Putnam Co. issues Silver Alert for missing 83-year-old man

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Putnam County has issued a Silver alert for missing 83-year-old Dr. James L. Smith of Cookeville. 

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says Dr. Smith is a well-known, respected businessman with a local dental practice. He was reported missing around 11 a.m. Wednesday. 

Dr. Smith’s last known whereabouts were at his farm in Overton County. The PCSO helicopter found his 2001 Chevy Duramax four-door pickup truck between Puncheon Creek Lane and Copeland Cove Road Thursday morning. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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