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Cookeville Man Hides Under Kitchen Sink to Avoid Child Abuse Charge

Cookeville Police Department charged Anthony Todd Swindle, 24, with child abuse and possession of a controlled substance. A Cookeville officer responded to a complaint from a witness who saw a two-year-old with a black eye and a bump on his forehead. According to the report, the officer located Swindle underneath the kitchen sink holding a bag. The bag contained a ... Read More »

Audit Shows $130K in Questionable UCHRA Spending

An audit conducted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has revealed over $130,000 in questionable grant spending by the UCHRA. According to an independent auditor’s report, the UCHRA used TDOT grant funding for nutrition program salaries, agency vehicle maintenance, and travel expense reimbursement. Interim Executive Director Mark Farley said the agency will work with state officials to look into reducing ... Read More »

FG Chief On Administrative Leave

The police chief of Fairfield Glade has been placed on administrative following a domestic incident week between the chief and his brother. Chief Mike Williams will be on paid administrative leave pending a TBI investigation. According to Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox, Williams was off duty Monday night when he fired shots towards his brother’s vehicle. Crossville Police later arrested ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Convention Center Project

Cookeville’s City Council unanimously approved an economic impact plan Thursday to help bring a hotel and convention center to town. Councilman Dwight Henry said the idea is a big deal for the city of Cookeville. “I think this will enhance and revive the historic downtown community,” Henry said. “I’m excited about being part of voting for it, and I’m excited ... Read More »

Putnam County Sees Savings With LED Lighting

Putnam County saw significant savings in energy costs after four buildings switched to LED lighting last year. That according to County Executive Randy Porter. Porter said the biggest improvement came with the county’s Agriculture Center, which saw a 44 percent decrease in energy costs. “Not only did we change out the bulbs at that building, we replaced the roof and ... Read More »

New Christmas Lights to Twinkle in Monterey

Christmas comes each year in July and December. Despite the lack of decorations in the past, Monterey citizens may see new Christmas lights this December. Mayor Bill Wiggins addressed the criticism the city received due to the absence of Christmas lights downtown. “There are thirty-two poles already wired for street lights. Which means they can be wired with a little receptacle that ... Read More »

Truck Crashes Into Tractor Trailer After Wheel Falls Off

A truck collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 40 in Monterey Thursday. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 41-year-old Jerry Clark Jr. of Monterey was driving a 2005 Dodge 3500 truck and attempting to merge onto Interstate 40 at miler marker 301 westbound. A crash report said the truck’s left front wheel came off, causing the vehicle to veer ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to Six Years for Killing Crossville K-9

A man accused of killing a K-9 from the Crossville Police Department was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday. 29-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon pleaded guilty to three charges after stabbing a K-9 last August during a pursuit with CPD officers. The K-9 was immediately taken to a veterinarian for treatment where it later died due to its injuries. Dixon ... Read More »

Absolute Care, LLC to Purchase Senior Lifestyles

Senior Lifestyle’s facility in Cookeville will be sold nearly one month after a previous owner’s arrest. Ed Butler – the current owner of Senior Lifestyles – said the facility will be sold to Absolute Care, LLC, adding that selling it was in his best interest. “I think that’s the best thing for myself and my children right now to go ... Read More »

Board Gets Update On Project To Extend Walking Trail

Monterey continues to make progress on extending the town’s walking trail. Cultural administrator Julie Bohannon said the engineering contract for the project was completed July 1 she hopes to have bids out by August 1. Grant Writer Dawn Kupferer said a $45,700 grant from the State Department of Health will pay for the entire project. Monterey will not be required ... Read More »