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Putnam Sheriff Credits Jail Protocol For No COVID Cases

The Putnam County Jail is one of only a few jails in Tennessee that have not had any positive COVID cases inside the facility. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said they start with questionnaires and temperature checks, then a 10 to 14 day isolation period just in case something is missed when an inmate is accepted. Farris said masks are ... Read More »

VP Of Membership Development Retires From Cookeville-Putnam Chamber

After 16 years with Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Membership Development Dianne Callahan has retired. Callahan said over the years she has seen a lot of growth in the community and inside the chamber. Callahan said one of the accomplishments she is most proud of is reaching a long time goal of 1,000 members. “When you reach ... Read More »

Grant Keeps Putnam Humane Society Partnership Alive

A new grant will allow The Putnam County Humane Society to keep its subsidy program going for low-income pet parents. Director Jennifer Farley said a $36,000 grant from PetSmart Charities will allow a partnership with Copeland Veterinary Hospital to continue. Farley said without this partnership, pets that had underlying issues like heart worms, would have limited options because of costs. ... Read More »

Free Legal Services For March Tornado Victims

Putnam County residents affected by the March tornado will have access to free legal aid thanks to a new grant. The Legal Services Corporation has given $125,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee for direct legal services, educational outreach and free legal clinics. The Legal Aid Society will host three virtual legal clinics for disaster victims in Spring ... Read More »

New Fentanyl Poses Serious Threat To Putnam County

Heroin laced with dangerous fentanyl is becoming more prevalent in the Upper Cumberland. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said deputies targeted heroin in last weeks drug bust. Farris said this fentanyl is not pharmaceutical grade, posing a serious threat to anyone who comes across it. “It’s dangerous to law enforcement and first responders. EMS people who are dealing with them ... Read More »

Cookeville UCEMC Closes Lobby To Move From Temporary Location

The Cookeville District UCEMC will close its lobby today at noon to start the move back to its office that was damaged in the March Tornado. Customers can still use the drive-thru at the temporary office today from noon until 4:30 PM. Drive-thru services will resume at the renovated office tomorrow and will be open during regular business hours. The ... Read More »

Straightening Buffalo Valley Road Dependent On Project Scale

Cookeville Public Works will look at straightening Buffalo Valley Road when the Cane Creek Bridge design process gets the go-ahead. Public Works Director Greg Brown said he does not think a major relocation of the road is feasible but the department will try and shift the road as much as possible to improve safety. Brown said one of his concerns ... Read More »

Putnam Tops 1K Active COVID Cases

Putnam County became the 17th county in the state with more than 1,000 active COVID cases Sunday. The county topped 1,000 for the first time in the pandemic with 1,087 cases. State Department of Health data shows 870 new cases since last Sunday. State Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said Sunday that there is currently not a backlog of cases, ... Read More »

Impaired Driving Enforcement Gearing Up For Holiday Season

Law Enforcement is keying in on drunk and impaired driving this holiday season, because they would rather make a DUI arrest than see a death on the roads. Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain R.C. Christian said from now until the New Year drivers need to make the right decision on getting home during Booze it and Lose it. Christian said Putnam ... Read More »

Baxter Closing City Hall, Water Department Lobbies Due To COVID

Baxter is closing its city hall and water department to foot traffic due to rising COVID numbers starting on December 21. The city said this decision is being made to protect city hall employees. Baxter will have drop boxes at both locations for customers to use. Customers still have the option to use online services at cityofbaxter.com and the drive-thru ... Read More »