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UCDD, Outside Firm Looks to Bring Retailers to Region

The Upper Cumberland Development District and an outside firm are looking to revitalize empty storefronts in the region. Executive Director Mark Farley addressed the possibility with city and county officials Wednesday. He said Regency Properties is a retail strategist is interested in buying property in the region to revamp into new retail locations. “If you’ve got a shopping center that ... Read More »

Cookeville Regional to Offer On-Site Genetic Counseling

Cookeville Regional Medical Center now offers on-site genetic counseling to patients through referrals. Ashley Cohen is the¬†Genetic Counselor at CRMC. “For our first initial appointment with the patient, we will meet and talk about that patients personal and family history,” Cohen said. “And do a complete risk assessment to see if there might be some genetic reason for the history ... Read More »

Clay County Jail Project Remains On Track

The Clay County Jail project remains on schedule as officials continue to make plans for construction. County Mayor Dale Reagan said engineers should finish examining the construction site within the next few weeks. “They’re testing the land and the proposed site for the jail so we’re winding that up here in the next month,” Reagan said. “We’ll have that finished ... Read More »

UCHRA Nutrition Program Seeing Improvements

The UCHRA’s Nutrition Program is seeing several improvements after Executive Director Mark Farley took over the position earlier this year. Farley reported during Wednesday’s executive board meeting the program is working towards cutting its deficit. “We have our fingers crossed that we have stopped the bleeding,” Farley said. “Now obviously, we’re just one quarter in. There’s things that’s going to ... Read More »

Weather Could Delay Main Street Paving In Algood

The weather may delay an Algood paving project. Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said the city signed contracts last week to pave Main Street from Thompson Lane to Burton Branch Road. “Asphalt plants usually shut down in October or early November, so it may depend on if the contractor can get the products that we need and if the temperature stays warm ... Read More »

Hilham Elementary Teacher Honored by Rack Room Shoes

A teacher at Hilham Elementary School in Overton County was recognized as Teacher of the Year by Rack Room Shoes. Edith Williams teaches 7th and 8th-grade math at the school. She was honored when she noticed parents nominating her on social media for the award. “At first I didn’t know I had been nominated and I had no way of ... Read More »

Putnam County Inmate Back In Custody

Cookeville Police have arrested an inmate who walked away from a work crew assignment Wednesday morning. Lieutenant Darrin Stout said officers arrested 30-year-old George Elmore on Clover Hill Drive around 11:40 a.m. Elmore walked off from his assigned work crew on Scott Avenue, near Jackson Street and Willow Avenue around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, ... Read More »

Monterey PD Hoping To Build Shooting Range

A shooting range for the Monterey Police Department could be built on property near the city sewer plant on Woodcliff Road. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the town pursued the idea several years ago, but the plans came to a halt. “I was approached by Sergeant Larry Bates, who teaches the firearms training class for our police department. He indicated they ... Read More »

Vehicle Traffic Forces TWRA To Block Access At The Boils

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has cut off access to the sandbars at the Boils Wildlife Management Area in Jackson County. Wildlife Information Specialist Mimi Barnes said TWRA had to prevent people from driving vehicles directly into the waterway. “There were concerns from surrounding land owners about vehicles traveling in the waterway and there are a lot of environmental concerns,” ... Read More »

Inmate Walks Away From Work Crew Wednesday

A Putnam County inmate escaped a work crew near the area of Jackson and Willow Avenue Wednesday morning. A written statement from the Cookeville Police Department said 30-year-old George Elmore was last spotted by witnesses heading towards Ensor Sink Park. Authorities say he is likely wearing a white t-shirt and black athletic shorts. Police have since recovered Elmore’s jail uniform. ... Read More »