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TDOT celebrates re-opening of Cordell Hull Bridge

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014

CARTHAGE – Traffic is now flowing freely on a long-time defunct bridge in Smith County.

State and local officials held a ribbon- cutting ceremony in July to re-open the Cordell Hull Bridge over the Cumberland River in Carthage. The bridge had been closed to traffic since December 2007, after a routine examination by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) bridge inspectors found significant deterioration in the bridge’s steel truss, spans and connections. The event marked the end of a long repair project, which began in August 2011 when Mid-State Construction was awarded a contract to rehabilitate the truss-style bridge.

The $9.5 million project included removal and replacement of the concrete bridge deck in all truss spans, replacement of the bridge rails the full length of the bridge, and various structural steel repairs and bearing replacements. Concrete repairs were also made to the bridge piers.

Much of the original structure was preserved through blast cleaning and repainting, including the overhead truss, lattice work and countless rivets.

The Cordell Hull Bridge, which originally opened to traffic in 1936, was named after former U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who once lived in Carthage.

Arts in the Appalachians returns in downtown Gainesboro

JACKSON COUNTY – Gainesboro’s second annual art walk, Arts in the Appalachians, an explicit juried event featuring quality work in various media supported by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, will mark its return in October. Artisans will be located in Gainesboro’s historical buildings throughout town, offering their wares as well as demonstrating their crafts.

The walk is scheduled 3-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

Last year’s walk featured 11 artisans in seven locations. This year, several businesses will be offering specials during the walk and door prizes will be available throughout.

To get more information, contact Freda Whitaker at (931) 310-4699 or Traci Young at (931) 397-9779.

Ciphertek grows its development team

LIVINGSTON – Ciphertek Systems LLC has announced the addition of Brett Farris. Farris will be heading the new development team. He has 15 years of development experience including large-scale Web applications, e-commerce solutions, content management systems, online marketing solutions, enterprise EDI and mobile applications, just to name a few.

Ciphertek has traditionally handled Web design and hosting, but more clients are asking for custom application development, mobile apps and social media campaigns.

“Brett has been our ‘go to guy’ for several years, and we are proud to be able to welcome him to the Ciphertek family,” said Elton Cranfill, co-owner of Ciphertek Systems. “When we began our search to fill this role, it was important that the candidate be from the Upper Cumberland. Too often we find that fly-by-night ‘consultants’ are only interested in the client for as long as it takes to get paid. Of course, we wanted someone with a competitive skillset and experience, but we feel that Mr. Farris is a lifelong resident of the Upper Cumberland area and shares our commitment to support and partner with our clients. With his 15 years of software development, SEO and social media experience, he will be a key asset to our clients in helping their efforts grow and leverage their online presence as well as their internal applications.”

Moore appointed municipal judge in Morrison

MORRISON – Local attorney Ryan J. Moore has been appointed municipal judge for the town of Morrison. He was sworn into the position in Aug. 4.

Moore, a practicing attorney whose primary legal focuses are criminal defense, family law, representing small business owners, and real estate law, will maintain his private practice while also serving as judge.

“I am humbled to have been selected to serve as municipal judge for the town of Morrison,” Moore said. “I spend a considerable amount of time in Morrison, it’s like a second home to me. It will be honor to preside over Morrison and serve the community by upholding the law.”

Moore’s first act as judge was completing the Tennessee Judicial Academy held by the Administrative Office of the Courts. During the intense week-long training, Moore, along with other new judges, received instruction on case management, evidence, warrants and judicial ethics taught by former Tennessee judges.

“Service to the community is extremely important to me,” Moore said. “When you are able to give back to a community that has supported you, like the town of Morrison has supported me, it’s an unbelievable opportunity and responsibility that I will work diligently to fulfill.”

Moore is a fourth generation resident of Warren County, a member of the Morrison Ruritan Club, president of the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club, serves on the McMinnville Historic Zoning Commission and is an active member at First Baptist Church of McMinnville.
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