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Algood Sewer Project Stalled By Easement Negotiations

Easement negotiations continue to hold up a sewer rehabilitation project in Algood. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said the city should consider other options if agreements cannot be met with property owners. “In the event that they are not wrapped up, I think we should get ready to discuss other options with our legal counsel,” Chapman-Fowler said. “This has been pending too ... Read More »

Algood To Rent Out Old City Hall Building

Algood City Council has approved using the old city hall building as a business incubator. City Administrator Keith Morrison said the business incubator proposal would allow the building to feature low rent prices for a period of time. “That would allow business owners to update the building and make it usable to get a business off the ground,” Morrison said. ... Read More »

TDFI Commissioner Pushing For UC’s Continued Economic Growth

Tennessee Commissioner of Financial Institutions Greg Gonzales cites strong business communities as the source of regional economic growth. Gonzales was the keynote speaker during the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Tuesday. “One of the things I wanted to do is just thank our financial institutions here in Cookeville for what they do, and also the business community for ... Read More »

Van Buren Group Aims for Transparency in County Government

A group of Van Buren County citizens have come together in an effort to provide clarity in local politics to area residents. Virigina Evans is a trustee with VanBurenTN.org, a nonprofit organization formed after citizens expressed concern over and petitioned against the county’s recently-proposed wheel tax. “One of the first things we noticed was people were not attending the commission ... Read More »

Cookeville Woman May Withdraw Guilty Plea In 2018 Crash

30-year-old Nicole Leigh Wright was charged with vehicular homicide following a 2018 crash that killed 26-year-old Mason Taft. (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A Cookeville woman plans to file a motion withdrawing a guilty plea she entered Monday for one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication. 30-year-old Nicole Leigh Wright was charged after a 2018 crash near Dodson Branch Road that killed 26-year-old Mason Taft. Wright’s legal counsel said Tuesday there may be “legal, technical reasons” that could result in the guilty plea ... Read More »

Algood Mayor Looking For Changes After Court Settlement

Algood Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler plans to recommend changes after the city settled a lawsuit with former police sergeant Dana Looper Monday. Chapman-Fowler said she’ll be asking the city council to review city policy regarding sexual harassment and discrimination. “I can assure Miss Looper that I’m going to be reviewing those policies and I think it would be a good idea ... Read More »

Nearly $13M in Unclaimed Property Reported in UC

The Tennessee Department of Treasury reports nearly $13 million in unclaimed property is currently available in the Upper Cumberland. Shelli King serves as the Department of Treasury’s Director of Communications. “In short note, unclaimed property is money that’s been turned over to the state by businesses and organizations that can’t find the right owners,” King said. “So they turn it ... Read More »

Missing Fentress County Teen Found Safe

A missing Fentress County teen that had been missing since Feb. 5 has returned home. Fentress County Chief Deputy Rockford Garrett reports 17-year-old Olivia Dowdy was found at her residence on Pickett State Park Road. The Sheriff’s Office released a statement Monday requesting the public’s assistance in finding Dowdy. Authorities thank the public’s help in trying to locate Dowdy and ... Read More »

Algood Insurance Carrier To Cover Settlement Costs

The City of Algood continues to deny any wrongdoing related to lawsuits filed by former police sergeant Dana Looper. Keith Morrison is the Algood City Administrator. “Miss Looper filed three different lawsuits and multiple EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint) charges against the city. Chancery Court and the Court of Appeals ruled in the city’s favor,” Morrison said. “In her remaining ... Read More »

Algood Considering Renting Out Old City Hall Building

Algood city officials are considering sectioning off and renting out the old city hall building. City Administrator Keith Morrison said several people have contacted him about potential uses for the facility. “I don’t want to give away any businesses, but we’ve had several that have called for different areas,” Morrison said. “There’s several that are interested in using the facility ... Read More »