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Putnam Co. Schools Releasing Report Cards Today

The Putnam County School System will begin issuing grades 3-12 report cards today. In a written statement, school officials said the TCAP TNReady scores for grades 3-8 and high school will not be part of the student’s final grade. The district has decided to no longer wait for the release of those scores. “PCSS sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience the ... Read More »

Fire Destroys DeKalb County Home

A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a DeKalb County home. DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department officials said the blaze broke out at a home on Rolling Acres Road off Cookeville Highway. Fire Chief Donny Green said two people occupied the home when the fire occurred. A man and his grandson reportedly heard a loud bang and discovered the back deck engulfed ... Read More »

Putnam County Gets New County Commissioner

Putnam County has a new County Commission member. The commission has chosen Jimmy Neal to fill out the unexpired term of 9th District commissioner Daryl Blair. Blair resigned earlier this year to focus on being Cookeville’s new fire chief. Neal is a Lieutenant with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and says serving the community is something he’s always wanted to do. ... Read More »

Putnam Commission Votes To Fund Health Insurance Increase

The Putnam County Commission voted to fund a $625,000 employee health insurance increase Monday night. The commission voted 15-3 to fund the employee portion of the increase. “I think our prime asset inside the county has to be our employees,” County Executive Randy Porter said. “Pay has increased with all the new jobs coming into our county and some of ... Read More »

Commission Rejects Land Purchase For New Fairgrounds

The Putnam County Commission voted down a recommendation Monday night to purchase 92 acres of property off of Interstate 40 for a new fairgrounds and expo center. Fifth District Commissioner Bobby Williams was one of 11 commissioners to vote no. Williams said the county just doesn’t have the money to purchase the $2.5 million property and build a new fairgrounds ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Dies In Sunday Morning Fire

A Sunday morning fire has claimed the life of a Cookeville woman. Cookeville Fire Department officials said the fire broke out shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Windsor Street. Fire Chief Daryl Blair said the first team to arrive on scene found smoke and fire inside the kitchen area. “The second team that came in behind them was responsible for search ... Read More »

Juvenile Killed In Warren County Crash

A two vehicle crash in Warren County has claimed the life of a Smyrna teenager. The crash happened at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 70. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Craig Mears was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway-70. A report states that Mears’s 2005 Toyota struck a 2012 Nissan head on in the westbound ... Read More »

Missing Kayaker Found Dead In Warren County

The Warren County Rescue Squad recovered the body of a drowning victim Sunday. The body of Ernest Wade was recovered on the Collins River near the Shellsford area. Authorities say Wade never resurfaced after his kayak overturned Sunday morning. The Warren County Rescue Squad, the TWRA, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Warren County EMS assisted with the recovery. Read More »

Crossville Man Agrees To 19-Year Prison Sentence

A 21-year-old Crossville man has received a 19-year prison sentence for inappropriately touching a child in July of last year. Neil Allen Corson originally faced a charge of rape of a child. This week, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual battery. As part of his sentence he will be required to register as a sex offender ... Read More »

Fentress Co. To Select New Sheriff July 17th

The Fentress County Commission interviewed five candidates for the permanent sheriff’s position Thursday night. The commission will select a candidate when they meet July 17th and the person selected will be sworn in the following day. County Executive J. Michael Cross said he and the commission want someone with high integrity and good leadership skills. “We also want them to ... Read More »