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Block Grants Awarded To Several UC Communities

The Upper Cumberland has received¬† a total of $1.89 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant funding from the state. Allardt, Byrdstown, Celina, Jamestown, and Livingston received the grants, which were announced Tuesday by the State Department of Economic and Community Development. The funding will be used for fire protection improvements, water and sewer system improvements, and commercial facade improvements. ... Read More »

Soup Kitchen Fundraiser To Benefit Homeless

The Soup Kitchen Fundraiser benefiting the Cookeville Rescue Mission will take place Saturday at Cookeville’s Leslie Town Centre. “This is aimed to help the homeless in our community. There’s no doubt that we’ve seen an increase from people coming in who are homeless from the surrounding areas,” Cookeville Rescue Mission Vice President of Operations Luke Eldridge said. Eldridge said the ... Read More »

Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers Have Big Year In 2017

The Crossville-Cumberland County Crime Stoppers reports that they received 304 tips last year that helped solve several cases and serve 53 outstanding warrants. Police said that information helped recover more than $12,400 dollars of stolen property. The Crime Stoppers paid out a total of $5,375-dollars in cash rewards for the information they received or an average pay out of $141. Read More »

Putnam Co. Ratifies 2018 Budget Committee

The Putnam County Commission has ratified the 2018 Budget Committee. County Executive Randy Porter said about two-thirds of the commission members expressed interest in serving on the budget committee this year. “We had about 15 that wanted to be on the budget committee,” Porter said. “As you know, the committee is limited to 9. It was a difficult decision and ... Read More »

Hartgrove Elected Chairman Of State Board Of Education

The State Board of Education has elected Lillian Hartgrove to serve as the new chairman of the board. Hartgrove was first appointed to the State Board of Education in 2014 and served as the Vice Chairman from 2017 to 2018. In addition to serving on the board, Hartgrove is the Workforce Development and Education Vice President for the Cookeville-Putnam County ... Read More »

Temporary Closing Of Highway 25 Planned In Smith Co.

Smith County’s Highway 25 will be temporarily closed Saturday at the site of TDOT’s rockfall mitigation project just west of Carthage. Officials said the closure will allow utility work to be conducted by Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation. More utility work will be done over the next few weeks as many companies waited to conduct the work until blasting was ... Read More »

Police Investigating Break-In At Crossville Church

Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers have released security footage showing a man breaking into a church early Tuesday morning. The incident happened at Crossville Church of Christ on North Main Street. Police said the man entered the church, kicked in an office door, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information about the break-in should contact the Crossville Police Department. Read More »

Ecstasy Pills Found During Traffic Stop In Cookeville

Cookeville Police have arrested a man for allegedly having 100 ecstasy pills inside his vehicle Sunday. 41-year-old William Almond of Snellville Georgia faces two counts of possession after police said they found the pills and nearly 17 grams of marijuana inside the car during a traffic stop for tail light that wasn’t working. He’s under $20,000 bond at the Putnam ... Read More »

House Fire Under Investigation In Crossville

A Sunday evening fire continues to be investigated in Crossville. The fire broke out around 9:15 p.m. at a home on Brookstone Drive, just off Cooke Road. Officials said a firefighters arrived on scene and observed broken glass on the back door of the home and determined that no one had broken the glass to make entry while battling the ... Read More »

Monterey Alderman JJ Reels To Run For Mayor

Monterey Alderman J.J. Reels has picked up a petition to run for Mayor in the August election. “Currently, I think it’s prime time for a new prospective and a new style of leadership,” Reels said. “I think I have all the qualities that are needed to be a good leader.” Reels also said he wants to help Monterey grow more ... Read More »