez faces two counts of assault and one count of aggravated assault. Arrest warrants indicate Martinez had been drinking when he struck his 12-year-old in the side and punched his 13-year-old daughter in the head. The warrant also said ... Read More »

Crossville Holds Off On Vehicle For Medical Director

The Crossville City Council has delayed action on providing a vehicle for the city and county medical director to use. Mayor James Mayberry said he wanted to hold off on the purchase until the city approves a new budget. “I could see discussing this when we are looking at the fire department’s total overall budget in the upcoming budget season,” ... Read More »

BOLO Issued After High Speed Pursuit

Putnam County authorities have issued a BOLO alert after a high-speed pursuit Monday morning. The chase began when troopers attempted to stop a grey Nissan Altima on Interstate 40 westbound near the 291-mile marker. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the vehicle refused to stop and eventually took the Willow Avenue exit and headed into Cookeville City limits. Troopers lost contact ... Read More »

Anti-Fraternization Policy Change Up For Consideration Tuesday

Putnam County Commissioners will consider changing a policy on Tuesday that prohibits dating and marriage between county department employees. The motion to waive the fraternization policy for EMS will go before the commission without a recommendation from the Planning Committee. EMS Director Tommy Copeland said relaxing the policy for his department would allow him to fill more positions. “In fairness, ... Read More »