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Council Wants Safeguards On Former Mayor Fireworks Spending

Several Cookeville City Council members want better accountability of the money provided for the Fourth Of July Fireworks. Better Cookeville, started by former Mayor Ricky Shelton, produces the fireworks show. City Manager James Mills said Better Cookeville has asked to increase funding to $20,000 in the new fiscal year. Council Member Eric Walker said the city requires financials of the ... Read More »

Mills Receives Nearly Perfect Evaluation; Five Percent Raise.

Cookeville City Manager James Mills received a 4.9 out of 5 on his annual evaluation by city council members. City Attorney Dan Rader compiled the numbers based on council member evaluations in six different categories. “This is one of the highest, if not the highest, evaluations I’ve ever received for a public official,” Rader said. “So I think it would ... Read More »

CRMC’s Frontline Food Park Gets Positive Reviews After Opening

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Cookeville Regional’s new “Frontline Food Park” has seen some major success since launching last week. Chief Strategy Officer Ricky Shelton said that such an option was long-requested by employees. He said that their goal is to have two to three trucks every day, and eventually options for the night shift as well. “It’s kind of hard, you know, if you ... Read More »

Shelton Celebrates Final Red, White & Boom As Mayor, Will Continue Tradition

Eighth Annual Red, White, and Boom set to return to the Putnam County Fairgrounds Monday evening, with more than just the 2nd largest firework show in the state. Mayor Ricky Shelton said that the festivities will have something for everyone. He said that there will be a kids’ parade, a patriotic program honoring veterans, and food trucks, music, and fireworks ... Read More »

Council Members Want To Explore Options With Lovelady Road Rezoning

Public outcry about the rezoning of some 107 acres on Lovelady Road has Cookeville City Council wanting to explore potential compromises. Cookeville Planning Commission approved a rezoning to a higher density designation that could allow for the development of some 337 lots. Council members discussed the decision Monday during a work session in preparation for Thursday’s public hearing. Planning Director ... Read More »

Cookeville’s Food City Open For Business

Cookeville’s Food City has officially opened. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday night leading up to Wednesday’s grand opening. Food City CEO and President Steve Smith said the some 54,000 square foot store has 220 employees ready to serve. “We are so glad to be part of Cookeville, part of Putnam County” Smith said. “We are going to ... Read More »

Cookeville Officials Will Consider Plans For Sewage Capacity Fees

Cookeville officials will begin work on new proposals for sewage capacity fees. That after a Monday roundtable with city council members and at least six developers. They discussed the issue of how much costs developers should cover when it comes to such fees. Developer Chad Gilbert said that he believes they should contribute to the cost, but covering the full ... Read More »

Could Cookeville Elect Its Mayor As Separate Office?

It’s the first Monday of a new election year. The mayorship of Cookeville will be open come August as Ricky Shelton reaches his term limit. It’s a position not elected on its own, but rather the top vote getter for council takes the mayor title. Former Mayor Dwight Henry said it might be time to reconsider that system as Cookeville’s ... Read More »

Cookeville Mayor Seeking More Equal Partnership Between City And Leslie Town Center

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton wants a fair and equitable partnership when it comes to helping the Leslie Town Center front big-ticket repairs. Shelton said that the current partnership between the city and the Public Building Authority has the city splitting the costs for repairs 50/50. He said that with the pandemic affecting the Leslie Town Center’s ability to host events ... Read More »

CRMC At Work To Accommodate Record COVID Hospitalizations

Record numbers at Cookeville Regional Medical Center have the facility working to ensure enough capacity to continue patient treatment. Chief Strategy Officer Ricky Shelton said that over the past month, the overall number of COVID-positive patients has increased by some 600 percent. “One thing for sure is the variants that we’re dealing with spread more easily than the initial virus,” ... Read More »