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Cookeville Could Extend UCHRA-Police Department Program

A pilot program between Cookeville and UCHRA’s Substance Abuse Solutions test program will expire in January. City Manager James Mills said an extension is worth considering. Mills said the city is satisfied with the program allowing Cookeville police to do more policing, and less social work. “Yeah, I definitely think it’s something we’ll consider if UCHRA-SAS is agreeable to it,” ... Read More »

Mills Receives 4.7 Out Of 5 On Assessment

Cookeville City Manager James Mills received a 4.76 on his annual assessment from city council members. City Attorney Dan Rader said Mills’ composite score is graded on a one-to-five scale, with five being best. Rader called it an exceptional performance. “We all know Cookeville was confronted with some very serious things that nobody could have anticipated such as the tornado ... Read More »

Cookeville Seeking Proposals to Upgrade City’s Streaming Capabilities

Cookeville is taking proposals to upgrade its Council Chamber’s audio, video and streaming capabilities. City Administrator James Mills said replacing the 15 year old A/V system is needed because of anticipation that meetings will need to be electronic as the pandemic continues. Mills said the $50,000 project will address complaints residents have while watching the Cookeville City Council online. “Especially ... Read More »

Cookeville FEMA Relief Ahead of Schedule

Cookeville is already getting money back from FEMA to help offset the costs of the March 3rd Tornado. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the news that federal money already coming in was a surprise and called it a year ahead of schedule. Mills said this is going to have a large effect on the city’s after accumulating an over ... Read More »

Council Approves Cane Creek Land Purchase

Cane Creek Park will expand by more than 31 acres after Cookeville City Council approved a $350,000 land purchase Thursday night. City Manager James Mills presented the property off of Buffalo Valley Road to the city council. He said the land owner reached out to the city to gauge interest in the land. Mills said the land owner’s desire was ... Read More »

New Complaints on Cookeville Quarry

Several neighbors have complained about what could be further violations of Cookeville’s zoning ordinances at the quarry site along Spring Street and Interstate 40. Cookeville Planning Director Jon Ward will ask City Council Thursday night for permission to spend up to $20,000 more in legal costs on the issue. Ward said the city codes department will investigate the complaints. “At ... Read More »

Cookeville City Hall HVAC Replacement Nearly Complete

The replacement of Cookeville City Hall’s HVAC system is complete. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the only steps left are the clean up and training employees on how to use the thermostats. Mills said the project is on schedule. “We’ve completely replaced the existing HVAC system in city hall,” Mills said. “Much of which was as old as the ... Read More »

Cookeville Leaves Trick or Treating Up To Residents

Cookeville is leaving the decision on participating in this year’s Halloween up to individuals. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said residents that do not want trick or treaters at their door should keep their lights off on Halloween. However, Mills said the city is asking for those who go out to still practice good safety. “Those that want to participate ... Read More »

West End Park Neighbors Ask About Community Center

West End Neighborhood residents want to see park additions that benefit the next generation of the neighborhood. Cookeville Officials held an open meeting Tuesday night to see what developments neighborhood residents wanted. Multiple residents, including Natalie Okorji, spoke out that the community center has never been replaced. “That facility that we had growing up, we had numerous activities, from arts ... Read More »

10th Street Development Opens Door to Widening Road

Approval for developing the Old Kentucky Road Shopping Center sets the stage for more improvements on 10th Street. For instance, widening 10th Street from Highway 111 to Fisk Road to minimize the impact on the area. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the price tag will be steep. “The most difficult part will be the acquisition of the right away ... Read More »