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Heady And Other UC Mayors Asked Bill Lee For Recurring Funding

Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady among six Upper Cumberland Mayors who met with Governor Bill Lee to request recurring county funding. Heady said state government has always been open to offering the Upper Cumberland funding when available. He said he appreciates Lee advocating for rural communities, and long-term revenue commitment is another way for him to do that. “One-time money’s ... Read More »

Songwriters Week Qualifying Round Thursday In Livingston

Artists from across the state will perform at Livingston’s Iron and Oak Center Thursday with a trip to the Tennessee Songwriters Week Finals on the line. Livingston Chamber of Commerce CEO Shannon Cantrell said Tennessee Department of Tourist Development sponsors the event annually. She said it offers a great chance for people to connect with different regions of the state ... Read More »

Cookeville Needs More Hotel Rooms As Tourism, Athletic Events Surge

Spikes in conferences and sports tourism have left Cookeville in need of more hotel space. Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau Director Of Tourism Shan Stout said Putnam County has hosted some 15,000 athletes for weekend tournaments this year. That number is triple the amount in 2022 and has pushed hotels to capacity most weekends. “When we have 4,000, 7,000 athletes in ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Surpassed $45 Million In Grants In 2023, All Time High

The Upper Cumberland received a record-breaking $45 million in grant money this year. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said that number does not include grants through private consultants, so the total amount is even higher. He said looking into the future to anticipate needs before they happen, has been key. “We sit between three metropolitan areas, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, ... Read More »

Cookeville Community Center Accepting Donations For Tornado Relief

Putnam County will be collecting donations for Middle Tennesseans dealing with the aftermath of Saturday’s tornado through Wednesday. Cookeville Community Center Program Coordinator Debbie Parker said the center will take donations until 4pm Monday, and from 8am-7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Parker said she remembers the support the Upper Cumberland received during the tornadoes of 2020, and now is our ... Read More »

New Original Christmas Musical Debuts Monday Night At CPAC

A new Christmas musical titled “The Best Thing About Christmas” debuts in Cookeville Monday night. Playwright Derek Hinckley said the show set in Nashville centers on a father who writes a musical as a way to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. It is set following the death of his daughter makes him bitter towards the season. He said the story ... Read More »

VA Considering Six Bids For Clinic At Old Putnam County Fairgrounds

Six developers have submitted bids to build a new VA Clinic on the old Putnam County Fairgrounds property. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said he expects the Veterans Administration to select the winning bidder by April or May. The VA could choose the fairgrounds property or other land in Cookeville. “That’s one of the top properties I think that there ... Read More »

Williams: Sales Tax Restoration Fight Continues In New Session

Upper Cumberland officials continue to push to have sales tax revenue taken away by the state in the early 2000s restored to local municipalities. Representative Ryan Williams said he feels good about the chances of having the funds restored, but Governor Bill Lee will have to champion the issue.  A 2002 state budget crisis caused legislation to allow the state ... Read More »

Day After Thanksgiving Hike At Burgess Falls, Other State Parks

Those looking to burn some Thanksgiving dinner calories can take part in a guided hike to Burgess Falls Friday. Park Manager Nathaniel Garrison said in the past five years, the Day After Thanksgiving Hike has become one of the signature hikes for all Tennessee State Parks. Garrison said that as things become more and more expensive, this hike provides people ... Read More »

Tennessee Heart Expansion Breaks Ground Monday

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Tennessee Heart Cookeville broke ground Monday on an expansion project that will double its capacity. Cardiologist Stacy Brewington said the Tennessee Heart facility is currently at capacity. Brewington said the project will enhance patient services and help Cookeville Regional keep pace with larger medical centers around the country. “It seemed like the right time to move forward and we were ... Read More »