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Woman Indicted After Stealing From Group Home

A grand jury has indicted Cynthia Carr for stealing from the elderly in Putnam County (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A former manager of a group home facility faces charges for allegedly stealing money from the elderly. Putnam County authorities arrested Cynthia Renae Carr on Tuesday at the Jackson County Citizens Bank. The District Attorney General’s Office began investigating Carr in January after receiving reports of possible exploitation at the group home. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said the investigation found ... Read More »

Monterey Considering Hotel-Motel Tax

The town of Monterey wants to implement a hotel-motel tax next year. Mayor Bill Wiggins said current lodging taxes go directly to Putnam County. “This is one of those myths, I’d always understood that, other than the metropolitan areas, that money was going to go to the counties,” Wiggins said. “I never really thought about it until I learned that ... Read More »

Tennessee Opioid Lawsuit Sent Back To Circuit Court

A federal judge has sent a 19-county lawsuit against opioid manufacturers back to the Tennessee circuit court system. The move comes after major pharmaceutical companies – like Perdue Pharma and Endo Pharmaceuticals – attempted to move the case up to the federal level. 13th Judicial District Attoney Bryant Dunaway said the lawsuit aims to hold the companies responsible for their ... Read More »

Walnut Avenue Expansion a Top Priority For Cookeville

Cookeville city officials have identified expanding Walnut Avenue as their biggest road improvement project. Planning Director James Mills said the proposed project would widen the roadway to five lanes from Interstate Drive to Jackson Street. “Walnut’s become a major alternate route for north-south traffic. It’s carrying more and more traffic each year,” Mills said. “It wouldn’t necessarily be a benefit ... Read More »

Three Arrested In South Carthage Murder Investigation

Authorities have arrested three people following the death of a South Carthage man in April. The TBI announced Tuesday 46-year-old Kenneth McDonald, 47-year-old Jeffery Kolb, and 44-year-old James Burns were all charged Friday in the death of 43-year-old Jason Neusse. Neusse’s body was found April 23 inside a warehouse along Hunters Avenue where the victim had been living. Investigators determined ... Read More »

15-Year-Old Leads Baxter Police on High-Speed Chase

Baxter Police arrested a 15-year-old early Monday morning following a high-speed chase. Authorities arrested the juvenile on multiple charges including reckless endangerment, evading arrest, improper passing, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license. According to a press release, a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed passed Officer Tory Womack on Highway 56 around 1 ... Read More »

Monterey Approves New Budget

Monterey aldermen approved a $4.7 million budget on Monday. Alderman Nathan Walker said the new spending plan provides additional compensation for city employees. “The three-percent pay increase was something that I’m proud of,” Walker said. “We have really great dedicated employees all across the board and I’m happy that we were about to keep them progressing, salary wise.” The budget ... Read More »

Cookeville, Twin Lakes Near Agreement On Downtown WiFi

Cookeville could enter into an agreement with Twin Lakes this week to provide free WiFi to downtown visitors. City Economic Development Coordinator Melinda Keifer said the service would be added on to the city’s current telecommunications contract. “What this will do is establish our WiFi on a separate internet connection so it doesn’t mix with the city’s internet connections, so ... Read More »

Livingston Hires New Building Codes Inspector

A local contractor will serve as the new Livingston Codes Inspector. The Livingston Board of Aldermen and Mayor voted Monday to hire Kristian Mansell. Mayor Curtis Hayes said the choice came as an obvious one. “Well, Kristian has just got extensive work in the contracting field. So with him being a contractor and has been for many years, all of ... Read More »

Fairfield Glade Home Invasion Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder

A Crossville man landed behind bars Monday after firing shots during a home invasion. Authorities charged 29-year-old Andrew Nicholas Rich with two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of aggravated burglary. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened just after midnight when Rich entered a home on St. George Drive. A press release indicates Rich ... Read More »