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Tech Approves New Academic Programs

The Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved two new graduate-level academic programs Tuesday. The new programs include a master’s in engineering management and PHD in counseling and supervision. President Phil Oldham said the programs will help Tech get ahead of the competition. “Not only to get ahead of our competition, but to keep up. We have to aggressively develop academic ... Read More »

Convoy of Hope to Serve Cookeville Saturday

National nonprofit organization Convoy of Hope will be in Cookeville Saturday to assist those in need. Jason Stanford is the Assistant Pastor at TRINITYalgood. He said the organization will provide services from handing out groceries and shoes, giving haircuts, and helping people apply for jobs. “A group of churches, businesses, and community organizations have come together to sponsor Convoy of ... Read More »

Cookeville Considering Sidewalk Grant for Willow, 12th Street

Cookeville City Council will consider approving a sidewalk grant application during Thursday's meeting. The grant would add sidewalk to portions of North Willow Avenue and West 12th Street near Tennessee Tech (Google Satellite)

Cookeville City Council will consider applying for a sidewalk grant that would improve pedestrian travel in the area of North Willow Avenue and West 12th Street near Tennessee Tech. Planning Director James Mills said if the city applies, they will be in competition with others across the state for the grant, including a proposal from Putnam County. “I don’t know ... Read More »

TTU Gives Oldham Raise, Sparks Debate Among Trustees

Melissa Geist (right) discusses a proposed bonus offered by Barry Wilmore (center) while Barbara Fleming (left) listens during TTU's Trustee meeting Tuesday. The Board voted against a $105,000 bonus for President Phil Oldham (Photo: Logan Weaver)

The Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees approved a raise and bonus for President Phil Oldham Tuesday which sparked a debate among the board. Oldham was given a two percent pay increase in his salary, as well as a $60,000 bonus. However, Trustee Capt. Barry Wilmore proposed giving the president a larger bonus based on Oldham’s track record and ability to ... Read More »

Baxter Hires New Officers

The town of Baxter has hired two new police officers. Chief Danny Holmes said Tory Womack will serve as a part-time officer and Baxter Fire Chief Matt White will serve as a reserve officer. “I’m so happy of our reserved program,” Holmes said. “There is just times when we need extra help at ballgames, parades, and the harvest festivals. We’ve ... Read More »

Monterey Could Lose Grant Opportunity

Monterey could be prevented from applying for another facade improvement grant. According to the state, the town can’t reapply for the grant because it has not completed work for a grant received some five years ago. Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins said work on the Bradley Agency and Reba’s Flower Shop never finished after the worker walked off the job on ... Read More »

Averitt Receives Sustainable Transportation Award

Averitt Express was award the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award from the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Department of Transportation (TDOT). In a press release, TDEC Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian said the award recognizes companies, government agencies, and other organizations for their efforts in improving the health and well-being of Tennesseans. “Sustainable transportation is an important factor in public health and ... Read More »

Granville Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

Tracy Michell Fields Rodgers, 46, faces multiple charges after swallowing evidence and possessing drugs during a traffic stop Monday.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Jackson County woman for tampering with evidence after she swallowed a pill during a traffic stop Monday. Tracy Michelle Fields Rodgers, 46 of Granville, also faces simple possession, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia charges. According to arrest warrants, deputies found one-and-a-half hydrocodone pills, along with a baggie with a small amount of a crystal substance believed ... Read More »

I-40 Crash Leads to Drug Arrest Near Monterey

A crash on I-40 eastbound led to arrest of a Murfreesboro man for drug possession Monday night. David Dylan Bell, 19, faces charges of driving under the influence and manufacture, deliver, sell or possess methamphetamine. He was released from the Putnam County Jail Tuesday morning. According to arrest warrants, authorities responded to a crash on I-40 around mile marker 301. ... Read More »

THP Releases New Report on Fatal Putnam Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol released a corrected traffic report following a crash that killed two on Highway 62 in Putnam County Monday. The THP’s updated report states 24-year-old Rudy Levine, of Grimsley, was travelling westbound in a 2006 Chevy Malibu with 24-year-old Jesse Morrison, of Jellico, in the passenger seat. The new report indicates Levine lost control of his vehicle ... Read More »