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New Jackson County Music Festival Cancelled

COVID has claimed Jackson County’s first chance to host a large music festival. The Dailey and Vincent Fall Fest has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Chamber of Commerce Director Jordan Hunter said it was going to be a two day event with two headliners per night. “It was going to be quite a big festival with a lot of money ... Read More »

Cookeville Dog Park Project May Not Finish Until August 2021

Cookeville council members are barking for a new dog park to open. Council Members voiced their concerns that the city dog park is still a year away. City Manager James Mills said a lack of manpower and not having a set plan are the reasons for the delay. “It’s finalizing the design for it, and then we need to host ... Read More »

Teenager Runs 48 Miles In 24 Hours For Charity

Some people run for recreation, good health, or just not at all. For an Overton County teenager, running proved a useful tool to raise money. 16-year-old Livingston Academy student Abby Hix ran 48 miles in 24 consecutive hours Tuesday for charity. She said her inspiration came from an internet video of a teenage soccer player running one mile every hour ... Read More »

UCEMC New IVR System Gives Customers More Options

Four days in and Upper Cumberland Electric’s new Interactive Response System is graded a total success. The system allows all UCEMC customers to use one phone number to contact the utility department. IT Manager Wade Givens said this new system has been a total success. “Before we had everything broken out by office and they had to contact each individual ... Read More »

Children Returning To School Concerns

Returning to school this year is full of uncertainties, and children are just as concerned as adults. Although children are known to be resilient, too many unknowns can cause fear. Crossville Counseling Center Social Worker Dr. Denise Weaver said typically, children with fear are already being treated for anxiety disorders. “One of the things that we know about anxiety is ... Read More »

127 Yard Sale Running Through Crossville

The Highway 127 Yard Sale is going through the City of Crossville Thursday and will wind through Cumberland and Fentress Counties. Can social distancing be achieved between out of town visitors and locals? Mayor James Mayberry said he believes it can. “I think that there’s been enough publicity that people have been bombarded with that they will be taking precautions ... Read More »

Clay County Census Response At 47%

Clay County is one of three counties in the Upper Cumberland with a census response rate below 50 percent. County Executive Dale Reagan said it is critically important for residents to complete the census. “Everyone that we fail to count that’s over a period of ten years (the census is done every ten years), on an average that’s about $1,000 ... Read More »

TTU’s New Science Building Ready For Students

After nearly three years of construction, part of Tennessee Tech’s science building will open for students and faculty in time for classes later this month. The new facility will bring together different sciences like chemistry, microbiology, and botany under one roof. Department of Chemistry Chairman Jeff Boles said there is a lot to be excited about. “There’s additional laboratories for ... Read More »

Cookeville City Hall Painting Project On Schedule

In the next few weeks, the Cookeville City Hall’s outside will have a fresh look. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the city hall painting project is moving along. He said the first layer of topcoat is being painted Tuesday. “We’ve tried to update the building some, we’re also going to look at replacing the hand rails that are out ... Read More »

Fall Creek Falls’ Mountaineer Folk Festival Cancelled

Fall Creek Fall’s annual celebration of Upper Cumberland heritage and culture will not take place this year. The 42nd annual Mountaineer Folk Festival is cancelled. Fall Creek Falls Park Manager Jacob Young said after reviewing large group gathering safety guidelines, he and the park board were afraid they could not keep everyone safe. “With the amount of staff that we ... Read More »