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Driver Family Pays Tribute to Fiddlers Jamboree Founders (View Video Here)

Founders of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival have been honored with a special tribute commissioned by family of the late James G. “Bobo” Driver. Members of the Driver family gathered on stage of the Fiddlers Jamboree Saturday afternoon for the public unveiling of a bronze casting marker as a lasting memorial to Congressman Joe L. Evins and his friends and colleagues Berry C. Williams and James G. “Bobo” Driver, who established the festival in 1972. The marker will be placed on the grounds of the courthouse.
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Kids Parade Leads Monday’s Red White And Boom Activities In Cookeville

The Upper Cumberland will be busy this Fourth of July Monday with celebrations in Crossville, Livingston, and McMinnville, culminating with Cookeville’s Red White and Boom. A celebration of young people leads off the day with the annual kids parade around the courthouse square. Registration begins Monday morning at 9:15am in the parking lot of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home on Washington Avenue.
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7 Hidden Tennessee Waterfalls You Must See

Tennessee offers some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the U.S. thanks to its unique topography and its extensive system of rivers and streams. Many of the waterfalls listed in this article are located in Tennessee state parks and are completely free to access. Important to note, the best time to visit any of the waterfalls is during spring and summer, especially after heavy showers which birth some of the most powerful cascades.

The Building Center opens new location

COOKEVILLE – The Building Center, Inc. recently held the grand opening of their new location at 4580 S. Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville. Since 1975, their very knowledgeable staff has been supplying contractors, homeowners, DIYers and all project managers, big and small, with the tools and resources they need to complete their projects. For more information, call 931-823-5621.

Silver Angels opens Cookeville location

COOKEVILLE – Silver Angels recently celebrated the opening of its Cookeville location with a ribbon cutting and open house with the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. Silver Angels is a licensed, non-medical hoe care agency with nine locations across Tennessee serving over 50 counties. It provides an alternative to...

Woman memorializes tree that saved her life in 2020 tornado

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - When Lauren Neal planted a tree at her Cookeville 14 years ago, she had no idea that it would one day save her life. Neal, the manager for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Tennessee Tech University, was in her home with her boyfriend and one of her children when the Cookeville tornado hit them on March 2, 2020. Officials said the tornado had leveled many houses in her neighborhood and killed 19 people.

13-Year-old Kentucky Boy Wins Grand Champion Fiddle-Off at Jamboree

13-year-old Noah Goebel has claimed the Grand Champion Fiddling Title at the 51st edition of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival. The Elkton, Kentucky resident, who also won the Junior Fiddling contest here Saturday night, beat out the Senior Fiddling Champion Heather Brown Currie of Springfield in the showdown for the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award. Currie claimed the Grand Champion Fiddling Title in 1999 and 2001.

Hip Cookeville Concert Series kicks off tonight

COOKEVILLE – The Hip Cookeville Concert Series kicks off its four-show season this weekend with two performances to celebrate the holiday weekend. The Friday, July 1 show features the World Turning Band and the music of Fleetwood Mac. The Saturday, July 2 show will feature End of the Line and the music of the Allman Brothers Band. Both shows will be at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center (CPAC) and begin at 7 p.m.

Matthew Sinclair of Carthage Wins Fiddler 5K

TOP MALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): 40-year-old Joseph Crane of Nashville at 19:25 seconds. TOP FEMALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): 44-year-old Kristen VanVranken of Silver Point at 22:16 seconds. One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger) winners:. TOP MALE: 7-year-old Silas Richardson of Cookeville at 8:02 seconds. TOP...

Cookeville-Putnam County Visitor’s Shop celebrates grand opening

COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitor’s Shop recently celebrated their grand opening at their new location at 113 W Broad St Suite A, Cookeville. The shop is the official store to buy all your Algood, Baxter, Cookeville and Monterey merchandise including apparel, jewelry, keychains, stickers and so much more. Almost everything in the shop is locally sourced from Putnam County or made in Tennessee.

Jeffery Lee Gotch

Jeffery Lee Gotch age 64, of Smithville, passed away Thursday June 30, 2022, at St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. He was born January 17, 1958, to his parents the late Frank and Frances Rhoten Gotch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Karen Guthrie and Susie; brothers, Allen Gotch and Tommy Winders. He worked in Auto Detailing. Mr. Gotch is survived by his wife Michele Gotch of Smithville; children, Lindsay Pelham of Mt. Prospect, IL, Emily Avina of Mt. Prospect, IL, Paul Graham of Lebanon, Megan Tice of Lebanon and Will Clegg of Smithville; special buddy Dino; grandchildren, Abby Avina, Leo Avina, Lily Pelham, Antonio Zavala; sisters Sally Maloney of MI, and Judy Hope of IN.; Funeral services will be held 1PM Tuesday July 5, 2022, at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 11:00AM until the time of the service at 1:00PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

The Old Gray Event Center and Amphitheater prepares for inaugural festival

COOKEVILLE – The Old Gray Event Center and Amphitheater held a ribbon cutting with the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate its inaugural music festival, Freedom Fest, that is being held July 1-2. The Old Gray is the Upper Cumberland’s newest open-air amphitheater located on over 75 acres at 3781 Monterey Highway, Monterey.

Personal Growth & Learning Center opens second location

COOKEVILLE – Personal Growth and Learning Center recently celebrated the opening of a second location in Cookeville with a ribbon cutting with the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. Personal Growth and Learning Center has served the Cookeville community with their team of therapists and nurse practitioners since 1994. The...

Kody Norris Show named 2022 Smithville Jamboree Blue Blaze Award Winner

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival has announced the Blue Blaze Award recipient for 2022. The Kody Norris Show country bluegrass band will be honored on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 during the festival competition at approximately 5pm followed by a mini-concert performed by the band on the main stage in the Smithville, Tennessee Downtown Square.

Tennessee Tech College of Business alumnus establishes scholarship for finance majors

COOKEVILLE – Samuel E. Allen grew up a block from campus and enrolled at Tennessee Tech University’s nursery school. He attended Tennessee Tech Elementary School and remembers riding his bike through campus, playing tennis on the tennis courts, running on Tech’s football field and watching homecoming parades. When it snowed, he and his friends walked to campus to build snowmen and have snowball fights.