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Cookeville PD Investigating Early Morning Shooting

The Cookeville Police Department has launched an investigation into an early Friday morning shooting. Officers responded to Cookeville Regional Medical Center at 1:25 a.m. after a female arrived suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim informed detectives that a person wearing a dark hoodie approached and shot her as she walked along Jere Whitson Road. The unidentified suspect left the ... Read More »

Informational Meetings Scheduled For Future Overton Habitat Home

Do you have an interest in owning the future Habitat for Humanity home in Overton County? If so, you need to attend one of two informational meetings scheduled for next week. Trent Carter is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity organization. “With these meetings we’re hoping to accomplish getting people more excited about the Homeownership ... Read More »

Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility Completed

Contractors have completed construction for Putnam County’s household hazardous waste disposal facility. County Mayor Randy Porter said residents should be able to use the building later this month. “We’re going through the punch list and installing the equipment that we had to put inside the building,” Porter said. “We’re hoping to have a grand opening of the building coming up ... Read More »

Recruitment Efforts Heating Up For 2020 Census

Recruiting efforts for the 2020 Census will heat up this month. Sherry Jackson is a representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. She said a $250 million national ad campaign begins January 14 to get more people aware of the upcoming population count. “Because in mid-March every household within the U.S. will receive an invitation to respond to the Census at ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

A Cookeville man has landed behind bars for allegedly sharing child pornography on social media. Cookeville Police charged Bryan K. Beyette with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor. Officers conducted a search warrant at beyette’s home last month as part of an investigation into a Facebook cybertip. An arrest warrant said the 49-year-old admitted ... Read More »

$50,000 Powerball Winner In Cookeville

A Powerball player in Cookeville won $50,000 Wednesday night. Tennessee Lottery officials said the unidentified person matched four of the five white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball. The lucky person purchased the ticket from the Interstate Drive Publix. No information about the winner is available until the prize is claimed. Read More »

New Fire Stations Almost Ready For Use

Putnam County hopes to open two new fire stations early this year. Mayor Randy Porter said construction will remain on schedule if the weather permits. “The one on Monterey Highway was the first one we started and that one is almost complete,” Mayor Porter said. “Our goal is to be able to have the fire station open sometime early part ... Read More »

Nix Charged With Violating Sex Offender Registry

Putnam County authorities have arrested a Cookeville man for violating the sex offender registry. Arrest warrants accuse Billy Joe Nix of failing to report for quarterly registration and not disclosing required information to authorities. The report also accuses Nix of absconding from supervision by not reporting to his probation officer and failing to attend sex offender classes. The 45-year-old became ... Read More »

Algood Farmer’s Market Work To Ramp Up This Month

The Algood Farmer’s Market project will ramp up shortly after the new year. City Administrator Keith Morrison said TCAT Livingston students will begin constructing the structure when they return from winter break. “As soon as January 1st hits, we anticipate moving forward on the construction of that facility,” Morrison said. “We’ve received quite a few compliments on it, as well ... Read More »

School Officials, County Commission Gearing Up For New School Funding Talks

School officials and county commissioners will begin funding discussions early this year for Putnam County’s newest school. Superintendent Jerry Boyd said those conversations will center around plans for constructing a K-8 facility. “We’re going to give them (county commission) the best estimate of cost, based on square footage and the current cost to construct,” Boyd said. “Of course, if the ... Read More »