Cookeville, Putnam County See Tourism Growth In 2018

Cookeville and Putnam County saw continued tourism growth in 2018. The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau reports the continued growth in tourism generated $2.82 million in local tax revenue. According to a press release, Putnam County’s contribution to Tennessee’s overall tourism growth resulted in mover $140 million worth of tourism expenditures. Travel industry jobs have also …

Cookeville Regional Officially Sells Celina Hospital

https://newstalk941.com/cumberland-river-hospital-officially-sold/ State Representative Kelly Keisling, new Celina hospital owner Johnny Presley (center), Celina Mayor Tonya Spears, Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan, CRMC Legal Consultant Luke Hill (back right), and CRMC CEO Paul Korth (Photo: Logan Weaver) The sale of Cumberland River Hospital in Celina is now official. Officials with Cookeville Regional Medical Center and new …

Progress Being Made On Cummins Falls Warning System

Tennessee state park officials have made progress on implementing a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park. State Representative Ryan Williams said state officials are working to find ways to collect information that can be shared during flash flood events. “There are additional systems that have been installed and they are in place. TDEC and …

Tennessee Tech’s Head Softball Coach Resigns

Tennessee Tech University’s head softball coach Bonnie Graham has stepped down from her position. TTU released a statement Thursday saying Graham accepted a position with Cookeville’s Leisure Services department. Graham said the move will allow her to spend more time with family. “Unfortunately, anyone who works in athletics knows you don’t get a lot of …

Upper Cumberland Traffic Fatalities Down for 2019

Upper Cumberland traffic fatalities are down slightly in 2019 despite a deadly July month. According to the State of Tennessee’s year-to-date fatality report, 37 people have died this year in vehicle accidents. That number is down slightly from 41 deaths through the first seven months of 2018. Eight people died on Upper Cumberland roadways last …

TTU Whistleblower Case Heading to Trial in 2020

A lawsuit filed by Tennessee Tech’s former director of financial aid will head to trial next year. Leslie McKenzie filed the lawsuit in May after reporting nearly $1.7 million in Title IV funds were distributed to unqualified students between 2017-2018. According to the initial complaint, McKenzie stated he was terminated after reporting the misuse of …

Brannon Speaks Out On Resignation From York Institute

Former Alvin C. York Institute Director Phil Brannon is speaking out about his termination that occurred last month. Brannon said he was surprised when Tennessee state officials gave him two options in what he calls a “forced resignation.” “Needless to say I was stunned. I had no expectation, no inclination this was going to happen,” …

TN Republican Causus Nominates Sexton as House Speaker

The Tennessee Republican Caucus has nominated 25th District Representative Cameron Sexton as House Speaker. Sexton defeated 68th District Representative Curtis Johnson, of Clarksville, in the final round of voting Wednesday, receiving 41 of the 70 possible votes. Sexton said during his initial address the House Speaker should be a leader for all Tennesseans. “During this …

Baxter Man Arrested After Friday Shooting Incident

A Baxter man faces charges following a shooting incident on Highland Avenue Friday. Baxter Police report Bob Goodwin was arrested after he allegedly threatened his caretaker with a shotgun. According to the report, Goodwin’s caretaker told police she had entered the apartment and used the bathroom while Goodwin was asleep. The caretaker stated she had …

White County Man Drowns In Center Hill Lake

A White County man drowned Wednesday at Johnson Chapel Boat Launch on Center Hill Lake. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased as 73-year-old Joe Elkins. A press release states Elkins and another person were swimming near the boat ramp when Elkins was found struggling in the water. According to the release, The …