As Cookeville-area residents begin what for many will be a short holiday week, Putnam County sheriff David Andrews is offering some holiday advice.
"I know they hear this every year, but if you're going to drink, don't drive," said Andrews. "It just takes a second to hurt somebody and it stays with you forever, so we suggest that you just don't drive and don't have that problem."
The sheriff also says that the department has seen an increase in the number of vehicle burglaries lately -- a trend he says is unlikely to go down during the holidays. He suggests that shoppers lock any valuables in the trunk of the vehicle and also says to be vigilant in your home as well when it comes to the placement of Christmas presents in plain view of someone who may be tempted to steal them.