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Overton Set To Start Hwy 42 Bridge Repairs

Overton County

The Highway 42 bridge in Overton County will undergo renovations beginning next week. The bridge project will cost about $1.6 million. Overton County Exectutive Ben Danner said the bridge will be completely replaced and be closed for eight months. “James Norrod, our Highway superintendent, has been working for about five years to try and find funding to do that,” Danner ... Read More »

Sparta Applies For Grant To Install Sidewalks

White County

The city of Sparta applied for a state grant to improve the sidewalks within the city. Mayor Jeff Young said the grant will allow the city to build new pedestrian sidewalks from Bockman Way up Spring Street north to the hospital. “The whole purpose is not just to make the community look good, but it is to provide a safe, ... Read More »

Cookeville Outage Working Interstate Dr To Hwy 111

Putnam County

Cookeville Electric working a power outage Friday morning affecting areas in the southern part of the city. The outage streteches from Interstate Drive to Highway 111. The outage reported just after 7:20 Friday morning. Crews are on the scene. Utility officials ask you do not contact 911 to report an outage. Read More »

Van Buren Tax Increase Will Be Difficult

Van Buren County

The Vice Chairman of the Van Buren County budget committee said passing a property tax increase this year will be difficult to nearly impossible. Commissioner Henry Seamons said after raising taxes last year, a further tax increase has very little support among commissioners. “I told the comptrollers this,” Seamons said. “We had a property tax increase last year of 38-cents. ... Read More »

Gainesboro Passes Water and Sewer Increase

Jackson County

The Town of Gainesboro passed the first reading of a two percent increase of the town’s Water and Sewer rate Thursday night. Gainesboro consulting engineer Nathaniel Green said a yearly increase of two percent is recommended by the state’s Wastewater Financing Board. “The 2-percent rate increase is just a cost-of-living increase,” Green said. “That’s what they try to look at. ... Read More »

New Trial Request Denied In Warren Co Case

The State Court of Appeals refused a new trial for a man sentenced to two life terms for killing his in-laws at their Warren County home. Bryan James Cooke asked for a new trial in April, 2019 but that came some 14 months after sentencing. The court said appeals for a new trial must be made within 30 days. “The ... Read More »

Baxter To Get Paving Bids For Fast & Upperman Lanes

Baxter will explore paving in two places that have been difficult for drivers to navigate in recent years. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved opening for bids to repave Fast Lane and Upperman Lane at its Thursday night meeting. Baxter Mayor John Martin said the surface along Upperman Lane had become an eyesore. He said the one-lane road running ... Read More »

39 Speakers Sound Off On Memorial, Race Relations

A monument that several speakers admitted they never knew existed until this week brought impassioned pleas from local residents Thursday night. The Cookeville City Council heard from some 39 residents during more than 90 minutes of public comment. The council decided during a Monday night work session to place signage at the City Cemetery noting all headstones and monuments were ... Read More »

Surveillance Footage Found Of Algood Drugs Burglary Suspects

Putnam County

Algood police have a new lead in the Algood Drugs burglary. Algood Police Chief Dale Armour confirmed the police department has surveillance footage of one suspect. Armour said the footage is currently being enhanced to identify the suspect. “We have several videos,” Armour said. “We do have some stuff from Fentress County, and we have some stuff locally here. We ... Read More »

Miller Does Not Ask For Resolution On Cemetery

Council Member Mark Miller did not ask the Cookeville City Council to add a resolution concerning the Cookeville City Cemetery to the Thursday night agenda. Miller said Wednesday he would ask the council to address the agreement violation that Miller said exists with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans memorial. Miller said the monument should be removed because no one ... Read More »