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Water Main Break Occurs In Cookeville Sunday

A 12-inch cast-iron water main line broke on Cookeville’s Willow Avenue near the post office Sunday afternoon. The incident forced to northbound lanes to close until about 9:30 last night as Cookeville Water Quality Control workers repaired the damage. Northbound lanes closed for a short period of time today as crews worked to repair the roadway.   Read More »

Jeff Gentry Sentencing Hearing Rescheduled

A sentencing hearing for a White County man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering will take place April 26th. Jeff Gentry was supposed to be sentenced today, but the court rescheduled the hearing due to the number of victims in the case and potential forfeiture and restitution issues that could take some time to complete. Gentry’s case centers around ... Read More »

Serial Bank Robber Arrested After Robbing Crossville Bank

Nashville authorities have arrested a serial bank robber from Atlanta shortly after she robbed Crossville’s Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union on Saturday. The FBI confirmed the arrest of 25-year-old Nilsa Marie Urena on Monday. She’s being held at the Davidson County Jail on a federal warrant. Investigators said the so-called “Freedom Fighter Bandit” had robbed a total of nine banks ... Read More »

Longtime Putnam Co. Educator Killed In Friday Night Accident

A longtime Putnam County educator and coach has died after being struck by a vehicle while standing next to his mailbox Friday night. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said 84-year-old Frank Medley was struck by a Chevy S10 pickup on Buffalo Valley road near the intersection of Deer Creek Road. The driver of the pickup, 53-year-old Ricky Lewis, was charged with ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Contract To Study Water And Wastewater Rates

Cookeville City Council members approved a contract last night for a company to study Cookeville’s water and wastewater rates. “They will help guide our department through the development of a rate structure and financial plan that will ensure that our department has the available funding to keep pace with the water and infrastructure needs of the city of Cookeville,” Water ... Read More »

Man locked In Delivery Trailer Arrested For Stealing Cigarettes

A Knoxville man has landed behind bars in Cumberland County for allegedly attempting to steal cigarettes from a delivery truck Monday. Police officials said officers managed to catch the suspect after the delivery man locked him inside the trailer of the delivery truck. 42-year-old Michael Shane Caffey is charged with burglary and evading arrest after he tried fleeing from officers ... Read More »

THP Increasing Enforcement Efforts Over Super Bowl Weekend

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement efforts over Super Bowl weekend. Lieutenant Jmmy Neal is urging folks to make smart decisions before driving and to avoid distracted driving. “We just want people to please wear those seat belts and don’t drive distracted,” Neal said. “Pay attention to what’s going on around you. You never know when the guy ... Read More »

New Judge Appointed In K-9 Stabbing Case

A new judge will preside over the case of a Cumberland County man charged with fatally stabbing a Crossville Police K-9 after crashing a stolen truck and fleeing on foot last year. The Crossville-Chronicle reports that Criminal Court Judge Gary McKenzie and David Patterson have recused themselves from the case against 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon. Judge Amy Hollars has appointed ... Read More »

Bill Would Amend Annexation Law

State Representative Ryan Williams has filed a bill that would amend the state’s annexation law. The bill would reduce the number of owners required to consent to annexation without a referendum from all affected property owners to a majority of property owners. Cookeville Planning Director James Mills said the city requested the change to the law after voting to annex ... Read More »

Motorcycle Crash Leaves Two People Injured Wednesday

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol believe excessive speed caused a Honda motorcycle to crash in Cumberland County last night. The crash happened on Browntown Road near Frazier Road. Officials said the accident required 28-year-old Matthan Fish of Crossville and 19-year-old Jesse Surber of Crossville to be airlifted to U.T. Medical Center for treatment. According to a report, Fish attempted ... Read More »