Cookeville is a great town, and there’s always something happening. The local government hosts events in several local parks, event venues, and businesses. Check out the city’s calendar below to see what’s happening!



Tennessee Tech University

Tennessee Technological University is a public institution that was founded in 1915. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,437, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 265 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tennessee Technological University’s ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2.

Dozens of Local & State Parks

The Upper Cumberland is home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Because of the steep terrain, there are multiple waterfalls, rivers, cliffs, and overlooks within minutes of downtown Cookeville. Check out Fall Creek Falls, Burgess Falls, or Rock Island to the south. Explore the area’s newest park, Window Cliffs. Visit Cummins Falls, one of the best swimming holes in the country. It’s all part of a fun day in Cookeville!

If you’re up for a bit more driving, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is well-worth it. Spend a day or a week in the mountains, hiking, camping, and learning about the oldest mountains in the country.

Center Hill & Dale Hollow

We’re lucky to be located centrally between two gorgeous lakes to our north and southwest, as well! Both Center Hill and Dale Hollow are less than an hour’s drive from downtown. Check out Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow for boat rentals, camping, a floating restaurant with fresh-caught catfish.

The West Side

The West Side is the quintessential “Old Cookeville.” Filled with historic buildings, museums, and the best restaurants in town, everyone who visits Cookeville should spend an afternoon exploring here. Shop at one of the many boutiques, check out the Train Depot and Museum, and grab dinner at Crawdaddy’s Grill Seven Senses, or Father Tom’s Pub. Don’t forget dessert at Cream City or Ralph’s Donuts, one of the 10 best donut shops in the US!

Nashville & Knoxville

If you ask anyone where Cookeville is, you’ll hear “halfway between Nashville and Knoxville.” Both are about an hour’s drive away, so it’s easy to spend an afternoon in the city even if you have a busy schedule.

Trout Release - Cane Creek Park TWRA just released 2,000 rainbow trout – plus six white trout – into the murky depths. (They joined 3,000 others released in December.) Park Manager Dennis Woolbright said trout especially love whole kernel corn, salmon eggs, red worms and “rooster tail” spinner bait. So go try your luck. (Fishermen ages 13 and up need a trout license in addition to their Tennessee fishing license, or a sportsman license.) ...

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***Assisting Metro Nashville PD with search warrant service***

Cookeville, TN – On January 23, 2018 at approximately 09:30 AM, officers responded to a residence off North Washington Avenue to assist detectives from the Metro Nashville Cold Case Squad investigating a murder that occurred on December 27, 2017.

Given the nature of the investigation, all reasonable precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the public and all involved. This included the employment of special operations resources and the notification of the Putnam County school system. This resulted in the decision to place Jere Whitson Elementary and Cookeville High School in a temporary soft lockdown which included the notification of parents of the students attending those schools.

At the time of this release, the scene is secure with no injuries reported.

Also assisting in this investigation were the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Putnam County Board of Education, and Putnam County Emergency Medical Service.

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