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Cookeville Fire Returns Citizens Fire Academy

The Cookeville Fire Department is bringing back the Citizen Fire Academy to teach the public about the daily responsibilities of a firefighter, and how to respond to different emergencies. Fire Chief Benton Young said the department discontinued the course some eight years ago due to a lack of time and interest. He said the eight-week course has been shortened to ... Read More »

Burn Permits Still Required Across UC Through May 15

With lawn work increasing, fire officials remind all residents of the region that burn permits are still required through May 15. Jackson And Putnam County Area Forester Jeff Thompson said permits have been required since October 15 when leaves began to fall. He said many people like to use the early spring for a brush burn. “Sometimes, in the late ... Read More »

Thursday Fire Results In Complete Loss of Byrdstown Business

A commercial structure fire destroyed Byrdstown’s Country Farm and Home Lawn and Garden facility Thursday morning. The building center was not impacted. Firefighters responded around 6am. Fire Chief Garry Garrett said departments from surrounding counties including Overton and Monroe helped with the response. Garrett said the building had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived. “Smoke’s still going,” Garrett ... Read More »

Putnam Asking Cookeville To Annex Fairgrounds Property

Putnam County Commissioners voted Monday night to request Cookeville annex the portion of the new Putnam County Fairgrounds that falls outside city limits. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said the new fairgrounds fall directly on the Cookeville border, leaving half of the parcel outside city limits. He said the city cannot provide resources like sewer utilities to areas outside of ... Read More »

Marina Rolling Out New Facilities After ’23 Fire

Sunset Marina will be home to several brand-new facilities by the time the spring boating season rolls around. Marina General Manager Tom Allen said the marina is still in the process of rebuilding after a fire destroyed half of the floating facility in August. He said they are pushing to have everything rebuilt and open to the public by April ... Read More »

Fentress Assessing Options After Ambulance Director Resigns

Fentress County is considering adjustments to its Ambulance Services Department after Director Tony Maxfield resigned. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the department is in good hands with Ambulance Service Assistant Director Steve Bradfield serving as interim director. He said the county is looking at ways to divide some of the directorial responsibilities to relieve some of the pressure of ... Read More »

Church Hosting Mock DUI Event To Raise Awareness

Cookeville’s Sycamore Church of Christ will host a theatrical DUI production Saturday to help parents teach children the dangers of driving drunk. Sycamore Church of Christ Family Minister Kevin Daughrity said groups of 20 will be led through a 30-minute tour of 12 rooms. He said they will watch the story of a child losing her life to drunk driving ... Read More »

Crews Battle Fire At Sunset Marina Thursday, Injuries Reported

The Sunset Marina storefront appears to be a total loss after an hours-long blaze Thursday. Pickett/Overton County EMA Director Chris Massiongale said preliminary information indicates a houseboat striking the dock could be the initial cause of the fire. “Which dislodged the gas pumps and apparently gas was going everywhere and an explosion happened or the gas caught fire shortly thereafter,” ... Read More »

Baxter Fire Department Responds To Residential Fire

Baxter firefighters had to be treated for heat-related illness while on the scene of a fire for more than three hours Wednesday night. Chief Matthew White said they received the call around 8 p.m. to respond to a residential fire at 144 Chestnut Street. He said when they arrived on the scene there was heavy smoke coming from both the ... Read More »

Cookeville FD Responds To Best Western Fire Sunday

One victim from a fire at S. Jefferson Avenue’s Best Western Hotel Sunday evening according to Cookeville Fire Department. Chief Benton Young said the police department was the first to arrive on the scene. He said responders encountered an upstairs room with heavy smoke coming from it. Young said they pulled one victim from the room. Young said Cookeville Fire ... Read More »