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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 »

October Air Event In Works For UC Regional Airport

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will continue discussions with a promoter who wants to begin an October event. Airport Manager Dean Selby said the Florida-based promoter has been involved with major air shows. Selby said he did not want to reveal his name until they were further long in negotiating an agreement. The promoter wants to work with the airport ... Read More »

New CRMC Drama: Resolution On Reporting All Salaries Fails

A Cookeville City Council resolution that would have required the Cookeville Regional Board of Trustees to provide salary information on every CRMC employee failed Thursday night. The latest in the soap opera surrounding CRMC’s budget and the Ricky Shelton hiring came with Council Member Charles Womack’s surprise resolution requiring the Trustees to submit salary information quarterly. Womack did not discuss ... Read More »

Council Approves Actuarial Study To Clean Up Retirement Issues

Cookeville City Council approved an actuarial study Thursday night to try and correct the retirement records of the city and Cookeville Regional. The state made a mistake in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System during the 1999 medical center split from the city. Hospital employees should have been transferred from the city account to the hospital entity. That did not happen, ... Read More »

CRMC to Use More Contract Labor Amid Nurse Shortage

A national nursing shortage means more more contract labor to serve patients at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. CRMC CEO Paul Korth said that the hospital has used contractors before, but the pandemic has exacerbated the need to hire nurses through agencies. “A lot of the nurses got pulled throughout America to a lot of those difficult COVID areas to start ... Read More »

Walker: Council Needs to Move On With Business

Cookeville City Council Member Eric Walker said he hopes the council can move forward with other business after ceasing the investigation of Ricky Shelton’s hiring at CRMC. “We’ve cleared that and moved on,” Walker said. “I think that the attorney’s letter has shown that the council has no further role in this at all at this time. We need to ... Read More »

SlideCKVL cancelled for 2021

SlideCKVL, Cookeville’s two-day summer water party, has been cancelled. The annual event was cancelled due to continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Traditionally, the event features a thousand-foot waterslide on Broad Street that attracts thousands of visitors during Independence Day weekend. This is the second year the event is cancelled due to COVID, but Mayor Ricky Shelton said the ... Read More »

Walker Said Council Should Withdraw Investigation

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday night to accept the investigation of Ricky Shelton’s hiring at Cookeville Regional. Council Member Eric Walker said he thinks the council should go a step further. “I do think that we should publicly acknowledge that we were able to conclude that through this investigation that Mayor Shelton didn’t violate any applicable city charter provision ... Read More »

Shelton Releases Statement Thursday

Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton released a full statement Thursday in the wake of the Wednesday’s completed investigation into his hiring at Cookeville Regional. The investigation found no violations of the city charter or state law. “The Kramer Rayson report fully vindicates what I’ve said for months: Our hospital and I fully complied with all applicable laws in a completely transparent ... Read More »

Community Joins Together At Double Springs Church Of Christ

The Putnam County community joined together at Double Springs Church of Christ Wednesday night to remember lives lost one year ago. Mayor Randy Porter said the community joins in praying for the families to continue their healing. “We remember the pain and suffering that so many of you experienced,” Porter said. “We remember the loss of your family members, friends, ... Read More »