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UC Senior Center Rebrand, Activity Center Most Popular

A rebranding project for Upper Cumberland Senior Centers ready for its next steps after directors and boards completed surveys, sharing ideas for new names. Area Aging and Disability Director Holly Williams said the favorite: “The Activity Center.” Williams said 15 out of 19 centers have completed a survey and 80 percent are in favor of the rebrand. She said senior ... Read More »

UCHRA To Provide Workforce Assist For Those Recovering

UCHRA will use some $5.3 million in state opioid abatement funds to provide treatment and workforce return assistance for those dealing with substance abuse. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said the funds will be distributed over three years. He said the organization will work alongside Vanderbilt Medical Center and a non-profit called One Tennessee to help victims of substance abuse ... Read More »

State Pivot; UCHRA Helps Residents Pay Off Water Bills

UCHRA not expected to have money to help with water bill assistance this year, but a sudden change in state policy resulted in some $50,000 in bills paid off. Community Service Programs Manager Judy Sanchez said the program was scheduled to end in September of 2023. She said the state approved a 90-day extension with an additional $150,000 of funding. ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Senior Center Rebranding In Works

Upper Cumberland Senior Centers looking to rebrand as they try to bounce back from COVID closures. The UCHRA is conducting surveys to develop a rebranding plan revolving around the removal of the word “senior.” Area Agency on Aging and Disability Director Holly Williams said she has heard from people who do not want to attend senior centers because they do ... Read More »

Police & Responders Being Trained On Mental Health

Cookeville Police and First Responders are being trained to improve the outcomes of encounters with people suffering from behavioral health issues. Sergeant Mike Herrick said during the 40-hour training, community resources like Volunteer Behavioral Health and UCHRA educate officers on the help available. Herrick said many of the people the police force deals with regularly struggle with mental health issues. ... Read More »

UCHRA Public Transit Implementing Overdose Protection

UCHRA will equip Public Transportation drivers with naloxone nasal spray, an overdose-prevention medication. Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Justin Cantrell said making the life-saving medication available will lighten the workload for law enforcement and first responders. He said he hopes this makes a dent in overdose rates, the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 49. ... Read More »

Ride to Recovery Program Preparing Care Bags To Help

A mandate from management to see how UCHRA’s Public Transportation Program could help serve local residents dealing with substance abuse issues led to the Road To Recovery Program. Mobility Manager Ryan Henry said the program team decided to create care bags to help someone interested in recovery take the next step. The package includes a ready-to-eat meal, a blanket, a ... Read More »

UCHRA Public Transportation Looking At EMS Agreement

UCHRA considering agreements with local EMS departments to ensure that residents can receive transportation services during extreme weather. Executive Director Mark Farley said during the early January storm, UCHRA Public Transportation did not have vehicles equipped to travel safely on local roads. He said many residents missed medical appointments without the service. “It could be a number of different things ... Read More »

New Wood Shop Opening To Help Fund Local Non-Profit

The founders of the non-profit organization This Is Living Ministries are opening a wood shop as a way to raise funds for the organization. Executive Director Lindsay Holloway said the shop will sell refurbished furniture and jewelry made by at-risk women staying with the organization. Holloway said the women were originally taught the skill so they could save as much ... 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 »