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Livingston Hires New Police Officer

The City of Livingston has hired a new police officer. Livingston PD Chief Greg Etheredge said Fred Stanfa will replace an officer who left for another agency. “Mr. Fred Stanfa is a certified police officer and has moved to Livingston,” Etheredge said. “I really need to put somebody else back to work. He’s passed all of our interviews and background. ... Read More »

Secondary Testing Finds Three Schools With High Lead Levels

Drinking water sources at three Putnam County schools continue to show elevated levels of lead. Facilities Maintenance Supervisor John Magura said the results stem from secondary testing that occurred at six schools last month. “Lab results for the retest indicate that all locations are within EPA acceptable lead levels in drinking water except for three sinks at Cornerstone Elementary School ... Read More »

Danner Signs Disaster Declaration

Overton County Executive Ben Danner signed a State of Emergency Declaration Friday. Danner said he made the decision based on recent weather events and forecasted weather from the National Weather Service. “We’ve had several roads washed out and flooded,” Danner said. “The pond up at the intersection and 4 way market is up to capacity right now. The National Weather ... Read More »

Cookeville Men Charged With Home Break-In

Two men from Cookeville face charges for allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a person. Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office have charged Matthew W. Murray and Thomas Edward Rodriguez with aggravated burglary. According to warrants obtained Friday, the two men kicked in the front door of the home on or about January 16 and physically assaulted the ... Read More »

New Company Coming To Baxter

A business based out of Turkey will soon open in Baxter. Mayor John Martin said the company, Anatolia, specializes in cutting granite and marble. “They’re also going to have the capability of cutting steel,” Martin said. “Fixtur World is a big customer of theirs. Fixtur World is going to build the building. It’s going to be 12,000 square foot building ... Read More »

School Board Holds Off On Requesting Money For New School

The Putnam County Board of Education voted Thursday to wait a little longer before asking the county commission to provide funding for a new school. Chairman Dawn Fry said the board wants to make sure the number fits with what the county can afford. “There’s always a concern with going to ask for money,” Fry said. “I know that there’s ... Read More »

School Board Votes To Begin Search For Director Of Schools

The Putnam County Board of Education voted Thursday to begin advertising the director of schools position. Chairman Dawn Fry said the board has selected a 12 member committee to lead the national search. “We will post tomorrow and see what applications we get,” Fry said. “Hopefully, in April we will be able to have a decision with a new director ... Read More »

Dowelltown Man Charged With Assaulting Woman Wednesday

Cookeville Police have arrested a Dowelltown man for allegedly assaulting a woman. Officers charged Allen Lee Bryson, Jr, with aggravated assault Wednesday evening. He’s under $30,000 bond at the Putnam County Jail. An arrest warrant said Bryson pushed the woman to the floor and brandished a knife as she got up from the ground. The report said a witness confirmed ... Read More »

Human Skull Found At Van Buren, Sequatchie County Line

The TBI continues to pursue leads to determine the identify of a human skull found near the Van Buren and Sequatchie County line. The law enforcement agency said Thursday that authorities located the skull last weekend in a wooded area off Pleasant Hills Cemetery. Officials have asked anyone with information to call 1-800-TBI-Find. Read More »

Monterey Aldermen Vote To Host Dance For Students

Thanks to the town of Monterey, Burks Elementary School students can dance the night away next week. Town aldermen voted this week to host a free Valentines Day dance for grades 4-8. Alderman Nathan Walker said the board stepped in after the school decided to not have a 6th grade dance this year. “All that aside, I saw it as ... Read More »