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Doctor’s Job Status Gets Cookeville City Council Airing

The job status of a longtime Cookeville cardiac surgeon became a public discussion topic at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. Council Member Charles Womack called the departure of Dr. Lewis Wilson “a travesty.” “(Wilson) has been given a contract which is just impossible for him to take,” Womack said. “He called me this afternoon and said that the contract that ... Read More »

New CRMC Drama: Resolution On Reporting All Salaries Fails

A Cookeville City Council resolution that would have required the Cookeville Regional Board of Trustees to provide salary information on every CRMC employee failed Thursday night. The latest in the soap opera surrounding CRMC’s budget and the Ricky Shelton hiring came with Council Member Charles Womack’s surprise resolution requiring the Trustees to submit salary information quarterly. Womack did not discuss ... Read More »

Council Votes To Cease Shelton Investigation

Over the objections of Charles Womack, the Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night to cease the investigation into Mayor Ricky Shelton’s hiring at Cookeville Regional. “From the outside and from what this council can view, Mr. Shelton hasn’t done anything wrong in the eyes of this council,” Council Member Eric Walker said. “And for what this council has the authority ... Read More »

Sources: Miller Threatens Commissioners Over Jail Project

Cookeville City Council member Mark Miller threatened to stop the county’s plans to renovate the jail and justice center in calls to county commissioners Monday. Miller made at least three calls to county commissioners Monday, according to sources. He told the commissioners that he would use the powers of the City Council to stop the project. A source said he ... Read More »

City Council Members Ask For Answers On Jail Expansion

Two Cookeville City Council members spoke against the expansion of the Putnam County Jail Monday night. Council members Mark Miller and Laurin Wheaton said the decision could cause irreversible effects on the downtown. The comments came some six months after commissioners first voted on moving forward with expansion. “We’re not going to get high-end development there, $300,000 or $400,000 town ... Read More »

Residential Parking Districts To Be Considered Thursday

Cookeville City Council will consider the proposed residential parking districts Thursday night. But the catalyst for the creation of the districts might not now qualify. The ordinance would given citizens the opportunity to petition the planning commission and the council to create a special parking district. The 8th Street corridor has seen issues with Tennessee Tech student parking in the ... Read More »

Public Hearing Set On Commerce/Panhandling Ordinance

Cookeville residents will get the chance to sound off on a proposed panhandling ordinance as Cookeville City Council approved a revised measure Thursday night. The ordinance passed 3-2 with council members Mark Miller and Charles Womack voting against the ordinance. Council will host a public hearing at the next meeting September 17 as the ordinance comes up for a second ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider Panhandling Ordinance

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday on a new ordinance to better control panhandling in the community. The ordinance would prohibit business and individuals conducting commerce on sidewalks. That includes panhandling and selling. The ordinance focuses on the obstruction or blocking of sidewalks and right-of-ways. Police could cite an individual but could not arrest anyone. “This is an attempt to ... Read More »

39 Speakers Sound Off On Memorial, Race Relations

A monument that several speakers admitted they never knew existed until this week brought impassioned pleas from local residents Thursday night. The Cookeville City Council heard from some 39 residents during more than 90 minutes of public comment. The council decided during a Monday night work session to place signage at the City Cemetery noting all headstones and monuments were ... Read More »

Miller Does Not Ask For Resolution On Cemetery

Council Member Mark Miller did not ask the Cookeville City Council to add a resolution concerning the Cookeville City Cemetery to the Thursday night agenda. Miller said Wednesday he would ask the council to address the agreement violation that Miller said exists with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans memorial. Miller said the monument should be removed because no one ... Read More »