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Planning Commission Denies Rezoning For Methadone Clinic

The Cookeville Planning Commission denied a request Monday night to rezone a South Willow Avenue parcel for the purpose of creating a methadone clinic. Fifteen different people spoke during the public comment discussion about the clinic, with twelve of them speaking against the clinic. Cedar Recovery wants to change a 0.86 parcel of land from Commercial-Industrial Mixed Use to Medical ... Read More »

New Composting Class Set To Teach Basics

Residents interested in composting can participate in a new set of classes next month designed to teach the basics. Called nature’s way to recycle, composting uses food scraps from your kitchen and dry materials from your yard to produce natural degrading. UCDD Solid Waste Planner Lisa Luck said composting helps extend the life of local landfills. “Every year there is ... Read More »

All 14 UC Counties Above State Average In Abuse & Neglect

A report from the Department of Child Services revealed that all 14 Upper Cumberland counties rank higher than the state average in abuse and neglect in the household. Kristi Paling is Upper Cumberland Coordinator for The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Paling said these numbers have been trending upward. She said many of the removals and custody cases across ... Read More »

UCDD Promotes Smith To New Economic Development Role

The Upper Cumberland Development District has promoted Rosa Smith to Assistant Director of Economic Development. Smith originally joined the UCDD as an Economic Development Planner focused on addressing the Upper Cumberland’s childcare shortage. She has focused on spreading awareness about childcare challenges in the region. Smith has also sought to find ways to make childcare more accessible and affordable. “The ... Read More »

UCDD To Host Human Trafficking Awareness Event Thursday

UCDD will host an event Thursday to teach people how to identify and combat human trafficking. Advocate Trent Carter said the training will help people develop an internal radar to detect human trafficking when they see it. He said people often believe the issue does not exist in the Upper Cumberland, but it does. “You know, we have tunnel vision ... Read More »

UCDD Looking For New Director of Small Business Development Center

UCDD looking to fill the open director’s position of the Small Business Development Center by mid January. The director works with small businesses and provides assistance in whatever way they can to ensure business success in the Upper Cumberland region. Tyler Asher had been the Small Business Center Director for more than three years. He is leaving the position for ... Read More »

Jackson County Commission Discuss Drawbacks Of Possible Planning Commission

Jackson County Commissioners raised questions about project delays, water and sewer requirements, transferring land, and what projects would be covered in discussing the idea of a planning commission. Commissioners heard from UCDD Planning and Community Development Director Tommy Lee as the county begins the process of exploring whether a planning commission would make sense. The growth of larger developments in ... Read More »

Tuesday Panel Discussion Will Showcase How Center Helps Abuse Victims

The Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center will provide an overview of its services to domestic abuse victims during a Tuesday panel. The panel titled “What Happens When Your World Turns Upside Down” will focus on issues like housing, prosecution, mental health assistance, substance abuse counseling, and safety planning. Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Regional Coordinator Kristi Paling said the ... Read More »

UCDD Tourism Recovery Coordinator Recognized For UC Series

UCDD Tourism Recovery Coordinator Hannah Carroll headed to Cleveland next month to accept an award for the region’s approach to coming back from COVID. Carroll helped launch the “Wish You Were Here” program, in collaboration with WCTE. That project, one of 108 across the nation, set to be honored with the National Association of Development Organization Impact Award. “It really ... Read More »