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Putnam School’s Summer Meal Program Successful

Putnam County Schools delivered over 2,500 meals through their free summer meals program this year. That according to Food Service Program Supervisor Kathlyn Walter. “It was even larger and more wonderful than we had expected,” Walter said. “We served about 20 percent of our student population in Putnam County, which is really very exciting.” Walter said because of the success of ... Read More »

Fire At Cedar Hill Marina Destroys Two Houseboats

An early morning fire at Clay County’s Cedar Hill Marina destroyed two houseboats. Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Natalie Boone said crews responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. “Fire department got on scene and one houseboat was fully engulfed and had caught another boat beside it on fire,” Boone said. “Those two boats were a total loss ... Read More »

School Board Closes Budget Gap, Reduces Raise

Employees of the Putnam County School system will not get the full 3-percent cost of living raise proposed by the school board. The board has voted to reduce that raise to 2-percent as a way to help eliminate a $3.5 million gap between projected expenditures and revenue. Board member Dawn Fry said it was a very difficult decision to make. ... Read More »

Robinson Injured In DeKalb County Crash Wednesday

A medical helicopter flew a Smithville man to Vanderbilt Medical Center following a Wednesday afternoon crash in DeKalb County. Officials identified the Highway 70 East crash victim as Mark Robinson. A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report said Robinson was traveling East in a Dodge Dakota when he lost control and went off the highway. The report stated that the truck ... Read More »

Cumberland County Home Burglarized

Cumberland County authorities said that over $150,000 in property went missing from a home recently after a burglary. According to a report, the break-in occurred at a home on Newton Lane. The report said the homeowner had returned home from work and found a safe cut open with a saw. The perpetrators got away with several weapons, $100,000 cash, jewelry, ... Read More »

Cane Creek Bike Trails Closed for Next Few Weeks

Cane Creek Park’s mountain bike trails will be closed for the next few weeks after recent storms downed trees across the pathways. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said storms damaged roughly 70 to 80 trees throughout the park. “We have many trees down there and they’re large, mature trees,” Woods said. “It’s going to take us some time with our ... Read More »

Comptroller Report Released on Smithville Mayor

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Office released a report Wednesday regarding the actions of Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss. According to the report, Poss created a part-time position for his son, Anthony, paying him $8,100 over a six-month period to work at the city golf course. The report goes on to say Mayor Poss did not comply with city policy, ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With Possessing Meth, Heroin

A Cookeville man faces drug and child abuse charges following a vehicle search by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on July 15. According to arrest warrants, 38-year-old Roscoe Wadford had an outstanding capias against him on a failure-to-appear charge. Deputies searched Wadford and his vehicle, in which deputies found small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin as well as a syringe. ... Read More »

Algood Police Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian Tuesday Night

A 17-year-old boy suffered injuries Tuesday night after he was struck by an Algood Police vehicle. The accident happened near the intersection of Main Street and Cooper Road. Algood Police Chief Dale Armour said the boy darted in between vehicles as he attempted to cross the street from the Walmart side of the road. He was struck by a police ... Read More »

DeKalb County Man Indicted On Sexual Battery Charges

A grand jury returned indictments Monday charging a 41-year-old Dowelltown man with sexual battery by an authority figure. Bobby Lee Anderson of Old Mill Hill Road is accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in May of 2016. The indictment alleges that during the month of May, 2016 Anderson unlawfully and intentionally or knowingly accomplished sexual contact with ... Read More »