A Jackson County Man perished in a house fire Friday morning. Jackson County Fire, EMS, and law enforcement crews responded to the report of a fire near the 2000 block of Shepardsville Highway around 10 a.m. Upon arrival crews found a single wide trailer with heavy smoke coming out of it. Fire crews made entry into the residence, found and recovered a single victim.
The victim was treated and transported by Jackson County EMS to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. The Tennessee Fire Marshall's office was on the scene to assist with the investigation. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
The Genesis House in Cookeville is a resource for anyone fleeing domestic violence.
Shelter Manager Regina Danner says the facility is open to women, children…and even men,
“Anyone who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence – Genesis House, the shelter, is an immediate safety shelter for someone who is fleeing violence,” Danner says. “It’s a place that they can go.”
The Cookeville City Council has given final approval to a planned commercial rezoning along East 10th Street. The Council also approved a cost-share agreement with the developer to expand 10th street in that area. Officials say that should help alleviate current traffic woes.
Newly elected U-S Representative John Rose of Cookeville has drawn a plum committee assignment. The 6th district Republican has been appointed to the Financial Services Committee. Many other new members are still waiting for their assignments. Rose is among the first to be named to one of only a few “A” committees in the House.
A 19 year old Smithville man -- wanted since October for allegedly stealing $80,000 worth of tennis bracelets in Franklin has been captured in Texas.
Jario Godinez was arrested at a Dallas home after Franklin police coordinated with Dallas authorities to make the arrest. Godinez is accused of the snatch & grab theft from Grogan Jewelers at Cool Springs Galleria.
Cookeville High School is on the basketball court tonight….as the Cavaliers travel to Warren County. The girls’ game begins at 6…with the boys to follow. You can hear all the action on News/Talk 101.7 and 1400 The HUB.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have at least two checkpoints set up in the Upper Cumberland today. In Cannon County, they’ll be checking driver licenses on State Route 53 at River Road. In DeKalb County, they’ll have a sobriety checkpoint set up on State Route 53 near mile marker 4.
Tennessee State Parks and elected officials have broken ground for a new inn, restaurant and conference center at Fall Creek Falls State Park…part of a broader $200 million investment in state parks over the last eight years. The new inn and restaurant are forecast to generate $278,000 per year in sales and occupancy taxes, [a growth of $90,000 from the previous facility.]
Utility Work will continue in the northbound lane of North Washington Avenue throughout the month of January. [You should use caution driving in the northbound lane as steel plates are being used over the cuts while the concrete is curing.] The Cookeville Water Quality Control Department is repairing the waterline services from Spring Street to Loweland prior to T-DOT paving the State Highway later this spring.
COOKEVILLE – An exhibit of tiny cars is expected to generate big excitement at the Cookeville History Museum.
The exhibit, part of a collection from Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, will feature six microcars. And, yes – all of them will fit inside the history museum.
“We are excited that the Cookeville History Museum has invited us to display these curious little automobiles,” Rex Bennett, Lane Motor Museum education director, said. “Microcars are certainly not something you see every day on American roads, as they were built for small European towns with much narrower streets than we have here in Cookeville.”
The exhibit – “Lane Motor Museum Travels to Cookeville” – opens Jan. 26 and, weather permitting, will feature a Cars and Coffee car show from 9-11 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Broad and Fleming Streets, across from the Cookeville Fire Department.
“Our opening day partners at Vintage Planet will be inviting their friends and patrons to bring their classic cars,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said. “We’ll have hot coffee and refreshments and look forward to seeing a big crowd.”
Five of the six cars in the microcars exhibit are still drivable.
The smallest car to be displayed is a 1976 Willam Cyclo from France. Boxy and bright yellow, it measures six feet long by just under three feet wide. The largest is a 1957 BMW Isetta 300 from Germany, measuring seven and a half feet long by four and a half feet wide. Its single door opens from the front, allowing two passengers to step inside.
“We selected a few small cars with small engines made in Europe, plus one from the U.S., after World War II,” said Bennett, who lives in Cookeville and also serves a Cookeville History Museum volunteer and Friends of the History Museum board member.
He noted that even Elvis Presley owned the famous Isetta, a microcar that helped BMW get back on its feet after World War II.
“With Europe’s economy in shambles, auto manufacturers knew they needed to get people back on the road,” Bennett said. “Fiberglass was a new and easy way to make car bodies, so many companies simply put small, scooter-like engines into these very tiny and inexpensive cars, and the microcar was born.
“Microcars were cheap transportation and marketed as a step up from walking or riding a bicycle. For many people in post-war Europe, microcars were an important starter car, as many owners moved up to larger cars such as the Mini and the VW Beetle as the economy got better.”
The exhibit’s lone American microcar is a 1942 Carter Town Shopper, one of a few U.S. cars built during World War II. It was marketed mainly to women as a low-cost, two-seater errand runner – a car that could “ease the burden of home life while the husband was overseas,” according to the Lane Motor Museum website.
“As we like to say at Lane Motor Museum, there are so many different ways to build a car, and microcars were a unique car built for a certain time and place,” Bennett said.
The exhibit continues through March 23 at the Cookeville History Museum, 40 E. Broad St. Admission is free. For more information, call 931-520-5455.
“We are so excited to be able to welcome this small part of Lane Motor Museum to our hometown museum,” Thompson said. “Guests will be able to experience an entirely different type of exhibit than they’re used to seeing here.”
To view the rest of the collection and a host of other unique cars and motorcycles, visit Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville. For more information, visit www.lanemotormuseum.org.