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About The Highlands of TN

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Quick Facts

County Climate Avg. Annual Temperature 56.7°F January Avg. 46°F high / 26°F low July Avg. 87°F high / 65°F low
Avg. Annual Precipitation 56” Avg. Annual Snowfall 7” Prevailing Winds SE Mean Length of Freeze-Free Period 211 Days Avg.
Relative Humidity 79% midnight 85% 6a.m. 48% noon 62% 6p.m.      



History Algood was first settled in 1820 and was incorporated in 1901. Until rails reached the area around 1891, Algood was farmland - much of it owned by Joel Algood, and known as “Algood Oldfields.” The Nashville and Knoxville Railroad bought land from him for a depot and called it “Algood,” thus naming the community that grew up around the station.
Location 80 miles east of Nashville 100 miles west of Knoxville On Highways 111 and 42 
Population 3,563
Elevation 1115’ above sea level
Area 4 square miles
Government Mayor, (931) 537-9545 Ext. 2360 / Five-member city council / City administrator, (931) 537-9545 Ext. 2060
Public Safety Fire Dept.:(931) 537-6357 / Police Dept.: (931)537-6830
Utilities Water: Town of Algood Water, Sewer and Sanitation Dept., (931) 537-9545 / Electric: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214 / Gas: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214

*Information courtesy of COOKEVILLE THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


History Monterey was once the pioneer settlement “Standing Stone,” so named for a large boulder on the historic Walton Road nearby. After the railroad reached Standing Stone in 1893, officers and stockholders of the Cumberland Mountain Coal Company founded a new town and named it “Monterey,” which is Spanish for “mountain of the king.”
Location 92 miles east of Nashville 85 miles west of Knoxville On Interstate 40
Population 2,858
Elevation 1875’ above sea level
Area 3 square miles
Government Mayor, (931) 839-3770 Eight aldermen
Public Safety Fire Dept.: (931) 839-2323 / Police Dept.: (931) 839-2323
Utilities Water: City of Monterey, (931) 839-3339 / Electric: Volunteer Energy Cooperative, (931) 839-2217 / Gas: Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District, (931) 836-2825

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


History Chosen for its springs and central spot, Cookeville was incorporated in 1856 as the county seat and named for Richard Fielding Cooke, a state senator. The Nashville and Knoxville Railroad (the Tennessee Central) ran through Cookeville in 1890. Construction of Highway 70 in the 1930s, Interstate 40 in the 1960s, and Highway 111 in the 1990s helped make the town a commercial center.
Location 79 miles east of Nashville 101 miles west of Knoxville at intersection of I-40 and Highway 111
Population 31,135
Elevation 1133’ above sea level
Area 33 square miles
Government Mayor, (931) 520-1500 / Five-member city council / City manager, (931) 520-5240  
Public Safety Fire Dept.: (931) 520-5255 Police Dept.: (931) 526-2125
Utilities Water: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
Electric: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
Gas: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


History Baxter has borne various names. Before the railroad, a post office there was called “Ai,” a name borrowed from a biblical city of Canaanites. When the Nashville and Knoxville Railroad built a depot there, it was called “Mine Lick.” To avoid confusion, in 1902, the community, post office and depot were named “Baxter” in honor of Jere Baxter, president of the Tennessee Central.
Location 69 miles east of Nashville 109 miles west of Knoxville On Interstate 40
Population 1,391
Elevation 1031’ above sea level
Area 1.5 square miles
Government Mayor, (931) 858-4111 / Four aldermen
Public Safety Fire Dept.: (931) 858-2621 / Police Dept.: (931) 858-4111 Ext.2
Utilities Water: City of Baxter, (931) 858-4142
Electric: Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corp., (931) 528-5449 / City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
Gas: Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District, (931) 836-2825

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


History Putnam County was created in 1842 from parts of White, Overton, Jackson and Fentress counties and was named in honor of General Israel Putnam of the Revolutionary War. In 1844, a court injunction charged that the county was improperly established. But in 1854, the county was reestablished by the court, and Cookeville was named the county seat.
Population 74,165
Area 401 square miles
Government County executive, (931) 526-2161 24-member commission
Public Safety Volunteer Fire Dept.: (931) 528-1200
Sheriff’s Dept.: (931)528-8484

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



Appalachian Center for Craft
The Appalachian Center for Craft is a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University (TTU) located on more than 500 wooded acres overlooking Center Hill Lake. The 87,000-square-foot facility includes spacious studios, a retail gallery, workshops, exhibition galleries and a café.

