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Sparta Accepting Applications For City Administrator

Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen officially opened the application process Thursday in search of their next city administrator. Current City Administrator Chris Dorsey announced last month he has accepted the city manager position in East Ridge near Chattanooga beginning May 3rd. “I plan on staying another month right now to help get through the budget process and some of ... Read More »

Baxter Police Department To Fill Officer Positions

The Baxter Police Department will hire new policemen after the resignation of two officers this month. Police Chief Danny Holmes said Officer Ryan Bean and Brian Maxwell will leave the department for better-paying jobs. “It seems like it is the midnight shift that I always lose, but on this occasion, it’s not because of the shift. It is because they ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman Arrested After Drugs Found In Bra

Algood Police arrested a Cookeville woman Thursday morning after a search revealed methamphetamine and other drugs in her bra. Arrest warrants state the officer recognized and approached 32-year-old Tiffany Julian at the Algood Walmart who had a capias for failing to appear in court. The officer then arrested Julian and proceeded to conduct a search on her person. The search ... Read More »

Crossville Drug Raid Yields Narcotics, Firearms

A Crossville joint-narcotics operation search led to the seizure of firearms and narcotics near a children’s daycare Tuesday. The Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detectives executed a search warrant at 52 Penny Lane, Apt. 102. The residence is in the area of 8 Crossville Schools, including Lil Punkin Childcare. A press release indicates that in-depth undercover investigations and drug purchases led ... Read More »

Court Rules Former Inmates Can Pursue ‘Sterilization’ Lawsuit

White County Judge Sam Benningfield (Photo: Tennessee State Courts)

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday former White County inmates can pursue a lawsuit against a judge who offered ‘sterilization’ for shorter sentences. The U.S. 6th District Court of Appeals reversed a prior decision that denied the inmates’ initial request, stating their release from jail “does not moot their claims.” The lawsuit states Judge Sam Benningfield’s decision to offer vasectomies ... Read More »

Algood Officials Seek Citizen Input on Water Tower

The City of Algood will seek further citizen input before deciding whether to take down the water tower this year. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said many residents have advocated for refurbishing the tower. “So I have had a lot of replies that people would like to keep the tower. And we have laughed and called it “Save the Tank” or whatever ... Read More »

Baxter Votes To Support Annexation For Portobello Facility

Baxter Aldermen voted Thursday to support the annexation of property for the Portobello America facility. Mayor John Martin said it’s one of the many commitments required by the ceramic tile manufacturer. “What they are needing is an assurance that our board is in full agreement of annexation of the 53 acres of property that joins the race track,” Martin said. ... Read More »

Finalists To Be Interviewed For CHS Principal

The search for the next Cookeville High School principal is winding down. Putnam County Schools Superintendent Jerry Boyd said two finalists for the job will visit Cookeville next week. “One candidate will be in Cookeville next Tuesday all day and end their day with a panel interview,” Boyd said. “The second candidate will be at Cookeville High School on Wednesday ... Read More »

Hartsville Man Indicted On Multiple Rape Charges

25-year-old Ricky Presley has been indicted on multiple rape and statutory rape charges after allegedly having sexual relations with a minor last year (Photo: TBI)

A Trousdale County Grand Jury has indicted a Hartsville man on multiple rape charges. The TBI announced Thursday 25-year-old Ricky Presley faces five counts each of rape and aggravated statutory rape after having sexual relations with a minor. TBI officials began their investigation Jan. 31 at the request of District Attorney Tommy Thompson. The incidents allegedly took place between May ... Read More »

Sparta Opens Application Process for New Police Chief

Sparta’s Board of Mayor and Alderman officially began the search process Thursday for the city’s next police chief. Current Chief Jeff Guth publicly announced his retirement this week after a 33-year career in law enforcement. Mayor Jeff Young commended Guth for his efforts with the city over the last two-plus decades. “We’re going to have [Guth] for a little while ... Read More »