I live in Cookeville and love it here! It is a great town. It has most of the aspects you would want in a larger city such as food and shopping, but doesn't have the traffic congestion or anything like that. I also love that the people in this area are very friendly and it's easy to get plugged in.
I have a 3 bedroom/ 3 full bathroom house with hardwood floors, stainless appliances, finished basement, 2 car garage, and located in town right beside Tennessee Tech that the current family renting will be moving out of shortly if you are interested. Please feel free to shoot me a pm with any questions about Cookeville or our home for rent.