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PCSO Hosts Training Event This Week

Law enforcement officers from all over the state are in Cookeville this week for training. Sheriff Eddie Farris said it’s the first time the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has hosted the event. The Law Enforcement Training Officer’s Association will take place all week long at the Clarion Inn on Jefferson Avenue. Trainers from law enforcement organizations across the state will ... Read More »

Accident Late Friday Afternoon Prompts Detours

A driver reportedly flipped their vehicle into a ditch at the intersection of Willow and Jackson in Cookeville just after 4 p.m. Friday. Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene through streets already clogged with Friday afternoon traffic. Scanner traffic indicates no one was pinned in the vehicle, however injuries have been reported. Officials warned drivers to use alternate routes for ... Read More »

TTU Ranks High In Student Loan Repayment Study

When it comes to setting up students for successful student loan repayments, Tennessee Tech University is one of the best schools in the nation, according to a website. Basically, TTU does a better job preparing students to repay their loans than anyone else. Student Loan Report ( said TTU was 16th in the nation, and first among Tennessee public universities ... Read More »

Bailey Boating Bill Passes

A new law could bring changes to local boat docks. Sen. Paul Bailey said SB230 was passed at the end of the legislative session. The bill, sponsored by Bailey, would allow more of the taxes from fuel sales at marinas to go to the TWRA. Bailey said that extra money would be used to improve boating infrastructure. The bill is ... Read More »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive scheduled for Saturday. Each year, letter carriers with the U.S. Postal Service collect food to donate to local food banks. Non-perishable items will be accepted. Please do not donate perishable, home-canned or expired or opened food. Donations may also be dropped off at the Post Office on Willow Avenue, Cookeville. Read More »

Putnam Graduations Set

Putnam County’s high schools are preparing for graduation. “We’re excited about graduation ceremonies for the graduating class of 2017, we have about 800 students graduating,” Director of Schools Jerry Boyd said. Upperman High will graduate Friday, May 19 at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center. Cookeville High’s commencement will take place Saturday morning, also at the Hooper Eblen Center. Monterey High ... Read More »

Property Search For Park View Continues

Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd said the search continues for property suitable to hold a new Park View Elementary Boyd said there’s prospects, but he hasn’t narrowed them down to present to the Board of education yet. “We’re just looking for a good opportunity for the community as far as construction of a school and a fair market price ... Read More »

Blood Assurance Seeking Platelet Donations

Blood Assurance hopes some donors will step up to the plate for platelet donation. Donor Coordinator Trudy Cody said platelets are needed by trauma patients, individuals with chronic disease and newborns. Platelets must be used within five days of donation, so there’s always a need for them, she said. The donation doesn’t sit on the shelf long, and folks can ... Read More »

Nearly 1,000 Lbs. Collected In Putnam Drug Take-Back

Power of Putnam Director Bill Gibson said the recent drug take back events were successful. Power of Putnam sponsored six locations throughout the county, which collected some 333 pounds. Drop-boxes at law enforcement agencies collected another 600 pounds over the last few months, Gibson said. “So it rounded off, what actually was picked up and destroyed after the take back, ... Read More »

Cookeville High Student Investigated After Threat

A potential threat at Cookeville High School is in the hands of law enforcement. Putnam County Schools Director Jerry Boyd said a student told their parents about the situation after school Wednesday. They contacted law enforcement, who notified the school district. “Thankfully a student stepped up after overhearing another student make comments about bringing a gun to school and from ... Read More »