Planning a trip to
Cookeville with your pet?
New: The Eric Hall Cook
for dog recipes
To read some Putnam Pit
record files you need Acrobat Reader, and you can
download it here for free.
Also, the complaint file is big -- 4.5MB -- so give it
time to open.
Death. Death. Death.
City's dead animal rate grows 23 times faster than
increase in calls, records show.
What's the pattern, Chief
As far as killing
Eric Hall is a
slacker by Cookeville standards
Putnam Pit editor
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2003) – Dozens of
Cookeville residents – many affiliated with the city and its
police department –
out for Thursday’s City Council meeting to show support for
Police Officer Eric Hall, who on New Year’s Day turned his
shotgun on the pet dog of a North Carolina family falsely
arrested, handcuffed and detained alongside I-40 as they
passed through town.
watching and you weren't praying,' cop writes
Police monitor who prays at
City Council meeting
Tenn. (Jan. 16, 2003) -- A Cookeville police officer who once filed
complaint against Chief Bob Terry for trying to interfere in
investigations now writes to people whose eyes aren't closed
during prayer at City Council meeting. Could
intimidation for not closing eyes during government
enforced prayer at City Council meeting mean more civil
business for City Attorney T. Michael O'Mara?
Letter to the Editor
God's man in Cookeville?
City Attorney T.
c. 2003 Allen Fredrickson
Dog shooting revisited:
As the Herald-Citizen sleeps, the
Tennessean reports that the
If Cookeville had a free press would Patton still be alive?
By SAMUEL JOSEPH HARRIS
Putnam Pit columnist
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2002) –
A brief discussion of the law that governs police officers
is in order. Most police officers do not know the law. A link on The Pit
today is a telephone conversation that shows
police uncertainty over the Fourth
Amendment, the most significant law regarding arrests of individuals and the
highest law in the land regarding arrests. True, the Fifth Amendment as
interpreted by the United States Supreme Court (particularly Arizona vs.
Miranda) has impact on police procedure as well but the Fourth Amendment
directly defines the limits of of governmental power in searching and seizing
people and their property.
If the Tennessee Highway Patrol
calls the stop of the Smoaks family a "textbook" stop, then I’d like to know
what textbook they are reading. The Gestapo Technique perhaps?
Read the Column
Poor discipline is old story
in Cookeville PD
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2002) --
There is a history of recklessness among Cookeville police for
years before a cop blew a pet dog's head off Jan. 1, 2003.
Click here for more
Please take immediate action, and
explain to a disgusted nation how a policeman can blast
a dogs head off, lie about it, be exposed on video, and
still at this time, be employed in law enforcement. The
world is watching, and won't go away.
Join these folks and sign the Putnam
Pit's petition asking for a thorough investigation of
Cookeville and Putnam County --
Your tax dollars at
"It was just a
City Mismanager Jimmy Dale Shipley, who sought to kill all
suggestions that there were problems in his city,
might just as well have said in defense of his choice of the
least qualified candidate for Chief of Police, who has had
nothing but scandals since his ascension to the Broad Street
'Yavol, You're still going to bring your pets
here and buy gas, aren't you?'
Das Cookeville City Mismanager
Jimmy Dale Shipley
Running out of excuses for poor performance . .
Dog shooting by Cookeville
police officer draws outrage from city residents, national
News-Observer (wire story)