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Putnam Co. Commission Cuts Funding For Cookeville Senior Center

The Putnam County Commission voted to cut funding from the Cookeville Senior Center last night. Commissioner Chris Savage made a motion to reduce the county’s contribution to the Cookeville Senior Center by $10,000. Cookeville Senior Center Executive Director Maxine Frasier called the reduction a significant hit to the county’s largest senior center. “That puts us at less funding than we ... Read More »

Water Line Work On Willow Ave. Preparation For Paving

Water line work on Willow Avenue will be completed before the road is paved. TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said before Oct. 31, nearly two miles of Willow Avenue will be paved. Work will begin south of Jackson Street and continue to just north of Gainesboro Grade. Cookeville Water Department representative Matthew Phillips said the department has a contractor replacing water ... Read More »

Arson Trial Underway For Clay County Man

The trial for a Clay County man charged with attempted murder and arson got underway today. The charges against 29-year-old Ricky Lee York stem from a Clinton County, Ky. house fire that occurred in March of last year. Authorities said three people occupied the home at the time of the fire, but all three managed to get out safely. York’s ... Read More »

Cumberland Crimestoppers Search For Thrift Thief

Cumberland County Crimestoppers hope the public can help find a woman accused of stealing from a thrift store. A written statement from the group said the woman sorted through donations at the Threads of Hope Thrift Store in the early morning of July 10. She reportedly tore through bags of donated goods, choosing what she wanted and carrying it off. ... Read More »

Man Gets 8 More Charges In Church Vandalism Case

A DeKalb man faces additional charges after posting notes on church doors within the county. Last week, Laddie Bill Jerrells, 57, of Smithville, was charged with 24 counts ranging from vandalism to desecration of honored places. Sheriff Patrick Ray said after the story was circulated in the media, another church came forward to say notes had been posted on the ... Read More »

Cumberland Co. Commission Votes To Purchase Railroad Property

The Cumberland County Commission voted Monday to purchase property owned by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The property is currently occupied by the Art Circle Library. The railroad recently offered the county the opportunity to lease the property or to purchase it outright for $40,000. County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. had previously told commissioners that the county could either purchase the property or ... Read More »

Pedestrian Struck In DeKalb Co. Monday Night

A 38-year-old pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in DeKalb County Monday night. A medical helicopter airlifted Jamie Carroll following the incident that took place on Highway 56. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carroll was struck by a northbound Dodge Dakota Pickup truck driven by 21-year-old James Messina of Smithville. Authorities said Carroll was ... Read More »

DeKalb Sheriff: Man’s Laptop Had 400 Child Porn Images

A DeKalb County man faces child pornography charges after more than 400 images were found on his computer. Winston Alexander Puckett, 37, of Granville, was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Sheriff Patrick Ray said deputies executed a search warrant and found more than 400 images on Puckett’s laptop. He is ... Read More »

Three Juveniles Charged With Burglary In Warren Co.

McMinnville police have arrested three juveniles in connection with a series of break-ins. Police said the break-ins occurred between June 29th and July 8th at multiple locations, including, The Store at Westwood and the McMinnville Civic Center concession stands. Authorities said the trio stole concession items, cash, portable radios, beer and cigarettes. Police received information leading them to the West ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Commission Passes Budget

The Putnam County Commission approved the upcoming fiscal year budget last night. The budget includes a $2.73 property tax rate, which is unchanged from last year. Not included in that budget was a request for three full time county firefighters. Chief Tom Brown said he requested the three positions to add more manpower at station-21 in Monterey. “Response times in ... Read More »