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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 »

Crossville’s Special Census 50-Percent Complete

Crossville’s special census is about 50-percent complete. Census canvassers will now be tasked with visiting some 2,218 homes in an effort to complete the census. Census Director Arnold Harbolt said it’s a hefty task to take on before the January 1st deadline to complete the census. “Most of these are apartment complexes and there are 32 apartment complexes in the ... Read More »

Four People Interested In Putnam Commission Vacancy

Four people have expressed interest in filling the unexpired term of the Putnam County Commission’s 6th District seat. The county Planning Committee will meet Monday to consider nominations for that seat. Those who have expressed interest include Chris Cassetty, Brian Jones, Rick Poston, and Michael Reep. The person selected will replace Reggie Shanks, who passed away last month. Monday’s meeting ... Read More »

Job Fair To Be Held In Cookeville Tuesday

Cookeville’s Goodwill Career Solutions Center will be holding another job fair Tuesday. This job will be a little smaller than previous job fairs, with four employers expected to be on hand seeking to fill at least 50-positions. “Representatives from these companies are going to be on hand and interviews are possible,” Goodwill Communication Director Chris Fletcher said. “We encourage job ... Read More »

82 Room Hotel To Be Built In DeKalb County

An 82-room hotel is coming to DeKalb County. The announcement was made Thursday by Tootsie’s Entertainment Chief of Staff and Pates Ford Resort and Marina owner Tom Sturdivant. Sturdivant said the plan is to build a three story hotel at the old Center Hill Restaurant and Motel. The Hilton or Marriott style hotel will be constructed within the next 18 ... Read More »