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Overton County Declares State of Emergency

Overton County Executive Ben Danner has declared a state of emergency due to severe flooding across the area. Overton/Pickett E-911 reports officials have been in contact with Tennessee Emergency Management to assist with flooding issues. Bradford Hicks Drive near the Highway 52 intersection remains partially closed due to high water. Overton County Schools have already closed for Friday, Feb. 22. ... Read More »

Rainy Weather Could Likely Attract Insects Indoors

Cold and rainy weather could potentially draw insects indoors and inside your home. Steven Wheeler owns and operates PestPro pest control in Cookeville. He said several species have caused problems around the area due to recent rainfall. “We get a lot of earwigs, millipedes, kind of creepy-crawly things,” Wheeler said. “We’ve had a lot of spiders this year. I don’t ... Read More »

Demolition Of Crossville Inn Nearly Complete

Crossville City Council has approved a $32,00 budget amendment for the Inn of the Cumberlands demolition project. City Manager Greg Wood said the property will be put up for auction later this year. “If you haven’t been by the former Cumberland Inn, there’s maybe a dump truck or two loads left of it now,” Wood said. “The signs down and ... Read More »

Overton County Bracing for More Flooding

Heavy rain flooded Bradford Hicks Drive in Livingston Wednesday. Officials say the road remains partially closed due to high water and will likely flood again this weekend [Photo: OVerton/Pickett E-911]

Overton County crews are working to lower water levels across the area before more rain moves through the region. Overton Assistant EMA Director Eric Stevens said flood water in Livingston and the rest of the county has receded in most areas. However, parts of Bradford Hicks Drive still remain partially closed. “We’re still trying to lower the water levels. We’re currently ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Receives Solid Waste Infrastructure Grant

Jackson County has received a $52,000 grant to help improve solid waste infrastructure. Mayor Randy Heady said around $18,000 will be used for engineering, designing and building a structure for recycling. “We want to recycle, but you have to have the infrastructure to handle your recycling. What I realized, upon being appointed into the mayor’s position, was that we didn’t ... Read More »

PCSS Providing Meals to Students Thursday, Friday

Putnam County Schools will offer free meals to students Thursday and Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. at Monterey High (above), Baxter Primary, and Northeast Elementary in Cookeville (File Photo)

Putnam County Schools will provide free meals to students and their families while the district remains closed for flooding. Nutrition Field Manager Chrissy Flowers said meals will be provided Thursday and Friday while kids are out of school. “We’re going to be offering a hot entree as well as a cold entree,” Flowers said. “People are allowed to come in ... Read More »

‘Heartbeat Bill’ Passes State Subcommittee

The Tennessee Public Health Subcommittee passed a proposed bill banning abortion once a heartbeat is detected in an unborn fetus. State House Representative Ryan Williams said the bill will likely be supported by a majority of the state’s House of Representatives. “I think it’s going to find a lot of favor in the House, I really do,” Williams said. “I ... Read More »

Antioch Man Charged With Solicitation Of Minor

Cookeville Police have charged an Antioch man with solicitation of a minor for rape of a child. Officers arrested 30-year-old Justin Garrett Mack Thursday morning after he traveled to Cookeville to complete a sexual act with a child. According to a press release from the Cookeville Police Department, Mack solicited a law enforcement officer posing as a minor. He faces ... Read More »

Kodak Man Charged With Solicitation Of A Minor

Cookeville Police have charged a Kodak, Tennessee man with solicitation of a minor for rape of a child. Officers arrested 47-year-old Kenny Lum Whaley last week following an undercover investigation. According to a press release from the Cookeville Police Department, Whaley solicited a law enforcement officer posing as a minor for sexual activity. The release indicates that he traveled from ... Read More »

Homeless Man Charged in Cookeville Break-Ins

32-year-old Benjamin Carrell faces two counts of burglary after breaking into two Cookeville businesses Wednesday. (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A homeless man faces charges after breaking into two Cookeville businesses Wednesday. Cookeville Police charged 32-year-old Benjamin Carrell with two counts of burglary and was placed under $20,000 bond at the Putnam County Jail. Arrest warrants state Carrell attempted to break into Cracker Barrel on South Walnut Avenue by entering through a window. Carrell soon left the property after being ... Read More »