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Algood Man Charged After Hit And Run

An Algood man faces charges after he left the scene of a vehicle accident Sunday. Algood Police charged Christopher Burkett with DUI, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident. An arrest report said Burkett was traveling South on Cooper Road when the accident occurred. The report said his Honda Civic struck a tree after striking a vehicle, which ... Read More »

Schools Director Search To Begin In Cumberland County

The search for a new director of schools will begin in Cumberland County this week. The board of education voted last week to begin advertising the position on Wednesday. 6th District board member Tom Netherton said the search should not go nationwide. “We need to stay in state where people understand our school system,” Netherton said. “I do think we ... Read More »

Monterey To Discuss New Funding For Flood Mitigation Project

Money allocated from Governor Bill Lee’s administration might be used to fund the second phase of Monterey’s flood mitigation project. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the $46,790 would place a new culvert and stormwater channel system under Railroad Avenue. “This will compliment our efforts to alleviate flooding in Whitaker Park and on the North side of the railroad tracks,” Wiggins said. ... Read More »

Warren Authorities Investigating Tri-Green Break-In

Warren County authorities have asked the public for help in solving a recent burglary at Tri-Green John Deere Equipment. The incident took place at approximately 7 p.m. February 13. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office released security footage on Friday showing the suspect vehicle and three suspects involved in the crime. The male subjects stole what appeared to be at least ... Read More »

Handguns, Variety of Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

A convicted felon from Memphis faces charges after Cookeville Police found him possessing guns and a variety of drugs Thursday. Officers came in contact with Patrick Smith after conducting a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 40. According to an arrest warrant, officers searched the vehicle and found ecstasy, cocaine, Xanax, THC infused gummies, and two handguns. A records check ... Read More »

Planners Approve Jake Hoot Drive

The Cookeville Planning Commission has voted to rename Foundation Drive to Jake Hoot Drive. Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity submitted the request to rename the street. Planning Director John Ward said the organization wanted to honor Hoot for winning the 17th season of NBC’s “The Voice.” “The procedure for street naming and renaming is provided in the municipal code for ... Read More »

Planning Director Discusses 2020 Activities

The Cookeville Planning Commission has approved a report outlining planned activities for the coming year. Planning Director John Ward said one project will involve the implementation of Cookeville’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation plan. “I hope we can accomplish some of the recommendations out of that plan,” Ward said. “I think those are amenities that really make our community desirable. People ... Read More »

DeKalb Applied For Home Repair Grant

The DeKalb County Commission has voted to apply for a $500,000 Home program grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The Home program funding helps low income senior citizens and individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to rehabilitate their homes. If approved, at least 10 or more homeowners could get help with issues such as plumbing, unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, ... Read More »

American Job Center Opens Location In Gainesboro

The American Job Center has opened a location in Gainesboro. Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady said efforts to open a local workforce office began when he took office two years ago. “I knew how important it was for this opportunity to be as accessible as possible,” Heady said. “I feel like we put these impediments in front of our citizens ... Read More »

Smithville Man Accused Of Sexual Contact With Minor

DeKalb County authorities have arrested a man who allegedly had sexual contact with a minor female two years ago. Indictments charge 39-year-old Hoss Lee Stith with sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual battery by an authority figure. An arrest warrant said Stith had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female and possessed less than 50 images of minors engaged in ... Read More »