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Baxter Man Cited For Hitting Crossing Guard With Car

Authorities have cited an elderly Baxter man for hitting a school crossing guard in Cookeville Thursday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 75-year-old Raymond Chambers was cited for failing to maintain his lane and not exercising due care. The THP incident report states Chambers was traveling south on Old Kentucky Road near Northeast Elementary while 41-year-old Jennifer Priester of Cookeville was ... Read More »

Baxter Budget Includes Salary Increase, No Tax Hike

Baxter aldermen approved the first reading of the new fiscal year budget Thursday. Mayor John Martin said residents will not be facing a tax increase. “Our property tax is going to stay the same,” Martin said. “Of course, I’m a person that feels good about the people working for the city of Baxter. We’re giving another increase to all of ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Park Lawsuit Settlement

Cookeville City Council elected to settle a lawsuit concerning the playground at Dogwood Park. Attorney Bob Walker represented the city throughout the lawsuit. He said the future of the agreement lies within the Cookeville Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). “The city will cooperate with Mr. (Woody) Welch to go before the BZA and try to get approval from the BZA ... Read More »

Crossville Warns of Malicious Email Scam

Crossville city officials are warning residents of a potential scam asking for money via email. City Manager Greg Wood said the emails contain a link to a malicious site that claims to be from the city. “It’s an email that appears to come from the City of Crossville, but we don’t email bills out. It contains crossvilletn.gov, but it has ... Read More »

Cookeville Crossing Guard Struck By Car

Cookeville authorities are investigating an incident along Old Kentucky Road where a school crossing guard was struck by a car. Police Captain Bobby Anderson reports traffic is currently being affected in the area of Northeast Elementary. Anderson said the crossing guard’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. Read More »

Community Comes Together For National Day of Prayer

Citizens of Cookeville and Putnam County came together at the Putnam County Courthouse Thursday for National Day of Prayer. Colonial View Baptist Church Pastor Marc Burnett directed the ceremony and said the celebration allows people to reflect on the issues they face every day. “It means everything to me. I believe in the power of prayer,” Burnett said. “Our nation ... Read More »

Knoxville Man Charged After Vehicle Strikes Jamestown Officer

A Knoxville man landed behind bars after his vehicle struck a Jamestown police officer Tuesday. Arrest warrants charge Don A. Stephens II with five counts of felony reckless endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault on police. He remains behind bars on $125,000 bond. The report states an officer encountered Stephens when arriving at Walmart for a person passed out ... Read More »

Putnam County SROs Receive Tactical Training

Putnam County school resource officers have received tactical training in active shooter response. Chief Deputy Bob Crabtree said the training exercises combine with other security measures protecting the county’s children. “Sheriff Farris and his administration want to make sure that the SROs that are in the schools are some of the best. We’re not just putting anybody in the schools…the ... Read More »

Blood Assurance In Critical Need of O-Positive, O-Negative Donors

Multiple trauma incidents have left Blood Assurance of Cookeville in critical need of O-positive and O-negative blood donors. Community Relations Director Jay Bumgarner says although donations are about average for the year, unexpected traumas can impact their supply. “For one patient, last Thursday, they went through 100-plus pints of O-positive blood in less than one day,” Bumgarner said. “That is ... Read More »

CRMC Budget Includes New MRI Unit, Equipment Upgrades

Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s 2019-2020 budget will include several upgrades and new additions to the hospital’s campus. Hospital CEO Paul Korth said the $276 million budget comes with equipment upgrades for nursing staff and patient treatment. “We’re looking at adding an MRI unit for about $1.7 million,” Korth said. “Under nursing administration, there’s three large items here: Our ‘Phase II’ ... Read More »