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Warren Co. Driver Testing Center To Close July 1st

The Warren County Driver Testing Center will be closing July 1st. Tuesday night the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen rejected a measure that would have funded the center for the next two years. Mayor Jimmy Haley said the state has decided not to fund the center in the upcoming fiscal year budget. “It’s unfortunate that the state is cutting ... Read More »

Volunteers Still Needed For SlideCKVL

The City of Cookeville still needs volunteers to make it’s Independence Day festivities a success. The four-day event called “Red, White and Boom” includes SlideCKVL, a slide through downtown. Mayor Ricky Shelton said volunteers help keep the slide running smoothly. There’s still several volunteer positions available. “Sign up online through our event page, our Facebook event page, and there’s a ... Read More »

Putnam Committee Cuts $1.2 Million From Budget

Putnam County’s budget committee cut about $1.2 million out of the budget Monday. Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said the committee has now passed every major budget except schools. “Cut about $1.2 million out of the requests which there was about $2.5 million in new requests and not enough revenue to cover the new requests so they had to make ... Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With Statutory Rape, Exploitation

A Cookeville man faces sex crime charges following an incident reported last summer. Brian Michael Carlton, 19, of Shag Rag Road was indicted on four counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Cookeville Police conducted the investigation after the incident on Aug. 24, 2016. No information on a victim has been released in this ... Read More »

Cookeville Moving Away From Park View For New Police Station

Cookeville City Manager Mike Davidson said he’s got an open mind for a new police station property. The city and Putnam County Board of Education caused some concern among parents when they discussed the city buying the Park View School property and building a new police station there. “We’re exploring other options, just want to see what else is out ... Read More »

Undercover Drug Bust Nets 5 Felons In DeKalb

Five felons were arrested in a multi-agency drug bust in Alexandria over the weekend. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said officers found 5 grams of fentanyl, methodone, morphine, xanax, six weapons, three cars, cell phones, computers, paraphernalia and $973 cash. Thirty-six year old Samer Walid Abdalla, 34 year old Courtney Paris, and 55 year old Ernest Grady Tanner, all of ... Read More »

West Cem Road Closed For Soap Box Derby

Cookeville’s West Cemetery Road will be closed Friday and Saturday. The 15th annual Soap Box Derby will be held at Prescott South Elementary and the road is closed for the event. Cookeville City Manager Mike Davidson said the event usually takes place near Tennessee Tech, but construction on campus forced the derby to move this year. The derby begins with ... Read More »

Officials Meet To Make School Safety Plans

Even though school’s out for the summer, officials spent Tuesday morning working on improved safety plans for next year. A host of officials attended the school safety meeting, including emergency management, 911, police, and THP. Putnam County Schools Attendance Supervisor Corby King said every possible incident at a school planned out. That includes going through various drills with students, from ... Read More »

White BOE Hopes To Break Ground On Findlay This Summer

The White County Board of Education’s plans for a new Findlay Elementary are¬†moving forward. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said they hope to break ground this summer and open in the fall of 2019. “We’ve hired Lewis Group Architects out of Knoxville, they have an initial schematic design and they’ve drawn some 3D imagery and at this point, they’ve released ... Read More »

Preventing Illness From Ticks Through Prevention

Last week the state health department reported a McMinnville woman died of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after a tick bite. Cookeville dermatologist Dr. Lisa Whiteaker said preventing illnesses starts with a thorough check. “When you come back from enjoying the outdoors, really inspecting yourself carefully, especially areas where clothes might be tighter,” Whiteaker said. If you do find a tick, ... Read More »