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Cookeville and Community

Tennessee’s College Town

The road to success depends on where you begin, and Cookeville is a great place to start! Voted the number one greatest affordable college town in the country by Great Values Colleges, Cookeville is a growing town of 30,000-plus, which serves as the seat of Putnam County and the central hub of the 14-county Upper Cumberland region. Cookeville’s convenient location off Interstate 40 is approximately 82 miles east of Nashville, 109 miles west of Knoxville and 96 miles north of Chattanooga – making it close to visit family on school breaks.

People from around the area come to Cookeville to eat, shop and play. Students can enjoy a variety of activities and places, including natural parks, the arts, going out for a movie at the theater or enjoying a night out with friends. The city is located within an hour of 10 state parks and minutes to three lakes — Dale Hollow, Center Hill and Cordell Hull. Students can swim, hike, canoe, boat, fish, hunt, backpack, picnic and camp to their heart’s content. Students also won’t have to give up seeing live music and arts in this town. There’s a drama center, a university-based symphony, art galleries, museums and a world-renown craft center just down the road. And don’t forget the good food! Cookeville has hidden gems like Cream City, Poet’s Coffee, Ralph’s Donuts and Crawdaddy’s.

Show Your Tech Pride

Paint the town purple and gold! Many Cookeville businesses support Tech students, faculty and staff by offering discounts all year long. Most only ask that you show your Eagle Card to receive the discount. You can easily identify these businesses across town with their distinctive purple and gold Tech Pride signs in their store fronts. Find out more by visiting our Pride Partners page.

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Featured Annual Events

Fall Fun Fest
Enjoy good BBQ, music and arts/crafts at this downtown tradition

Art Prowl
Find your next conversation piece and meet local artists

Cooking on the Square
Downtown is transformed into a Cajun culinary destination for this special event

Slide the City
See Cookeville like never before, enjoying the view from a 1,000 feet waterslide downtown

Red, White & Boom
Grab your shades and get a front-row seat to the state’s second largest fireworks celebration



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