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Rail Trail Authority Asking For Help With Naming Trail

The Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trial Authority is asking the public for help in coming up with a name for the trail that’s been open for nearly a year ad a half. The 4.2 mile trail runs along the railroad tracks from the Cookeville Depot to the Algood ball fields. Submissions must not be more than two words and can’t ... Read More »

Cookeville Seeks To Maintain Authority To Regulate Short-Term Rentals

The Cookeville City Council approved a measure last night that sends a resolution to state lawmakers urging them to oppose any legislation that would remove authority of local governments to regulate short-term rental properties. “It’s just my view that the closer you can keep government at home, the better off you are,” City Councilman Dwight Henry said. “The best bang, ... Read More »

Bailey Sponsors Bill To Put “In God We Trust” Inside Schools

Senator Paul Bailey has sponsored a bill that would require each local education agency to display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location in each school. During his weekly legislative update Bailey said the phrase is more than just a national motto. “It’s our country’s foundation, an important part of our identity as Americans and as Tennesseans,” Bailey said. ... Read More »

Crash Injures Two In Alexandria Thursday

Two women suffered injuries in a two vehicle accident in Alexandria Thursday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the crash happened at Main Street and Highway 53. A report stated that 57-year-old Barbara Reynolds was driving a 2006 Ford Taurus eastbound on Main Street. She attempted to cross Highway-53 when she pulled into the path of a Nissan Altima driven by ... Read More »

State Route 85 In Fentress County Closed Due To Pavement Failure

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews have closed Fentress County’s State Route 85 due to a pavement failure at mile marker 6.8. Spokesperson Jennifer Flynn said the roadway will be closed between mile markers 2 and 8 until crews can make repairs. Part of the outside lane has failed because of recent rains. Flynn said the closure will last several days ... Read More »

Body Of Missing Lebanon Police Officer Found In Creek

Search crews in DeKalb County located the body of a missing Lebanon Police Officer in a flooded creek this afternoon. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the body of officer Joseph Bowen was found deceased shortly after authorities located his truck partially submerged in Dry Creek off Highway-70. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray issued a BOLO alert for Bowen earlier ... Read More »

Search Underway for Missing Lebanon Police Officer

A search is underway in DeKalb County for a missing Lebanon Police officer from Smithville. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said authorities began searching for officer Joseph Bowen after he failed to return home after leaving work at the Lebanon Police Department this morning. This afternoon authorities located his 2008 black Chevy Silverado in Dry Creek off Highway 70 in ... Read More »

Crash In Van Buren County Kills 19-Year-Old Female

A single vehicle crash in Van Buren County claimed the life of a 19-year-old female early Thursday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Abigail Pack of Sparta died in the crash that happened on Turkey Scratch Road around 12:28 a.m. According to a THP crash report, Pack was a passenger in a northbound 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by 18-year-old James ... Read More »

Bomb Threat Forces Pickett County Schools To Close

All Pickett County schools have dismissed early today following a bomb threat at Pickett County High School. Sheriff Dana Dowdy said students have evacuated to nearby Pickett County K8 School and parents can pick up children at that location. Dowdy said the his deputies are interviewing one person who may be responsible for the crime, but no arrest has been ... Read More »