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Reporting Error Likely Cause Of Cookeville Tax Shortage

State officials trying to figure out how a reporting error could have left Cookeville’s revenues short during the summer sales tax holiday. The law eliminating the sales tax on groceries required that cities and counties not lose any revenue from the legislature’s decision. Representative Ryan Williams said Cookeville showed a shortage of some $620,000. “The finance team at City of ... 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 »

Cookeville Working To Remove Poles And Obstructions From Sidewalks

Cookeville trying to make the city’s sidewalks more pedestrian friendly by removing electric poles and obstructions. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the obstructions and poles are also causing difficulty with compliance with ADA requirements. Mills said city workers are working diligently, however, in certain areas of the city, the removal of poles has become more complicated. “It’s a complicated ... Read More »

Cookeville Crews Poised To Begin Phase Two Of Cedar Avenue Work

Cookeville City Manager James Mills said city crews hope to begin work on phase two of the Cedar Avenue renovations in the next week or so. Mills said the city completed phase one work earlier this year. The next phase will focus on the section from Broad Street to Second Street. It will include installing bike lanes, and removing on-street ... Read More »

Wheaton: New State Seal Banners Represent Cookeville Pride

New banners depicting Cookeville’s new city seal have gone up on light posts in downtown Cookeville. Cookeville City Mayor Laurin Wheaton said the banners were a group effort led by Administrative Assistant Tracy Johnson. The Leisure Services Department staff installed the new banners. “Being on city council I’m so honored and proud to represent and to serve Cookeville,” Wheaton said. ... 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 Council Approves Next Step In TTU Pump Station Project

Cookeville City Council approved the next step in the Tennessee Tech pump station replacement project Thursday night. Water and Sewer Director Barry Turner said the next step in the process includes the bid and construction phase. The biggest part of the $826,760 contract is an inspector to help manage this part of the process. “The RPR is going to be ... Read More »

Cookeville Budgeting $200K To Redo Recycling Building On Lowe Ave.

City of Cookeville budgeting $200,000 to redo its current recycling building at the corner of Stevens Street and Lowe Avenue. City Manager James Mills said that it is one of the main recycling locations in the city and there is a need to beautify it. He said they would like to get the project out for construction sometime early next ... Read More »

Cookeville Officials Having To Prioritize STBG Projects In Face Of Rising Costs

City of Cookeville having to make decisions on projects that utilize State Transportation Block Grant funds in the face of rising costs. City Manager James Mills said those projects include sidewalks on Interstate Drive, turning lanes on South Willow Avenue and Jackson Street, and a Buffalo Valley area bridge replacement. He said when the city first received funding for the ... Read More »