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Volunteers Needed For Rescue Mission Bell Ringing

The Cookeville Rescue Mission needs about 950 volunteers for this year’s Sound of Hope bell ringing event. Rescue Mission Executive Director Bruce Bell said the event officially gets underway the day after Thanksgiving. “We are still in need of about 900 people. One of the great things this year is that some churches and groups have elected to take an ... Read More »

Fallen Leaves Provide More Benefits to Homeowners

Although some homeowners consider dead leaves unsightly, fallen leaves actually benefit future lawn growth. That according to UT Extension Agent Wayne Key. Key said dead leaves benefit the environment and the soil. “Of course the biggest advantage of leaving them is they obviously provide for beneficial mulch for the ground and the grasses there,” Key said. “[It] protects any young ... Read More »

Bunker Hill Resident Concerned with Rezoning Plan

A Cookeville man along Bunker Hill Road is concerned an ordinance rezoning nearby property may increase the number of accidents in the area.

A Cookeville man is concerned plans to rezone property along Bunker Hill Road may increase the number of accidents in the area. Fred Ray lives along Bunker Hill and says the proposed addition of a new subdivision could create more harm than good. “The curve that’s on Bunker Hill Road, right at Messenger Road and right at Dustin Lane, [it’s ... Read More »

False Claims Act Lawsuit Filed Against Pain Clinics

The U.S. government has filed suit against a Franklin, Tennessee-based pain management clinic. The lawsuit accuses MedManagement Inc. and owner Michael Kestner of False Claims Act conduct for single tendon origin or insertion injections (TOI). The lawsuit alleges Williams and physician Lisabeth Smolenski devised a scheme to operate interventional pain management clinics by fraudulently billing Medicare and TRICARE for injections ... Read More »

Monterey Looks For Improvement After Water Issue

Monterey officials plan to discuss protocols and ways to be better prepared in case another major water loss situation occurs. A water main break drained the town’s entire water supply Wednesday night and forced area schools to close on Thursday. Water plant supervisor Duane Jarrett said he plans to discuss the incident with the board of mayor and aldermen during ... Read More »

Adams Request For New Trial Denied

The Tennessee Appellate Court upheld the conviction and sentence of a Putnam County man charged with felony robbery. A jury previously convicted John Adams III of aggravated robbery and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Adams and two other men planned the robbery of the Burgess Falls Shell station in June 2014, pointing a gun at the cashier and ... Read More »

Health Insurance Sign-Up Window Closes Dec. 15

Health insurance providers are encouraging people to sign-up for policies with open enrollment ending Dec. 15. Account Executive Gabe Colwell of Swallows Insurance says knowing the prominent providers in the region is critical. “Blue Cross Blue Shield is usually who we sell through because the majority of doctors and hospitals in our area and in Nashville accept it,” Colwell says. ... Read More »

Cookeville Surpluses Police Car to Baxter

Baxter Police will soon receive a surplused police car once used by the Cookeville Police Department. Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans says he’s glad the department can assist other law enforcement in the area. “[The car] was still serviceable to some degree and it will start. A lot of times we surplus vehicles that are not serviceable,” Evans says. “So ... Read More »

High School Playbook: Football 2018 Playoffs WEEK 3

Let’s talk the Football 2018 Playoffs. Week Two is Upperman versus Red Bank Every week on The High School Playbook, we break down high school games from around the Upper Cumberland and talk to the coaches and players that play them. It’s Playoff Time! Let’s talk matchups and what to expect. This week the Upperman Bees take on the Red ... Read More »

Gainesboro Grade Crash Results In DUI Charge

Authorities have charged a Cookeville man with second offense DUI after he crashed his vehicle into a power pole Thursday afternoon. The crash happened on Gainesboro Grade near Chester King Road. The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the driver as 47-year-old Donald Bandy. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol Crash report, Bandy was traveling west on Gainesboro Grade when his vehicle ... Read More »