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Putnam Inmates Charged For Attempting Escape

Four women face additional escape and vandalism charges after attempting to flee the Putnam County Jail Tuesday. Left to right: Virginia Johnson, 31; Rachel Horner, 27; Mindy Pope, 41; Mary Dunn, 30 (Photos: Putnam County Jail Roster)

Four Putnam County inmates face charges for attempting to escape from jail Tuesday. 31-year-old Virginia Dawn Johnson, 41-year-old Mindy Lynn Pope, 27-year-old Rachel Helen Horner, and 30-year-old Mary Elizabeth Dunn each face a single count of escape. According to arrest warrants, correctional officers located the four inmates inside the first level ceiling area of the jail. Officers determined that the ... Read More »

Second Arrest Made In Lake Tansi Shooting Death

Cumberland County authorities have charged a second person in connection with the deadly shooting of a Lake Tansi resident. Police on Tuesday charged 35-year-old Doneal Clark with one count of first degree murder in the January 19th shooting death of Linda Damewood. Doneal Clark is the wife of Kirk Douglas Clark, who was arrested last week on charges of first ... Read More »

Plumbers Warn Of Frozen Pipes

Three consecutive nights of below-freezing temperatures could bring some unwanted plumbing repairs. Joseph Spieker is the owner of Cookeville Plumbing and Electric. He said folks can prevent frozen pipes by closing crawl space openings and keeping the heat on when away from home. “Your house still needs to be conditioned to protect it from the weather,” Spieker said. “If you ... Read More »

Putnam Man Loses Aggravated Assault Appeal

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals has upheld the 2016 aggravated assault conviction of a Putnam County man. 55-year-old Thomas Clinton Wood appealed the conviction after being ordered to serve three years confinement as a range one offender. Wood received the charge after stabbing a man during a party on Quinland Lake Road in April 2016. Wood contended that evidence ... Read More »

Algood Seeking Bids For Sidewalk Projects

Algood is seeking bids for the final phase of a project connecting sidewalk from Trinity Church to McDonald’s. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the area has experienced higher volumes of foot traffic in recent years. “There were some areas that didn’t have completed sidewalks and we’ve tried to put that in and make complete loops throughout town,” Morrison said. “Especially ... Read More »

TDOT, Putnam County Ready For Winter Weather

TDOT and Putnam County officials are preparing for winter weather Monday evening into Tuesday [Stock Photo - TDOT]

The Putnam County Highway Department will be ready for any winter weather that hits the area. Putnam County Road Supervisor Randy Jones said the department has about 1,100 tons of salt ready to use. “We’ve been fortunate this year that mother nature has spared us several storms,” Jones said. “I’m pleased with that because we haven’t had to use any ... Read More »

Deal Nearly Complete For Monterey Nursing Home

Monterey has nearly reached a deal on a new lease agreement for Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation Center. Mayor Bill Wiggins said he expects to have documents signed before the current lease agreement expires on March 31st. “Negotiations are in the cleanup stage in that we are talking about form and getting the document ready for signatures,” Wiggins said. “We ... Read More »

Cumberland County Hires HR Director

Cumberland County has hired a human resources director. County Mayor Allen Foster said the new position will benefit the county as it continues to grow. “We are a business and a county of over 400 employees,” Foster said. “We just needed help with the normal day-to-day type things that any industry or business needs when it comes to HR services.” ... Read More »

Rocky Point Bridge To Close Wednesday

The Rocky Point Bridge in Putnam County will be closed this week as the Tennessee Department of Transportation begins repair work. TDOT plans to close the bridge on Wednesday, June 30th. The bridge crosses Interstate 40 at Sand Springs Road. TDOT said Interstate 40 traffic will not be affected, but people living in the area should make alternate travel plans. ... Read More »

DeKalb FD Looking To Purchase Tanker Truck

The DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department is looking to add another tanker truck to its fleet of vehicles. The county will hopefully make the purchase with Community Development Block Grant funding. Chief Donnie Green said the county only has one tanker truck and needs another way to get water to fire scenes in the rural parts of the county. The ... Read More »