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Cumberland County SRO Recovering From Injuries

A Cumberland County deputy is recovering at home after he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Gary Howard said Wednesday Deputy Scott Iles sustained injuries to his head which required over 200 stitches, a cracked sternum, and damage to his knee. “Scott is in good spirits and is missing his young friends ... Read More »

Commission Rejects Pay Increase Proposals

The Putnam County Commission won’t be seeing a pay increase after the government body rejected two proposals Tuesday night. The commission voted 14-8 to reject one proposal that would have put commissioner pay at 4.6 percent of County Mayor Randy Porter’s $104,444 salary. Commissioners currently make $400 a month. Cindy Adams said she doesn’t oppose a pay increase for commissioners, ... Read More »

Monterey Man Strikes Cumberland SRO With Vehicle

An elderly Monterey man could face charges after striking a Cumberland County School Resource Officer Tuesday afternoon. Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 87-year-old Patrick Hicks III struck 51-year-old Officer Scott Iles around 3:12 p.m. The incident report indicates Hicks was traveling south on Highway 127 in a 2014 Ford Focus while Iles was directing traffic at North Cumberland Elementary School. The ... Read More »

Cumberland CO. Deputy Struck by Vehicle

A Cumberland County Deputy was struck by a vehicle near North Cumberland Elementary School Tuesday. A joint press release from the Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County School District states Officer Scott Iles was struck by a southbound vehicle on Highway 127 while directing traffic. Iles sustained injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons. The Tennessee Highway ... Read More »

Bread of Life Rescue Mission Sees Spike in Occupancy

The Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Crossville has seen a spike in occupancy due to a cold spell over the past few days. Founder and Director Connie Reagan said eleven people were taken into the mission Monday alone, with six coming overnight. “Usually they come in during the night when it’s really cold and we try to take care ... Read More »

Clarkrange Man Arrested, Charged in Lake Tansi Shooting Death

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a man Tuesday for charges related to a deadly weekend shooting in Cumberland County. Authorities have charged 35-year-old Kirk Douglas Clark of Clarkrange with one count of first degree murder. Clark was arrested during a traffic stop at the Travel Plaza on Interstate Drive. He’s facing additional charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful ... Read More »

Putnam FD Stresses Safety When Using Heating Devices

The Putnam County Fire Department wants you to keep safety in mind when using portable heaters. Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Globerger said the department has responded to a number of heater-related calls over the past few days. “When we hit a cold snap, a majority of our calls are usually because of space heaters and other devices that people are ... Read More »

TTU Receives Nearly $2 Million for Wetland Research

Justin Murdock (right), associate professor of biology and interim director of Tech’s Center for the Management, and Alfred Kalyanapu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will lead Tech’s team evaluating wetlands enrolled in the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program. (Photo: Tennessee Tech University)

Tennessee Tech will use nearly $2 million in grant funding to study nutrient removal abilities of wetlands in Tennessee and Kentucky. Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Justin Murdock said the grant money will benefit the school by expanding collaboration with other universities and organizations. “It’s allowing collaboration between all of our universities as well as the Nature Conservatory and the ... Read More »

Sparta Seeking Additional Funding For Sewer System

The town of Sparta hopes to improve it’s sewer system with Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funding. City Administrator Chris Dorsey said the potential grant monies would help upgrade the city’s lift station. “That lift station has been around for quite a while and basically needs to be replaced,” Dorsey said. “We’re hoping that the total cost on that will ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Allegedly Assaults Wife And Children

41-year-old Romelio Martinez of Cookeville faces multiple charges after allegedly assaulting his wife and children Saturday. (Photo: Putnam Co. Jail Roster)

Cookeville Police arrested a man Saturday for allegedly assaulting his wife and two daughters at their Woodland Avenue home. 41-year-old Romelio Martinez faces two counts of assault and one count of aggravated assault. Arrest warrants indicate Martinez had been drinking when he struck his 12-year-old in the side and punched his 13-year-old daughter in the head. The warrant also said ... Read More »