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Food City Breaks Ground On New Cookeville Store

Cookeville’s newest supermarket, Food City, took the first step of construction Monday. The ground breaking was held where the store will stand at the intersection of East 10th Street and Old Kentucky Road. President and CEO Steve Smith said he is excited to be a part of the growth of Cookeville. “We’re proud to be locally owned and operated,” Smith ... Read More »

Putnam Opening Vaccines to 55 and up, Phase 2A-B

Putnam County has opened up its COVID vaccinations to the 55 and up age group, along with phase 2a and 2b starting Monday. The 2a-b group includes: Child and Adult Protective Services personnel, commercial agriculture and food production, public transit workers, public infrastructure, utilities and others. Residents can go ahead and start registering at or by calling 931-646-0911. The ... Read More »

Putnam Sales Tax Revenue Up 15% From Last Jan.

January sales tax revenue for Putnam County municipalities grew some 15.5 percent compared to January of last year. The County saw the highest increase by about 32 percent. Baxter followed with about 27 percent. Monterey had a growth of 18.1 percent, Cookeville 13.6 percent and Algood 12 percent. All five municipalities contributed to $3,728,620.34 of sales tax revenue. That is ... Read More »

Putnam Confirms Opinion With Comptroller On Fairgrounds Sale

A little know and seldom used rule based on Putnam County’s charter will give the county the ability to sell the fairgrounds in a private sale. Putnam County Attorney Jeff Jones said Putnam is a Private Act County and Mayor Randy Porter is the county’s purchasing agent. That means the county can negotiate with a buyer, like a private real ... Read More »

Potential For Cookeville To Compete For Next TSSAA Contract

The end of Cookeville’s BlueCross Bowl streak, but what about the future? Cookeville-Putnam County Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Molly Brown said there is a real possibility the city competes for the next TSSAA contract. “I definitely see that as an opportunity for our community,” Brown said. ” That is something that obviously we will approach together just like we have ... Read More »

Cookeville Outside Counsel Near Final Opinion On Shelton Hiring

The Cookeville City Council could have the outside counsel opinion on CRMC’s hiring of Mayor Ricky Shelton by next week. City Manager James Mills said that time frame is not set in stone, but is a possibility. Mills said attorney William Carver has indicated he does not need to conduct any more individual conversations with the city council. “We will ... Read More »

Cookeville Loses BlueCross Bowl Bid

The BlueCross Bowl will not return to Cookeville next season. The TSSAA Board of Control voted 11-1 following a marathon session to select Chattanooga as host of the 2021 and 2022 high school football championships. Chattanooga bid some $3,000 less in guaranteed revenue to the TSSAA. Cookeville’s obligation to TSSAA would have been $253,000 under the two-year term. “Very disappointed ... Read More »

CPD Identify Body On England Drive

The Cookeville Police Department has identified the dead body at 1100 England Drive as 46-year-old Russell D. Crabtree. A concerned citizen reported the incident Monday after finding Crabtree deceased in the parking lot of the address. At this point in the investigation, no foul play is suspected. Crabtree’s body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of ... Read More »

Commissioners Approves Mayor To Pursue Fairgrounds Sale

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter will pursue a private sale of the Putnam County Fairgrounds. County Commissioners approved the move Monday night and declared the fairgrounds as surplus property. Porter presented the pros and cons for four sale options to the commission: sealed bid, public auction, internet auction, or private sale. Porter said the first two options would not be ... Read More »

Crawdaddy’s Owner Signs Contract For Rebuilding

The rebuilding process for Crawdaddy’s could start as early as this week after Owner Drew Blalock signed a contract for work Friday. Blalock said the demolition of the left over infrastructure will be the first step. “There’s a lot that goes into rebuilding after a fire that I wasn’t aware of,” Blalock said. “But, there’s reasons why it has taken ... Read More »