Family of Putnam Inmate Urges Neglect Led To Death
31-year-old, Amanda Jackson, was arrested in Putnam County last week, Sept. 21, 2023, after violating the terms of her probation for an original drug charge. Jackson's struggle with addiction had resulted in her failing a routine drug screening.
Traffic stop leads to arrest
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Putnam County last week led to arrest of a Sparta woman. According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Donna Bumbalough, 57, was charged with manufacture, sell and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange, possession of a firearm with intent to go armed and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Sept. 28.
FEMA to conduct nationwide emergency alert test
The Putnam County Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents that FEMA will conduct a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 at approximately 1:20 p.m. CDT. If the Oct. 4 test date is postponed, the back-up testing date will be Oct. 11.
Health department invites you to 'Fall Into Fitness'
The Putnam County Health Department is encouraging people to take advantage of the cooler temperatures of autumn to "Fall Into Fitness." Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., through October, the health department will be hosting a walk at Cane Creek Park by the recreation center — with special guests each week from the community.
Gov. Lee Appoints Shawn Fry as New Judge in 13th District
Governor Bill Lee has made his appointment for the newly created criminal court judgeship in the 13th Judicial District. 54-year-old Shawn Fry of Cookeville will soon take the bench serving the court in Part III of the district which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties. “I...
Putnam County wrestlers win for USA
Two young Putnam County students brought home several winning medals from a recent youth wrestling competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jake Stinnett from Baxter won the Gold Medal in the Greco Roman 38 kilogram and another Gold in Freestyle 38kg. Grady Phelps from Algood won the Bronze Medal for Greco Roman 52kg and a Silver Medal for Freestyle 52kg.
Demographic info at your fingertips
Putnam County residents now have a simpler way to quickly view key demographic information about the county, or any of its cities. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office announced this week that it has created "new resources" showcasing statistics on all 95 Tennessee counties, 342 cities, and 132 state legislative districts.
School board criticizes, but approves updated policies
They didn't fully agree with all the changes, but the Putnam County School Board Thursday voted to approve more than two dozen updated school policies. "All of these are related to changes in state law," said Director of Schools Corby King during a work session this week, noting that the system really had no choice in adopting some of the revised language.
Putnam EMS promotes four employees
Putnam County Emergency Medical Services officials promoted four of its employees to new leadership positions during a pinning ceremony Thursday. "This is a lifestyle more than just a job," PCEMS Chief Tommy Copeland said. "It takes on a life of its own. This is a big deal for us." Thank...
Putnam County officer retires from TWRA
Lieutenant Tim Singleton is retiring after 35 and a half years of service. Singleton started with the agency in 1988 and remained in Putnam County throughout his entire service to the state. Singleton grew up in Cottontown and knew in high school that he wanted to be a game warden....
2023 Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at Life Church in Cookeville
The 22nd Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo will be held in Putnam County on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. until Noon at Life Church, located at 2223 North Washington Avenue in Cookeville. Enjoy free lunch, activities, fun and community resources. For more information call Lynn Drew at 931-476-4143.
Putnam student, school board members honored at district meeting
A Putnam County student who is involved in a number of community activities was honored this week as the Tennessee School Boards Association hosted the Upper Cumberland Fall District Meeting at Trousdale County High School. Each year TSBA honors one student from each of its nine districts who has achieved...
Roy Gene Fields passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Born April 16, 1940, in Putnam County, Tennessee, Roy lived a full life, leaving behind a legacy of love, service and music. Roy was a devoted family man, survived by his loving wife, Mary Magdalene...
Crews battle brush fires near Monterey
The Putnam County Fire Department battled several small brush fires east of Monterey Monday afternoon. According to Chief Tom Brown, firefighters responded to a call at 2:43 p.m. on Highway 62 near Meadow Creek Park. Brown said the fires were relatively minor and no damage was reported. Thank you for...
Putnam railroad bridges to be upgraded
Some of the bridges along the Nashville and Eastern Railroad line in Putnam County will be improved in the coming months with the allocation of federal money to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. TDOT has been awarded a $23.7 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grant from the Federal...
School system announces free and reduced lunch policy
Putnam County Schools Thursday announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. For the 2023-24 school year, seven schools in Putnam County will offer free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)....
School board holds hearing on family life curriculum
As they do every year, the Putnam County School Board this month went through the process of holding a public hearing to allow anyone with concerns to speak on the system's family life curriculum. And, as has been the case for the past several years, no one showed up to speak.
Family raises concerns after jail inmate death
"No violation should be a death sentence." That's what Justine Jacobs said about the death of her 31-year-old sister, Amanda Jackson, who died after being incarcerated for a few days at the Putnam County Jail for a violation of probation. Thank you for reading!. Please log in, or sign up...
'After the Storm' — Putnam woman pens book on surviving 2020 tornado
Dr. Lauren Farmer, a pediatric physical therapist, said she and her husband, Kory, a nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, had less than a minute to get to their "safe space" under the stairs of their home after receiving notifications on their phones in the early morning hours of March 3, 2020.
Crash leaves one injured
A Wednesday crash on Interstate 40 in Putnam County left one man injured. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Christopher Bosch, 63, of Tennessee, was driving westbound in the left lane on I-40 just after noon near mile marker 270. His 2018 Chevrolet Equinox hydroplaned, traveling off the right side of the highway, and striking a rock wall. Bosch's vehicle rolled to a final rest on its drivers side, facing west.