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Senator To Speak At Martin Luther King, Jr. Event

State Senator Brenda Gilmore will headline a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event at the Putnam County Courthouse Sunday. President of the NAACP Cookeville-Putnam County Branch Tom Savage said he expects inspiration from her keynote speech. “We are having newly elected Senator Brenda Gilmore of Nashville, Tennessee, who is a lifetime member of the NAACP but a ferocious activist in ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Electric Warns of Phone Scam

Members of The Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation may receive a scam phone call concerning a utility bill. Terri Merryman with Upper Cumberland Electric Public Relations said the scammers will ask for credit card information and if the customer refuses the scammers ask for them to call another number. “They ask you to call this customer service number and they ask ... Read More »

Cookeville Officer Involved in Friday Morning Crash

A Cookeville officer escaped injuries after crashing his patrol vehicle during a Friday morning pursuit. Authorities charged Mary Elizabeth Dunn with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license. Crash reports indicate that Dunn was evading Officer Christopher Micheal Melton while traveling north on Highway 111. Dunn then turned right onto Officer’s Chapel Road. Melton exercised legal intervention ... Read More »

Gov. Shutdown Affecting Domestic Violence Services

The partial federal government shutdown has affected Upper Cumberland domestic violence service providers. Rachel Bruning is the Executive Director of the Crossville-based Avalon Center. She said the shutdown has impacted a majority of the non-profit’s federal grant funding. “Due to the shutdown those monies have been frozen,” Bruning said, “and so we are not able to ask for the reimbursement ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Faces Multiple Drug Charges

A Cookeville man faces multiple drug-related charges after being arrested by Baxter Police Tuesday. Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Nash faces charges of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, and methamphetamine. Authorities also cited Nash for improper parking, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, testing lamps emitting glare, expiration of plates, and no insurance. Officials made contact with Nash after responding to a vehicle ... Read More »

Putnam County Charges Lavergne Man With DUI

Putnam County authorities charged a Lavergne man with driving under the influence Monday. Officials made contact with 24-year-old Bronny Francis Pimentel after stopping a commercial vehicle without tags on I-40. Authorities identified Pimentel as the driver. Officials observed an odor coming from the vehicle associated with marijuana. Pimentel admitted to using marijuana about 30 minutes prior. Pimentel failed to complete ... Read More »

Baxter Man Charged With Driving Under Influence

A Baxter man faces a charge of driving under the influence after passing out behind the wheel of a running vehicle Monday. Putnam County authorities came in contact with 29-year-old Jarred Ewing in connection to a suspicious vehicle on Edgewood Drive. Arrest warrants indicate that Ewing passed out in the driver’s seat with the vehicle in gear and the engine running. Officials ... Read More »

Livingston Man Faces Controlled Substance Charge

A Livingston man faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance Saturday. Cookeville police made contact with 42-year-old Edward Louis Randolph at the Eastwood Inn. Officers were investigating possible drug possession at the Inn. Authorities approached room 118 after observing a male subject go into the room. The room renter gave permission for the officers to enter the room. ... Read More »

Bishop Park Sees Name Change, Donation

Upon donation to The City of Livingston, the plot of land known as Bishop Park will now go by Bishop’s Corner. That according to Chairman of the Livingston Downtown Revitalization Committee Ray Evans. “So we are actually going to call it Bishop’s Corner. It just has a nice ring to it,” Evans said. “So I think that was included in the resolution and will ... Read More »

Tennessee Tech Rezones Purple Parking, Shuttles

Tennessee Tech students and staff will experience changes to the parking zones and shuttle route beginning Monday. Senior Director of Public Relations Dewayne Wright said the changes were based on feedback from last semester. “So the university looked at what parking lots were being used, how they were being used, how the shuttles were being used,” Wright said. “And decided to ... Read More »