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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 »

UCDD Breaks Ground on New Facility

The Upper Cumberland Development District recently broke ground to build a new facility in Cookeville. UCDD Executive Director Mark Farley said he’s excited for construction to get underway. “Our current building, we’ve been in it since the mid 1970s,” Farley said. “It’s got quite a bit of wear and tear on it. Our biggest issue with where we’re currently located…is ... Read More »

Highlands Announces Director of Investor Relations

The Highlands Economic Partnership has hired a new director of investor relations. Cookeville-native Justin Matheney was recently hired by the Highlands to serve as the primary connection between the organization and its investors. Matheney will also assist in bringing new investors to the organization. “This is an exciting time to enter the Highlands Economic Partnership,” Matheney said in a press release. ... Read More »

Farris Happy About Raise, But Wants To See More

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said he’s happy about a $2,000 cost of living raise his employees will receive as part of the new fiscal year budget, but he would like to see more sometime down the road. “I think at one point we looked at it, and not just the sheriff’s office, but maybe the county as a whole, ... Read More »

Smithville Mayor, Son Charged with Theft

A TBI investigation has led to the indictment of Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss and his son on theft charges. The charges come after Poss was accused of paying his son, Anthony, for work completed at the city’s golf course and swimming pool without approval from the Board of Aldermen. According to the TBI, the payments between Poss and his son ... Read More »

Arete Fine Chocolate Targets September Opening

Arete Fine Chocolate is targeting a September opening following delays in renovating the Haston Block Building in Spencer. Founder David Senk said he hopes construction will be completed within the next couple weeks. “The construction’s moving a little more slowly,” Senk said. “Every time we peel the onion back another layer we find something else that needs to be fixed. ... Read More »

Crossville Man Flees Monday Night Traffic Stop

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has taken warrants out on a man who fled a traffic stop Monday evening. The incident happened on Highway 127 and Fredonia Road. Charges against 38-year-old Bobby Ewton of Crossville include 4th offense habitual motor offender, resisting arrest, and six other violations. According to the THP, Ewton fled on foot after Trooper Justin Mote initiated a ... Read More »

Putnam County Commission Passes New Budget

The Putnam County Commission approved the new fiscal year budget Monday night. Total property tax revenue expected to be $44,261,490 in the upcoming fiscal year, a $1.26 million increase from the current year. Commission Chairman Mike Atwood said he’s proud of the budget committee’s work. “I personally am proud of our budget this year and I think many things were ... Read More »

Painkillers And Cash Stolen During Weekend Burglary

Warren County authorities are investigating a weekend burglary at the McMinnville Drug Center. McMinnville Police said the thieves got away with a large amount of cash and tens of thousands of dollars in prescription painkillers. Officials said someone entered the business by busting the deadbolt lock and cutting the chain lock. Police have no suspects at this time. Read More »

Body Recovered From Dale Hollow Lake

Search crews recovered the body of a drowning victim on Dale Hollow Lake Monday night. The body of 52-year-old Sammy Bilyeu was recovered around 11:30 p.m Monday, according to Clay County Emergency Management officials. Bilyeu, of Gainesboro, went missing Wednesday, July 18th after he fell from a jet ski near the Dale Hollow Reservoir and never resurfaced. “The story that ... Read More »