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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 »

Cookeville Electric’s First Retail Rate Increase Since 2007 Approved

Cookeville Electric will impose its first retail rate increase since 2007, after TVA discontinued a credit the utility had been receiving. Last month, TVA passed a 4.5 percent rate increase that will be passed on to all electric customers. Electric Department Director Carl Haney said the utility also ended a pandemic credit Cookeville had received. That amounted to some $800,000 ... Read More »

Bidding Opens For Phase Two Of Cookeville’s Tenth Street Project

Cookeville has acquired all the properties needed to begin the bidding process for construction on phase two of the Tenth Street expansion project. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the city officially acquired all land needed for construction through purchase and imminent domain. The next phase will increase lanes between Old Kentucky Road and Fisk Road. “We’ve had, as far ... Read More »

Cookeville Interested In Pilot Program To Improve Traffic Flow

In an effort to improve traffic flow, Cookeville officials want to conduct a pilot program with a new traffic light synchronization technology. The product uses sensors and beams on traffic lights instead of the old technology placed in roadways. Public Works Director Blake Mayo said the sensors can be mounted on stoplights in minutes. In addition, the settings can be ... Read More »

Fast Food Chain Interested In Old Kentucky Commons; Wants Changes

Wendy’s is interested in a new Cookeville location at the Old Kentucky Commons Shopping Center, off 10th Street. The Cookeville Planning Department has accepted a request to study changes to the original Planned Commercial Development overview for the shopping center, and specifically, for the Wendy’s site. That plan was developed by the city and was approved by the City Council ... Read More »

27.5 Cent Property Tax Increase On Table For Putnam Budget

The Putnam County Budget Committee voted 6-1 Thursday to take the next step with a 27.5 cent property tax increase for county residents. The approved proposal includes fully funding a new pay scale plan for county employees and 91 new employees. Mayor Randy Porter and his team will bring more formal cost estimates to the next committee meeting Monday night. ... Read More »

Join the Darwin Dash on Memorial Day to preserve Cookeville’s Historic West End

Cookeville’s West End Connection will hold its first Darwin Dash on Memorial Day. The race will raise funds for West End preservation including the records and memories of the Darwin School, the only African American school during segregated education in Cookeville. West End Connection’s Lori Strode said it’s important to preserve Darwin’s history. “I feel like if we didn’t who ... Read More »

Council Wants Safeguards On Former Mayor Fireworks Spending

Several Cookeville City Council members want better accountability of the money provided for the Fourth Of July Fireworks. Better Cookeville, started by former Mayor Ricky Shelton, produces the fireworks show. City Manager James Mills said Better Cookeville has asked to increase funding to $20,000 in the new fiscal year. Council Member Eric Walker said the city requires financials of the ... Read More »

Cookeville City Manager Proposes Major Raises For Police, Fire

Cookeville City Manager James Mills proposed some $1.3 million in increased salaries for police officers and firefighters during the next budget year. Mills said the proposed budget includes a roughly $10,000 raise for all police officers in the lower grades, a $5,000 raise for firefighters, and a $9,800 raise for paramedics. “We’re talking about major improvements in pay for police,” ... Read More »