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Flu Cases Down Slightly Before Peak Season Hits

Cookeville Regional Medical Center (File Photo)

Upper Cumberland hospitals are reporting slightly fewer cases of influenza and flu-like illnesses to begin 2019. Stephanie Etter serves as Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) Infection Prevention Manager. “Overall the numbers are pretty close to what we had last year,” Etter said. “The difference that we are seeing is that more patients are going to urgent care. So not as ... Read More »

School Choice Week Highlights on Private Schools

A national movement known as School Choice Week looks to shed light on various schooling options in Tennessee. Upper Cumberland Christian Academy (UCCA) Principal Scott Smith said school choice gives parents the option to choose where their children receive their education. “We believe that the choice is definitely one of our religious freedoms, so that is something many families take ... Read More »

Chick-Fil-A Closing for Renovation in February

Cookeville’s Chick-Fil-A will close for several weeks as part of an upcoming renovation project. Company spokesperson Callie Bowers reports the restaurant will close next month with a grand-opening planned for later this spring. Bowers said the renovations include a brand image update, kitchen expansion, and order delivery canopies. The restaurant’s last day of operation will be Jan. 31. Employee layoffs ... Read More »

Monterey Man Strikes Cumberland SRO With Vehicle

An elderly Monterey man could face charges after striking a Cumberland County School Resource Officer Tuesday afternoon. Tennessee Highway Patrol reports 87-year-old Patrick Hicks III struck 51-year-old Officer Scott Iles around 3:12 p.m. The incident report indicates Hicks was traveling south on Highway 127 in a 2014 Ford Focus while Iles was directing traffic at North Cumberland Elementary School. The ... Read More »

Cumberland CO. Deputy Struck by Vehicle

A Cumberland County Deputy was struck by a vehicle near North Cumberland Elementary School Tuesday. A joint press release from the Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County School District states Officer Scott Iles was struck by a southbound vehicle on Highway 127 while directing traffic. Iles sustained injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons. The Tennessee Highway ... Read More »

Bread of Life Rescue Mission Sees Spike in Occupancy

The Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Crossville has seen a spike in occupancy due to a cold spell over the past few days. Founder and Director Connie Reagan said eleven people were taken into the mission Monday alone, with six coming overnight. “Usually they come in during the night when it’s really cold and we try to take care ... Read More »

TTU Receives Nearly $2 Million for Wetland Research

Justin Murdock (right), associate professor of biology and interim director of Tech’s Center for the Management, and Alfred Kalyanapu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will lead Tech’s team evaluating wetlands enrolled in the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program. (Photo: Tennessee Tech University)

Tennessee Tech will use nearly $2 million in grant funding to study nutrient removal abilities of wetlands in Tennessee and Kentucky. Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Justin Murdock said the grant money will benefit the school by expanding collaboration with other universities and organizations. “It’s allowing collaboration between all of our universities as well as the Nature Conservatory and the ... Read More »

Landowners File to Dismiss East Fork Road Lawsuit

Overton County landowners have filed to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by the county over the proper use and access of East Fork Road. Attorney Will Ridley represents the landowners in the case. He filed the motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the lawsuit is unconstitutional. “The motion is what’s called a 12b motion that says the ... Read More »

Recent TN Earthquakes Shouldn’t Be Cause for Concern

A recent increase in the number of earthquakes registered across the state of Tennessee shouldn’t be cause for concern. That according to Dr. Bob Hatcher, Structural Geology and Tectonics Professor Emeritus from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. “These… earthquakes do not occur on a single line, so we don’t think it’s activity along a single fault. So we can’t ... Read More »

Employment & Education Resource Fair Set for Tuesday in Jamestown

The Tennessee Department of Human Services will host an employment resource fair in Fentress County Tuesday. Department Press Secretary Sky Arnold said the event helps connect job seekers with resources needed to advance their careers. “For a little more than the last year, we’ve been holding resource fairs all across the state to connect the people we serve with various ... Read More »