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Crossville To Consider New Courts For Pickleball Craze

The Crossville City Council will be in a bit of pickle when they consider eliminating two tennis courts next week. Councilman Scot Shanks said he wants to convert two courts at Centennial Park into Pickleball courts. “I’ve had a lot of people coming to me about turning those into pickleball courts. You can convert those two tennis courts into eight ... Read More »

Monterey Studies Possibility Of Free Wi-Fi

Monterey officials have begun discussions on bringing free Wi-Fi to town. Technology Committee Chairman Nathan Walker said he’s been doing quite of bit of research on the topic. “It’s a sizeable project. There’s no doubt. But, a lot of these technology companies are providing grants to a lot of these cities,” Walker said. “That’s something that we can definitely look ... Read More »

Baxter Police Arrest Sparta Woman on Drug Charge

A Sparta woman will appear in court Sept. 10 after being arrested for drug possession at the Baxter Huddle House Sunday. According to arrest warrants, 32-year-old Stacey Rinehart was arrested by Baxter Police during an investigation involving Rinehart’s husband who had an outstanding warrant. The report states a search was conducted on Rinehart after the officer noticed an odor of ... Read More »

Putnam Transportation Committee Selects Top 10 Projects

The Putnam County Transportation Committee selected its top 10 projects based on results from a recent public survey Wednesday. One of the committee’s top projects was widening and improving Hilham Road between the Cookeville city limits and the northern Putnam County border. According to statistics provided during the meeting, about 160 vehicle accidents have occurred on Hilham Road since 2013, ... Read More »

Crossville Fires Police Chief Dave Beaty

Crossville City Manager Greg Wood fired Police Chief Dave Beaty today. Wood said Crossville needed to start on a new path. “This was a very difficult decision and the Chief served the City for many years.  At this time I felt we needed to go in a new direction,” and “I do not want to denigrate the Chief or his service.” ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Prepare Staff to Handle Student Trauma

Teachers and administrators of the Putnam County School System have received training to certify schools as being trauma-informed. Deputy Director of Schools Corby King said programs will allow PCSS staff the opportunity to better help students going through difficult times. “An example of this would be the ‘Handle with Care’ program [with] the Cookeville Police Department,” King said. “[CPD] approached ... Read More »

Asian Carp Still Threatens Middle Tennessee Waters

An invasive species of fish known as Asian Carp still threatens Middle Tennessee waters. Although the species mainly resides in West Tennessee, the TWRA has documented Asian Carp in Old Hickory Reservoir. Mark Thurman is the Regional Fisheries Manager for TWRA. “On the Cumberland River, they have been documented as far upstream as Old Hickory Reservoir,” Thurman said. “Which butts up against ... Read More »

Baxter Police Department to Update Police Car Fleet

The Baxter police department finished restriping police cars with new decals Wednesday. Baxter Chief of Police Danny Holmes said the fleet needed a change towards a simpler nostalgic look. “And I wanted a new look. I just didn’t like the way our cars looked, just too much writing on them,” Holmes said. “I don’t know, just sometimes less is better. ... Read More »

Storms Bring Down Several Trees In Jackson County

Wednesday afternoon thunderstorms brought down several trees in Jackson County. Jackson County Sheriff Marty Hinson said some of the trees fell across telephone lines in the eastern part of the county on Highway 85. “They’ve done been removed, but other than that, that’s pretty much it,” Hinson said. “Our dispatch did say they received some calls about power being out ... Read More »

Storm Knocks off Carthage First Baptist Church Steeple

A severe thunderstorm knocked the steeple off of the First Baptist Church in Carthage earlier today. Workers reported that they did not hear the steeple fall during the storm. The church office didn’t realize the steeple fell until someone called the church. Insurance should cover the damage, according to a church worker. Read More »