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Cookeville Asking State To Allow Lodging Tax

State lawmakers will consider allowing Cookeville to levy a 3-percent hotel-motel tax. Legislation prevents cities from implementing the tax, but Cookeville City Manager Mike Davidson said lawmakers might exempt Cookeville from the law. “In recent years the General Assembly has authorized many cities across the state to adopt a hotel-motel tax where a county has already adopted that tax,” Davidson ... Read More »

Baxter Seeking Federal Funds for Waste Water Treatment Upgrades

Baxter will seek federal funding to help improve the city’s waste water treatment plant. City Engineer Tom Bennett said the project is much needed for the future growth of the community. “The City of Baxter commissioned a study of their waste water treatment facility about a year ago in response to lots of development and things that are going on ... Read More »

Jackson County Closes School Friday for Flood Risk

Jackson County Schools will be closed for a second day Friday because of continued flooding concerns. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said she made the decision after speaking with emergency officials and road department heads. “They’ve been out on the roads and assessing the areas. In collaboration with them, it’s not just the situation at the school that we’re dealing ... Read More »

Apprenticeship Program Could Benefit UC Students, Employers

A tool and die apprenticeship program might be available to Upper Cumberland students in the future. Kaitlin Salyer is the Coordinator of Workforce Development and Education for the Highland’s Economic Partnership (HEP). She said the program will help meet the needs of employers across the region. “Based on the conversations we’ve had around the table and through surveys that get ... Read More »

New Court Date Set for 2017 Livingston Murder Case

A woman facing one count of first-degree murder in Overton County will make her first court appearance March 27. Brandy Angela McDougle, of Livingston, was originally scheduled to appear in Overton County Criminal Court Jan. 28. Court records did not indicate a reason for the date change. A grand jury indicted McDougle last December in connection with the shooting death ... Read More »

New Livingston Codes Address Nuisance Properties

New property maintenance codes in Livingston would prevent overgrown weeds and debris from accumulating on residential properties. Hayden White of Envision Livingston presented the amended codes during Livingston’s City Council meeting this week, which would allow residents to report nuisance vegetation and animals. “We’ve added the unlawful accumulation of debris that can be blown over to a neighbor’s yard,” White ... Read More »

Flooding Creates Sinkhole, Damages Cookeville Water Line

A sinkhole caused by flood waters in Cookeville led to a broken water line along Rockwell Drive. Ronnie Kelly is the Director of the Department of Water Quality Control. He said workers received calls of low water pressure in the area around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. “When our employees arrived on the scene, they’d found that a sinkhole had fell out ... Read More »

Monterey Fire Chief Requesting Additional Personnel

Monterey’s Fire Chief would like to hire some additional firefighters to fix a personnel shortage. Chief Kevin Peters has asked town officials to provide funding for at least four part-time positions. “I think this year we got about 78 calls that weren’t responded to during the daytime hours,” Peters said. “Most of those were medical calls, but still there’s been ... Read More »

Heavy Rainfall Affecting Upper Cumberland Livestock

Heavy rainfall in the Upper Cumberland can have an impact on livestock and pastures. UT Ag Extension Agent Wayne Key said the heavy rain can muddy the fields and paths used by livestock, potentially affecting their health. “When it comes to the rain that we’ve had, it’s definitely causing the impact,” Key said. “Whether it be nutritionally, whether it be ... Read More »

Two Arrested For Drug Activity At Kohl’s

28-year-old Austin Kerry Weatherby, of Cleveland, TN, was arrested Wednesday for possession of meth at Kohl's Wednesday (Photo; Putnam County Jail)

Cookeville Police found approximately one ounce of methamphetamine while investigating suspicious activity at Khol’s Wednesday. Police have charged 28-year-old Austin Kerry Weatherby with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication. 24-year-old Brian Joseph Ralrick faces the same charges. Officers responded to the store when loss prevention reported two subjects crushing something up and possible drug ... Read More »