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Sparta Rotary Club Begins Calfkiller River Project

The Sparta Rotary Club has begun a two-phase safety project on Calfkiller River. Former Rotary President John Downs said the project aims at placing warning signs and mile markers along the full 38-miles. “First off, in the last ten years or so there have been four drowning deaths, mostly kayakers that get out,” Downs said, “and we have several low ... Read More »

Cookeville, HFR Design To Update Dogwood Park Master Plan

The City of Cookeville will work with HFR Design in updating the master plan for Dogwood Park. City Councilman Charles Womack said Thursday the success of HFR’s work on the new skate park gives him high hopes for the new master plan. “The skateboard park is fairly successful right now. I’ve been driving by at random times in the the ... Read More »

Trial Involving Former Smithville Mayor Delayed

A trial initially scheduled for next week involving former Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss has been delayed. According to DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin, a hearing has been scheduled Aug. 5 at the DeKalb County Courthouse to reschedule the trial. The trial had initially been scheduled for July 23-24 following a hearing last December. Poss faces theft and official ... Read More »

Monterey Receives $1 Million Capital Outlay Note

Monterey received it’s $1 million capital outlay note Friday afternoon. The loan will provide funding for paving at least five roads and addressing a stormwater drainage project in town. Mayor Bill Wiggins said he expects those projects to get underway soon. “I’m assuming that we’re going to go ahead and bid out the road projects pronto,” Wiggins said. “The flooding ... Read More »

Sparta Sets Sales Tax Referendum Election Dates

The City of Sparta will begin getting the word out about the sales tax referendum dates. Sparta Mayor Jeff Young said it is the board’s task to tell citizens about their right to vote on the 25-cent sales tax increase. “We are going to have probably at least a couple of town hall meetings. Of course, you never know how ... Read More »

Headlight Violation Turns Into Meth Arrest in Algood

A headlight violation resulted in Algood Police arrested a man for possessing methamphetamine. According to a press release, police stopped James Maynord near McDonald’s early Monday morning for driving without headlights. The officer conducted a brief weapons search of Maynord’s person which revealed stolen property from Walmart. A Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene with a K9 to further ... Read More »

THP Competing For ‘Best Trooper Cruiser’ In America

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is competing to become America's best-looking trooper cruiser of 2019. (Photo: Tennessee Highway Patrol)

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is competing with other agencies across the country for the title of best-looking cruisers in America. The winning agency will be featured in the American Association of State Troopers’ (AAST) 2020 calendar. As of Friday morning, Tennessee ranked seventh behind Nebraska, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio state police with just under six percent ... Read More »

Cookeville to Provide Employees With Wellness Screening Program

The City of Cookeville has entered into an agreement with Cookeville Regional Medical Center to offer a wellness screening program this September. Vice Mayor Laurin Wheaton commended the city for offering the yearly program to its employees. “I do want to just say that this is a wonderful benefit for employees,” Wheaton said. “I love that we offer this. I ... Read More »

Cookeville Traffic Stop Leads To Meth Arrest

A Sparta woman was arrested Friday after Cookeville Police found over an ounce of meth during a traffic stop (File Photo)

A Cookeville traffic stop led to the arrest of a Sparta woman on methamphetamine charges Friday. Police arrested 43-year-old Lisa Bristow after finding over an ounce of meth in her vehicle. Arrest warrants state Bristow was pulled over by Cookeville Police for not stopping at a stop sign. The officer noticed Bristow was making furtive movements and asked her to ... Read More »

PCSO Offers Active-Shooter Training To UC Agencies

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office offered a five-day training exercise to Upper Cumberland school resource officers to prepare for active shooting situations (Photo: PCSO)

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has opened its active-shooting training exercises to other Upper Cumberland agencies. According to a press release, the training equips school resource officers both mentally and physically in the event of an emergency. SROs from the Cumberland County and Overton County Sheriff’s offices completed the five-day training course. Vol State Community College campus police also participated ... Read More »