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Cookeville Residents Could See Slight Increase in Power Bill

Cookeville City Council will consider a proposal increasing electric rates within the city. The proposal comes after the TVA decided to increase rates at its August board meeting (Stock Photo)

Cookeville residents could see a slight increase in their electric bills after a rate adjustment was approved by the Tennesssee Valley Authority (TVA). Electric Department Director Tony Peek said the TVA decided to increase wholesale rates by 1.5 percent in the area. “We generally look at our average residential customer [and] how much of an increase that’ll be,” Peek said. ... Read More »

THP Identifies Monday Evening Crash Victims

A Monday evening crash in Putnam County claimed the life of two people and injured another. The crash happened at 5:27 pm on Highway 62 in Monterey. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the deceased as 24-year-old Rudy G. Levine of Grimsley and 24-year-old Jesse L. Morrison of Jellico. 42-year-old James M. Oakes of Monterey suffered injuries in the crash. ... Read More »

Leisure Services Receive Proposal for Dogwood Park Bridge

Cookeville City Council will consider approving a proposal submitted to the Leisure Services Department for a pedestrian bridge in Dogwood Park. Leisure Services Director Rick Woods told city officials Monday the department received one proposal late last week. “We are still evaluating that proposal,” Woods said. “I don’t have the recommendation for you today. We are doing some reference checks ... Read More »

THP Investigating Fatal Crash In Putnam County

At least two people died after two vehicles crashed in Putnam County Monday evening. The crash happened on Clarkrange Highway. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has responded to investigate. The roadway remains closed at this time and the Tennessee Department of Transportation is assisting in traffic control. Additional details will be released at a later time. Read More »

Man Cited After Ambulance Crash in White County

A Cookeville man was cited for failure to yield after a crash involving a Cumberland County EMS ambulance in White County Monday morning. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 19-year-old William Mullican was transported to Highland Medical Center in Sparta with undisclosed injuries. The THP report indicates Mullican attempted to stop at a traffic signal along Flat Rock Road until he slid ... Read More »

Residential Development Remains Strong In Baxter

The town of Baxter continues to stay busy with a number of residential development projects. Baxter Mayor John Martin said crews have started constructing a number of townhouses off 6th Avenue. “We are going to have 21 total. They are doing seven now and they will be done in three phases,” Martin said. “They’ve already got the brick on the ... Read More »

Baxter Chief Commends Officer for Effort in Arrest

Baxter Police Chief Danny Holmes commended Officer Ryan Bean for his efforts in an arrest made Saturday at Speedway. Bean suffered minor injuries after being dragged by the suspect (Archived Photo)

Baxter Police Chief Danny Holmes commended an officer’s effort during an arrest at Speedway Saturday. Officer Ryan Bean suffered minor injuries after being dragged by a stolen vehicle while attempting to make an arrest. Bean responded to the scene after a Speedway manager reported a suspicious man at the gas pumps. “We’re just so thankful that [Bean] wasn’t killed in ... Read More »

DeKalb County Man Charged in I-40 Chase

Nathan Gohs, 23, faces multiple charges after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit on I-40 over the weekend (Photo: Putnam County Jail)

A DeKalb County man faces charges following a high-speed pursuit in Putnam County on I-40. Nathan Gohs, 23, of Dowelltown, was booked into the Putnam County Jail Sunday and is being held on over $15,000 bond after attempting to flee authorities. According to arrest warrants, Gohs reached speeds over 100 mph when he crashed his vehicle near the Putnam-DeKalb County ... Read More »

Spencer Chocolate Store Targets Sept. 27 Opening

A new chocolate store in Spencer is targeting a Sept. 27 opening date following final inspections. Arete Fine Chocolates is scheduled to go through one final inspection process by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on Sept. 26 before opening. According to Arete Founder David Senk, the store is slated to open shortly after assuming the inspection goes well. The opening ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Launch Anonymous Tip System

Putnam County schools began using a new anonymous tip line Monday. Deputy Superintendent Corby King said the Safe Schools Alert system allows parents and students to report dangerous behaviors to school officials. “They will be able to submit a tip either online, through a text, voicemail, or email,” King said. “They can send that to us anonymously for bullying, harassment, ... Read More »