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PCSS Offering Counseling Tuesday

The Putnam County School System will offer additional counseling services Tuesday after two Cookeville High School students died in a car crash. Superintendent Jerry Boyd said families have been notified but the names of the teens have not officially been released by authorities at this time. “I know the families have been notified, that was my main concern that we ... Read More »

TTU Hosting State Chess Tournament Saturday

Tennessee Tech will host the 2019 State Scholastic Individual Chess Tournament Saturday. Tennessee Chess Association vice president Paul Semmes said about 128 K-12 students will be competing for championships and scholarships. “We have hosted the individual finals here since 1998 and the team finals since 2004,” said Paul Semmes, Tennessee Chess Association vice president and dean of Tech’s College of ... Read More »

Pippin Road Crash Claims Life of Two Cookeville Teens

A single-car crash on Pippin Road claimed the lives of two Cookeville teens Friday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed Saturday 16-year-old Layton Proffitt and 17-year-old Leigh Anne Eldridge were involved in the crash. The THP crash report states Proffitt was driving westbound on Pippin Road in a 2002 Dodge DSX with Eldridge in the passenger seat. The model of the ... Read More »

Pet Mask Donations Continue Across Middle TN

Invisible Fence of Middle Tennessee aims to assist emergency personnel by continuing donations of animal oxygen masks. General Manager Brian Atkinson said some emergency crews still do not have access to the specialized oxygen masks. “Throughout the area that we cover, which is really of all of Middle Tennessee, we try to get out to every first responder [and] fire ... Read More »

Avery Trace Lockdown Due to Improper Entrance

Avery Trace Middle School was placed on temporary lockdown Friday after a parent improperly entered the building. Principal Mike Mills said the lockdown only lasted about five minutes and nobody was put in danger. “Today we had a gentleman asked to be buzzed into school just like our protocol [requires] and he stated he was here to pick up his ... Read More »

Sparta Woman Airlifted After Friday Morning Crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a critical crash that occurred along Pippin Road in Cookeville Friday night (File Photo)

A 24-year-old Sparta woman suffered head injuries following a one-vehicle crash in Cookeville Friday morning. Emergency services airlifted Latasha Cullum to Vanderbilt University Hospital for treatment. At 3:40 AM, Cookeville officers arrived at the crash located near the Putnam County Fair Grounds on East Veterans Drive. A press release indicates that officers saw a black 2010 Chevrolet Camaro overturned on ... Read More »

Crossville Considers Merging Amphitheater, Depot Management

Crossville city officials will look into combining management of the amphitheater and depot. City Manager Greg Wood said multiple individuals have come forward with ways to help improve the depot as the city braces for lost revenue. “When the city took over the depot, at that point in time we really didn’t have any viable candidates to make a go ... Read More »

Tech Launches ‘I Heart Tech Students’ Giving Campaign

The 'I Heart Tech Students' Campaign provides an invitation for students and faculty to donate towards three campus initiatives. (Photo:

Tennessee Tech launched a new campaign Thursday that seeks to make a difference in the lives of students. The ‘I Heart Tech Students’ Campaign provides an invitation for students and faculty to donate towards three campus initiatives. Kevin Braswell is the university’s Vice President of Advancement. “If we don’t believe in ourselves as a campus, it’s difficult to inspire others ... Read More »

Monterey LED Street Lights to Increase Savings

Monterey Aldermen will have to decide how the town should use the savings from a future project to install LED street lights. Mayor Bill Wiggins said the money could be used for paving projects or improving the town’s storm water drainage system. “They had said earlier that any savings would be plowed into street paving,” Wiggins said. ”But now with ... Read More »

Authorities Warn of Online Dating Scams

Bad relationships may hurt feelings but online dating scams can also take a toll on your wallet. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports online dating scams cost Americans nearly $143 million in 2018. Fairfield Glade Police Chief Mike Williams said scams typically make offers to victims that are too good to be true. “You’ve got to do your diligence, especially ... Read More »