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Swallows To Serve 15-Years For Attempted Murder

A Putnam County man has pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder of his estranged wife. A judge on Monday sentenced James Mathew Swallows to serve a 15-year prison sentence under the guilty plea. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway said investigators found that Swallows lured his to wife to a basement in February where he later strangled her with a ... Read More »

Tractor Trailer Crash Stalls Traffic On Interstate 40 In Baxter

A jack-knifed tractor trailer has stalled the eastbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 40 in Baxter. The crash reported around 7:00 a.m. near miler marker 279. The left lane is currently closed at this time. Authorities said a tractor trailer hauling furniture jack-knifed in the median. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the scene should be cleared within two hours.   Read More »

One Airlifted Following Monday Morning Crash

A woman from Celina suffered injuries during a head-on collision on Gainesboro Grade Monday. 24-year-old Kayla Williams was airlifted to Skyline Medical Center following the crash. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The accident involved an eastbound 1993 Nissan Sentra driven by Williams and a westbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by 22-year-old Miranda Malin of Cookeville. Authorities said both vehicles were ... Read More »

Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic Moving To New Building

The Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic will soon have a new home after spending 29-years at its current facility. The clinic just purchased a new building at 714 North Dixie Avenue. “We have been looking for a long time and nothing ever felt right until we came across this building and it’s amazing,” Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic Executive Director Nancy Knowlton said. “It’s ... Read More »

Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber 4-Star Accredited

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce now has 4-star accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Vice President of Development and Communications Zach Buckner said the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber never had accreditation before, but now it joins an elite group across the nation. “It’s really important for out business partners and the investors in the chamber because they know ... Read More »

Judge Rules In Favor Of Algood Council Members

A Chancery Court judge has given Algood’s two remaining council members authority to conduct city business. Chancellor Ron Thurman ruled Monday morning that Vice Mayor Kirk Dyer and Councilwoman Carolyn Norris can be considered a temporary quorum. “I’m relieved on behalf of the citizens that we will be able to conduct city business,” Vice Mayor Kirk Dyer said. “They deserve ... Read More »

Crash Claims Life Of Smith Co. Man

A Sunday morning motorcycle crash in Wilson County has claimed the life of a Smith County man. The deceased is identified as 27-year-old Jason Kemp. Officials said Kemp was killed when his motorcycle rear-ended a car on Interstate 40 near mile marker 239 in Lebanon. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Kemp was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More »

Cookeville Man Charged With Rape

Putnam County authorities have charged a Cookeville man with rape following an investigation by the Cookeville Police Department. 39-year-old Johnny Lee West was arrested Saturday on a single count of rape. Authorities said the alleged incident happened in early May. Additional details about the alleged crime are not known at this time. West remains behind bars on $50,000 bond. Read More »

White Co. BOE Votes To Transfer Funding For new School

The White County Board of Education has approved the transfer of $2 million for a new school and athletic complex. Officials said $750,000 of that amount will be spent on architectural expenses and $1.25 million for construction costs related to the projects. The school system is planning to build a new Findlay Elementary School and an athletic complex, which will ... Read More »

Donating To Charitable Foundation Will Have Double The Impact Tuesday

Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation’s Double Your Donation Day will take place Tuesday. It’s a one day opportunity for residents to donate to any of the foundation’s charitable funds. Director John Bell said all donations made that day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000. “We’ve got eight donors that are creating that matching pool of up to $15,000,” ... Read More »