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Algood Council Purchases New Police Vehicles, Mower Head

Algood officials voted to purchase four new vehicles for the city Tuesday night. City Administrator Keith Morrison said three of those vehicles will go to the police department. “We did two Chargers and one Durango,” Morrison said. “That’s a continuation of the fleet plan to try to maintain a better fleet and keep maintenance down.” Morrison said the three new ... Read More »

Airport Board Proposes Change To T-Hangar Lease Agreements

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board has proposed a change that would require T-hangars to house “airworthy” aircraft. Airport manager Dean Selby said the proposal would tie an aircraft to each lease agreement. “We don’t want someone leasing a hangar, selling their aircraft, and then using that hangar for storage of miscellaneous materials,” Selby said. “I don’t know if we ... Read More »

DeKalb Inmate Charged After Failing To Return From Furlough

An Alexandria man faces charges for failing to return to jail from a furlough. 45-year-old Terry Lynn Bass faces one count of escape. He will make a court appearance July 25. Sheriff Patrick Ray said a judge granted a furlough to Bass after his mother passes away over Memorial Day weekend. He failed to report back to jail by a ... Read More »

TDOT Reduces Maintenance Grant For Airport

TDOT has reduced a $26,000 maintenance grant for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport by $11,000. Airport Manager Dean Selby said Tuesday that the reduced amount came as a surprise. “We don’t know yet if TDOT made a mistake or if they intended to do this. When I get an answer it will make me feel a little bit more comfortable,” ... Read More »

Algood To Bid Out Long-Awaited Sewer Project

The bidding process will soon begin for Algood’s sewer rehabilitation project. City Administrator Keith Morrison said easement negotiations have entered the final stages. “We have one we are working on. We are nearing completion on it,” Morrison said. “We’re going to go ahead and get the project ready to bid and get construction ready to start.” The $2.1 million project ... Read More »

Cookeville Residents Charged With Animal Cruelty

44-year-old Tara Neutzler (right) and 53-year-old Donald Shoenthal (left) face charges following a Putnam County animal cruelty investigation in May (Photos: Putnam County Jail)

An animal cruelty case has landed two Cookeville residents behind bars. 44-year-old Tara Neutzler and 53-year-old Donald Shoenthal face three counts of animal cruelty and one count of aggravated animal cruelty. The charges come after deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office rescued more than 40 animals from the couple’s home in May. A press release said deputies became aware ... Read More »

Woman Charged After Low-Speed Pursuit Tuesday

Sara Jane Pemberton faces charges after leading Cookeville Police on a low-speed chase Tuesday morning. (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A woman faces charges after leading Cookeville Police on a low-speed pursuit Tuesday morning. Captain Bobby Anderson said officers arrested Sara Jane Pemberton for evading arrest and other active warrants. According to a statement from the Cookeville Police Department, Pemberton was acting strangely in the 500 block of North Jefferson Avenue. She allegedly drove away when officers arrived on scene. ... Read More »

Monterey Aldermen Discuss Budget Concerns Monday

Monterey Aldermen met Monday and failed to agree on terms for a new budget. Vice Mayor Starlett Wessels said she’s against the proposed three-cent property tax increase. “Property values in Monterey are going to increase with all the building and expansion going on,” Wessels said. “Therefore, Monterey is going to have more money to operate on. I am not for ... Read More »

Climber Injured After Falling From Cliffs At Meadow Creek Park

A climber suffered injuries after falling from a cliff at Meadow Creek Lake Park Sunday. Eddie Haynes is a team leader for the Putnam County Rescue Squad’s Mountain Rescue Team. He said the unidentified man fell approximately 25-feet while free climbing in a remote area. “We used a Ferno rescue basket with an all-terrain wheel to extract him out of ... Read More »

TDOT Repairing Potholes Along Interstate 40 This Week

TDOT will be repairing several potholes along both directions of I-40 between Cookeville and Monterey this week [File Photo]

Pothole repairs will be taking place along Interstate 40 in Putnam County this week. TDOT Spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said drivers can expect intermittent lane closures between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. “I would encourage people to just pay attention to the message boards and signs. Watch out for our crews out there who are trying to make our roads better ... Read More »