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BREAKING: Jackson Kayak receives Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence

Liz Engel Clark
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014

WHITE COUNTY - Jackson Kayak in Sparta has been named a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence (GATE).

Jackson Kayak, the medium company winner, manufactures kayaks, coolers and accessories for its own brand name, in addition to creating custom moldings for other companies. Eric Jackson founded Jackson Kayak in 2004, and he created sales on five continents within just two years of business. Since then, Jackson Kayak has made many more distributor partnerships in countries around Europe, Asia and South America. The company most recently began exporting to Russi... click here to read more

CRMC receives national recognition

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has been nationally recognized for its participation in the Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative (TSQC), which has reduced surgical complications by 19.7 percent since 2009. This reduction represents at least 533 lives saved and $75.2 million in reduced costs in Tennessee. CRMC's recognition comes as part of a presentation at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Collaborative Improvement Program’s (NSQIP) national conference in New York City in July.

“By working together,... click here to read more

UCB Blogger: Cumberland Caverns named to Rolling Stone list

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

MCMINNVILLE – Warren County's Cumberland Caverns, a U.S. natural landmark and one of the region's most unique tourist attractions, was mentioned in a recent Rolling Stone feature. The pop culture mag ranked the "Top 10 Tennessee Spots for Music Lovers." Cumberland Caverns was mentioned as a must-see along with Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Fall of Fame and Museum, Graceland and others.

Rolling Stone says you should, "Travel some 70 miles south of Nashville to the small town of McMinnville, Tennessee, (birthplace of country legend Dottie West), then make your way below ground for one of the state's... click here to read more

TN Code Academy hosting GIS and drone camp starting Nov. 17

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Code Academy will host an afterschool camp in Cookeville next week focusing on GIS and drones. The event begins on Monday, Nov. 17, and will last throughout the week, 4-6 p.m. daily.  The participants will experience hands-on mapping as well as use the latest technology in mapping software. The workshop will cover how to use GPS, drones, map-making, map reading and more. Each participant also has the option to receive a Proto-X miniature quad-copter drone.

Next week’s camp is being help in conjunction with GIS day, which is Nov. 19. Events will take place all across the world to celebrate the annual salute to geosp... click here to read more

TCS acquisition ‘very good’ for Cookeville

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

COOKEVILLE – A rapidly growing Cookeville-based software provider was recently acquired by its largest competitor.

TCS Technologies, which just last year moved into a newly renovated office space at 3313 Williams Enterprise Drive, was bought by ARI Network Services Inc. in October. TCS is a provider of software, websites and digital marketing services designed exclusively for dealers, wholesalers, retreaders and manufacturers within the automotive tire and wheel market.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but local company executives likened th... click here to read more

UCBJ digital conversion countdown continues

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Dozens of Upper Cumberland Business Journal (UCBJ) readers have already signed up to be among the publication’s first digital subscribers when its conversion from print begins Jan. 1.

Since announcing the platform change in October, staff members have been working to upgrade the UCBJ website and delivery method to ensure a seamless transition come 2015. Subscribers can continue to sign up for online access and order 2015 subscriptions at www.ucbjournal.com/digital.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback a... click here to read more

Retailer expectations high for the holiday shopping season

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND - Even before the haunts of Halloween expired, before the candy was unwrapped and the costumes unpacked, retailers all across the country – and the region – have already stepped full-scale into their holiday shopping season prep. And for good reason. The Upper Cumberland is poised to have positive sales after a modest year in 2014. The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association, is also optimistic. It expects sales in November and December to increase a “healthy” 4.1 percent; holiday sales on average have grown just 2.9 percent over the past 10 years.

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National Business Chamber branches out in Cookeville, UC

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

COOKEVILLE – A new – and national – business chamber is up and running in the greater Cookeville area, and the leaders behind the group are hoping to have a more regional reach.