Art on the West Side & Downtown Square
A walk on the Historic West Side and Downtown Square in Cookeville offers both contemporary and historic venues. A collaboration of art galleries and unique boutiques create the most inspiring atmosphere.

Art ’Round Tennessee
A nonprofit group that organizes the Art Prowl, an annual event held in the West Side Cultural District of Cookeville, as well as locations in and around Cookeville.

Backdoor Playhouse
Backdoor Playhouse, one of the best-kept secrets on the TTU campus, has been entertaining the Upper Cumberland community with dramatic productions for more than 50 years.

Bryan Symphony Orchestra
Located in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus, the orchestra performs several times a year in Dogwood Park and in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. It draws professional musicians from all over Middle and East Tennessee.

Cookeville Performing Arts Center
The Cookeville Performing Arts Center is a 456-seat live performance theater owned by the City of Cookeville and operated by the Department of Leisure Services.

Cumberland Art Society
Cumberland Art Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is supported by its members and generous friends of the arts. It is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery
Located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center on TTU’s campus, this ever-changing art gallery is named after Joan Derryberry, TTU’s first lady from 1940-1974.

Upper Cumberland Art Alliance
UCAA, an organization that nurtures, celebrates and assists individual artists and other art organizations, was founded in 1989 but was last revitalized in 2005.

For more information and gallery listings, visit

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


7 Local Music Acts

Cookeville is the only nonmetropolitan area of Tennessee to have a full symphony orchestra - Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra - which performs regularly in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium and at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion.

Brother Rains has performed in venues throughout the Upper Cumberland for more than 20 years and has recently released their debut album, “Live from Melodie’s Bedroom.” Claiming Garth Brooks, Edwin McCain, Kiss, Steve Wariner and Run D.M.C. as influences, this three-man act performs its own songs, including the favorite “One Bullet, Same Last Name,” along with tunes as varied as Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and the Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine,” before a loyal fan following.

The Gilbert Family is a Southern gospel group composed of husband and wife, John and Sandy, their daughter, Faith, and guitarists Seth Price and Eric Beaty. The group travels throughout the Upper Cumberland to perform, including at the Peachtree Learning Center, where Eric is a guitar instructor.

Though its members change every year, the Tuba Ensemble has been a staple at TTU and in Cookeville for nearly 50 years. Lead by tuba professor R. Winston Morris, the group has performed eight times at Carnegie Hall and gives concerts regularly on campus, including as part of the annual Octubafest concert series.

The Ballinger Family Band mixes catchy lyrics and tight vocals with a bluegrass sound that ranges form slow ballads to up-tempo, bouncy tunes. Kris and Dale have performed across the county with well-known fiddlers and, as founding members of The Cluster Pluckers, recorded five albums. They perform with their son, Ethan, who has released several of his own albums. His work has been aired nationally on PBS stations.

Billing themselves as “a little blues band from Cookeville,” the trio that makes up Spoonful has quite the following around their hometown. They play almost every month at Crawdaddys, where they fill the West Side of town with music when they’re outside on the stone patio.

