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Guard Ensures All Vets Receive Proper Honors

As we celebrate Memorial Day, The Veterans Honor Guard works daily to ensure that all veterans get the respect they deserve across the Upper Cumberland. Commander Jim McAfee said the Honor Guard is a non-profit organization comprised of veterans from all branches of the military that provides military honors for deceased veterans. McAfee said being a veteran is vital to ... Read More »

Ringing Bells For White County Memorial Day

White County’s Memorial Day ceremony Monday will honor those from the county who have given their lives in service to the country. Veterans Museum Curator Sandy Witt said the event will have music performed by Army Veteran and Sparta native Gene Hodge. Witt said there will also be a bell-ringing ceremony for the deceased veterans from White County. “The girl ... Read More »

Putnam Memorial Day Event Honoring Fallen Veterans

Putnam County will host Memorial Day events Monday at the historic courthouse in Cookeville to honor the sacrifices made by so many veterans. Veterans Service Officer Mark Harris said retired Navy Seal Gary Denham will give remarks about what Memorial Day means to him. Harris said there are Gold Star Families in the community that come to the event each ... Read More »

American Legion Prepares Gifts For Vets Friday

American Legion Post 46 observed National Poppy Day Friday by preparing gift bags for retired veterans. On the Friday before Memorial Day, red poppies are worn as reminders of veterans’ sacrifices. Some 625 bags prepared for delivery to extended care, assisted living, and other senior care facilities. Second Vice Commander Robert Scott said the event boosts the morale of an ... Read More »

Blood Donations More Vital Throughout Summer

Blood donations become even more important during what Blood Assurance calls the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Media Relations Coordinator Brooke Katz said Memorial Day starts a period of more serious car accidents and other summer injuries, when emergency blood transfusions become more common. Katz said blood donations also decrease during the summer because a large amount of their donations ... Read More »

Overton Summer Meals Program Is Open For Signups

Signups are open for the Overton County Schools Summer Meals program, providing free lunches to children in the community. School Nutrition Program Supervisor Debie Taylor said she plans to start having meals distributed immediately following Memorial Day. She said Overton County is home to many “latch-key” children who are home alone most days in the summer months. “To have a ... Read More »

Gilley Pool Season Passes Now Available

The Milner Recreation Center in McMinnville is now selling pool passes for this summer’s Gilley Pool season. Wellness and Aquatics Coordinator Katie Smartt said the 800,000 gallon pool will be open from May 25 to September 2. Smartt said individual passes are $85 per person and family passes are $265. “For you to be under a family pass it’s you, ... Read More »

Memorial Day Events Across The Upper Cumberland

Several Memorial Day celebrations will take place across the Upper Cumberland Monday. Cookeville’s program will be held at 11 am Monday on the south lawn of the Putnam County Courthouse. Putnam County Veterans Service Officer Mark Harris will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Circuit Court Clerk Jennifer Wilkerson will sing the National Anthem. Randy Porter will present opening remarks. ... Read More »

Two Steps for handling Memorial Day Flag Display

With Memorial Day coming up, what is the proper way to handle the flag? American Legion Post 99 Commander Ronald Lapierre said there are specific criteria for flying the flag on Memorial Day. He said on this day we honor our fallen soldiers and celebrate our battle heroes in two separate flag ceremonies. “And what you do is you bring ... Read More »

Join the Darwin Dash on Memorial Day to preserve Cookeville’s Historic West End

Cookeville’s West End Connection will hold its first Darwin Dash on Memorial Day. The race will raise funds for West End preservation including the records and memories of the Darwin School, the only African American school during segregated education in Cookeville. West End Connection’s Lori Strode said it’s important to preserve Darwin’s history. “I feel like if we didn’t who ... Read More »