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Putnam EMA Reports Street Flooding in Cookeville

Areas and roadways with standing water have been reported by Putnam County EMA officials following heavy rainfall. County EMA Director Tyler Smith said crews responded to a stranded vehicle along Walnut Avenue Wednesday evening. Smith said several Cookeville streets are experiencing flooding, including Fisk Road, Academy Road, Willow Avenue, and Broad Street. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash ... Read More »

Fire Truck Stranded During Flooding, Home Destroyed

Flash flooding impacted firefighters working to put out a house fire in Jackson County Wednesday night. Emergency Management officials report that one fire truck became stuck and about 10 firefighters nearly trapped on the other side of a rising creek. The blaze started after lightning apparently struck the home on Gladdice Highway. EMA Public Information Officer Derek Woolbright said firefighters ... Read More »

Gainesboro Elementary Flooded, Schools Closed Thursday

Jackson County Schools will be closed Thursday after flood waters entered Gainesboro Elementary Wednesday night. Jackson County EMA reports that the school experienced “significant” flooding from heavy rains. Director of Schools Kristy Brown said water entered the building quickly, but the administration and staff have addressed immediate issues in hallways and a few classrooms. “We will assess the situation again ... Read More »

WCTE Receives $50,000 Challenge Grant

WCTE - Cookeville has received a $50,000 challenge grant from Newman's Own Foundation (Photo: WCTE)

Newman’s Own Foundation has awarded a $50,000 challenge grant to WCTE. WCTE Director of Development and Marketing Avery Hutchins said the grant funding was awarded based on their service within public media and small, rural communities. “The money is going to go to help sustain the work that we’re doing on a local level as far as local productions and ... Read More »

Traffic Light Program Could Alleviate Cookeville Congestion

New traffic light programming could help improve Cookeville’s traffic flow. Public Works Director Greg Brown said the Central Software and Support system will allow the city to better coordinate traffic signals and ease congestion. “It’s a program that we’ll install that will link our signals together, particularly after we get them all connected with fiber,” Brown said. “We can monitor ... Read More »

TTU Hosting 19th FIRST LEGO Competition Saturday

Awards will be handed out in robot, research project, robot design, core values and special recognition categories. Winners from this event will move on to Houston for the FIRST LEGO League Championship. (Photo: TTU)

Hundreds of grade-school students will visit Tennessee Tech this weekend for the FIRST LEGO League’s 19th Annual East Tennessee Championship Tournament. Associate Professor of General and Basic Engineering Dr. Kris Craven said the annual event allows students to have hands-on engineering experience at an early age. “They’ll get to see Tennessee Tech’s campus, some of them for the first time,” Craven ... Read More »

Monterey PD Considers Dispatching Change

The town of Monterey will investigate costs associated with conducting police dispatching. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office currently conducts dispatching services free of charge for police departments in Algood, Baxter, and Monterey. Monterey Police Chief Bill Randolph said he would like to discontinue that because of safety concerns. “We’re running right now with all the sheriff’s department, with all of ... Read More »

Crossville Considering Installation of LED Street Lights

Crossville city officials are considering the installation of new LED street lights. City Manager Greg Wood said Volunteer Electric (VEC) has proposed an estimate to the city on how much the project could cost. “We had a discussion with VEC about converting to LEDs and it was a pretty good sized price tag,” Wood said. “They told us to go ... Read More »

Commissioners Approve Plans For Sports Complex Expansion

The Putnam County Regional Planning Commission approved plans for the sports complex expansion project Tuesday. Mayor Randy Porter said receiving approval marks one of the first steps in getting the project underway. “TDEC is very particular on the way that this happens,” Porter said. “We’ve been sitting for months waiting for this process to start and it’s finally started, so ... Read More »

Livingston PD Investigating Armed Robbery

Livingston Police have asked the public for help in solving an armed robbery. The incident happened Saturday night at the Bradford Hicks Drive Express Tobacco Outlet. Police Chief Greg Etheredge said a male subject entered the store and robbed the clerks at gunpoint. The unidentified man took some petty cash and fled thee scene in a vehicle parked outside the ... Read More »