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Charter Spectrum Outage In Cookeville Market

Charter Spectrum says an unknown issue may prevent some residents from accessing 911. Putnam County 911 said Tuesday morning that the problem affects customer in the Cookeville market. Officials said charter customers should use a cellular device to contact 911 in the case of an emergency. Charter does not have an expected time to restore services.   Read More »

Knoxville Man Accused Of Child Sex Crimes

Cumberland County deputies have arrested a Knoxville man for allegedly committing child sex crimes. A grand jury indictment charges 22-year-old Isaac Benjamin Carreras with rape of a child, rape, and statutory rape. According to court documents, the alleged incident took place in January 2018 and involved two victims under the age of 15-years-old. Deputies arrested Carreras at the Anderson County ... Read More »

Over 6,000 Acres Added To Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday announced the addition of 6,229 acres to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park in Cumberland County. The land – known as the Lone Star property – will support wildlife habitat, native ecology and additional public recreation opportunities. A press release said conserving Lone Star became a high priority for the Tennessee State ... Read More »

UCHRA Discusses Building Purchase

The UCHRA hopes to receive a $1 million TDOT grant to purchase a building it has leased for several years. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said purchasing the South Jefferson office complex would save the agency money. “$1 million from TDOT would go towards purchasing the square footage that transportation is using,” Farley said. “Those programs would never pay rent ... Read More »

Jamestown Woman Injured In Highway 62 Crash

A Jamestown woman suffered injuries during a single-vehicle crash in Putnam County Monday. The accident happened on State Highway 62 West. The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the injured driver as 70-year-old Janet Schwartz. A crash report said Schwartz traveled off the right side of the roadway after losing control of her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. Her vehicle proceeded to strike an ... Read More »

Cookeville PD Investigating Saturday Crash

A vehicle struck and injured a Nashville man in Cookeville Saturday evening. The Cookeville Police Department said an air ambulance airlifted 49-year-old Donavan Daniels to Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital for unspecified injuries. The crash happened when Daniels attempted to cross East Jackson Street near Kroger. A CPD statement said Daniels was struck by a 2019 Chevy Tahoe, driven by 52-year-old Dawnetta ... Read More »

Putnam County To Apply For Waterline Extension Grant

Putnam County will apply for a $630,000 grant to extend waterlines to residents without access to public water. The county applied for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) last year, with plans to extend waterlines to Shaw Branch, McBroom Branch, and Green Mountain Road. County Mayor Randy Porter said the state denied the grant application because it did not target ... Read More »

Walnut Village Hits Substantial Completion

The Walnut Village renovation project in Cookeville hit substantial completion earlier this month. The February 5 date came about eight weeks ahead of schedule. Highlands Residential Services Executive Director Dow Harris said finishing early benefits the agency financially. “We’re able to access the tax credits quicker, some of the equity partners get access to their tax credits quicker, and our ... Read More »

Putnam Trustee Issues Property Tax Reminder

Residents have until February 28 to pay property taxes in person at the Putnam County Trustee’s Office. Beginning March 1, interest rates will begin to accrue at 1.5-percent per month until paid. Trustee Freddie Nelson said postmarks dated by Saturday the 29th will be accepted without interest. Baxter residents have the option to pay at the Bank of Putnam County ... Read More »

Monterey Police Seeking Info About Alleged Interstate Attack

Officers with the Monterey Police Department found an unconscious male lying on the side of Interstate 40 Thursday. Officials report the man was hitchhiking on I-40 when a white SUV with two white males stopped to pick him up. According to the victim, the males robbed and assaulted him before dumping him on the side of the road between mile ... Read More »