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Womack: Serving The City Has Been A Joy

Outgoing Cookeville City Council Member Charles Womack will participate in his last council meeting Thursday night. Womack first began his service to the city in 1998. He said what’s kept him running for office since then are the people. “It’s a joy to work with them, it’s a joy,” Womack said. “The city employees are of a high caliber and ... Read More »

Plans For Interstate Drive Sidewalks Moving Again

Cookeville will spend some $15,000 to update the engineering plans for sidewalks along Interstate Drive. The project has been delayed by T-DOT approvals and discussion. The city will contract with Knoxville-based Cannon and Cannon to include multiple changes along Interstate Drive since the project first began in 2017. The first contract on the project approved May 3, 2017. Council also ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council Weighs In On Future PotentialOf Ice Facility

Cookeville City Council members say that an ice facility is unfeasible now, but could happen down the road. Vice Mayor Laurin Wheaton said that she thinks the city has other focuses before taking on another project. However, she said that through this feasibility study the city now has formed a relationship with the Nashville Predators that could prove beneficial down ... Read More »

Cookeville Approves Letter Of Support For Bridge Grant Proposal

Cookeville City Council approved authorizing City Manager James Mills to execute a letter of support for a CRISI grant proposal sponsored by TDOT. Councilman Charles Womack said Thursday Night that the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant could result in some $5.5 million in repairs for the Short Line Railroad Bridge. “We’ve been trying to get this done for ... Read More »

Doctor’s Job Status Gets Cookeville City Council Airing

The job status of a longtime Cookeville cardiac surgeon became a public discussion topic at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. Council Member Charles Womack called the departure of Dr. Lewis Wilson “a travesty.” “(Wilson) has been given a contract which is just impossible for him to take,” Womack said. “He called me this afternoon and said that the contract that ... Read More »

New CRMC Drama: Resolution On Reporting All Salaries Fails

A Cookeville City Council resolution that would have required the Cookeville Regional Board of Trustees to provide salary information on every CRMC employee failed Thursday night. The latest in the soap opera surrounding CRMC’s budget and the Ricky Shelton hiring came with Council Member Charles Womack’s surprise resolution requiring the Trustees to submit salary information quarterly. Womack did not discuss ... Read More »

Council Votes To Cease Shelton Investigation

Over the objections of Charles Womack, the Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night to cease the investigation into Mayor Ricky Shelton’s hiring at Cookeville Regional. “From the outside and from what this council can view, Mr. Shelton hasn’t done anything wrong in the eyes of this council,” Council Member Eric Walker said. “And for what this council has the authority ... Read More »

Womack Wants High-Level CRMC Staff Limited From Serving On Council

Cookeville City Council member Charles Womack wants the city’s charter changed to prohibit senior employees at Cookeville Regional from serving on city council. Under the resolution that will be considered Thursday night, any high level employees including chiefs and department heads would be prohibited from serving on council while remaining employed at Cookeville Regional. “I thought it would be reasonable ... Read More »

Council Votes To Move Forward With Outside Counsel

Cookeville City Council voted 4-0 Thursday night to have the city manager hire an outside counsel to provide information on the Ricky Shelton-CRMC hiring. “The public has questions and I believe it is our duty to find the answers,” Council Member Eric Walker said. “The city council (are) the representatives of the people and with the city being the owner ... Read More »