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The Basics of Cookeville, Tennessee

State Travel Guide 

Geography of Cookeville, Tennessee

Economy of Cookeville and Putnam County Tennessee

Education in Putnam County Tennessee

Facts and Information for Putnam County Tennessee

Health Care

Regional Information on the Upper Cumberland

Demographics of the City of Cookeville, Tennessee

Media in Cookeville, Tennessee

Zip Codes for Cookeville, Tennessee

Famous Residents of Cookeville, Tennessee

State of Tennessee Government Links

Variety of Putnam County Tennessee Government Links

City of Cookeville, TN Link

The Basics of Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville, Tennessee 

Nickname(s): Cookevegas, Cookieville 

Location in Putnam County and the state of Tennessee. 

United States 



- Type City Council 
- Mayor Sam Sallee 

- Total 22.0 sq mi (21.9 km©÷) 
- Land 21.9 sq mi (99.33 km©÷) 
- Water 0.2 sq mi (0.77 km©÷) 

2,140 ft (900 m) 

Population (2004) 
- Total 27,648 (city proper) 

Time zone 
CST (UTC-6) 

Area code(s) 


Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 23,923 at the 2000 census. The 2004 Census estimate of Cookeville's population is 27,648, and the combined total of those living in Cookeville's ZIP codes in 2000 is 55,448. It is the county seat of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller towns which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Ranked as having the strongest economy among Tennessee's twenty micropolitan areas, Cookeville is the largest in the state, with a 2006 population of 99,942. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


State Travel Guide

Tennessee Travelers Guide 

Middle Country Tennessee Tourist Guide 


Geography of Cookeville, Tennessee

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.0 square miles, of which, 21.9 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water. 

Average annual temperature, 57 degrees F. Monthly average high, January 52.9 degrees F. and July 88 degrees F. Monthly average low, January 37.2 degrees F. Average annual precipitation, 51", Average annual snowfall, 8". Prevailing wind, SE. Mean length of freeze free period, 211 days, Average relative humidity: 12:00 Midnight - 79%; 6 am - 85%; Noon - 48%; 6 p.m. - 62%. Altitude 2,140 feet above sea level. 

Cookeville is located approximately 80 miles east of Nashville and 100 miles west of Knoxville on Interstate 40. Chattanooga is approximately 90 miles to the south on Appalachian Corridor J, or Tennessee Highway 111. 

Located on the first tier of the Cumberland Plateau, Cookeville's elevation is a few hundred feet higher than either Nashville or Knoxville. As a result, temperatures and humidity levels are generally slightly lower in Cookeville than in either the Nashville Basin or in the Tennessee Valley. 

Three man-made lakes maintained by the Corps of Engineers are located near Cookeville, created to help flood control in the narrow valleys of the Cumberland Plateau: Center Hill Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, and Dale Hollow Lake. 

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Economy of Cookeville and Putnam County Tennessee

• Approximately 25,000 people travel to Cookeville daily to work, shop, or attend school. 
• Cookeville's 2005 retail sales total of $1.16 billion was a 12.4% increase from the 2004 retail sales total. The state's increase was 7.86%. 
• The December 2006 unemployment rate was 4.7%, down from a high of 6.8% in August 2006 after the closing of two large manufacturing facilities with 1300 employees combined. 
• Manufacturing is the largest sector in Cookeville's economy with over 100 plants and 8,000 employees. Oreck is moving into the vacated TRW facility in Cookeville. TRW employed approximately 400 people at their Cookeville facility before closing in 2006. As of December 2006 Oreck had 120 employees in Cookeville and has announced its intention to move another 400 jobs from Mississippi to the Cookeville facility. Also in 2006,after nearly 30 years of being in business in Cookeville Russell Stover Candies laid off 900 employees. The former Russell Stover manufacturing facility is now used as a warehouse for candy and employs 30 people. 
• Even with the loss of 900 Russell Stover and 400 TRW manufacturing jobs, over-all employment in Cookeville increased by over 1200 between August 2006 and March 2007, resulting in 33,510 jobs in Cookeville and a March 2007 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. 
• The majority of new jobs created in Cookeville deal with the services industry...hotels, restaurants, etc...the $12-$20 an hour manufacturing jobs were replaced with minimum wage, unskilled jobs. 
• With 13% of the workforce, retail trade employs about 4,200 people and is the second largest sector in the Cookeville economy. 
• Health care workers comprise about 12% of the work force with 3,840 employees. 
• Education is another major sector with nearly 2,000 employees at Tennessee Technological University and the public school system. 
• In June 2006 Cookeville banks had $1.215 billion in deposits, an increase of 10.2 percent over June 2005. In June 2006 there were 30 bank branches in Cookeville, an increase of three branches over June 2005. 

