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Rising Above Ministries Telethon, Lunch To Keep Reaching Families

Rising Above Ministries is hosting a a telethon and luncheon to raise funds towards their efforts in the special needs community. Co-Founder and President Becky Davidson said people need to RSVP to attend the meal on September 21 at noon. Davidson said that evening at 6:00 PM the telethon kicks off on Rising Above Ministries Facebook and website. “Highlighting some ... Read More »

16th Light of Hope Event Raising Suicide Awareness In Cookeville

The Upper Cumberland Region’s 16th annual Light of Hope event comes Tuesday as part of Suicide Awareness Month. Michael Anderson is Regional Director for The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. He said this event promotes healing for people who lost someone to suicide. Anderson said sharing this event in-person is critical to those effected. “The ability to connect with others, to ... Read More »

UC Remembers 9/11 Through A Series Of Memorials

The Upper Cumberland remembers the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Saturday with events across the region. Cumberland County will kick off with a memorial service at 7:30 a.m. at the county fire department. Those who lost their lives will be honored through patriotic singing and recognitions. The Livingston/Overton County Chamber of Commerce will also hold a 9/11 Memorial Service ... Read More »

Upper Cumberland Senior Olympics Promotes Healthy Lifestyles And Social Interaction

Over 240 athletes and counting are competing at the Upper Cumberland Senior Olympics. Assistant Coordinator Alicia Arehart said the events kicked off last week with golf and bowling, with registrations ongoing for other events. Arehart said that after canceling last year, participants are excited to get back to competing safely. “There are always worries about coming into contact with COVID ... Read More »

UC Sees Improvement In Adult Literacy, Still An Issue For Area

Some 13 percent of the Upper Cumberland’s adult population is considered illiterate. Cumberland Adult Reading Council Executive Director Mary Coates said that she believes part of the issue comes from generational practice. “For many adults, it’s a pride issue,” Coates said. “They don’t want anybody to know that they can’t read or write or do basic math. And they have ... Read More »

Sparta Campground Seeing Influx After Bonnaroo Cancellation

The cancellation of Bonnaroo in Manchester has started a ripple effect for one campground in the Upper Cumberland. Big Puckett’s Campground and RV Park in Sparta has already seen 40 extra bookings Wednesday. Campground Manager Rachel Allison said it seems to be just the beginning as more festival goers find a place to stay. “There’s a travel agency that is ... Read More »

WCTE Cancels Stations Of Imagination Citing COVID Worries

WCTE has decided to cancel its Stations of Imagination for the weekend of September 10th citing concerns with rising COVID numbers among Upper Cumberland children. WCTE said it plans on exploring safe alternatives such as a virtual event with activities families can do at home, or it will provide pre-packed kits for pick up that families can take home. According ... Read More »

International Overdose Awareness Day Encourages More Education About Addiction

Record overdose numbers in the Upper Cumberland indicate a greater need for awareness of the dangers of addiction and overdose. That’s according to Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Suzanne Angel. Tuesday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Angel said that the key to bringing awareness to the issue comes from talking. “I think we need to talk about our mental health,” ... Read More »

Putnam School Calendar Could Be Impacted By COVID This Year

Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King fears the district could have to take days away from breaks due to COVID. State rules made effective in July for schools do not allow remote learning as a COVID solution during district closures. That means if COVID days are needed, they would come from breaks or extending the school year. “Right now, ... Read More »