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Jackson Beekeeper Specializes In Education And Local Product

What started as a hobby has turned into a ever-growing career for one Jackson County beekeeper. Kamon Reynolds said that his business produces both physical products as well as information to help the beekeeping community. “We produce pure honey here in Jackson County and some of the neighboring counties,” Reynolds said. “We also have produced soaps and lip balms and ... Read More »

Jackson Schools Closed Monday, Tuesday For Increased COVID Numbers

Jackson County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to the system’s rising COVID numbers. According to the district, 453 absences were reported Friday with some missed days not related to COVID. That is an increase from Wednesday, which saw 325 absences. The future of COVID protocols for the school system are being reviewed over the closure. Changes will ... Read More »

Jackson Chamber Meeting With Employers On Changing Workforce Needs

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Upper Cumberland Workforce are trying to get employers in touch with what employees want. A special meeting on the topic will be held Monday at 10:00 AM at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board Room. Executive Director Hope Vargas said times have changed when it comes to motivating potential employees. “Employees might be ... Read More »

Jackson Co. Health Department HVAC Being Replaced, Bidders Needed

The Jackson County Health Department will get all new HVAC units through a federal grant. County Mayor Randy Heady said the units are 11 years old and in the time frame when mechanical issues can start occurring. He said the grant not only helps the county budget, but improves department safety. “Outside air, fresh air make up inside of a ... Read More »

Jackson 911 Needs Resident Information To Better Assist In Emergency

Jackson County has upgraded its 911 service, with a system that gets resident information to dispatchers as soon as they call. 911 Director Michael Smith said the RapidSOS pings 911 calls and relays the information to dispatch, even if the 911 system goes down. However, Smith said the system truly works when residents fill out their emergency health profile online. ... Read More »

Executive Order Complicating Mask Discussion For Jackson Board

The Jackson County School Board considered whether a mask mandate might help keep the school system open during its Thursday night meeting. Parents on both sides of the topic gave their opinion, as the system is in its second week with 31 positive COVID cases. A mandate was not on the agenda and no vote was taken on the subject. ... Read More »

More Licensed Child Care Facilities A Need In The Region

There is a need for more child care services in the Upper Cumberland according to two local providers. Nana’s Child Care is the sole state licensed center in Clay County. Owner Debra Anderson said they have seven clients on hold and often turn down new business due to capacity. “We aren’t licensed to hold as many kids as like a ... Read More »

Cummins Falls Using Layered Protection During Severe Weather

Sunday’s rainfall caused Cummins Falls State Park to close as a safety precaution. Park Manager Ray Cutcher said the park monitors rainfall through radar, the National Weather Service and its own rain and water depth gauges. Cutcher said the park adds as many layers of protection as possible to prepare for the unexpected. “When we think there’s a possibility of ... Read More »

Jackson Adds Longevity Pay To Budget, A First For The County

Jackson County Commissioners added longevity pay for county employees in their new fiscal year budget, a first for the county. Mayor Randy Heady said that the addition has been in the works for some time. Heady said he wanted Jackon to compete with other counties’ employee pay, and to show an appreciation for long-serving employees. He said the increase would ... Read More »

Census Shows UC Growth, Putnam, Van Buren And Clay Lead By Percentage

Tennessee’s census data is out, showing the Upper Cumberland has grown by nearly seven percent over the last decade. The region as a whole grew by 21,513 people since 2010. Putnam, Van Buren and Cumberland Counties lead the way in growth by percentage. Van Buren County grew its population by 11.2 percent, Putnam County grew by 10.4 percent and Cumberland ... Read More »