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Winell Lee Leaving Cookeville’s Jackson Street For Baxter

Winell Lee’s Jackson Street location will be closing, with the longtime Putnam County company expanding to a brand new facility in Baxter. Marketing and Design Director Jeanie Lee said the store’s 34 years in Cookeville have been great and the store has accomplished a lot. She said the store has run out of space to grow, especially with a new ... Read More »

Cookeville Water Back To Normal Levels After Leaks From Cold

Cookeville residents can go back to their normal water usage as the city’s water tanks have returned to normal operating levels. The Cookeville Department of Water Quality Control had been requesting voluntary water reduction since early last week following leaks caused by the winter storm. Last Wednesday, the department recorded its highest-ever level of demand. While the demand is still ... Read More »

Putnam To Front Senior Centers Grant Money For Kitchen Equipment

Putnam County Commissioners voted Monday night to purchase kitchen equipment for its senior centers that cannot afford to spend reimbursable grant money. Mayor Randy Porter said the state awarded $30,000 reimbursable grants to every senior citizen center across the state. He said the centers in Baxter, Algood, and Monterey have let him know that they can not afford to spend ... Read More »

Fighting Fires In Freezing Temperatures Is About Readiness

With two more nights of single-digit temperatures, the risk of house fires increases this weekend. Baxter Fire Lieutenant Zachary Womack said fighting fires in freezing temperatures is about making sure to be prepared ahead of time. He said ensuring equipment is in working order and hoses are not frozen is the first priority. He said next is to ensure the ... Read More »

Putnam Fire Department Fought Pair Of Fires Through Winter Storm

Two homes lost to fire during the early stages of Sunday’s snow. Putnam County Fire Chief Jeff Hicks said fighting multiple fires at once is difficult, and winter weather only adds to the challenge. Hicks said travel from a fire on Cates Road in Monterey to one on Chaffin Road in Baxter was delayed significantly by road conditions. He said ... Read More »

Baxter Aldermen Discuss Need For Assistant Police Chief, Chain Of Command

Baxter Alderman Willie Allison questioned the Board of Aldermen Thursday night who was second in command at the Police Department if Chief Danny Holmes was unavailable. Allison said the issue was brought up to him by department members during Holmes’ recent sickness. He also brought up an MTAS audit of the department that made the recommendation to create an assistant ... Read More »

Putnam County’s Record-Setting 90 Ribbon Cuttings Set Record

Putnam County’s 90 ribbon cuttings in 2023 are by far the county’s most ever in a single year. Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber Membership Manager Natalie Saxon-Adams said the 75 ribbon cuttings last year was the previous record. Saxon-Adams said while the events can serve as celebrations of important milestones for a business, most of them have been grand openings. “It’s just ... Read More »

Baxter School Bus Drivers Express Concern Over Two Streets To Aldermen

Improving bus safety could lead to changes on two Baxter roads following a discussion between Aldermen and School Officials. Putnam County Schools Transportation Supervisor Ron Chaffin addressed the Baxter Board of Aldermen on Thursday, expressing concerns about First Avenue, as well as Third Street at Buffalo Valley Road. “I’m really proud of the job that our drivers do and making ... Read More »

Baxter Aldermen Hear From Citizens After Halting Speed Bump Plans

The Baxter Board of Aldermen heard from citizens of the Deer Crest Subdivision Thursday after the city halted earlier plans to put speed bumps on Celeste Street. Residents worried about speeding asked the board for help at the November meeting. Mayor John Martin said the speed bumps were scrapped after MTAS discouraged their use in city limits. Baxter Attorney Shawn ... Read More »

Upperman Middle Archery Club Start Competition, Building For Future

Upperman Middle School Archery Club participated in its first event this week, as the work begins to build the new extra curricular offering. Athletic Director Dustin Williams said he hopes the club can do a lot more in the future. Williams said Upperman would compete against other middle schools in a club-type setting. He said he eventually wants to see ... Read More »