Monday, April 27, 2009

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The Cookeville planning commission has recommended a change in the city's zoning code that will allow the long-term storage of cars, boats and jet skis. The planning commission Monday night OK'd a recommendation that allows long-term storage facilities in the city's manufacturing and commercial-industrial zones. Long-term, for the purpose of the zoning code, means longer than 60 days, but there are some regulations on long-term storage. City planner James Mills says that no wrecked vehicles are allowed; that they must be "street legal" and in good operating condition,and that they must have a current license and registration. He says it will be up to the owner of the storage facility to determine if the registrations are current, but says that the city will be doing spot checks and will investigate any complaints they receive from the public. Local businessman Freddie Duncan had requested the change after telling city officials that he had been asked about the possibility of using some of his property for long-term storage.

Monterey's Hilltop Express newspaper reports that Monterey Police are investigating incidents where several teenage boys are meeting at different locations after school and participating in what they have called "fight night." Authorities say the boys range from seventh graders to high school-age and as many as 30 of them at a time are gathering to mimic the mixed martial arts fighting they see on television. Police say that some have been injured so badly that they can’t come to school the next day. Monterey Police Chief Tim Murphy says that he and his department are taking the issue "very seriously" and have already talked with the district attorney’s office about possible charges, especially against some adults who have watched the fights and have allowed them to occur on their property.

Cookeville police are investigating a case of credit card fraud and says the victim is a 57-year-old man, who apparently had his information stolen while using one of the public computers at the county library. According to report by Officer Lester Langford, the man does not himself own a computer, but had been using one at the library to order some grass plugs through an online retailer. He used a credit card to pay for them and later learned that nearly fifty dollars had also been charged to the card from a company called True.com. That's an Internet dating service. The victim contacted them, but was told that they would not give out the name of the person who authorized the charge. Police believe it may have been someone who was on the public computer after the man or who may have simply looked over his shoulder as he typed in his credit card information. The man has since canceled the card and police are continuing to investigate. True.com claims to have millions of members and says you can "meet the one who's right for you -- right now."

Funeral services are being held Tuesday for a Putnam County businessman, who was killed in a farming accident over the weekend. According to reports, 68-year-old Hubert Leroy Jones died when he apparently fell off the seat of a plow being pulled by some mules and landed under the discs of the plow. The incident occurred at 4395 Shady Lane on Saturday morning. Jones was the owner of Jones Trucking and Excavating and was a deacon at Rocky Point Baptist Church.

The Putnam County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is encouraging local residents to do something unique for Mother's Day. Habitat's volunteer coordinator Amy Jennings says this year provides a great opportunity to honor Mom and help someone get into a decent, affordable house through Habitat for Humanity. Local residents can sponsor a square foot Habitat’s fall Women Build house for a $50 dollar donation. In return, Habitat will provide a you with a special card for Mothers Day. You can stop by any First Tennessee Bank, Bank of Putnam County, Regions Bank, or Putnam 1st Mercantile Bank to pick up your sponsorship form. For more information, call Habitat at 528-1711.

An interesting statistic is being publicized this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They say that since the construction of Dale Hollow Lake, 127 people have drowned in the lake. But park ranger Brent Sewell says that of those fatalaties, zero were wearing life jackets. He says a lot of accidents occur because people are not as careful as they should be. In addition to always wearing a life jacket, Sewell says that lake users should stay in marked areas, never dive into unknown water and remember that boating and booze don't mix.

The drama continues at Algood city hall as city manager Freddie Maxwell returned to work Monday, and the city's police chief resisted efforts by at least one council member to have him removed from the building. Maxwell was voted out by three members of the council at a work session earlier this month but says he decided to come back to work because he believes the action was not properly taken and says that a council meeting, scheduled for May 4th, to discuss his "resignation" is further proof that he is apparently still employed by the city. Maxwell claims the controversy concerns efforts by some council members to get health insurance paid for by the city. He says they are not eligible for it. But Algood Mayor Patt Judd says insurance is not the issue, although she declined to say what was. She says that she has turned the matter over to the city attorney for the time being.

Sophomore Tyler Cassetty finished the day as the leader for Tennessee Tech University Monday, shooting a three-over par 75, as the Golden Eagle men's golf team is in fifth place following the first 18 holes of the 54-hole Ohio Valley Conference Championships. Tech was paced Monday by a trio of golfers from the Upper Cumberland, including Cassetty from Whitleyville, senior Greyson Painter from Carthage and junior Wes Korth of Cookeville. The nine-team field continues play with 18 holes Tuesday at The Shoals on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with the final round scheduled for Wednesday.