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Cumberland To Take Next Steps To Repair Historic Courthouse After Leak

Cumberland County will take the next steps to repair its historic courthouse after getting reports back from engineering inspections. A leak in the building last year led engineers to find structural integrity issues which caused a portion of the building to close. Mayor Allen Foster said the courthouse has been held up with temporary shoring while architects and engineers determine ... Read More »

Cumberland Making Preliminary Plans For Opioid Abatement Money

Cumberland County beginning the process to spend its opioid abatement settlement money. The county received some $294,694. County Mayor Allen Foster said the state has provided a document that shows general areas where the money can be spent. “Or opioid abatement and trying to get people to not use it in the first place,” Foster said. “There are various things ... Read More »

Cumberland Plateau Water Authority Elects Officers In First Meeting

The Cumberland Plateau Water Authority appointed its officers during its first-ever meeting at Cumberland Mountain State Park Tuesday night. County Appointee Greg Hanson was elected as chair. He was not present for the meeting and attended via phone. County Appointee Sean Stephens was elected as vice-chair. City Appointee Kevin Chamberlin was appointed as Secretary. He said he saw the meeting ... Read More »

Cumberland Commission Approves Temporary Fixes To Old Courthouse

Cumberland County has found a temporary solution to the structural damage of its old courthouse. Mayor Allen Foster said engineers indicated that six columns can be installed to support the building while a permanent solution is studied. “That will disperse the weight, hold up the trusses and they’ll do some remedial work,” Foster said. “We’re going to have a specialist ... Read More »

Cumberland Project Begins Expanding Public Water Access

Some 30 Cumberland County homes will gain access to public water in a water project that recently broke ground. Mayor Allen Foster said homes of Browns Gap Road off of Highway 28 will benefit. “People that need a drastic need for the water, too,” Foster said. “They have sulfur down there, and all kinds of issues with their water so ... Read More »

Cumberland To Allocate ARP Money To Address Broadband Issues

Cumberland County will consider allocating some $3 million of its ARP funds for broadband expansion. Mayor Allen Foster said that the budget committee approved a resolution for the money in hopes of addressing a major need in the community. “Broadband in Cumberland County, we have a real serious problem here,” Foster said. “I’ve met with everybody on the local, state, ... Read More »

Cumberland County Raising Pay In Budget To Stay Competitive

Cumberland County’s budget includes an increase in employee pay across the board to stay competitive in the region. Mayor Allen Foster said a six percent raise is included and certified sheriff’s deputy pay is up to $39,000. Foster said residents deserve a county willing to compete for the best candidates in all positions. “We’re like everywhere else, we’ve lost employees ... Read More »

Gilbert Approved As Cumberland Property Assessor

Cumberland County Commissioners approved Sandy Gilbert as the county’s new property assessor Monday night. Gilbert replaces Lori Lowe Powell who passed away this spring. Gilbert received 12 of 17 votes for the position. She will serve the next year until an election can be held in 2022 to fill the final two years of Powell’s term. Gilbert one of 13 ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Community Leaders On Father’s Day This Sunday

It’s a day for bad ties, smelly after-shave, and celebrating paternal figures in our lives: Father’s Day. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington in 1910. Sonora Dodd was inspired by the creation of Mother’s Day, and wanted a day to also honor fathers. After growing in popularity through the years, Congress passed an act officially making it a national ... Read More »