No. 7 Sheep Trick
Sheep Trick has been around Cookeville for several years and, like many other local bands, performs regularly at outdoor festivals around town. A blend of covers and original songs feature a wide variety of instruments in beats that are easy to dance to.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



America’s 100 Best Hospitals
➜ One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ (2013-2015)
➜ One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ (2012-2015)
➜ One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ (2012-2015)

Cardiac Care
➜ Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ (2012-2015)
➜ Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ (2011-2015)

Orthopedic Care
➜ Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2009-2015)
➜ Named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services™ (2009-2015)

Pulmonary Care
➜ Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ (2014-2015)
➜ Named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services™ (2014-2015)

Critical Care
➜ Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism (2015)
➜ Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure (2013-2015)
➜ Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies (2015)

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


7 Retirement Enticements

No. 1 AFFORDABLE LIVING - Low Cost of Living
Housing prices are low, with a median home cost of $135,100 in Putnam County and $158,600 in the city of Cookeville, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Plus the property taxes are low, and there is no state income tax.

No. 2 IF YOU’VE GOT YOUR HEALTH, YOU’VE GOT EVERYTHING - State-of-the-Art Medical Care
Cookeville has a great health care system anchored by Cookeville Regional Medical Center, which has been recognized nationally for excellence in many different categories. In 2015, Healthgrades® ranked Cookeville Regional among America’s 100 Best Hospitals in three specialties, placed them in the Top 5% in one category and in the Top 10% in five categories, and granted CRMC Excellence Awards in four categories, among a long list of other honors. And Becker’s Hospital Review named Cookeville Regional one of its “100 Great Community Hospitals” in 2014.

No. 3 GET UP, GET OUT - Abundant Fitness Opportunities
You’ll find an endless variety of ways to get moving, from our YMCA to multiple gyms and training studios. In addition, Cookeville’s Department of Leisure Services offers a wide range of affordable fitness classes and programs for the community, and Cookeville has earned the No. 4 spot on Walk Score’s® “Most Walkable Cities in Tennessee” list.

No. 4 CULTURE TO SPARE - Arts, Music, Theater and Museums
Cookeville is the only nonmetropolitan area of Tennessee with its own symphony, Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and is also home to the world-famous Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, a frequent Carnegie Hall performer. Several of this area’s numerous visual artists have received national and worldwide acclaim, and TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft is located just down the road. Cookeville Performing Arts Center, a 456-seat live performance theater, produces the state, regional and national award-winning Backstage at CPAC series, an annual rotation of contemporary plays. And history buffs are sure to love the Cookeville History Museum and the Cookeville Depot Museum, one of three depot museums in Putnam County.

No. 5 A NATURAL FIT - Outdoor Fun for Everyone
If you love nature, Cookeville is the place to be. With four distinct seasons, 14 well-tended local parks, plus multiple nearby state parks, rivers, creeks, streams and lakes, you’re guaranteed to find the right environment to lift your mood and brighten your ’tude.

No. 6 A LOT OF HEART - Outstanding Heart Care
Cookeville reportedly has more automated external defibrillators (AED’s) than any other community in the nation, thanks to our very active Mended Hearts organization. Hundreds of our citizens are trained to use the lifesaving medical devices and administer CPR. Also, Cookeville Regional Medical Center has implemented the Code STEMI protocol, which has helped them attain a record-breaking average of 43 minutes for treating heart attacks, beating the 90-minute national standard by 47 minutes.

No. 7 HIGH APPROVAL RATINGS - Retirement Accolades
Putnam County is one of 16 counties that is a certified Retire Tennessee community, and we’re also an American Association of Retirement Communities Seal of Approval community. Where to Retire magazine named us one of the nation’s best retirement communities, with Rand McNally ranking us No. 9 in the U.S.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


Head of the Class

PURPLE, GOLD AND PROUD Tennessee Tech University
Enrollment - 11,300
Degrees - 40+ undergraduate; 20+ graduate
An educational hub for the region, Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University (TTU), which has garnered international acclaim and is consistently ranked among the best universities in academics and value. Tennessee Tech University is one of the best public universities in the South, according to a variety of reports and rankings organizations.


