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Funding For Cookeville Senior Center Will Not Be Restored

Funding for the Cookeville Senior Center won’t be restored by the Putnam County Commission. Members of the senior center requested funding to be restored during a fiscal review committee meeting Monday night, but none of the commissioners made a motion to restore funding. During this year’s budget process the county decided to eliminate $10,000 in funding for the center that ... Read More »

Monterey Working To Address Dilapidated Buildings

Monterey officials have their sights on cleaning up a few dilapidated buildings around town. Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said the town attorney has filed two lawsuits in Chancery Court seeking to clean up the properties on Commercial Avenue and Emby Street. “Monterey has adopted the 2015 building codes, which makes it the law in Monterey,” Wiggins said. “This is to ... Read More »

Crossville City Manager To Get Pay Raise

The Crossville City Council has approved a 10-percent raise for City Manager Greg Wood. Wood’s salary will now be $88,538. The 10-percent raise was the minimum that Wood could receive under the terms of his current contract. The salary increase coming after Wood received a near perfect six month evaluation score from the city council. The council also gave approval ... Read More »

Star Manufacturing To Hire More Employees In Smithville

Smithville’s Star Manufacturing plans to hire between 35 and 40 new employees. The announcement coming after the completion of the new office work stations built within the existing warehouse. The company plans to add an engineering lab for research purposes and a kitchen for potential customers to test cooking equipment before making purchasing decisions. The addition of the new jobs ... Read More »

Crossville Purchases Two K9 Officers

The City of Crossville has approved the purchase of two new police K-9 officers. One of the K-9’s will replace a retiring K-9 and the other will replace fallen K-9 Officer Cain. The cost of the new canines will be $14,000. Insurance will reimburse the city for the cost to purchase the replacement for K-9 Officer Cain who was recently ... Read More »

Smithville Police Officer injured In Crash

A Smithville police officer suffered injuries in a two vehicle crash Monday morning. The incident happened at the intersection of North Congress Boulevard and East Main Street. Officials said Detective Matt Holmes received treatment at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital following the crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 22-year-old Ethan Byford was traveling North on Congress Boulevard when his 2004 Dodge ... Read More »

DeKalb Co. Schools To Close For Eclipse

DeKalb County Schools will be closed the day of the total solar eclipse. The Board of Education made the decision last night citing concerns with transportation, staffing, and attendance. The board of education had originally planned to keep schools open the day of the eclipse. DeKalb, Smith, Putnam, and Overton County schools will all be closed on August 21st. Read More »

Job Fair To Be Held In Cookeville Next Tuesday

Upper Cumberland residents seeking a job will have an opportunity to get employed next week. The Cookeville Goodwill Career Solutions Center will hold a job fair next Tuesday. Metro Industrial Services and the Bledsoe County Correctional Facility will be seeking to fill at least 50 positions. Job seekers should dress for success as on site interviews will be conducted that ... Read More »

Cost Revealed For Potential Paving Project In Algood

Algood officials have learned the price of a potential paving project in town. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the preliminary price to pave Main Street from Burton Branch Road to Sonic came in a $245,000. “That includes grinding, repaving and redoing the loops for all the traffic lights,” Morrison said. “It will also redo the crosswalks and re stripe that ... Read More »

Gentry Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud And Money laundering

Jeff Gentry has entered a plea of guilty to the charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Gentry pleaded guilty this afternoon in a federal courtroom in Nashville. His case centered around his role in a $43 million ponzi-type-scheme. Authorities said he used his Sparta-based businesses to bilk investors out of some $10 million . A judge has scheduled a ... Read More »