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TDOT Receives Bids For South Jefferson Widening Project

The long-awaited South Jefferson Avenue widening project has taken another step forward. T-DOT is expected to select Rogers Group for the project Thursday. Three companies bid for the project with Rogers Group the low bidder at $39.6 million. The project includes grading, drainage, creating walls, signals and paving. Should TDOT choose to award the bid, they will then move forward ... Read More »

Cookeville To Purchase Carbon For Water Treatment Plant

Cookeville City Council approved a $17,384 emergency purchase of carbon for the water treatment plant at their meeting Thursday night. Water and Sewer Department Director Ronnie Kelly said that carbon prevents the treated lake water from having a musty, earthy taste. “Carbon absorbs some of the taste compounds of algae in the lake,” Kelly said. “It comes in, we treat ... Read More »

Cookeville To Explore Agreement To Provide Mental Health Co-Responders

Cookeville City Council will consider an agreement to provide the police department with co-responder services for mental health-related situations. Police Chief Randy Evans said that in entering the agreement, Volunteer Behavioral Health Systems would be ready to hire an individual to provide service immediately. “It provides if you will, to use the term ’embedded,’ a mental health co-responder with law ... Read More »

Search Has Begun For Cookeville’s New Fire Chief

The search for Cookeville’s new fire chief is underway. City Manager James Mills said the city plans on working with MTAS to find the right person for the job. “We’re looking for someone of course who is an experienced firefighter,” Mills said. “Energetic, teambuilder, and especially with exceptional leadership skills.” Mills said that they are conducting a statewide search to ... Read More »

Cookeville Seeking To Beautify Historic Courthouse Square

The city of Cookeville wants to explore cleaning up and beautifying the area around the Historic Courthouse Square. Council Member Eric Walker brought up the need in a meeting several weeks ago. City Manager James Mills said he agrees with Walker about a need for beautification, and wants to explore options for how to achieve that. “We’ve tried to do ... Read More »

Cookeville to Consider Rounding Up Certified Tax Rate

Cookeville City Council will consider rounding the certified tax rate to the nearest whole cent. City Manager James Mills said the rounding process is not unusual and has been a regular occurrence since at least 2006. “Depending on where that is, it’s going to be a very minimal impact,” Mills said. “The best way to calculate it is for every ... Read More »

Cookeville Sees Increase in Stop Loss Insurance Premiums

Cookeville will see an increase of some 90 thousand dollars in its stop loss insurance premiums for the new year. City Manager James Mills said with several employees dealing with major health issues, the city’s back is against the wall. “There is some risk here, some gamble that you would see with any insurance,” Mills said. “We’ve evaluated all the ... Read More »

Cookeville Taking Proposals For Second City Hall Drive Thru

Cookeville is accepting bid proposals to add a second drive thru lane at city hall due to long lines. City Manager James Mills said he expects the budget for this project to be under $20,000. Mills said he believes the second lane can be added under the current canopy based on the existing space. “During high volume days we typically ... Read More »

Meetings Scheduled With CRMC CEO And City Council Over Mayor Hiring

Cookeville City Council Member Mark Miller said individual meetings are scheduled next week between council members and Cookeville Regional CEO Paul Korth. “Some of the big issues are can a sitting member of the city council seek out employment with a city entity while being a member of the city council,” Miller said. “Is that an ethical thing? Is that ... Read More »