  • Based on total cost and alumni earnings, TTU provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in the state, and TTU ranks third overall among all universities in Tennessee: 2014
  • TTU graduates have the highest mid-career salary potential of any public university graduates in Tennessee: 2014


  • TTU is one of the top public universities: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014.
  • TTU is among the top regional universities in the South: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • TTU graduates leave with the least debt in the South: 2011, 2015.
  • TTU is among the top 10 universities in the South for veterans: 2015.


  • TTU is among the universities that provide the best bang for your buck: 2013, 2014. In 2014, TTU was top in the state.


  • TTU is among the best in the Southeast: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • The College of Business is among the best 301 business schools: 2012.
  • TTU is a best value college: 2007, 2008, 2010.


  • TTU was included on the list of military-friendly universities: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.


  • The College of Business is among the best and most affordable AACSB-accredited online MBA programs: 2014. TTU was among the top 15 universities on the list and the top school in Tennessee.


Putnam County Schools (PreK-12) Enrollment - 11,250 Schools - 10 pre-K-Grade 4; 4 Grades 5-8; 3 High Schools; 3 Nontraditional Schools (adult high school, alternative school, VITAL school)

FOUR STATE REWARD SCHOOLS (schools that perform in the top 5 percent statewide for annual growth or academic achievement)

  • Capshaw Elementary (Performance - 2012-2014)
  • Algood Elementary (Progress - 2014)
  • Baxter Elementary (Progress - 2012)
  • Monterey High School (Progress - 2012)


  • Early Literacy Grant in conjunction with WCTE-TV
  • American Graduate Grant (provides resources to make sure students graduate) in conjunction with WCTE-TV
  • Perkins Reserve Grant (exposes students to careers and helps them forge academic pathways toward chosen careers)


  • A nationwide collaboration sponsored by Harvard University to increase or improve the connection between 7-12 education and the next steps in students’ learning and working lives
  • The Upper Cumberland region (in this case, Putnam, White, Overton and Jackson counties), was one of only two Tennessee regions involved in the Pathways to Prosperity pilot project, an opportunity made possible by the Highlands Economic Partnership Workforce Development and Education Committee.
  • Tennessee is one of nine states involved.


  • A statewide, recognized virtual school
  • Offers dual enrollment and credit advancement
  • Uses digital integration in the classroom to personalize learning
  • Has a 96-98 percent success rate and an overall average grade of 85 with all components counted
  • Includes a personal finance class offered to all high school students that is a result of a collaborative effort between Dave Ramsey’s Lampo Group, Florida Virtual School and Putnam County Schools


  • Students in Putnam County are able to take college-level classes in high school, receiving both high school and college credit for completing those courses.


  • “Putnam has one of the most incredible school adoption programs in the state. The adopters tend to be very involved in the lives of their schools. It’s not just a monetary donation. It’s volunteer work and providing resources to teachers and to administrators. It’s a real partnership.” Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education
  • Started in 1989, the School Adoption Program is the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s longest tenured program and is only open to chamber members.


  • Every student who graduates in 2015 and afterward has the opportunity to attend two years of community college or technical school tuition free.


  • Our entire school district is 100-percent accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI).


  • Monterey High School recognized as a Bronze School


  • Cookeville High School has been an International Baccalaureate®(IB) World School since 2004. CHS is one of only 23 schools in the state and 1,575 in the nation that has earned the prestigious designation to grant International Baccalaureate®(IB) diplomas.
  • In the spring of 2011, Avery Trace Middle School (ATMS) made the decision to pursue IB World School authorization as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). Avery Trace hopes to become an authorized IB World School in 2015.


  • Cookeville High School students had an average Composite ACT score of 21.1 in 2012, exceeding the state average of 19.6.
  • In 2013, 44.3 percent of Putnam County graduates met the requirements to receive the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, which requires a high school grade point average of 3.0 or a 21 Composite on the ACT.


  • The graduation rate for the Putnam County School System for the 2013-2014 school year reached 92.6 percent, beating the state graduation rate of 87.2 percent and the national graduation rate of 81 percent.


