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Cookeville Hotel Booking Returning To Normal

Cookeville hotel bookings are beginning to return to normal, according to hotel administrators. Holiday Inn Chief Operating Officer Rich Tuckwell said bookings dropped to 20 percent occupancy in March when it would normally be 80 percent. “April was even more solid,” Tuckwell said. “[In] May we really started to notice a big turnaround, and June has been very solid for ... Read More »

Algood Man Shot Friday Morning, New Mexico Man Jailed

Putnam County

An Algood man is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being shot at Cookeville’s LaQuinta Inn Friday morning. 31-year-old Justin Michael Payne had been shot three times in the upper torso. A second male had also been shot but his injuries were minor, according to Cookeville Police reports. Police arrested 36-year-old Christian James Schlenker, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... Read More »

DA With New Cookeville Location

Putnam County

The district attorney has a new Cookeville office on South Walnut Avenue. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said the Cookeville office needed the extra space. The new location will better serve the staff as well as the community. “The opportunity arose to have a little bit more square footage, which is really going to serve to our office function better,” Dunaway ... Read More »

Firework Safety Key On Fourth

It’s the Fourth of July and fireworks injuries are a concern to local health providers. Last year Cookeville Regional Medical Center saw a decrease in fireworks related injuries. Emergency Room Physician Ken Colaric said two main injuries he sees are superficial burns and eye injuries. “Eye protection is obviously very important,” Colaric said. “Never stand over any sort of firework ... Read More »

Crossville’s Thursdays At The Amp Cancelled

Cumberland County

Crossville’s 8th annual Thursdays at the Amp concert series won’t take place this summer. The weekly event was going to begin the first Thursday of July and extend until August. Downtown Crossville Inc. President Lainie Luse said after the Governor’s extended mandate, board members decided to cancel the concert series. “We just decided that basically the negatives outweigh the positives, ... Read More »

Cookeville Planning To Redeem $7 Million Bonds

Putnam County

The Cookeville City Council plans to redeem over $7 million in bonds used to build the Highlands Business Park. This debt payoff will save the city over $300,000 in interest. Paying off these bonds will allow the city to move forward with the $19 million police station project. Finance Director Brenda Imel said paying off the bonds will bring down ... Read More »

Honor Guard Performs Ceremony In Pickett

Pickett County

The Overton County Veterans Honor Guard performed a flag retirement ceremony Friday at the Pickett County Care and Rehab Center. The center requested the ceremony on behalf of several residents of the facility. The guard holds ceremonies to honor flags that are ripped, torn, stained, or faded. Such condition means the flags can no longer be flown. The group holds ... Read More »

NJ Man Dies In I-40 Crash Near Monterey

Putnam County

A deadly week on Upper Cumberland roads continued Friday morning when a New Jersey man lost his life in a collision with a tractor-trailer along Interstate 40. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 31-year-old Viram B. Dangar of Jersey City, NJ died around 3:00am Friday morning. Dangar’s car struck a right guardrail before bouncing across both westbound lanes. The vehicle then ... Read More »

Cookeville Red, White and Boom Parking and Viewing Guidelines

Putnam County

If you plan to watch fireworks at the Putnam County Fairgrounds Saturday, be prepared to social distance. Putnam County Parks and Recreation Director John Ross Albertson said on arrival, viewers will be guided to specific parking spots with enough space to practice social distancing. County officials ask groups to stay within the designated parking throughout the show. “We have also ... Read More »

KC-135 Flyover Coming Saturday Night

Putnam County

The fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting up the Cookeville sky Saturday night. The Tennessee Air National Guard of Knoxville will fly a KC-135 Stratotanker across the center of town. “If you’ve ever seen on a movie, these very large aircraft that has almost looks like a tail hanging off the back, that’s where they refuel jets in flight,” ... Read More »