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Court Security Changes Begin Monday

Changes to court security procedures will begin at the Putnam County Courthouse Monday. A new X-ray machine and metal detectors will now be located at the South doors of the courthouse. Lieutenant Eric Hall said that will be the new entry for people visiting the courthouse. “It’s really good to be able to do this and to be able to ... Read More »

Meadow Creek Master Plan To Be Discussed Monday

Monterey’s board of mayor and aldermen will take a look at bylaws and a master plan for Meadow Creek Park when they meet Monday night. The updated master plan includes a proposal for a mountain bike trail that will be developed by a group of local volunteers. “We’ve been working with lots of different groups and one of the groups ... Read More »

Vanhoosier Charged With DUI Following Crash

A Thursday night crash in Cookeville knocked out power to residents in the West Jackson Street area and landed a man behind bars for multiple offenses. Cookeville Police have charged Michael Wayne Vanhoosier II with reckless endangerment and DUI. Officials said Vanhoosier crashed a vehicle around 9:45 p.m. at Maxwell Street and West Jackson Street. The accident has forced the ... Read More »

Bath And Body Works Remodel Nearly Complete

Bath and Body Works has nearly finished a complete remodel of its Cookeville location. Store Manager Sharon Eldridge said when the business re-opens on Saturday it will be a combined Bath and Body Works and White Barn candles shop. “That allows us to have our home fragrance accessories and a bigger candle selection,” Eldridge said. “We are excited about being ... Read More »

Monterey Looks To Add Sidewalks At Burkes Elementary

Baxter Mayor John Martin addressed several concerns about the future of Fiesta Cancun during Thursday's Aldermen and Mayor meeting. He said the owners are in fact coming and looks to meet with them in the near future (File Photo)

Monterey is looking to add and repair sidewalks around town. Mayor Bill Wiggins said a priority area would be Burkes Elementary School. “There’s not a sidewalk anywhere off that campus and those kids have to walk down streets,” Wiggins said. “I want to proceed with a study for the sidewalk needs in Monterey and work with all of our partners ... Read More »

Monterey Committee Votes To Extend Trail

The Monterey Building and Grounds Committee voted Thursday to extend the town’s rail trail from Walnut Street to Oak Street. If approved by the board of mayor and aldermen, the town will use $21,000 from the Standing Stone Health Care trust fund to pay for part of the project. That fund was established several years ago to pay for such ... Read More »

Fire Destroys Mobile Home In Cookeville

A fire destroyed a mobile home on Lee Seminary Road in Cookeville Wednesday morning. The Cookeville Fire Department responded to the scene and found the structure heavily involved. “It was an unoccupied dwelling, so we are not really sure what happened at this point in time,” Safety and Training Captain Daniel Snyder said. “It appears to be accidental in nature, ... Read More »

Body Located In Cordell Hull Lake Tuesday

Smith County authorities have identified a body found at the edge of Cordell Hull Lake Tuesday. Smith County Rescue Squad members recovered the body of 44-year-old Mary Dodson of Red Boiling Springs. Crews found Dodson’s body around 7:00 a.m. Family members had reported Dodson missing about seven hours earlier after she failed to show up for work and her car ... Read More »

School Board Votes To Apply for Bus Replacement Grant

The Putnam County Board of Education is looking to add more ozone friendly school buses. Board members have voted to apply for TDEC’s School Bus Replacement Grant. Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jerry Boyd said the grant would reimburse the school system for purchasing buses that utilize DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). “We have 13 eligible buses within the window of the ... Read More »

CCHS Searching For New Football Coach

Cumberland County High School football coach Ken Johnson has resigned from his head coaching position. According to a press release, Johnson will remain at CCHS as a teacher for the remainder of the school year. The Jets won a total of seven games during Johnson’s four seasons as head coach and they reached the playoffs only one time. “The administration ... Read More »