  • The Highlands Workforce Development and Education Committee, part of the four-county Highlands Economic Partnership, is a partnership between leaders in business, industry, K-12, higher education and chambers of commerce who have forged an alliance to address the challenges of a 21st century workforce. The group has worked to create partnerships between school districts and the business community in putting children on the pathway to higher education.


  • The Putnam County School System now offers a Global Learning Center to provide an environment where newcomer students can learn the English language and American culture in an effort to help them succeed in the American school system and beyond.

“People are moving to this region, and one of the things that attracts them to Putnam County and to the Upper Cumberland is the school system.”
Jerry Boyd, Putnam County Director of Schools

“I certainly felt a sense of collaboration in the district, and as I have had opportunity to travel the state and visit with others districts, I realized how special Putnam County really was with its educational system.”
Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



7 ‘To Die For’ Desserts

No. 1 CHEESECAKE - From Seven Senses Food & Cheer
Tucked into a small brick building in the historic West Side cultural district, Seven Senses is still one of the newer restaurants in Cookeville. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and the homemade cheesecakes are the best in town. There are usually a few different options, ranging from Reese’s peanut butter to key lime.

No. 2 ICE CREAM - From Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House
Cream City is one of the most iconic landmarks in Cookeville because of the large sign on top of the building, which lights up the sky over the historic West Side district. Inside the shop, bright green walls and comfortable couches usher the young and old to the ice cream counter, where dozens of flavors and sundaes await.

No. 3 BANANA PUDDING - From Bobby Q’s
They don’t make it easy, but if you can stop yourself from filling up on the main course at this nationally renowned barbecue restaurant, the desserts are worth the self control. The banana pudding’s rich and unexpected caramel flavor, folded around layers of whipped cream and vanilla wafers, does a fabulous job at making you forget that all those bananas, at one time, might have been good for you.

No. 4 APPLE FRITTER - From Ralph’s Donut Shop
Recently listed as one of America’s 25 best donut shops, Ralph’s Donut Shop has been a Cookeville favorite since it opened more than 50 years ago. The rankings on The Daily Meal put Ralph’s apple fritter as one of the 25 best donuts in the country, but buyer beware: this fritter is big enough for two. The plain and chocolate-covered butter twists are their most popular options, but there’s no such thing as a bad donut at Ralph’s.

No. 5 SOPAIPILLA - From El Tapatio
An epic south-of-the border treat, the sopaipilla at El Tap features a circle of gigantic, deep-fried tortilla wedges sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, drizzled with honey and topped with a giant scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. If it’s your birthday, they’ll let you eat it with a sombrero on, but unless today is the special day, you won’t want to wait that long to sink a spoon into this crispy confection!

No. 6 CRÉME BRÛLÉE - From The Cooke House
On the square in an old building that once housed Maddux Hardware, the The Cooke House is a popular happy-hour hangout, and many of its guests end up staying for the evening meal. For those who want to satisfy a small sweet tooth, try the crème brûlèe. It is served in a thick ceramic spoon and is the perfect size for someone who doesn’t want to spend the next day at the gym.

No. 7 CANNOLI - From World Foods International Grocery & Delicatessen
Walking into World Foods International Grocery & Delicatessen, a tiny shop that is easy to miss, is like walking into another country. Foods and snacks from the northern Mediterranean line the display cases. Come for the pizza, stay for the cannoli and say hello to the sweet older couple who run the place and keep the customers in line, sometimes out the door.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



7 Local Outdoor Bistros

No. 1 CRAWDADDYS - 53 W. Broad St | (931) 526-4660
Sitting on the shaded, fenced patio of this New Orleans-inspired restaurant is a favorite pastime of many Cookevillians. A cornerstone of the town’s historic West Side, locals love the food, the ambiance and, of course, the cocktail list. On the weekends, there is often live music starting up as the stars come out and the fireflies dance, and Crawdaddys brunch is one of the best in town.

