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Cookeville Chooses James Mills as City Manager Designee

Cookeville will appoint Planning Director James Mills to its City Manager position later this year. Cookeville City Council voted Thursday to accept current City Manager Mike Davidson’s resignation effective June 30. Mills said he looks forward to the opportunity and wished Davidson the best in his future endeavors. “I’m humbled that the Council wants me to do this job. I ... Read More »

Nashville Man Arrested After Cookeville Pursuit

40-year-old Jquon Jones, of Nashville, faces several charges following a vehicle pursuit in Cookeville Tuesday night (Photo: Putnam County Jail Roster

Cookeville Police arrested a Nashville man on several charges following a vehicle pursuit Tuesday evening. Authorities charged 40-year-old Jquon Jones after he ran a stop sign in his 2007 Toyota Matrix at West End Street and West Broad Street. A report from the Cookeville Police Department states Jones refused to stop for officers and later struck another vehicle. Pursuing officers ... Read More »

Fire Destroys Home In Nameless Community

A fire destroyed a home in Jackson County’s Nameless community Thursday morning. Nameless Volunteer Fire Department Chief Josh Locke said crews responded to 1550 Shepardsville Highway at 12:35 a.m. “When we arrived on scene the house was totally involved,” Locke said. “From what I gathered from the people who lived there, it started in the attic and fortunately they were ... Read More »

Livingston Votes To Create Downtown Revitalization Committee

Livingston officials passed a resolution this week officially creating and recognizing the Downtown Revitalization Committee. Chairman Ray Evans said the committee has operated for nearly 10-years, but not under any official documentation with the city. “There’s a requirement in the Tennessee Downtowns Program and over in the Main Street Program to have a board that guides those efforts for the ... Read More »

Former Putnam Commission Candidate Encouraging More Diversity in Leadership

A former Putnam County Commission candidate is encouraging minority residents to pursue leadership opportunities in the community. Dee Prince is a political ambassador for Impact Cookeville. He said getting involved early on through smaller events will help people of diverse backgrounds build support and name recognition. “When you start thinking about these things, those are ways to get involved and ... Read More »

Livingston Eligible for More Project Diabetes Funding

Livingston will reapply for additional grant funding after being informed of their eligibility for another Project Diabetes grant. Downtown Revitalization Committee Chair Ray Evans said he and Mayor Curtis Hayes were informed last Friday of the opportunity and submitted an application immediately. “There was an opportunity to apply again for a Diabetes Grant, similar to the one that we’ve had ... Read More »

Monterey Hoping To Link New Areas To Walking Trail

The town of Monterey has applied for a grant that could provide students a safer route to and from school. The potential funding would help link Burks Elementary School and Monterey High School to the town’s new walking trail. Dawn Kupferer is the grant writer for the town of Monterey. “The town of Monterey has been working very hard to ... Read More »

Mississippi Felony Fugitive Found in Putnam County

Putnam County Authorities arrested a felony fugitive from Mississippi Wednesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol charged 19-year-old Morgan Blakney with criminal impersonation after giving a false name to avoid active warrants out of Tuscaloosa County, Mississippi. Tuscaloosa County filed warrants for Blackney for the offense of malicious mischief and escape, which is a felony. Authorities also charged Blakney with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and ... Read More »

Celina Mayor Hoping for Quick Turnaround with CRH Closure

Celina Mayor Joey Rich hopes to have a quick turnaround in finding a potential buyer for Cumberland River Hospital (CRH). Rich and other Clay County residents attended Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) special-called Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday regarding the closure of CRH. “We were just asking some of the board members about the licensure with the hospital, if they ... Read More »

Crews Battle Fire Near Nameless Community Center

Jackson County firemen responded to a structure fire early Thursday morning near the Nameless Community Center. Multiple departments responded to the scene, including members from Jackson County Central Fire, Flynn’s Lick, and Granville Fire Departments. No word on any injuries or the status of the structure. Officials said the blaze forced a portion of Shepardsville Highway to be closed down. ... Read More »