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Crossville Approves Resolution To Add 3-Percent Motel-Hotel Tax

Looking to increase revenue for economic development and tourism, the Crossville City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday afternoon requesting a 3-percent hotel-motel tax. In order to legally collect the tax, the city has to request the Tennessee General Assembly to allow a change to the city charter and to make and exception to a state law that does not ... Read More »

Former U.S. Congressman To Speak At Cookeville Democratic Party Meeting

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement will be the keynote speaker at the Putnam County Democratic Party’s February meeting. Clement is an eight term congressman from Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District and the son of the late Tennessee Governor Frank Clement. His talk will provide an analysis of the future of both Tennessee Democratic candidates for Governor in 2018, the U.S. Senate ... Read More »

Baxter Branch Library Moves To New Location

The Baxter Branch Library has moved to a new location. Branch Manager Matthew Krist said the library has relocated to unused space at Baxter Primary, right next to the Baxter Senior Center. “It’s just a better move for the city of Baxter, the library, and the senior center,” Krist said. “This is a joint effort between Putnam County, the city ... Read More »

Macon County Man Arrested, Accused Of Firing At Officers, Assaulting Family Member

A Macon County man has landed behind bars after he allegedly fired shots towards law enforcement officers Wednesday night. Authorities said the incident happened on Elzie Williams Road. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, officers responded to the home after 63-year-old Jack David Hutchinson allegedly punched his daughter-in-law and fired a handgun into the floor. When officers arrived on ... Read More »

Burritt Memorial Library Remains Closed After Water Leak

Van Buren County’s Burritt Memorial Library remains closed after suffering damage from a water leak that occurred at the beginning of the year. County officials said the adjuster gave confirmation Thursday to start renovating the building. The library should be back up and running within the next few months. Read More »

Several Vehicles Vandalized In Crossville

A number of vandalism incidents have been reported to Crossville Police this week. Officials said the incidents occurred between Sunday and Tuesday of this week. According to a press release from the Crossville Police Department, the unknown suspects appear to be using a BB gun to damage several vehicles and buildings. One vehicle suffered damage in the Woodmere parking lot ... Read More »

Cumberland Co. Men Sentenced For Sex Crimes

A judge sentenced two Cumberland County residents to prison this week after they entered pleas to sex crimes. Court officials said 38-year-old William Eblen Daugherty pled to a lesser charge of statutory rape this week. Authorities had accused him of having sexual relations with a minor. Daugherty will serve two years in prison. The same sentence was handed down to ... Read More »

Carmen Burnette Blood Drive Scheduled For Next Month

A blood drive will be held early next month to honor and remember a former Putnam County EMS employee. Carmen Burnette passed away February 15th 2011 after complications from a back surgery. EMS Director Tommy Copeland said the blood drive has been an annual event since Burnette passed away. “Carmen was one of our field training officers and a paramedic ... Read More »

Four Inmates Charged After Setting Fire To Jail Window

Authorities have charged four Putnam County Jail inmates with aggravated arson. Authorities said security footage shows the men setting fire to a jail window on Saturday. All four inmates are charged with aggravated arson and they have bond amounts set at $50,000. The inmates were identified as 30-year-old James Harris, 30 of Cookeville, 26-year-old Travis Davenport of Smithville, 37-year-old Andrew ... Read More »

Cumberland BOE To Consider Change To Lice Policy

The Cumberland County Board of Education may soon change its lice policy. Current policy keeps students at home if lice or nits are found and the students must stay out of school until they become totally lice free. To reduce chronic absenteeism, the board may consider a new policy that would send kids home only if live lice is found. ... Read More »