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Overton Health And Rehab Project Begins Monday

The Overton County Health and Rehab Center renovation project gets underway Monday. OCHRC Public Information Officer Scott Stevens said the facility will have a new entrance while the work takes place. “The original nursing home for Overton County will be demolished and we have new entrances. You will come in off the Bradford Hicks bypass to get to our new ... Read More »

Work To Begin Soon At Baxter Seminary Park

It won’t be much longer until work begins on the new Baxter Seminary Park. That according to Mayor John Martin. “We had a meeting last week and we are getting ready to do the sidewalks on the initial part of our park,” Martin said. “We’re just waiting to hear back from the people that are going to be doing the ... Read More »

Reels To Propose Assisted Living Facility At Former Uffelman Campus

A Monterey Aldermen would like to see the city purchase the former Uffelman Elementary School. JJ Reels said it could be an ideal spot for an assisted living facility. “What if we could acquire that building and convert it into an assisted living facility? It’s already got a cafeteria in it and a gym that could be a place for ... Read More »

Computer Outage Affecting Blood Assurance

A computer outage is causing issues with scheduling appointments at Blood Assurance. Cookeville Blood Assurance Account Manager Trudy Cody said the outage has prevented appointments from being made online and over the phone, but locations are still open and accepting blood. Phone lines are also down, but hospitals are calling cell phones to place stat orders. Cody said the organization ... Read More »

Driver Airlifted Following Crash In Baxter

One person suffered injuries during a crash at Highway 56 and the Interstate 40 off-ramp Friday. Baxter Police Chief Danny Holmes said crews responded to the crash at 9:45 a.m. “There was a car traveling South on Highway 56 and a tractor-trailer truck was coming off the ramp,” Holmes said. “He lost all of his brakes and plowed right into ... Read More »

Smithville Man Charged With Second DUI

A Smithville man will answer to his second DUI charge during an April 25th court appearance. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Ricardo Carabeo on Sunday for allegedly driving drunk with two small children inside his car. Deputies conducted a traffic stop after observing Carabeo’s vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. Arrest warrants indicate Carabeo had a ... Read More »

Insects Beginning To Invade Homes

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Have you had a problem with insects invading your homes? If so, Cookeville’s PestPro owner Steven Wheeler said you’re not alone, and ants seem to be the most common intruder right now. “It seems like they kind of sprung a little bit earlier than they normally do,” Wheeler said. “I don’t think we had a very harsh winter, which…the colder ... Read More »

Monterey Chief Concerned After Wednesday Fire

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The Monterey Fire Department had a delayed response to a fire that damaged a housing authority unit Wednesday. The Putnam County Fire Department arrived on the scene first because Monterey had no firefighters available at the station. Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters said the incident backs up his request for the city to hire some part-time firemen. “This is a ... Read More »

Grease Fire Damages Monterey Home Wednesday

A housing authority unit in Monterey suffered damage during a grease fire Wednesday afternoon. Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters said the Red Cross will be assisting the family. “We had to pull the meter because of the electrical issues,” Peters said. “It’s probably going to take gutting the whole kitchen area and there’s some light smoke damage in the living ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Facing Rough Allergy Season's National Allergy Map shows high pollen counts across the state and most of the Southeastern United States (Photo:

It could be a rough spring for allergy sufferers. Erin Rohman is a board-certified allergist for Cookeville’s Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center. “I do know that we’ve already seen quite of bit of pollen and it’s been pretty high,” Rohman said. “What people forget about a lot is that in our area we also have mold, which is a year-round ... Read More »