No. 2 MAURICIO’S - 232 N. Peachtree Ave. | (931) 528-2456
Surrounded by twinkle lights on the porch of a historic home a few blocks from downtown, Mauricio’s is the perfect place for a romantic evening or to catch up with friends over Italian margaritas. Inside, the rooms of the home have been maintained and decorated with antiques to create an intimate and cozy atmosphere. Known for its Italian-style dishes, it also has one of the best steaks in town.

No. 3 CHAR - 14 S. Washington Ave. | (931) 520-2427
Just off the square, Char has two fairly large seated sections indoors and a patio that, though not far from the sidewalks and several heavily traveled streets, feels quiet and secluded because of the high evergreen shrubs and many strands of twinkle lights that surround it. Char frequently has live bands performing inside, especially in the summer, when the garage door opens and the sound carries through the streets.

No. 4 THE LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT - 13800 Cookeville Boat Dock Road | (931) 858-4008
Accessible by land or water, the Cookeville Boat Dock has a restaurant open seasonally for lunch and dinner and rents boats at its marina on Center Hill Lake. The lake is one of the most popular boating and hiking destinations around, and the restaurant’s family friendly atmosphere and down-home style burgers, salads and sweet tea make it a perfect stop after a day on the water.

No. 5 SPANKIES - 203 E. Ninth St. | (931) 526-3344
Across the railroad tracks from Tennessee Tech University, Spankies is a popular hangout not only for college students, but also for their professors and other professionals. The restaurant offers a wide variety of entrèes and beverages and has a large tented front porch from which guests can enjoy the outside air without being rained on or tousled by the wind.

No. 6 THE GALLEY RESTAURANT AT EDGAR EVINS MARINA - 2100 Edgar Evins State Park Road | (931) 858-5695
Edgar Evins Marina is home to The Galley Restaurant, another local favorite along the 415 miles of Center Hill Lake shore. The restaurant is open seasonally, with indoor and outdoor seating and a menu of steak, seafood, hamburgers, sandwiches and locally brewed Calfkiller beer.

No. 7 MOOGIE’S BBQ - 79 E. Spring St. | (931) 646-4610
This family-owned restaurant smokes all of its meat on-site, as the massive woodpile can attest. The drive-thru-or-sit-down barbecue spot has a few picnic tables out front and makes some of the most tender, and smokiest, wings and sandwiches in Cookeville.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION


OUTDOORS DID YOU KNOW?There are over 150 documented waterfalls within a 44-mile radius of downtown Cookeville

Large Parks and Natural Areas

♦ Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
125,000 acres · 85 miles from Cookeville
Miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs. Features an abandoned coal mining town that was part of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Co. from 1937 to 1962.

♦ Burgess Falls State Natural Area
200 acres · 11 miles from Cookeville
Features sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, mixed forest and a native butterfly garden. Four waterfalls along one-and-a-half-mile trail, the tallest at 136 feet.

♦ Cummins Falls State Park
211 acres · 9 miles from Cookeville
Home to Tennessee’s eighth - largest waterfall at 75 feet. Fish for bluegill and bass in this wooded natural refuge, which Travel and Leisure magazine named one of the 10 best swimming holes in the U.S.

♦ Edgar Evins State Park
6,000 acres · 26 miles from Cookeville
Features unique species of wildlife and mixed hardwood forests near the shores of Center Hill Lake. An observation tower at the Visitor Center offers a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding hillsides.

♦ Fall Creek Falls State Park
20,000 acres ·43 miles from Cookeville
Miles of waterfalls, streams, gorges and recreation facilities. The park is one of the most popular in the Southeast. At 256 feet, Fall Creek Falls is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States.

♦ Rock Island State Park
883 acres · 36 miles from Cookeville
Dominated by the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River- a limestone gorge that provides scenic overlooks, waterfalls and pools. Features a 19th century textile mill and one of the state’s early hydroelectric plants.

♦ Standing Stone State Park
11,000 acres · 24 miles from Cookeville
Sits on the Cumberland Plateau and takes its name from an 8-foot-tall rock that was reportedly used as a boundary between two Indian nations. It now stands in Monterey’s Whitaker Park.

