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DCS Looks to Recruit New Foster Families in Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland Department of Children's Services will host an informational meeting at its Cookeville regional office Saturday, Dec. 1. (Photo: Tennessee DCS)

The Upper Cumberland Department of Children’s Services will host an informational meeting Saturday to discuss how to become a foster parent or family. DCS Program Coordinator Jennifer Watts says foster care is a need in the region and hosting the meeting will allow the department to reach out to interested families. “We’ll have DCS staff as well as some of ... Read More »

Renovation Planned For Overton Health And Rehab Center

The Overton County Health and Rehab Center will accept sealed bids for a renovation project until December 11th. OCHRC administrative staff member Scott Stevens said the center hopes for a better outcome this bid cycle. “We’ve had a couple rounds of bids and unfortunately nothing was quite within where we want to be,” Stevens said. “We were looking at a ... Read More »

TWRA Reports Decreases in Hunting Numbers This Season

The TWRA reports a decrease in gun, archery, and muzzleloader harvests during deer season this year (Stock Photo)

The TWRA reports fewer deer are being harvested this year as the overall hunting season reaches the halfway point. Wildlife Biologist Ben Layton says the number of deer harvested during archery, muzzleloader, and gun seasons are lower than 2017. Nearly 16,000 deer were killed during the gun season opener which began Nov. 17. “It’s kind of early to see what ... Read More »

Redevelopment Project May Be In Jeopardy

The redevelopment of Cookeville’s L Block might be in jeopardy. Cookeville Planning Director James Mills said developers may abandon the project because of high prices associated with environmental cleanup. “Last week, the developer of this property indicated he had done some preliminary investigation on the potential cost for removing the structures. It turns out that there are some environmental concerns,” ... Read More »

USDA Hopes to Complete Clay County Jail Study Soon

USDA officials hope to complete its environmental survey of the Clay County Jail construction site within the next few weeks. Chris Hampton of the Cookeville USDA Rural Development office says only a few more tests remain before the county can receive funding for the new facility. “The biggest issue is, when they went out there and did the archaeological study, ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Faces Multiple Drug-Related Charges

A Cookeville man faces multiple drug charges after possessing approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine Tuesday. Authorities charged 36-year-old Travis Sells with methamphetamine distribution and the introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Officers initially made contact with Sells in the Cookeville Wal-Mart parking lot. Officers identified a driver that did not have a license and identified Sells as the passenger. ... Read More »

Planning Commission Approves Commercial Zoning

The Cookeville Planning Commission allowed a future Commercial development to move forward Monday after voting to rezone a single family residential area on East 10th Street and Old Kentucky Road. Titan Development plans to construct a 150,000 square foot shopping center on the 14-acre property. Representative Wayne Cravens said the company intends to help Cookeville grow responsibly. “This property has ... Read More »

Commission Ratifies Appointments To Non-Profit Study Committee

A new committee will be tasked with reviewing non-profit funding requests in Putnam County. County Commission Chairman Ben Rodgers said the non-profit study committee will be made up of individuals not serving on the county commission or budget committee. “Not to put the responsibility completely on them and us be relieved of it, but I guess it’s just more transparent,” ... Read More »

OCS Officials to Discuss LA Football Field Jan. 7

Overton County Schools' Building Committee will meet Jan.7 with architects to discuss potential renovations to the Livingston Academy football field (File Photo)

Overton County Schools’ Building Committee will meet in January to discuss the future of the Livingston Academy football field. Director of Schools Dr. Mark Winningham says no plans are finalized at this time as preliminary talks continue. “We’ll just continue our discussions of the future of the existing stadium, or the possibility of replacing that existing stadium with a new ... Read More »

Authorities Investigating Unlawful Hunting Incident

Fairfield Glade Police are investigating after a person tried shooting a deer from the inside of a pickup truck Sunday. Police Chief Mike Williams said witnesses reported the incident after the suspect began shooting with a high-powered rifle near the 7000 block of Peavine Road. “Several people were at the local dog park and reported hearing gunshots and bullets whizzing ... Read More »