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Algood Election Case Dismissed, Hawkins Wins

The Algood Election Case was dismissed in Chancery Court Wednesday, declaring Ruby Hawkins as the final council member. Chancellor Ronald Thurman dismissed the case on the basis of indispensable parties and the fact that Justin Grant’s party filed an amended complaint outside of the set five-day window. In a written statement, Hawkins thanked everyone who supported her during the process. ... Read More »

Possible Tornado Causes Damage In Fentress County

A possible tornado touched down in Fentress County just after midnight Wednesday. Overton County Emergency Management joined Fentress County officials at the area just off Muddy Pond Road. According to Overton EMA, residents heard a “train coming through.” Upon arrival, officials found a home at 1870 Campground Road off its foundation with trees down. Overton County EMA officials said all the trees appeared to be blown down in the same direction. No injuries reported. ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Labeled as “Needing Improvement” by TDOE

The Tennessee Department of Education named the Putnam County School System as a district in need of improvement based on student performance. Upperman High School is one of five schools and the only high school listed as an additional target support and improvement school [File Photo]

The Putnam County School System looks to address several concerns after the Tennessee Department of Education identified the district as “needing improvement”. Superintendent Jerry Boyd said Putnam Schools are much more capable than what the state’s 2018 District Accountability report indicates. “We’re going to and have been looking at areas we need to improve, but we also know one set ... Read More »

THP Reports No Injuries in Tuesday I-40 Crash

Two people were transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a police pursuit that ended in a crash Friday. One person was arrested while the status of two others is currently unknown. (File Photo)

An Illinois man was cited for not having his drivers license following a crash on I-40 Tuesday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 40-year-old Alvin Lovell was travelling eastbound near Cookeville when he ran off the left side of the road and struck a cable barrier around 9:15 a.m. The report indicates the vehicle came to a rest in the ... Read More »

Planning Commission Approves Bunker Hill Rezoning

The Cookeville Planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for property on 1501 Bunker Hill Road, despite opposition from surrounding residents. Mitch Copeland submitted the proposal on behalf of Willow Park Partners. The group plans to a build a subdivision on the 7.5 acre property, which sits across from White Road and Messenger Road. At least 20 homes could be ... Read More »

Software Error Included Cookeville, Algood in Tornado Warning

A software error accidentally included Cookeville and Algood in a tornado warning issued Monday evening meant for DeKalb County. Brittney Whitehead is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville. “Unfortunately we did experience a software error when we issued that warning, and we’re still looking into exactly why the cities in Putnam County were included in that warning,” ... Read More »

National Weather Service Surveying DeKalb Storm Damage

The National Weather Service in Nashville is surveying storm damage in DeKalb County to see if a tornado may have touched down in the area. Meteorologist Brittney Whitehead said crews were sent out to the area Tuesday morning. “We have a survey team out looking at some damage reports right now so we don’t have any official survey information as ... Read More »

Injury Accident Reported on I-40 Near Cookeville

Two people were transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a police pursuit that ended in a crash Friday. One person was arrested while the status of two others is currently unknown. (File Photo)

An accident on I-40 eastbound was reported Tuesday morning just outside of Cookeville. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a vehicle struck a guard rail near Exit 290. A statement from the THP indicates injuries were reported. No word on the number of vehicles involved. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been identified and their condition is unknown. Read More »

Death Investigation Continues In Cookeville

A body found in the Cookeville Walmart parking lot Monday is believed to be that of a man recently reported missing. The body of the unidentified man will undergo an autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s office in Nashville to determine a cause of death. According to a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy discovered the body ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Arrested at Red Roof Inn

A Cookeville man faces multiple charges after a drug investigation at the Red Roof Inn last night. Authorities charged Benjamin Miller, 33, with criminal impersonation, possess, manufacture, or sell methamphetamine, and felony possession of a firearm. Officers responded to the Red Roof Inn in reference to possible drug activity around 11 pm. Officers made contact with Miller in room 225. ... Read More »