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THSO Wants Seniors To Stay Safe While Driving

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office wants senior citizens to stay safe while on the roadways. Safety Liaison Fred Sherrill said health-related issues can likely cause accidents among senior drivers. “One of the big things we try to approach is to make sure their health is good and they’re capable of driving,” Sherrill said. “If they’ve had an incident or something, ... Read More »

Clay County Woman Injured In Storm-Related Accident

A Clay County woman suffered injuries after her vehicle struck a fallen tree during severe weather Saturday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 20-year-old Tracy Smith, of Moss, was traveling eastbound on Highway 52 in Clay County when the accident occurred. The crash report indicates Smith’s 2015 Ford Fusion struck a fallen tree that had blocked both lanes of the roadway. ... Read More »

Smithville Man Cited After Collision With WCSO Deputy

Authorities have cited a Smithville man following a Saturday collision with a White County deputy. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred when 51-year-old James Youngblood was traveling west and 43-year-old deputy Mark Evans east on Highway 70. The report states Youngblood’s 2010 Toyota Tacoma crossed the center lane and struck the left front of Evans’ 2018 Ford Explorer ... Read More »

Planning Commission Denies Peek Drive Rezoning

The Cookeville Planning Commission has voted to deny a proposed rezoning between Peek Drive and Bradford Circle. Planning Director James Mills said this is the third time the property has been denied for rezoning. “The reason being, a lack of adequate access [and] nothing really changed on that,” Mills said. “We had considered rezoning in January of this year and ... Read More »

Jamestown Man Indicted After 7-Month Drug Investigation

57-year-old Stephen Joe Hicks, of Jamestown, faces drug and sex offender violation charges following a seven-month investigation by Fentress County authorities [Photo: Fentress County Sheriffs Office]

A narcotics investigation in Fentress County has led to charges against a Jamestown man. The Fentress County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday 57-year-old Stephen Hicks was indicted by a grand jury last week. He faces four counts of possession, sale, or delivery of controlled substances. Hicks also faces one count of violating the state sex offender registry. The state registry indicates ... Read More »

Jail Expansion May Allow Space For Federal Inmates

The future expansion of the Putnam County Justice Center may allow the sheriff’s office to house federal inmates. Sheriff Eddie Farris said he’s been discussing the idea with U.S. Marshals from the Eastern and Middle Tennessee Districts. “We are in some talks about having a small portion of those cells designated for federal inmates,” Farris said. “If we agree to ... Read More »

Cookeville Police To Use Neighborhood Watch App

The Cookeville Police Department will partner with the Neighbors by Ring app to provide the community with real-time crime and safety information. Captain Bobby Anderson said the app facilitates better communication between law enforcement and community members. “Well when it comes to the Cookeville Police Department, of course, we are excited to use any tool that is going to help ... Read More »

Monday Fire destroys Vacant Home In Monterey

The State Fire Marshals Office will conduct an investigation after a fire destroyed a vacant home in Monterey. Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters said the blaze happened early Monday morning on East Louis Avenue. “When we got here it was coming through the roof already,” Peters said. “No one was living here at the time and we’ve called in some ... Read More »

Three Charged After Breaking Into Burgess Allen Residence

Elmus Lee Winningham Jr, of Monterey, faces charges of possessing burglary tools and aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into a Burgess Allen Road home Saturday (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Cookeville women and a Monterey man for breaking into a residence on Burgess Allen Road. Authorities arrested 28-year-old Tara Allen, 30-year-old Sierra Wilder, and 41-year-old Elmus Lee Winningham Jr. for aggravated burglary. Winningham also faces one count for possessing burglary tools. The arresting deputy responded to the call Saturday and was told by ... Read More »

Putnam DART Helps Clay County Animals During Flooding

Putnam County DART continues to shelter pets in Clay County during flooding (Photo: Putnam County DART Facebook)

Several animals had a safe place to stay as flooding affected Clay County this weekend. Putnam County Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) traveled to Celina Saturday to set up a temporary animal shelter. DART Representative Jeremy Richter said the shelter continued to house up to 60 animals on Monday. “We are still sheltering animals and will be here until we ... Read More »