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Driver Charged With DUI After Interstate 40 Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol charged a 45-year-old man from Mexico with DUI following a Wednesday afternoon crash in Putnam County. The accident happened on Interstate 40 westbound at the 298 mile marker. Alfredo Banos Nieves of Caol Tetlan, Mexico faces charges of DUI, open container, and no drivers license. THP officials said Nieves passed out behind the wheel causing his ... Read More »

Parkview Teachers, Parents Hopeful for New School

Parents and teachers at Parkview Elementary School in Cookeville are hopeful for a new elementary school in the city. The Putnam County School System recently purchased 45 acres off Lee Seminary Road on the southwest side of town for a new elementary school. “We are well overdue and I can’t wait to see,” Parkview Family Engagement Coordinator Todd Brim said. ... Read More »

Endangered Child Alert Issued For Smithville Girl

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an endangered child alert for a 12-year-old girl from Smithville. According to the TBI, Briella Reese Bowling is believed to be in the company of her non-custodial mother, 42-year-old Wendy Dawn Hancock. Briella was last seen on August 8th and could be traveling with her mother in a 2018 silver Chevrolet Equinox. Hancock ... Read More »

Community College Tuition Increase Second Lowest in Nearly Three Decades

Tennessee Community College tuition will see the second lowest increase after nearly three decades. The tuition for community colleges will increase at 2.7 percent. Rick Locker is the Communications Director at the Tennessee Board of Regents. “Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly have been generous with higher education in the past several years since the recession,” Locker said. “So we ... Read More »

Remains Of Korean War Veteran Escorted Through Cookeville

The remains of a Korean War soldier came through Cookeville and surrounding areas Wednesday. Private First Class Joe Stanton Elmore’s remains were escorted by several law enforcement agencies from Nashville to Clinton County Kentucky. Tennessee Highway Patrol motors picked up the escort at the 280 mile marker on Interstate 40 eastbound around 3:00 p.m. while Cookeville Police units blocked the ... Read More »

New Cookeville Council Members To Be Sworn in Thursday

Cookeville’s newly-elected council members are looking forward to being sworn in and begin the process of leading the city. Councilman-elect Mark Miller said the effort put into campaigning leading up to the election has led up to this. “I’m really excited about this. We’re jumping in full force,” Miller said. “I had a year’s worth of campaigning work. It was ... Read More »

Algood Employees to Receive New Retirement Plan Options

The City of Algood employees will receive new options for retirement investing through a state-regulated 401(K). City Manager Keith Morrison said the new retirement investing gives the council and employees better options. “It does not change the city’s cost in any way. We already budgeted for this change would not be any additional cost for this change. However, the fees that are accessed ... Read More »

Upperman Veterans Monument Awaits Information

The Upperman High Veterans Monument will not be revealed at the first Cookeville vs. Upperman football game. Manager of the Upperman Campus Community Council Eric Brown said the council originally hoped to have the monument finished by this Friday. “We are still in the process of fundraising. We are approximately six thousand dollars right now. Honestly our goal at this ... Read More »

Crossville Wants More Time To Study Additional Dispatch Position

Cumberland County will have to hold off on hiring two additional 911 dispatchers. The Crossville City Council declined to purchase one of those positions during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting. Cumberland County Commissioners gave approval to hire two full-time dispatchers if the city agreed to fund one of those positions. Councilwoman Pamela Harris said she wanted more time to research the ... Read More »

Fentress County Executive Elect to Pursue Long Term Campus

Fentress County will pursue the possibility of creating a permanent Roane State Campus. That according to Fentress County Executive-elect Jimmy Johnson. “If you can help a child getting out of high school to save any kind of money at all, you are hitting the home run right there I believe. We are going to pursue what we can with the help of ... Read More »