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Monterey High Hoping To Win Shoe Design Competition

The Monterey High School visual arts program has a chance to win $75,000. Vans has named the school a top 50 finalist in its national shoe design competition. Visual arts teacher James Watts said the public can help Monterey bring home the prize. “We close voting on May 3 so we need everybody to go to and vote for ... Read More »

Tennessee House Passes Playground Smoking Ban

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Tennessee’s House of Representatives passed legislation Monday allowing cities and counties to ban smoking at public playgrounds. Crossville Representative Cameron Sexton voiced concern over the proposal during last week’s House session. “Although sometimes things are permissive, I think you have to look at the broad intent of how much authority we are giving [cities and counties] if it does pass,” ... Read More »

Infinite Entertainment Aims For Grading Work This Summer

Building Proposal for Infinite Entertainment (Photo: Infinite Entertainment Facebook)

The future owners of Infinite Entertainment hope to begin grading work within the next couple months. President Raj Patel said architects are finalizing the facility’s layout and just received grading permits in March. “We got our civil plans and our grading plan approved by the city and we’re all good in regards to the civil side,” Patel said. “As soon ... Read More »

Jordi Lawyers File Motion To Suppress Evidence

A White County judge will decide in June whether or not to suppress evidence against a man charged with killing his father. Lawyers for Joshua Nathaniel Jordi filed the motion to suppress evidence during a court hearing last week. Arguments and a response to the motion will be heard June 19th in White County Criminal Court. Jordi has spent the ... Read More »

Commission Votes To Split Former Anchor Down Site

The site of the former Anchor Down restaurant might be split into three commercial lots. Cookeville Planning Commissioners approved the proposal Monday, despite knowing that property sits on a sinkhole retention area. Planning Director James Mills said the city will place stipulations on the 9.5-acre property because of that. “Since the structures have been removed, they’re subject to our requirements ... Read More »

Walnut Village Renovations Beginning Soon

Highland Residential Services will begin renovating and remodeling several Walnut Village homes within the next couple weeks. Executive Director Dow Harris said the only thing that remains is for the construction phase to begin. “We did get our bonds, our mortgage, and all the finances and deals were closed approximately a week ago,” Harris said. “Everything’s in place for the ... Read More »

Planning Commission Passes Hotel Parking Proposal

Cookeville’s Planning Commission approved a proposal Monday splitting a hotel along South Jefferson Avenue into to separate parcels. Planning Director James Mills explained a private roadway off Neal Street caused some issues when developing the plan. “They’re wanting to split it so that the eastern building can be subdivided off. The problem with it is that portion of the property ... Read More »

Committee Delays Action After Codes Admin Retires

The Livingston Property Maintenance Advisory Committee could not address all property complaints Monday following the retirement of the codes administrator Darius Sims. Chair of the Committee Barbie Roberts said the group may not have all the updated investigation information. “We have a little bit of an issue here in the fact that our codes administrator has retired. We don’t know,” ... Read More »

Man Arrested After Standoff With Deputies

A standoff between a suicidal man and Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies ended with no injuries Monday evening. A press release from the CCSO said deputies responded to Muddy Branch Lane and found 54-year-old Jesse Spivey on the front porch holding a gun to his head. Multiple agencies responded to the scene as law enforcement began negotiating with Spivey to put ... Read More »

Putnam County Sees Influx Of DUI Arrests

Impaired drivers have kept Putnam County authorities busy the past week. Officers have arrested approximately eight people since last Thursday evening for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Tennessee Highway Safety Office Liaison Fred Sherrill said warmer weather may be to blame. “We’ve had a few pretty good, nice-weather days come out. People pretty much have cabin fever ... Read More »