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Fourth Person Arrested in Baxter Robbery Investigation

Putnam County authorities arrested a fourth person Monday in connection with an armed robbery in Baxter last month. Telissa Sandusky faces charges of one count of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated robbery. Police arrested three other individuals the day after the May 30th home invasion. Police said one suspect pointed a semi-automatic weapon at the homeowner while the ... Read More »

No Explosive Devices Found In Cookeville Investigation

Suspicious suitcases found at two Cookeville grocery stores Monday night did not contain explosive devices. According to a Cookeville Police Department press release, officers began the investigation after Walmart employees notified police of a suspicious suitcase beside a propane tank cage. During the Walmart investigation, the department also received notification of another piece of luggage sitting beside a propane tank ... Read More »

Cookeville Police Investigating Suspicious Packages

Suspicious packages were found at the Cookeville Kroger and Walmart Monday night, according to the Cookeville Police Department. The Cookeville Police Department issued a statement on their Facebook page Tuesday morning that said no injuries occurred and no device had detonated. A detailed statement will be released soon. Read More »

Cookeville To Address HVAC Unit At City Hall

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday on the first reading of the new fiscal year budget. The proposed budget calls for a property tax rate of 84 cents, unchanged from the 2017-18 fiscal year. During a Monday evening work session, City Manager Mike Davidson said funding will be set aside to address the HVAC unit at City Hall. “As you ... Read More »

Safety A Focus For Rangers At Cummins Falls State Park

Following a flash flooding event at Cummins Falls State Park last year, park rangers have worked to strengthen communication with the National Weather Service. Ray Cutcher is park manager at Cummins Falls State Park. “The weather service is very cognizant about watching the weather patterns and very aware that flash flooding can take place at the park,” Cutcher said. Cutcher ... Read More »

Pollinator Habitats Take Root in Cane Creek Park

Three acres of Cane Creek Park in Cookeville have been planted as pollinator habitats, according to the Putnam County Master Gardeners. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods said the habitat will benefit both area wildlife and the community as a whole. “I think the pollinator fields are a great use of space within Cane Creek Park that is currently not in ... Read More »

Tractor Trailer Overturns On I 40, Driver Cited

The Tennessee Highway Patrol issued a citation to an Arkansas truck driver Monday for driving on a suspended license following a crash on Interstate 40. The incident happened on I 40 eastbound near mile marker 307 in Cumberland County. A report stated that the accident happened as 44-year-old Brandon Paul Lyerly attempted to pull over onto the shoulder of the ... Read More »

Work To Reconstruct Cookeville Roundabout To Begin This Week

Work will begin this week to reconstruct the roundabout on Cookeville’s Highlands Park Boulevard at the intersection of Venture Drive. Cookeville Public Works Director Greg Brown said Highlands Park Boulevard will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Lee Seminary Road just east of Ficosa. Detours will be in place. “We can’t allow any traffic at all because ... Read More »

TWRA Does Not Anticipate Increase in Bear Sightings

The TWRA has not seen an increase in black bear sightings so far this year. That according to Mime Barnes, the Wildlife Information Specialist. “This year we haven’t seen any increase in sightings. It is a pretty typical year for us,” Barnes said.  “And it is not a huge number of sightings either. Just a few and it tends to be ... Read More »

Man Dies After Falling From Bluff In Cumberland County

An unidentified man has passed away after falling from a bluff in Cumberland County Sunday afternoon. Cumberland County Emergency Management officials confirmed the man’s death Monday morning. The incident happened in the Grandview area off of Highway 68. According to officials, the man was rappelling when he fell an estimated 80-feet from the bluff.   Read More »