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Highlands Initiative Aims to Revitalize Auto Industry

The Highlands Economic Partnership looks to revitalize the region’s auto industry as it enters phase four of the organization’s five-year plan. Stephen Crook is the Vice President of Economic Development with the HEP. He said the organization is looking to attract smaller manufacturers that would assist in larger manufacturing plants. “Those OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sites usually involve about 500 ... Read More »

Cookeville Hampton Inn Recognized by Hilton Hotels

Cookeville’s Hampton Inn was awarded the ‘Wall of Fame’ Award from the hotel chain’s parent company, Hilton Hotels. According to a press release, the award is given to the top 15 percent of Hampton Inns based on quality assurance, inspections and guest satisfaction scores for service, and accommodations. Bill Upshaw is the president of Platinum Management Services in Nashville, which ... Read More »

Van Buren County Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor

Van Buren County authorities have arrested a registered sex offender from Rock Island on two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. A TBI investigation has revealed that 51-year-old Robert Steven McCormack was responsible for incidents of sexual exploitation of a minor that took place in May and July of 2017. A Van Buren County grand jury has returned indictments ... Read More »

Cookeville Council to Consider Sidewalk Projects

Cookeville City Council will consider approving two sidewalk projects along Interstate Drive and South Jefferson Avenue. Public Works Director Greg Brown said if approved, the projects could start as early as spring 2019. “We’re working on the right-of-way plans right now,” Brown said. “We’re going to have to certify the right-of-way to TDOT. That’s where we’re getting the grant money ... Read More »

Jackson Man Arrested After Pursuit In Putnam County Monday

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Jackson Tennessee man after a police chase ended in Putnam County Monday afternoon. 25-year-old Antonio D. McFern faces charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, simple possession, and driving on a suspended license. According to the THP, McFern allegedly fled a traffic stop in Smith County and lead troopers on a lengthy pursuit. The chase ... Read More »

Infinite Entertainment Looks to Open March 2019

Infinite Entertainment looks to bring a new family entertainment center to Cookeville in March 2019. Turfway Entertainment Founder and President David Wallace said the facility be the first of its kind for Turfway in the state of Tennessee. “We have everything under one roof,” Wallace said. “We have the bowling, we have a restaurant and a bar in the middle, ... Read More »

Van Buren Arts and Craft Center to Open Saturday

The Van Buren Arts and Crafts Center will open Saturday. Greg Wilson is the Van Buren County Executive. “We have our farmer’s market open, it has been open for about two weeks,” Wilson said. “And our arts and crafts building that is directly located right behind it will be open this Saturday.” The county started construction on the center four ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners To Consider New Budget Next Week

Putnam County Commissioners will consider approving the new fiscal year budget next week. The highlights of the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget include funding for six new school resource officers and a cost of living raise for county employees. County Executive Randy Porter said regular employees will receive $1,800 and public safety employees will get an additional $2,000. “That is intentional ... Read More »

Cookeville to Consider Re-Approving Auxin Ordinance

Cookeville City Council will consider re-approving an ordinance that would pave the way for a hotel and convention center in the downtown area. The ordinance, which has been approved twice before, will close and abandon alleys along South Oak Avenue and Depot Street for the proposed ‘Auxin Project.’ Planning Department Director James Mills said the ordinance would help move the ... Read More »

Two Killed In DeKalb County Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that two people died after a pickup truck crashed in DeKalb County this morning. The crash happened on Old Mill Hill Road. The THP identified the deceased as 56-year-old Michael Murphy of Liberty and 50-year-old Angelia Burke of Crossville. According to DeKalb County authorities, a motorcycle rider came upon Murphy lying in the roadway about ... Read More »