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and FDIC 

In 2000, the Federal Reserve wrote an article to prospective municipal bond buyers pursuant to an upcoming bond issue for the City of Cookeville. I have taken the liberty of presenting that article herein with updated information. Jim Shipley, City Manager: 

Putnam County is a rapidly growing area located in the eastern portion of middle Tennessee. The county is home for some 62,000 people and its largest city, Cookeville, has about 26,000 residents. Tennessee Technological University is located in Cookeville and provides excellent educational opportunities for some 8,500 students. 

The area's growth may be documented by analyzing a number of economic data series that are available on the local level. Putnam County's population has increased by 21 percent since 1990. According to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association, Cookeville is one of the top 5 most economical cities in the nation. (4th quarter of 2002) 

Total employment in the county has increased by 26%. Non-manufacturing jobs increased 42% during the last ten years. 
The result of this population and job growth may be seen in other economic indicators. Bank deposits in the County have increased by 62% while local sales tax collections increased by 128%. Assessed value of property increased 111%. 

The increased economic activity may be tied directly to the growth in personal income in the county. At a current level of approximately $889.3 million, personal income has increased some 84% during the latest ten-year period. 

Finally, the most impressive indicator of economic growth may be found in data reflecting retail sales for the area. From 1992 to 2002, retail sales increased by 110%. Significant growth in the number of retail outlets and increases in income have contributed to this growth. It is also assumed, but undocumented, that the increase in variety and availability of retail outlets has contributed to more persons coming into the county to shop while fewer residents leave the county for specialized purchases. 

Taken as a whole, all the foregoing indicators point to an area that is experiencing solid growth. Especially significant is the fact that this growth has come about without unduly taxing the capacity of the area's infrastructure to expand to meet new needs. The schools, roads, water and sewer facilities, etc. that have been associated with this growth have been implemented without major increases in local taxes. 

Current estimates reflect that about 42,000, or 70% of the residents of Putnam County live in the greater Cookeville area, and 86% of the total sales collections in the county are collected in Cookeville. Therefore, it is my opinion that the City of Cookeville is a major contributor to the data discussed in this article. Reading this information makes me very proud of our community and reminds me just how great it is to live in Cookeville. 

From Cookeville-TN.org


Education in Putnam County Tennessee


Over 9200 students are enrolled in Putnam County's consolidated public schools. In national tests, Putnam County's high school seniors score above state and national averages. An excellent interscholastic program of sports competition in baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, and track balances the mental and physical requirements of a complete education. 

Tennessee Technological University is one of six four-year, state supported co-educational institutes within the State Board of Regents system. Enrollment at the University is approximately 8200. The seven academic divisions of the University are: the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. Three Accomplished Centers of Excellence are housed at the University. The Center for Manufacturing Research and Technology Utilization, The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources, and The Center for Electric Power. 

Nashville State Technical Institutes' Cookeville Center works with the local community developing and delivering specific courses that address the needs of a constantly changing and maturing community. The Cookeville Center's two-year degree program includes courses in technologies that are being implemented by "high-performance" businesses advancing their competitive edge in the market place. (Photograph and Story compliments of Cookeville Chamber of Commerce) 

From Cookeville-TN.org 

• Cookeville is home to Tennessee Technological University and its 12,158 students. Tennessee Tech is ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South and among the top 40 Best Universities-Master's in U.S. News & World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges." TTU was also ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South in the 2003 and 2005 college guides. This year, The Princeton Review also listed TTU as "Best Southeastern College." Also home of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble led by R. Winston Morris. 

• Cookeville High School is the largest non-metropolitan school in the state and is one of only eight schools in Tennessee to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The other seven Tennessee schools with the program are in Metro Nashville or Tri-Cities, Tennessee. 

• Cookeville is home to a campus of Nashville State Community College. 
Medvance Institute also provides higher education in medical and technical fields. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 


Cumulative Results for Putnam County 

These numbers, based on test score data, track how much students learned from year to year, based on a national average of 100. A school of mostly low-scoring students and a school of mostly high-scoring students would get the same marks if it helped its students improve their scores by the same amount. Each school's gains are compared to the national average for gains in reading, math, science and social studies. 

A score of 100, for example, means that students learned as much as the national average in that grade and that subject. A score of 200 means that students at a school learned twice as much as the national average in a given subject. The scores are a 3-year average of the gains for students in grades 4-8. 

From Cookeville-TN.org


Facts and Information for Putnam County Tennessee

Facts and Information 

Putnam County Demographics, Statistics and General Information 
Putnam County is located in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Putnam County is just 90 miles from Nashville, 110 miles from Chattanooga, and 100 miles from Knoxville. The population of Putnam County is about 70,000. Putnam County is located in a very scenic area, one the most beautiful in the country. With low crime, low property taxes, and a county full of friendly caring people; it is what makes Putnam County one of the best places in the country to live and raise a family. 

Putnam County was created in 1854 from Fentress, Jackson, Smith White and Overton counties; named in honor of Israel Putnam ( 1718-1790), French and Indian War soldier and commander at the Revolutionary War battles of Bunker Hill and Long Island. 