That’s just one of the differences the National Business Chamber of the Upper Cumberland hopes to offer its member businesses. The organization, one of five such chapters across the country so far and the first in Tennessee, is a cooperative whose leaders are also co-owners in the for-profit organization, says Jim Vesper, man... click here to read more

Honest Abe to open new model home in Crossville

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Nov 7, 2014

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – It’s a vast array of peaked rooftops, exposed timber and an expanse of porches – 1,700 square feet in all – but perhaps the most important feature in Honest Abe’s newest model home in Crossville is that it’s also a showcase for homeowners’ latest tastes. The home, recently constructed on Crabtree Road with a grand opening celebration set for the weekend of Nov. 7-8, sits on a site that Honest Abe, a Clay County-based log and timber home designer, builder and manufacturer, has owned since 1993. The lot had once featured a tim... click here to read more

Cookeville city manager to retire

CBJ Admin
Friday, Nov 7, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Long-time Cookeville City Manager Jim Shipley has announced his plans for retirement. Shipley, who has served in his role since 1995, will step aside on or about March 1, 2015. Shipley, 65, has served for five former city councils and mayor. The current mayor and council were seated in August this year, Shipley’s 19th as City Manager. 

“I think it is just my time," Shipley said in a release. "The city of Cookeville is in good fiscal condition and there are many new and exciting developmen... click here to read more

Adams USA to liquidate assets

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Nov 7, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Adams USA, a sporting goods manufacturer with a 67-year history in Cookeville and Putnam County, is holding a factory liquidation next week. The company announced it will offer discounts on more than $10 million worth of inventory and other assets. The liquidation follows news that Adams USA sold certain assets to Kranos Corporation, which does business as Schutt Sports, in mid-October. Kranos has purchased some of the current Adams catalog inventory and will continue to develop the Adams, Trace, Bolco, Newmann and Bucks brands. 

Adams USA, located at 610 Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville, first opened its d... click here to read more

Extension granted for 'Project Enterprise'

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – The Crossville city council approved a 120-day option extension for Project Enterprise, an unknown industrial prospect looking to locate in the city's Interchange Business Park off Highway 127 North.  The council originally approved a 60-day option for Project Enterprise on 18.59 acres on Interchange Drive in August. That option expired Oct. 11, but Enterprise requested an additional 120 days to complete its due diligence at the site.

Per the original contract, the purchase price for the land is $465,000, but that amount will be completely abated if Project Enterprise employs at least 93 full-time workers. The contrac... click here to read more

September sales collections skewed?

CBJ Admin
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – State sales tax collection numbers for the Upper Cumberland in the months of August and September seem slightly skewed, although the region has shown gains in both reported months. The numbers were released late by Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) analyst Henry Bowman due to "definite problems" with parts of the data. Collections for Fentress, for example, have been distorted by some sort of misclassification, he said. For the month of September, the county was down 37.9 percent from the year prior. Reversely in August, Fentress showed a 73.9 percent gain.

"Consequently, Fentress County and UCDD data are unusually suspect for those time period... click here to read more

Auto supplier Ficosa considering leaving Crossville

Liz Engel Clark
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – A Crossville automotive supplier is reportedly considering packing up and leaving Cumberland County but is working with officials on possible incentives to stay. The city's ongoing negotiations with Ficosa, a tier I automotive supplier of rearview mirror systems, were the topic of discussion at Tuesday night's council meeting as rumors continue to swirl about the company's potential move.

City Manager David Rutherford said they have made a "very good offer" to incentivize Ficosa. He would not discuss those details specifically but said the numbers could possibly be released later – once Ficosa mak... click here to read more

A wake up call? UC has less than stellar tourism spending report

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Visitor spending was relatively flat in the Upper Cumberland in 2013, according to numbers released today by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Tourism spending was up just 0.5 percent as visitors dished out $359.62 million at restaurants, hotels, retail stores, entertainment venues and on transportation in the Upper Cumberland in 2013. While it was an increase, the UC's percentage gain was the lowest among other regions in the state. As a comparison, the Mid-Cumberland region, which includes Davi... click here to read more

BREAKING: Crossville council to consider extension for 'Project Enterprise'

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – The Crossville city council will discuss and take action next week on a proposed 120-day option extension for Project Enterprise, an unknown industrial prospect looking to locate in the city's Interchange Business Park off Highway 127 North.  The council originally approved a 60-day option for Project Enterprise on 18.59 acres on Interchange Drive in August. That option expires Oct. 11, according to council documents, but Enterprise has requested an additional 120 days to complete its due diligence at the site.

