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State Reimburses Cookeville, Putnam For Sales Tax Revenue

A sales tax reporting issue has been corrected and some $636,000 in revenue on the way to Putnam County from last year’s summer’s sales tax holiday. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the Tennessee Department of Revenue reimbursed the lost money. The issue began with August tax receipts, the first month of the sales tax holiday on food, which came ... Read More »

5-Person Committee Named To Study Alcohol Policy

A five-person committee now in place to discuss possible remedies to allowing alcohol consumption on Cookeville city property. City Manager James Mills announced Jay Albright, Alma Anderson, Anna Dunn, Jill Horner, and Laura Wolf Woodford will serve on the temporary committee. The group will look at ways alcohol sales could be permitted at non-city events in city parks and streets. ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Vote On Adding Land To Cane Creek

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday night on the purchase of some 5.6 acres to expand Cane Creek Park. City Manager James Mills said the property off of C. C. Camp Road includes a single-family residence that the sellers currently live in. He said there are also two garages and a barn on the land. “The barn, I believe, is ... Read More »

Cookeville Hiring A Communications And Marketing Manager

Cookeville is hiring a new Communications and Marketing Manager position tasked with spreading cohesive, accurate messaging to residents. City Manager James Mills said right now, each department in the city communicates with the public on its own, sometimes leading to a lack of coordination. He said the last two City Councils have both pushed for more succinct, unified communication. “Our ... Read More »

Cookeville Closes On Gould Drive Property For Fire Station 3

Cookeville closed a deal Monday that acquired a Gould Drive property to house the city’s Fire Station Three. City Manager James Mills said the process took a lot longer than he would have liked. He said after years of searching, he and Fire Chief Benton Young identified this property as the best they had come across for a reasonable price. ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council To Regulate RVs In Mobile Home Parks

Cookeville City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night that establishes guidelines for recreational vehicles in non-conforming mobile home parks. After the Cookeville Planning Commission offered additional changes to the amendment, the council returned some of the language originally in the amendment. That language includes prohibiting folding campers and pop-ups, prohibiting skirting, and limiting occupancy in an RV in the same ... Read More »

Cookeville Applying For Grant To Better Plan Paving Needs

Cookeville will apply for a T-DOT Community Transportation Planning Grant to better plan the city’s street paving needs. Community Development Director Jon Ward said the city could receive up to $200,000. He said the grant will allow the city to see which roads need work done the most, and in what order that work should happen. “This would be an ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Passes Ordinance Limiting Alcohol On City Property

Despite public comment in opposition, Cookeville City Council passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol at non-city events in city parks and streets Thursday night. The ordinance will prohibit special events with alcohol at Dogwood Park unless the event is conceived and produced by the city. Resident Blair Dudley said he feels the council is telling ... Read More »

Mills Cautions Much Work Ahead, But T-DOT Funding Will Impact City

Cookeville City Manager James Mills said he is excited about the $322 million in road improvements set to be funded by T-DOT for Cookeville and Putnam County. But Mills said T-DOT has not shared the specifics of the plan released Monday. The project list released Monday an upgrade to the Interstate 40/Jefferson Avenue interchange. Mills said he is hopeful that ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider New Rules On Park, Downtown Alcohol Events

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday on prohibiting the public sale and consumption of alcohol at events not sponsored by the city or a non-profit. City Manager James Mills said isolated incidents at several events have caused concern with the availability of alcohol. Council Member Eric Walker said he has concerns about restricting growth in downtown Cookeville by stopping businesses ... Read More »