♦ Virgin Falls Trail
1,157 acres · 36 miles from Cookeville
Noted for its unique geological features, including the 110-foot Virgin Falls, other waterfalls, caves and sinkholes. The Caney Fork Overlook provides a view of Scott’s Gulf and the Caney Fork River 900 feet below.

City Parks

  • Cane Creek Park CC Camp Rd. - Cookeville
  • Capshaw Park S. Maple St, Stevens St. and Elm Ave. - Cookeville
  • Cinderella Park Mitchell Ave. and Cinderella Lane - Cookeville
  • City Lake Natural Area Bridgeway Dr. - Cookeville
  • Dogwood Park E. Broad St. - Cookeville
  • Ensor Sink Natural Area Clover Hill Dr. and Foutch Dr. - Cookeville
  • Fantasy Park Main St. - Algood
  • Franklin Avenue Park Franklin Ave. and Sixth St. - Cookeville
  • Park View Park Scott Ave. - Cookeville
  • Walnut Park S. Walnut Ave. - Cookeville
  • Walter L Bilbrey Memorial Park Fourth Ave. - Algood
  • West End Park West End St. - Cookeville
  • Whitaker Park E. Commercial Ave. - Monterey


♦Center Hill Lake
29 square miles - 20 miles from Cookeville
A 64-mile-long reservoir near Smithville with 415 miles of shoreline and 18,200 acres of deep, pure water that is home to many species of fish. Popular activities include fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing and hiking.

♦City Lake
35 acres - in Cookeville
Features a 35-acre natural park with hiking trails, a waterfall overlook and a fishing pier. Fish include catfish, bass and bream.

♦Cordell Hull Lake
19 square miles - 23 miles from Cookeville
Flows in and out of the Cumberland River in Smith County with 381 miles of shoreline and 22 boat launching ramps.

♦Dale Hollow lake
43 square miles - 32 miles from Cookeville
Voted #4 Lake in the Nation to “Float Your Boat” by USA Today, and boasts 620 miles of shoreline and more than 14 commercial marinas.


*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



7 Views You Shouldn’t Miss

Three valleys stretch in different directions, and the hills of the Cumberland Plateau nestle against one another for miles, gently fading from green to a soft blue. Find this spot on the driving loop around Fall Creek Falls State Park, about an hour from Cookeville.

Heading down Burgess Falls State Park’s three-quarter mile path, each of the four waterfalls is bigger than the last. An overlook above the falls provides an impressive view of the falls and the steep cliffs that surround them like a deep, smooth bowl. Even Southern Living took notice, naming the park among their “Five Ways to Stay Cool in Tennessee.”

Dedicated in 2012, Cummins Falls is one of Tennessee’s newest state parks. Its showpiece, like many of the parks in the Upper Cumberland, is a massive waterfall. Accessible via a two-mile hike, the waterfall is shaped in a shallow U with a variety of levels.

Center Hill Lake at Edgar Evins hosts a variety of hiking trails and boating opportunities, from kayaks to pontoon boats. A great place to get a feel for the scale of the lake is from an overlook on state Route 56, about three or four miles from Interstate 40. The view changes every season, and it’s a great place to pull off the road on the way to or from the Appalachian Center for Craft and admire the beauty of the Upper Cumberland.

Rock Island is a perfect spot for a picnic. The rivers that feed the area have, over the centuries, cut long ledges into the rock for children, families and others to scramble across. Easier to get to than many of the other swimming spots in the area, Rock Island also has one of the most unique rock ledge formations around.

This 110-foot waterfall flows out of an underground stream and then vanishes back into a cave. Geologically, the waterfall is one of the only of its kind in the state. The Caney Fork Overlook provides a view of Scott’s Gulf and the Caney Fork River 900 feet below.