Per the origin... click here to read more

Wilson Bank and Trust to open Cookeville branch

Liz Engel Clark
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY – A Lebanon-based bank that's among the top 10 largest in the state is eyeing Cookeville and hopes to open a branch locally within the next 30 days. Wilson Bank & Trust announced its plans for expansion this week. John McDearman, executive vice president, said officials are actively looking for that temporary location with plans to find a more permanent address. He expects they'll secure that spot in the next 30 days depending on regulatory approval.

Wilson Bank & Trust, which has 25 offices in Middle Tennessee, has a presence already in the Upper Cumberland, with offices in DeKalb and Smith cou... click here to read more

Upcoming 'Code Camp' deadline is Friday

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Code Academy (TN Code Academy) is conducting a code camp for students ages 10-18 next week in Cookeville, and the deadline to register is Friday. Throughout the week of Oct.13-17, the camp will cover a wide variety of topics such as web design, video game creation, app design, the python programming language and 3-D design. This is the third camp that TN Code Academy has hosted in Cookeville. The program has conducted various camps and workshops all across Tennessee and had more than 500 students participate in events throughout their first year.

“TN Code Academy is changing lives and pu... click here to read more

Rural hospitals still struggling under ACA arm

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

A struggle. Challenging. A new reality. Just some of the ways local hospital officials describe the most recent 12 months under the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act, which continues to dominate the discussion in the health care environment. Four hospitals across Tennessee have shuttered this year, as rural facilities in particular continue to battle decreased reimbursements, volume drops and already smaller scales. Dozens of other medical centers in the state, including at least four in the Upper Cumberland, ... click here to read more

UC Business Journal going all-digital Jan. 1

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

COOKEVILLE – After eight years of publishing more than 100 custom editions, the Upper Cumberland Business Journal (UCBJ) will soon be converting its primary news delivery to digital. The platform change, which will occur Jan. 1, will ultimately mean better content for readers with more up-to-date stories and interactive features. The transition mirrors a nationwide trend – readers are consuming more and more news online or on mobile devices, while online advertisers continue to increase their investment in digital products. Major news outlets like Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report have already converted to online publishing in recent years.

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TTI expanding Cookeville operations, adding 200+ jobs

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

Vacuum maker has already installed new lines as part of plans for expansion COOKEVILLE – Just last summer, the status of Oreck's Cookeville operation was in limbo, following the company’s bankruptcy filing. But now, big economic development news is being celebrated on Salem Drive, after new owner TTI Floor Care North America recently announced plans for expansion.

TTI Floor Care, which won the bankruptcy bid for Oreck in court last July, said it would invest in the Cookeville facility. The vacuum maker is adding additional manufacturing capacity – the ... click here to read more

14th annual ART Prowl means business

Shannon Terry
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Local artists are gearing up for the 14th annual ART Prowl with support from a familiar underwriter and several new stops on a tour that highlights local artists, new businesses and community involvement.

For the second year, the WestSide Business Association has signed on as the primary underwriter for ART Prowl, which takes place noon-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, on Cookeville’s WestSide and other nearby locations.

“We are so excited that this year, once again, the Art Prowl is focusing so much attention on the WestSide,” said Allan Stingley, ... click here to read more

Health care shifts abound in UC

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – A lot has changed in the health care scene in the Upper Cumberland in 2014, namely in terms of personnel and projects.

