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Celina Mayor Proposes Ending Property Tax In New Budget

Celina Mayor Luke Collins suggested discontinuing the city’s property tax as part of the budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Collins told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night the city’s property tax brings in some $200,000 annually. He said the current property tax is set at 87 cents. With a fund balance of $1.3 million, Collins said the city is ... Read More »

UC Senior Center Rebrand, Activity Center Most Popular

A rebranding project for Upper Cumberland Senior Centers ready for its next steps after directors and boards completed surveys, sharing ideas for new names. Area Aging and Disability Director Holly Williams said the favorite: “The Activity Center.” Williams said 15 out of 19 centers have completed a survey and 80 percent are in favor of the rebrand. She said senior ... Read More »

TennGreen Invites UC Residents To Join Hike-A-Thon

TennGreen Land Conservancy is holding its annual Hike-A-Thon to preserve the state’s natural landscape, Like Cummins Falls. Executive Director Alice Hudson Pell said some 650 people have already signed up. She said people can enter mileage virtually after hiking, climbing, paddling, biking, or trail running. She said people can donate to the conservancy to help protect the bounty of natural ... Read More »

Dekalb Teaching Discipline, Skills Through Work-Based Learning

Dekalb County High School’s Work-Based Learning Program allows students to support their families while developing real-world skills. Work-Based Learning Coordinator Brad Leach said students are provided the opportunity to experience the workforce and see what careers best fit their interests. He said discipline and responsibility are key traits that students form through this program. “With it being a rural area ... Read More »

New Ambulances On The Way To Clay For Aging Chassis

Two new ambulances are on the way in Clay County to mitigate soaring maintenance costs caused by high-milage units. EMS Director Andy Hall said he expects one ambulance to arrive this fall, while the second remains at least a year from arrival. He said the county had to replace a $16,000 motor for an ambulance recently. He said that money ... Read More »

Dudney Elected To Serve Humanities Tennessee

UCDD Public Historian Mark Dudney named to the Humanities Tennessee board to advance appreciation for culture, literature, and history. Dudney said Humanities Tennessee is focused on helping the public delve into what the human experience looks like in their community, and what it means. He said the non-profit has developed programs like the Southern Festival of Books and administers grants ... Read More »

Tech Gospel Extravaganza To Evoke Hope Through Music

The Omicron Phi Chapter of Tennessee Tech’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host its Gospel Extravaganza Sunday with Trinity Baptist Church. Omicron Phi Faculty Advisor Harry Ingle said gospel ensembles from Cookeville and beyond will perform music that will leave attendees hopeful and inspired. He said music has always held a prominent role within the African American community. “The music ... Read More »

All 14 UC Counties Above State Average In Abuse & Neglect

A report from the Department of Child Services revealed that all 14 Upper Cumberland counties rank higher than the state average in abuse and neglect in the household. Kristi Paling is Upper Cumberland Coordinator for The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Paling said these numbers have been trending upward. She said many of the removals and custody cases across ... Read More »

Cookeville Mended Hearts Discontinued After 20+ Years

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Cookeville Mended Hearts Chapter 127 will end its visitation services at Cookeville Regional due to a lack of volunteers. President Blanche Smithers said Mended Hearts is a group of accredited visitors that meets with patients and their families during the process of heart surgery. She told the Cookeville Regional Board of Trustees Thursday night that after COVID stopped the organization’s ... Read More »

Cookeville Mental Health Pro Says Teens Suffering Since COVID

The latest report of the mental health of Tennessee Teenagers shows the ongoing impacts of the COVID shutdown, according to a local mental health expert. The Tennessee Coalition of Children and Youth reported increases in all categories of suicidal thoughts in Tennessee high schoolers. The study reported that nearly 30 percent of high schoolers said their mental health was not ... Read More »