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Arrest Made in Echo Valley Market Altercation

A Cookeville man was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for his role in an altercation outside Echo Valley Market. 22-year-old Vinson Griffin fired shots in the Echo Valley parking lot June 19 after a verbal argument escalated. No one was injured during the incident. Griffin was charged with two counts aggravated assault and one count reckless endangerment. He ... Read More »

New Traffic Light to be Installed on Neal Street

A new traffic light will be installed later this year on Neal Street in Cookeville. Public Works Director Greg Brown said the light will be placed at the Perimeter Park Drive and Salem Church Road intersection. “We’d had several requests from businesses in Perimeter Place that have a difficult time getting out at certain times of the day,” Brown said. ... Read More »

Rite Aid in Cookeville Within Weeks of Closing

Rite Aid in Cookeville will close within the next few weeks after a Walgreens spokesperson said the pharmaceutical giant has absorbed Rite Aid’s pharmacy. Fiona Ortiz is the Director of Financial Communication at Walgreens. “The store remains open for about two weeks after the pharmacy closes to allow for the final sale of all products,” Ortiz said. “What that means ... Read More »

No Injuries In Dodson Branch House Fire

A Thursday morning fire damaged a home at 5830 Dodson Branch Road. Putnam County Fire Department Assistant Chief Wayne Globerger said crews arrived to find heavy fire coming through the roof. “We made an exterior attack initially and then went interior,” Globerger said. “Once we get everything cleaned up we will do an investigation. Not sure, because of the weather, ... Read More »

Crews Responding To Dodson Branch House Fire

Putnam County emergency crews have responded to a house fire on Dodson Branch Road. Emergency Management Agency Director Tyler Smith said the home is located at 5830 Dodson Branch Road. Additional information is not known at this time. Read More »

Curbside Recycling Test Completed In Cookeville

Cookeville’s curbside recycling study was successful. City crews picked up an average of 25-pounds of recycling per household in the Windrowe subdivision. Using that figure, Planning Director James Mills estimates trash going to the landfill could be reduced by a third if curbside recycling is implemented city wide. “This gives us an idea of what we would have to do ... Read More »

Flooding Reported At Jackson County Rescue Squad Building

Flooding caused some issues at several emergency buildings in Jackson County Wednesday. Emergency Management Agency Director Keith Bean said the rescue squad building took on about a foot of water, while the ambulance service and 911 center had water right up to the door at one point. “We moved everything out of the rescue squad building that we could,” Bean ... Read More »

White County Teen Reported Missing

A 16-year-old White County teen was reported missing to the White County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday. Shayna Marie Bumbalough was last seen around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night. A truck was found crashed along Three Island Road in White County belonging to her father. White County PIO Melissa Worthington said Bumbalough may have been spotted near the White County and DeKalb County ... Read More »

Storm Damage Reported In Clay County

A tree fell on a vehicle during a strong thunderstorm in Clay County Wednesday afternoon. Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Natalie Boone said the incident happened on Happy Springs Road in the Hermitage Springs area. “There were no major injuries and those folks have been checked out by EMS,” Boone said. Boone said most of the storm damage was ... Read More »

Luke Bryan Stops by Dale Hollow Lake

Country music fans swarmed to Dale Hollow Lake and Sunset Marina Tuesday night as Luke Bryan stopped by to shoot footage for an upcoming music video. Vice President and General Manager Tom Allen said Bryan and his crew were en route to their next tour stop in Raleigh when the marina received notice of Bryan coming to the area. “Sunset ... Read More »