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Pickleball Leader Said Cane Creek Courts First Step

Cookeville’s Pickleball Ambassador said new courts set to be constructed at Cane Creek Park part of the steady growth of the game locally. USA Pickleball Ambassador Harry Smith pickleball is becoming a family sport in Cookeville, with most people playing in two-person teams. Smith said there are about 1,400 registered players within a forty-mile radius of the city, and up ... Read More »

Putnam County Schools Upgrading And Repairing Doors

The Putnam County School System set to change exterior doors and add escape hardware to allow students and faculty to freely exit while doors are locked. Deputy Director Tim Martin said the $222,000 project will upgrade some 125 doors. He said Avery Trace Middle School, Cornerstone Elementary School, and Upperman High School will get the bulk of the repairs. He ... Read More »

Methadone Clinic Proposed For Putnam Property

A proposal has been submitted for a methadone clinic in Putnam County, just outside of the Cookeville city limits. Cookeville Economic and Community Development Director Jon Ward said a notice of intent to apply for a certificate of need was published on May 15. He said the notice identified 1805 Burgess Falls Road as the potential location for a non-residential, ... Read More »

Cookeville Passes Final Budget Amendments Of Year

Cookeville City Council passed a handful of budget amendments Thursday night in preparation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year-end. Finance Director Brenda Imel said the ordinance includes amendments to five funds. She said $660,000 has been added to the State Street Aid Fund Balance to cover any paving the city completes before June 30. She said the Solid Waste Fund, Animal ... Read More »

Cravens: Schools, Commissioners Understand Fiscal Issues

Putnam County School Board Chair Kim Cravens said she believes the school board and county commissioners are on the same page about upcoming educational needs in the county. The two bodies discussed both the upcoming fiscal year budget during a meeting last week and more long-term issues. Cravens said the meeting helped create a mutual understanding of what the school ... Read More »

Putnam CEO: Crossville Expansion Would Benefit All

Putnam County YMCA CEO Mandy Perhay said a new YMCA-run recreation center in Crossville would provide benefits to both regions. The Putnam Y considering a partnership with the city of Crossville to fund, build, and operate a recreation center. She said that having both centers managed by the same team would allow for a lot of cost-saving and shared services ... Read More »

Airport Emergency Training Coming For White, Putnam

Emergency Management personnel from White and Putnam Counties will be familiarizing themselves with aviation emergency protocols over the coming months. White County EMA Director Matt McBride said protecting aircraft passengers using the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport requires multiple agencies to operate on one accord. He said aviation emergency response requires specialized training beyond what many firefighters and first responders have ... Read More »

Cookeville-Putnam NAACP Honors Unrecognized Black Veterans From WWI, WWII

The Cookeville-Putnam NAACP recently led an effort to give proper recognition to black veterans who served in World War I and II. President Tom Savage said the organization canvased Buck Cemetery in Cookeville, Hermitage Cemetery in Algood, and another cemetery in Silver Point. Savage said between all three black cemeteries they found the headstones of 85 black veterans that had ... Read More »

Putnam Begins Budgeting; Step Raises Biggest Increase

Putnam County began its budgeting process Monday night and planned meetings with department heads to discuss increased funding requests. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter presented a proposed budget to the budget committee that includes an increase in county general expenditures of some $2.8 million from last year. He said some $1 million of that comes from step raises. “Most of ... Read More »

Tobacco & Smoking Still An Issue In Upper Cumberland Youth

Local Addiction experts say tobacco and cigarette use is still a major issue in the Upper Cumberland, even with the rise of vapes and e-cigarettes. This comes on the heels of a Master Settlement between the state and major tobacco companies that restricts youth marketing of tobacco products, tobacco brand-name merchandise, and tobacco product-sponsored entertainment and sporting events. Power of ... Read More »