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Medical Zoning Revised, Amid Methadone Clinic Concerns

Cookeville City Council voted unanimously Thursday to amend the zoning code, clarifying the rules for where certain medical facilities, including methadone clinics, could locate. But after the vote, multiple council members made it clear that they do not want a methadone facility in Cookeville. Mayor Laurin Wheaton said the city’s current zoning rules were too restrictive and considered discriminatory under ... Read More »

Cookeville Donating Another $3 Million To Tech Stadium

Cookeville will donate an additional $3 million in hotel/motel tax money to complete the renovations at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium. The agreement includes language that the project must be finished by November, 2026 or the city can rescind its donation. Council Member Chad Gilbert asked the city manager to finalize an agreement with the University. “My understanding is a resolution ... Read More »

Developer Asks For Delay In Wendy’s Signage Discussion At Old Kentucky

Cookeville City Council accepted a request Thursday night to postpone an appeals hearing on additional signage for the Old Kentucky Road shopping development. Developer Wayne Cravens had asked for the hearing after the Planning Commission denied an additional free standing pole sign for a proposed Wendy’s fast food location. “He is evaluating moving an approved monument sign for this development ... Read More »

Mexican Beef Industry Reps Stop In Warren County As Part Of Recent Trip

Seven beef cattle buyers from Mexico just visited multiple Tennessee farms on an international trade mission including Warren County’s Walker Family Farm. The visitors received a first-hand look at available livestock during the week-long mission. Owner Eric Walker said expanding trade internationally is a good thing for Tennessee livestock farmers as it gives them more exposure. “It’s very good, beef ... Read More »

Mills Receives 4.89 Out Of 5 On Performance Evaluation; Gets Raise

Cookeville City Manager James Mills received a 4.89 out of 5 on his annual performance evaluation. Attorney Dan Rader shared the results of the evaluation Thursday night. City Council members graded Mills confidentially on 50 different categories. Rader said Mills received a perfect score on leadership and a nearly perfect score on staff and personnel relations. “I’m sort of blown ... Read More »

Cookeville City Council Members Debate Fireworks Show Funding

Council Member Eric Walker said he remains concerned about Better Cookeville receiving city funding for the 2024 July 4th fireworks. Walker said the non-profit has a healthy fund balance and does not need city funding right now. Further, he said he believes it is wrong that one week the organization’s Facebook page will promote the show one week and two ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Makes Changes To Campground/RV Rules

Cookeville City Council approved new codes for campgrounds and RV parks Thursday night, slightly amending rules proposed by the Planning Commission. The changes will continue to allow the facilities in the General Commercial District. Landowners could also appeal to have the use allowed in the Local Commercial District. After a Monday Work Session, the planning department made new recommendations to ... Read More »

Cookeville Continues To Weigh Options On Woodmont Circle Property

City of Cookeville continues to weigh its options in trying to find a new owner of the property at 545 Woodmont Circle. The city came to own it when a resident had issues with sewer lines. At its last meeting, the council voted to extend its real estate contract and drop the asking price to $280,000, but has since only ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Shag Rag Sewer Project

Cookeville City Council approved the bid on a low pressure sewer system to expand service in the Shag Rag Road area. The $398,000 bid would expand service to multiple parcels on Dry Valley Road, Shag Rag Road and Contraband Road. Director of Water Quality Control Barry Turner said the city received just one bid. Council Member Eric Walker motioned approval ... Read More »