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Tobacco & Smoking Still An Issue In Upper Cumberland Youth

Local Addiction experts say tobacco and cigarette use is still a major issue in the Upper Cumberland, even with the rise of vapes and e-cigarettes. This comes on the heels of a Master Settlement between the state and major tobacco companies that restricts youth marketing of tobacco products, tobacco brand-name merchandise, and tobacco product-sponsored entertainment and sporting events. Power of ... Read More »

South Fentress Elementary Student Has Book Published

A South Fentress Elementary School student is now a published author after winning the nationwide “Share Your Story” competition with her novel titled, “The Burger.” “So, this burger from Tennessee, he goes to New York, meets a pizza named Pepper, they become friends, and travel the world.” That’s 10-year-old Reese Smith, who competed along with her sister, Sadie. Their mother, ... Read More »

Fentress Health Department Renovations On The Way

Remodeling and expansion projects are expected to begin soon at the Fentress County Health Department. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said former Health Department Director Andy Langford spearheaded plans for the project before retiring in January. He said additions to the south end of the facility would include a storm shelter and a walkway connecting the area to other sections ... Read More »

New Law Honors Allons Man, Prorates Tag Refunds

New legislation requires the Tennessee Department of Revenue to offer registration fee refunds to families of deceased freight vehicle operators. District 41 State Representative Ed Butler said he worked to pass the Ethan Wade Walls Act after working with the Allons-based family. He said Walls and his brother borrowed money in April, 2023 to pursue their dream of owning a ... Read More »

National Aviation Month Showcases Airport Local Value

It’s National Aviation Month. The aviation industry contributes some $40 billion annually to Tennessee’s economy, but the Upper Cumberland impact reaches far beyond economics. Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Director Dean Selby said military, medical, and police operations rely on regional airports. He said the airport is the front door of the community. When new businesses arrive, Selby said the regional ... Read More »

Knox Agency Launches New Mobile Health Care For Crossville

A new Healthcare on Wheels program took to the streets of Crossville Tuesday, offering free mammograms and flu vaccinations. Saint Mary’s Legacy Clinic Executive Director Martin Vargas said the organization is partnering with Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church to expand its service to Crossville. He said the organization is celebrating ten years of offering free healthcare to the uninsured of rural ... Read More »

Tech College of Education Teacher Prep Meets Expectations

The Tennessee Tech College of Education scored in the “meets expectations” category on this year’s State Educator Preparation Report Card. 10 of the 42 Teacher Preparation Programs included in the state study received an “exceeds expectations” classification. Dean of the College of Education Lisa Zagumny said it is harder for a program as large as Tech’s to reach that distinction ... Read More »

Roadsides Showing Off First Signs Of Spring, Daffodils

Roadsides through the Upper Cumberland are showing off the first sings of spring as daffodils among the first flowers to bloom. Warren County Agriculture Extension Agent Heath Nokes said the annual warm-season wildflowers have unique life cycle. He said like tulips and buttercups, daffodils are grown from bulbs. He said once the soil temperature reaches some 50 degrees, the bulbs ... Read More »

Robinson: Annual Railroad Funding Needed From State

No railroad funding in the new state budget a concern to White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. Robinson chairs the Tri-County Railroad Authority. He said funding for railroad maintenance has become hard to come by. Robinson said Governor Bill Lee gave $85 million for railroads in 2019, but that funding is set to run out next year. “With it not ... Read More »

Cookeville NAACP Working With Caucus On Legislative Agenda

School vouchers, juvenile justice, and maternal health, among the issues that the Black Caucus and the Cookeville Putnam NAACP focused on the legislature begins its second month of work. NAACP Branch President Tom Savage said keeping the public informed about state legislation is key to helping the Congressional Black Caucus. He said the Cookeville NAACP organized a legislative “Day on ... Read More »