New CEOs have been named at three hospitals in the region in recent months. Jeremy Biggs was tapped to lead Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville following its merger with Covenant Health earlier this year. Biggs succeeded Ed Anderson, who had served in various leadership roles at the hospital since 1992. Joanne Fenton was appointed CEO of Livingston Regional Hospital in April after former CEO Michael Meadows took a medical leave of absence. And at Jamestown Regional in Fentress County, Lynette P... click here to read more

Grey Wolf Ranch moves headquarters to UC

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Oct 3, 2014

ALLONS – This isn’t your typical dude ranch. Sure, there are herds of horses, trail rides, and amenities that are definitely more tourist leaning. But Grey Wolf Ranch, a new Upper Cumberland business located minutes from Dale Hollow Lake in the confines of Clay County, offers something different. A unique – and totally personalized – instructional experience.

Owners Daniel and Christine Grey recently relocated both themselves and their company’s headquarters to this quiet locale – beyond the boundaries of Overton but still considered Allons territory: 115 acres within minutes o... click here to read more

TCS Technologies acquired

Liz Engel Clark
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

COOKEVILLE – ARI Network Services Inc. has acquired TCS Technologies, a provider of software, websites and digital marketing services designed exclusively for dealers, wholesalers, retreaders and manufacturers within the automotive tire and wheel vertical.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TCS will maintain normal operations out of its headquarters in Cookeville under the continued leadership of Barry D. Reese, who will assume the role of VP and GM of TCS Technologies, an ARI company.

“ARI's growth strategy continues to be fueled by a c... click here to read more

Cookeville TDVA field office relocated to improve service

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The state Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) recently announced the relocation of an existing Cookeville field office to improve access to claims assistance for Tennessee veterans.

In September, the Cookeville TDVA field office was relocated to 851 S. Willow Ave., Suite 108, in the Cookeville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, a federal facility managed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS). The phone number to the new Cookeville field office is (931) 526-6929.

“The relocation of the Cookeville field office will offer convenient claims ass... click here to read more

PC Habitat garners support at upcoming Business Cumberland networking event

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Putnam County Habitat has been chosen as the charitable recipient for the upcoming Business Cumberland Business Networking Event, to be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Willow Place Conference Center in Cookeville. This event will allow business owners to meet other business professionals and potential customers/clients. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase. From noon–1 p.m., a “Lunch & Learn” hour will focus on 3D Printing, presented by Tom McDunn with TPM Technologies and Stackhouse 3D. Also at the event, PCHFH will have its ReStore truck ready for donat... click here to read more

UC unemployment takes a late summer tumble

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Unemployment rates in the Upper Cumberland decreased across the board in the month of August. All 14 counties saw numbers tumble from July's revised report. Five counties in particular posted jobless rates at 7.0 percent or lower, bettering the state's August rate of 7.4, including Putnam (7.0), DeKalb (6.9), Cannon (6.5), Macon (6.1) and Smith (6.0).

Conversely, Pickett (11.0) and Van Buren (10.0) were still in double digits but numbers in those counties were better than July and August of last year, which stood at 11.9 percent for both, respectively.

Rounding out the region were Warren (7.8) Jackson (8.0), Overton (8.0), Fentress (8.3), Clay (8.... click here to read more

'100 Girls of Code' launches second tour, expanding to eight states

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Code Academy ended its month-long “100 Girls of Code” tour of Tennessee in July. The program was set up to introduce 100 girls across Tennessee to computer programming at a free, one-day workshop. More than 150 young females, ages 12-18, attended one of the nine workshops that extended from Memphis to Knoxville. 100 Girls of Code will begin its second tour in October and travel across eight states throughout the southeastern United States by the end of next summer. The initiative hopes to introduce at least 100 girls to computer programming in each state.

“We were pleased with the success of the previous tour,” said Sammy L... click here to read more

Audit uncovers recurring problems in Pickett County government

CBJ Admin
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

BYRDSTOWN – A new audit from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office finds significant problems still exist in Pickett County government. The audit includes 14 findings related to accounting, bookkeeping, and management practices. These problems have become a pattern, the comptroller says. Eleven of the findings were also highlighted in last year's audit, but corrective action had not been taken.

Auditors identified several issues with the way county leaders are handling money. Th... click here to read more
     
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