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UPDATE: Putnam Escapees Caught In Lebanon

Two Putnam County Jail escapees and two women were arrested early Friday morning following a chase and crash in Lebanon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said Jordan Bradley Langford and Michael Wayne Flanigan Jr. were apprehended early Friday morning after a police pursuit. The car they were riding in crashed into a building in the Lebanon city square. After the ... Read More »

Two Escape From Putnam Work Crew

Two Putnam County inmates have escaped from a road work crew. Officials believe Jordan Bradley Langford, 23, of Sparta, and Michael Wayne Flanigan Jr., 21, of Cookeville, were picked up by a vehicle and are no longer in the area. Officials do not consider Langford and Flanagan to be armed or dangerous. Langford was previously charged with a violation of ... Read More »

Fall Fun Fest Brings Traffic Changes

Cookeville’s Fall Fun Fest begins Friday afternoon, which means some traffic changes downtown. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells: “City streets around the square will be blocked to through traffic if you will and obviously that requires folks to pay attention to the barricades, be ready to stop,” Sells said. Drivers need to be especially alert over the weekend, he said. ... Read More »

Accident Snarls Traffic On Cookeville’s Willow Avenue

No one was injured in an accident that snarled traffic on Willow Avenue Thursday afternoon. Cookeville Police Major Carl Sells said the accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. the intersection of Willow Avenue and Jackson Street. “That is one of the top 5 intersections in the city for crashes, it’s such a large intersection, such a high volume of traffic,” ... Read More »

Shoppes At Eagle Point Moving Forward

The Shoppes at Eagle Point have cleared another hurdle. Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber Vice President Stephen Crook said the project is moving along. “The most recent appeal has been thrown out, so we’re working through a final details, the finalization of the purchase of the property would be the next step,” Crook said. Once the land purchase is finalized, residents should ... Read More »

Dial: Preliminary Reports Say Fire Not Suspicious

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said investigators don’t believe last week’s fire that took Winningham’s Hardware store was suspicious. “No, at this time, the bomb and arson agents have been here, they’ve done their thing, they’re waiting on some results, some stuff to come back, but right now they’re not thinking anything suspicious or anything like that,” Dial said. It ... Read More »

Pickett Co. HS Football Team On Probation For Two Years

The TSSAA has placed the Pickett County High School football team on two years of probation. The punishment the result of an incident that happened during the August 25th game against Zion Christian. Officials said the incident involved a Pickett County coach, a Pickett County player, and that player’s mother. According to a press release, an unsportsmanlike penalty was called ... Read More »

Hunting Season Could Be Affected By Deadly Deer Disease

Hundreds of white-tailed deer have died this year after being stricken with epizootic hemorrhagic disease. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Big Game Biologist Ben Layton said most of the reports have come from eastern and central Tennessee. “It’s transmitted by a title biting midge or biting no see ums that infects the deer with the disease,” Layton said. “The disease causes ... Read More »

Smithville Man Allegedly Threatened Deputies With Knife

A Smithville man was arrested after threatening Dekalb County deputies with knives last week. 39-year-old Jeremy Austin Scruggs was charged with aggravated assault and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. Deputies were called to a home on Highland Avenue on a report of a man with a knife. Deputies found Scruggs in an outbuilding with a knife in each ... Read More »

Monterey Fixes City Hall Roof, Interior Damage Repairs Coming Next

Monterey has completed repairing a leaking roof at city hall. Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said repairs to the building will come next. “The water began to leak into the meeting hall in two places,” Wiggins said. “There was a little damage to the ceiling and part of one wall. Two windows also leaked pretty badly and that will require some ... Read More »