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Cookeville Man Threatens Woman With A Gun Thursday

A Cookeville man landed behind bars Thursday after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman. Cookeville Police charged Alan Lee Carver with aggravated assault. He has not yet posted his $10,000 bond amount. Officers encountered Carver after responding to an assault complaint at a home. According to the arrest warrant, the victim told officers that Carver pointed a gun at ... Read More »

UCDD Awarded Substance Abuse Cohort Program Grant

The Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) has received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Cohort Program. UCDD Executive Director Mark Farley said only four regions across 13 Appalachian states received the funding. “Basically, over the next 9 months, we’re going to receive roughly $200,000 worth of technical assistance,” Farley said. “That’s not actually money that’s going to ... Read More »

Byrdstown Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide

A Byrdstown man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide charges. A grand jury indicted 39-year-old Michael Owens last month after a 2019 car crash killed 71-year-old Bob Allen of Cookeville. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Owens was driving South on Highway 111 in Overton County when his Volvo rear-ended Allen’s 1952 Chevy. Allen died at the crash scene after ... Read More »

McMinnville PD Investigating Armed Robbery

A McMinnville convenience store clerk suffered injuries during an armed robbery Tuesday night. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. at the South Chancery Street On the Way Market. The clerk told responding officers that a masked man approached him when he began walking to his car after closing the business. At one point, the unknown subject placed a handgun ... Read More »

TDOC Inmate Charged In 2019 Death Of Cellmate

Trousdale County authorities have arrested a man for allegedly killing his prison cellmate. Grand jury indictments charge 40-year-old Jacob Wendell Kado with one count of second degree murder. Special Agents with the TBI responded to a fight between inmates last year at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center. Agents learned of a fight between Kado and his former cellmate, identified as ... Read More »

UCDD Taking Over Small Business Development Center

The UCDD has moved a step closer to taking over day-to-day operations of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The agency’s executive committee voted Wednesday to enter into an agreement with Tennessee Tech and MTSU. UCDD Executive Director Mark Farley said he’s hoping to have a contract signed by the end of this month. “As soon as I have that ... Read More »

Hale Appointed To Vacant BOE Seat

The Cumberland County Commission on Tuesday appointed a retired educator to the vacant board of education seat. Anita Hale replaces Josh Stone, who resigned last month after moving out of the 4th District. Hale taught for 28 years at North Cumberland Elementary and retired from teaching four years ago. She will serve the remainder of Stone’s term, which expires in ... Read More »

Commission Approves No Consent Refugee Resolution

The Putnam County Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution of “No Consent to Refugee Resettlement.” District 1 Commissioner Kevin Christopher joined eight other elected officials in voting against the resolution. He said the commission should spend their time discussing more important matters. “All that time under President Obama, we had no refugees in Putnam County,” Christopher said. “All that time ... Read More »

Arraignment Wednesday For Vehicular Homicide Case

An arraignment hearing will take place Wednesday for a 39-year-old Byrdstown man facing vehicular homicide charges. The charges against Michael Lynn Owens stem from an October 2019 car crash in Overton County that killed 71-year-old Bob E. Allen of Cookeville. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Owens was driving South on Highway 111 when his Volvo rear-ended Allen’s 1952 Chevy. Allen ... Read More »

Cookeville Eyes Grant Funding For West End Sewer Project

The City of Cookeville will consider applying for grant funding to rehabilitate sewer lines in the West End area. Planning Director John Ward said the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) would provide up to $630,000 for the project. “These (grants) are very competitive. All the communities across the state apply for these,” Ward said. “I don’t know if we’ll be ... Read More »