Jane G. Flatt

About Cookeville

LOCATION

Cookeville, the county seat of Putnam County, is a growing community located in the eastern portion of Middle Tennessee. The intersection of Interstate 40 and the Appalachian North-South Highway 111 (Corridor J) lie within the city. Cookeville, the home of Tennessee Technological University, is 75 miles east of Nashville, Tennessee.

CLIMATE

Average annual temperature, 57 degrees F. Monthly average high, January 52.9 degrees F. and July 88.8 degrees F. Monthly average low, January 37.9 degrees F. and July 67.2 degrees F. Average annual precipitation, 51". Average annual snowfall, 8". Prevailing winds, SE. Mean length of freeze-free period, 211 days. Average relative humidity: 12:00 Midnight - 79%; 6:00a.m. - 85%; 12:00 noon - 48%; 6:00p.m. -62%. Altitude: 1,140 feet above sea level.

POPULATION

Population within a 100-mile radius, 3,155,000. Tennessee Technological University student population, 8,000. The counties that comprise the Upper Cumberland Region are: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White, with a total population of 253,000. Cookeville is known as "The Hub of the Upper Cumberland".

HIGHWAYS

Interstate 40, North-South Highway 111, U.S. Highway 70 and State Routes 24, 42, 135 and 136 service the Cookeville area.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

36 degrees 2'0" North Latitude: 85 degrees 29' 15" West Longitude.

GOVERNMENT

Cookeville - City Manager, five councilmen, and appointed Mayor. Algood - City Administrator, Mayor, four aldermen. Baxter - Mayor, four aldermen. Monterey - Mayor, eight aldermen. Putnam County - County Executive, twenty-five commissioners.