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Cookeville Man Charged with Statutory Rape

Authorities arrested a Cookeville man Sunday for having sexual relations with a minor. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Christopher Swartz on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and statutory rape. Arrest warrants state Swartz was initially pulled over during a traffic stop for a moving violation. The arresting deputy noticed a 17-year-old female in the passenger seat ... Read More »

Residents Urged Be Prepared During Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week got underway Sunday. Derek Woolbright is the public information officer for Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. He said the week provides an opportunity for the public to get prepared for the next major storm. “We are heading into tornado season and it’s always a major concern for us here in Middle Tennessee,” Woolbright said. “It’s ... Read More »

Flooding Still A Concern In Jackson County

Jackson County officials will be monitoring the Cumberland River and some of the county’s smaller streams Sunday night. Rain stopped on Sunday, but the flood threat remained as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water from Wolf Creek Dam. Derek Woolbright is the Public Information Officer for Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. “What we are seeing right now is ... Read More »

Conditions Improving In Overton County

Sunshine has allowed the flooding situation to improve in Overton County. Overton EMA Assistant Director Eric Stevens said water from Dillon Pond began dropping at a rate of one inch per hour Sunday. “We are very thankful to have sunshine and we hope that continues for some time,” Stevens said. “Drainage is continually going down. We do have a new ... Read More »

UCHRA Looking to Expand Head Start Offerings

The UCHRA wants to expand its head-start program to the entire Upper Cumberland. Executive Director Mark Farley said early head-start programs are a growing need for many communities in the region. “A lot of the school systems have taken on the Pre-K programs. When a lot of the school systems started taking on Pre-K, as they did in Van Buren ... Read More »

Subcontract Plan Approved for Cookeville Police HQ

Cookeville will use a subcontracting method to help construct its new police department headquarters. City Council members approved the proposed method during Thursday’s meeting. American Enterprise Institute President Peter Metts said the process allows the primary contractor – chosen by the city – to accept bids from subcontractors to help keep costs low. “We look at the lowest and best-qualifying ... Read More »

Cumberland County Issues State of Emergency

Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster has declared a state of emergency ahead of potentially severe weather. Crossville-Cumberland County EMA reports over two inches of rain has fallen in Crossville alone Saturday, breaking the previous record set in 1962. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of the county through Saturday night. NWS estimates at least ... Read More »

Shelters Open In Clay County Amid Flooding

Clay County has opened two emergency shelters as extensive flooding continues to cause issues in the area. Shelters have opened at Willow Grove Community Center and Cumberland River Hospital. EMA Director Natalie Boone said water levels will continue to rise with more rain and the recent release of the Wolf Creek Dam. Boone urges residents to be extremely cautious, especially ... Read More »

Dam Release Could Cause Flooding In Jackson County

The Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from the Wolf Creek Dam. Jackson County officials have urged residents living near the area to consider relocating or be prepared to evacuate within short notice. Jackson County EMA said the water release may push the Cumberland River into it’s action stage and potentially into flood stage in Jackson County. “This ... Read More »

Damaged Roadways Reported in Cumberland County

Inclement weather and over-saturation have damaged two Cumberland County roadways. Cumberland County EMA reports TDOT crews are working to repair a portion of Highway 70 between the Crab Orchard and Ozone communities. Crews are working on the eastbound lane and have one lane open for traffic at this time. Cumberland County Highway Department workers are also trying to repair part ... Read More »