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Tornado Confirmed In DeKalb County

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that an EF1 tornado touched down in DeKalb County early Tuesday morning. The twister damaged a home on Adamson Branch Road near the Liberty area and Cannon County border. The NWS has confirmed two tornadoes in the Upper Cumberland this week and a total of eight in the mid-state. An EF0 tornado touched down ... Read More »

Williams To Run For House Majority Leader

Cookeville State Representative Ryan Williams will seek the nomination to become the next House Majority Leader. Williams made the announcement Wednesday in a letter addressed to his Republican colleagues. “As your Majority Leader, I will continue to focus on bringing our members together to achieve similar successful outcomes on important state issues, and also provide more guidance and support for ... Read More »

Tornado Confirmed In White County Monday

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down in White County during Monday’s round of severe weather. A statement from the NWS on Wednesday said damage occurred at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport and included mostly tree damage. A few storage containers and outbuildings also sustained damage. Specifics, such as start/end times and start/end locations, will be ... Read More »

Cookeville Couple Charged With TennCare Fraud

Putnam County authorities have arrested two Cookeville residents for attempting to sell prescription drugs acquired through TennCare. A Putnam county grand jury has indicted Jeffrey Lynn Bradshaw and his wife Wendy Michelle Bradshaw on charges of TennCare fraud. The indictment alleges that Wendy Bradshaw obtained the painkiller Oxycodone during a visit to a healthcare provider with a plan for Jeffery ... Read More »

Isolated Storm Damage Reported In DeKalb Co.

DeKalb County residents reported structure damage following a round of severe weather Tuesday morning. Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Parker said strong winds caused damage to a home and barn on Adamson Branch Road in the Liberty area. “One house pretty much had the whole porch ripped off and some roof and barn damage,” Parker said. “A few trees down ... Read More »

Monterey Approves Bid For New Shed

Monterey’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a bid for a new work shed at the city’s public works department Monday. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the building will cost $16,850 to construct. “It’s to accomodate equipment and vehicles that we have sitting out in the elements right now,” Wiggins said. Wiggins said the new shed will also be used to ... Read More »

Smithville Woman Injured In Sunday Evening Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says charges are pending after a Smithville woman fell asleep at the wheel and crashed her vehicle Sunday night. The crash happened on Bank Pisgah Road around 9:45 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 61-year-old Sharon Robinson was driving a 2010 Nissan Quest. The crash report said the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a ... Read More »

Poll Pads To Be Used In Putnam County Tuesday

Putnam County will be one of 16 counties across the state to use poll pads during Tuesday’s election. Putnam County Election Commission Deputy Administrator Sara Shaw said the devices allow election workers to scan voter identification cards. “Poll pads are actually just iPads that have an app on them that has all the voting data from our county. It will ... Read More »

Sex Abuse Report Names Two Former UC Priests

The Diocese of Nashville has published a list accusing two former Cookeville priests of sexually abusing a minor. The diocese identified the local priests as Father Edward Albert Walenga and Father James Murphy Jr. Both men previously served at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. The publication said Walenga died in November of 1983 and Murphy passed away in October of ... Read More »

Crossville Approves New Vehicles For Police

The City of Crossville has approved spending nearly $88,000 for new vehicles and equipment. Captain Brian Eckelson said the purchases include a $29,791 Chevrolet Slverado, two Chevrolet Impalas for $20,441 each, and some in-car camera systems for $17,264. “We had budgeted $177,000 for vehicles and equipment,” Eckelson said. That leaves us enough to purchase one more fully equipped patrol car ... Read More »