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Austin Murder Case to Go Before Grand Jury

A grand jury will hear the murder case of Stacey Dwight Austin following an arraignment hearing in Crossville Thursday. Judge Larry Warner determined there was enough evidence in the case to send it to a grand jury for trial. The 37-year-old Austin was charged with voluntary manslaughter after the shooting death of his 55-year-old aunt, Teresa Faye Austin, last month. ... Read More »

Highlands Initiative’s Fourth Phase Surpasses $3 Million

The Highlands Economic Partnership surpassed its goal of $2.85 million raised in phase four of its five-year plan (Photo: Logan Weaver)

The Highlands Economic Partnership exceeded its funding goal as part of the fourth phase in the group’s five-year plan. Pledges gave over $3.25 million as part of the Highlands Initiative, which is designed to attract new businesses to Jackson, Overton, Putnam, and White Counties. The group’s initial goal was set at $2.85 million. George Halford is the President and CEO ... Read More »

Rise Partners Purchase Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza

Chattanooga-based Rise Partners recently acquired Cookeville’s Jackson Plaza. The real estate development, acquisition, and redevelopment company closed on the West Jackson Street property about two weeks ago. Rise Partners founding partner Matt Phillips said the group plans to continue helping current tenants and bring new retailers to Cookeville. “The Sears box right in the Center is now closed and we ... Read More »

‘Food to the Rescue’ Provides Meals to Those in Need

‘Food to the Rescue’ is a community program that offers meals to school-age children and teens throughout the summer. Katelyn Steakley is the assistant director of the program. She said serving kids in need around Putnam County is the group’s primary goal. “All of our food is easy to open. We want to make sure children can open it themselves ... Read More »

Monterey Receives Grant For Sewer Improvements

The state has awarded Monterey with a $475,000 Community Development Block Grant. Grant writer Dawn Kupferer said that funding will be used for sewer system improvements. “Projects like this can be real economic drivers. A lot of times these are not projects that the citizens recognize as helping build business, but they are,” Kupferer said. “Once Monterey is able to ... Read More »

Putnam County Candidates Participate in Meet-and-Greets

Putnam County Candidates attended multiple events Tuesday in an effort to garner more votes prior to the August 2 election. George Halford is the President and CEO of the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce, which hosted two of the day’s events. He said he was impressed not only by the turnout of the candidates, but by the general public as well. ... Read More »

Gainesboro Library Closed Due to Flood Damage

The Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library in Gainesboro is temporarily closed after floodwater made its way into the building. Library Director Catherine Huddleston said storms caused flooding to damage flooring throughout the library. “It flooded all the way to the very back of the library about a good standing three inches in some places… so we are getting a new ... Read More »

Tennessee Highway Patrol Assists in White County Rescue

Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations Unit assisted in a White County rescue yesterday. The White County EMA and Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in rescuing a fallen woman July 10. The woman had fallen off a forty-foot cliff in White County. According to the report, kayakers heard the woman calling for help and contacted authorities. THP Aviation Lieutenant Brad Lund, Troopers Brian ... Read More »

Officers Injured Following Vehicle Pursuit In White County

A Sparta man faces a number of charges after leading White County deputies on a vehicle pursuit Tuesday. Authorities have charged 28-year-old Russell Moss with aggravated burglary, felony evading arrest, and aggravated assault. According to a written statement, Moss was driving a stolen 2002 Nissan Altima when deputies attempted a traffic stop on Country Club Road. Moss reportedly increased his ... Read More »

Bank of Putnam County Presents Monterey Hometown Project with Check

The Bank of Putnam County presented the Monterey Hometown Project with a twelve thousand dollar check this morning. Elizabeth Fournet is the Vice Chair of the Bank of Putnam County. “It is coming from the bank. It is part of our contribution in Community Support Funding,” Fournet said. “And it is going to the Monterey Hometown Project to be used to ... Read More »