Just a 15-minute drive from I-40’s Crab Orchard exit, Black Mountain - a 10.8-mile loop trail along the Cumberland Trail - is a maze of scenic wonders, from towering bluffs to chimney rocks and fluted corridors. Don’t miss the breathtaking overlook onto scenic Grassy Cove.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION




  • Perdue Farms - Meat processing 985 employees
  • Cummins Filtration, Inc. - Air, lube and water filters 600 employees
  • TTI Floor Care (Oreck) - Vacuum cleaners and home care products 330 employees
  • Transtar - DACCO Auto transmission parts 310 employees
  • Flowserve - Three-way valves 310 employees
  • Tutco, Inc. - Heating elements for appliances 270 employees
  • Identity Group - Stamps, signs and ink marking devices 250 employees
  • iWC - Food distribution 179 employees
  • ATC Automation - Special automated machinery 175 employees
  • Aphena Pharma Solutions - Repackaging of pharmaceuticals 150 employees


Quick Facts


  • Charter Communications (888)438-2427
  • Frontier Communications (931) 528-0709
  • Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation (931) 858-2151


  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center (931) 528-2541

Newspaper / Publishers

  • The Herald-Citizen (931) 526-9715
  • Upper Cumberland Business Journal (931)528-8852


  • WATX-AM (1600)
  • WBXE-FM (93.7)
  • WGSQ-FM (94.7)
  • WHRS-FM (91.7)
  • WHUB-AM (1400)
  • WJNU-FM (96.9)
  • WKSW-FM (98.5)
  • WKXD-FM(106.9)
  • WLIV-FM (104.7)
  • WLQK-FM (95.9)
  • WPTN-AM (780)
  • WTTU-FM (88.5)
  • WWOG-FM (90.9)


  • WKRN (ABC)
  • WTVF (CBS)
  • WSMV (NBC)
  • WZTV (FOX)


  • Interstate 40, East/West
  • State Highway 111
  • U.S. 70
  • State Highways 42, 135, 136, and 290


  • Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, (931) 739-7000
  • Livingston Municipal Airport, (931) 823-3671


  • The Cookeville Area Transportation System (931)372-8000


  • The Nashville & Eastern Railroad (Putnam County)
  • Caney Fork & Western Railroad (White County)

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION



7 Claims to Fame

No. 1 MO’ MONEY - Low Cost of Living
Cookeville is rated as having the seventh least expensive cost of living in the nation by The Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index.

No. 2 UP-AND-COMERS - Claiming the Spotlight
Judah & the Lion, whose lead singer, Judah Akers, was born and raised in Cookeville, has had a hit CMT video and has played on the Late Show with David Letterman. Their debut album, “Kids These Days,” has broken into the Billboard Top 20 in two categories and counting.

No. 3 I SAW THE SIGN - Cream City is a National Neon Delight
The iconic Cream City sign was chosen and featured in American Road Magazine as one of the top 100 Favorite Neon Signs in the country.

Cookeville is also one of the smallest cities in the nation to have its own PBS station, WCTE-TV, which has produced nationally distributed shows, including “Jammin at Hippie Jack’s,” “Tree Safari” and the Emmy Award winning “Bluegrass Underground.”

Cummins Falls, located on the border of Putnam and Jackson counties, was listed as one of the 12 top “secret swimming holes” in North America by USA Today. In addition, it scored Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of 20 “America’s Best Swimming Holes,” made The Adrenalist’s list of the “Best Wild Swimming Holes in the World” and was named by Fox News among the “13 Beautiful Natural Swimming Holes Around the U.S.”

No. 6 SURVIVAL OF ‘THE FITTEST’ - Rich Froning, CrossFit Champion
Cookeville is home to Rich Froning, four-time Reebok CrossFit “Fittest Man on Earth.” Recognized across the globe, Froning continues to put Cookeville on the map as a sports and fitness destination.

No. 7 WINNER, WINNER - Watson and Mack Brown
In 2013, with 372 victories and counting, brothers and Cookeville natives Watson and Mack Brown surpassed Vince and Bill Dooley as the brothers with the most victories in major college football.

*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION

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