Putnam County Demographics 
Male 30913 
Female 31402 
Median Age (Years) 34.4 

Total Households 24865 
Total Housing Units 26916 
Local Weather for Putnam County 
Avg. High Temp. 87 F 
Avg. Low Temp. 64 F 
Mean Temp. 76 F 
Avg. Precip. 5.4 in 
Record High 104 F (1980) 
Record Low 46 F (1988) 





Health Care

Follow this link to Cookeville Regional Medical Center - http://www.crmchealth.org/.

Regional Information on the Upper Cumberland


Regional Information 

The City of Cookeville, incorporated in 1903, is located 79 miles east of Nashville and 101 miles west of Knoxville at the intersection of I-40 and Highway 111 in the Upper Cumberland Region of Middle Tennessee. The Municipality’s land area is 20.4 square miles. Cookeville is the county seat of Putnam County and is one of four cities located within the county. The other municipalities are Algood, Baxter, and Monterey. 

The City of Cookeville operates under the council-manager form of municipal government. The five-member city council, including an elected mayor, vice-mayor, and three council members, establishes policy administered by a full-time city manager. The city council members serve (4) four-year terms with the next election scheduled for August 3, 2000. The City Manager and City Clerk are appointed by the city council. The City Clerk also serves as the Finance Director, which is appointed by the City Manager. 

Cookeville is a regional center for employment, education, retailing, health care, and recreational/cultural activities. Approximately 15,000 Upper Cumberland Region residents travel to Cookeville each day to work, attend school, received health care, shop, or participated in leisure time activities. 

A wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities are provided for residents of Putnam County and the Upper Cumberland Region by local governments, the state park system, civic clubs and community organizations. Cane Creek Park, a 260-acre park with a 56-acre lake is owned and operated by the City of Cookeville’s Department of Leisure Services. Three state parks offer many camping, picnicking, hiking, and other recreational opportunities. Three Corps of Engineer lakes, with over 1,200 miles of shorelines, are within a 30-minute drive. 

The Cookeville Drama Center offers a full schedule of touring plays and performances plus presentations by the Cookeville Summer Theatre and the Cookeville Children’s Theatre. The Tech Community Symphony, in operation since 1963, presents several concerts each year. Putnam County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Cookeville’s Leisure Services Department, and the YMCA work together to provide a comprehensive recreational program. There are over 100 active civic clubs and community organizations in the county. 
Cookeville and Putnam County have a consolidated school system. 

The Putnam County Board of Education operates fourteen schools with an enrollment of approximately 9,200 students. Six elementary schools, (grades K-4), two middle schools, (grades 5 & 6 and grades 7 & 8), an alternative school, and a high school (grades 9 – 12), and an adult high school are located in Cookeville. The high school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Cookeville High School serves as a comprehensive vocational education center for all Putnam County Schools. Since 1989, Putnam County has received the Governor’s A+ Award for Excellence in Education, and ACT scores of Putnam County students are above the national average. In addition, two state-supported vocational schools serve Putnam County. 

From Cookeville-TN.org


Demographics of the City of Cookeville, Tennessee

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,923 people, 9,938 households, and 5,316 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,094.5 people per square mile. There were 10,746 housing units at an average density of 491.6/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 91.11% White, 2.91% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.88% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.61% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.22% of the population. 

There were 9,938 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 25.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males. 

The median income for a household in the city was $26,533, and the median income for a family was $39,623. Males had a median income of $28,013 versus $21,710 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,684. About 13.1% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Media in Cookeville, Tennessee

Cookeville media 

Cookeville is home to one daily newspaper, a monthly business journal, 8 FM radio stations, 3 AM stations, 2 television stations, and several weekly shoppers. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Zip Codes for Cookeville, Tennessee

ZIP codes 

Cookeville has five ZIP codes: 38501, 38502, 38503, 38505 (Tennessee Tech), and 38506


Famous Residents of Cookeville, Tennessee

Famous Residents 

Harold E. Martin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman, was the former co-owner of the Herald Citizen. 

J. J. Redick, basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. 

Bobby Greenwood, former PGA Tour Player, professional golfer 

Mack Brown, former head football coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Current head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team. 

Watson Brown, older brother of Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown, former head football coach of the Rice Owls, Vanderbilt Commodores, and UAB Blazers. Current H.C. of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. 

Conductor Jack Norton, children's musician and host of The Zinghoppers children's TV show that has been broadcast on FOX, NBC and PBS stations. 

Deputy Junior, Robert Ben Garant, from the TV show Reno 911! 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


State of Tennessee Government Links

State of Tennessee www.state.tn.us
Office of the Government www.state.tn.us
Secretary of State www.state.tn.us
Web Directory of State and Local Government www.loc.gov


Variety of Putnam County Tennessee Government Links



City of Cookeville, TN link 


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