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Crowd Size Not Known For Eclipse

August’s total solar eclipse has officials preparing for crowds, but they don’t have an idea of how many. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the event is so rare, officials don’t really know what to expect. “I mean, it has been 500 years since a total solar eclipse has taken place in this ... Read More »

Eclipse Glasses On Sale At Chamber

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has eclipse viewing glasses for sale to the public. Chamber Vice President of Visitor Development Zach Ledbetter said the glasses are $2 each, cash only. “Everybody is in high demand obviously, for the August 21st eclipse and if you want to look up at the sun you have to have that safety eye protection, ... Read More »

Same Carnival Operator At Overton, Putnam Fair

The same carnival provides rides and amusements for the Overton and Putnam County fairs. Putnam County Fair President John Allen said James Gang Amusements employs an inspector to check each ride each day. Overton County Fair Secretary Bob Matthews said safety is a priority in his county. “We stay in contact with the guys that own the carnival, we talk ... Read More »

Daily Safety Inspections At Overton Fair

The Upper Cumberland’s fair season is well underway, with the Overton County Fair this week and the Putnam County Fair beginning next week. Overton County Fair Secretary Bob Matthews said safety procedures at the fair are going on as usual. “They’re inspecting the rides, we’ve done a walk-through, we’ll do another walk-through and talk with them, we’ll be doing walk-throughs ... Read More »

Wednesday Crash Results In DUI Charge

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged a truck driver with DUI following a crash on Smithville Highway Wednesday. The crash happened in White County around 4:30 p.m. Authorities said the tractor trailer was traveling west went it overturned and landed on its side near BBB Industries. Officials have identified the driver as 52-year-old Antonio Neely of Smyrna. Neeley did not ... Read More »

Cumberland Schools Accepting Out Of Zone Reconsideration Applications

The Cumberland County Schools system is accepting out of zone reconsideration applications. Parents whose out of zone requests were denied earlier this year can submit reconsideration applications starting August 3 until August 8th. After August 8th, school enrollment numbers will be analyzed and final decisions related to out of zone requests will be made. The applications will be accepted at ... Read More »

Smithville Man Charged With Tax Evasion

The DeKalb County Grand Jury indicted 30-year-old Brandon Allen Tramel, of Smithville, on seven counts of felony tax evasion, seven felony counts of aggravated perjury and one count of felony theft over $2,500. According to a written statement from the state Department of Revenue, Tramel fraudulently registered two vehicles and five boats with the DeKalb County Clerk’s office. If convicted, ... Read More »

Overton Deputies Find Marijuana, Other Drugs

The Overton County Sheriff’s Department recently confiscated more than 300 marijuana plants and other assorted drugs. The department was working with the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication more than a week ago. A helicopter pilot reported several potted marijuana plants in a wooded area near a residence on Celina Highway. Deputies received permission to search and found about 6 ... Read More »

City Adds Reserved Parking Spaces For Veterans

Veterans and their spouses will now have a closer walk to the Putnam County Veterans Service Office. Director Mark Harris said he’s worked with Cookeville City Manager Mike Davidson to install three reserved spaces for veterans and their spouses at city hall. “We didn’t have any reserved parking on our side of the building and we share the parking area ... Read More »

Putnam Parents Can Check School Bus Info Online

Putnam County Schools Transportation has an easy way to find out your kids’ bus stop. Transportation Director Kim Bradford said parents can check infofinderi.com to find out their child’s bus number and stop. “If they go there and their information does not come up then that means we don’t have a bus assigned to their address, so they just need ... Read More »