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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.

... click here to read more

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

Volunteers needed for TSSAA BlueCross Bowl

CBJ Admin
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

COOKEVILLE – It’s that time of year again and all hands are on deck as the TSSAA BlueCross Bowl steering committee has begun planning this year’s high school football championships. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help make the TSSAA BlueCross Bowl High School Football Championships a memorable event for the players and their families. The championship games will take place at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium Dec. 4-6. Ushers, ticket takers, parking attendants, souvenir program sales and ticket sellers are just a few of the areas where volunteers will be the key to making this a successful experienc... click here to read more

Park Theatre renovations on pace for 2015 completion

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

MCMINNVILLE – Renovations at the historic Park Theatre in McMinnville are on pace for an early 2015 completion. Work at the former downtown movie house, a building that dates back to the 1930s and most recently served as office space, began earlier this year. Bill Brock, public works director and acting city administrator, said the project is on schedule.

"It's getting exciting now, the way the building's beginning to look; it's going well," he said. "Demolition is pretty much over, and reconstruction (efforts are) taking shape. They're working on the rear of the building adding dressing room areas. Bathrooms have been added o... click here to read more

UCB Blogger: Common Ground Coffee in Livingston closes

Liz Engel Clark
Monday, Sep 15, 2014

LIVINGSTON - The Common Ground Coffee Shop in Livingston has closed suddenly. Below is a memo issued by owners Mike and Bonnie Silver:

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the Common Ground Coffee Shop is closed indefinitely. Thank you all for your support and kindness for us, as we took on this journey in our lives.  We will miss you all so much. Tennessee has not seen the last of us yet!"

Common Ground was located off the Overton County Courthouse square at 204 W. Main St. It opened in May 2013. Not other information was immediately available.

... click here to read more

Crossville welcomes first 'Little Free Library'

CBJ Admin
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014

CROSSVILLE – A Little Free Library (LFL) is now available just outside the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) on the Roane State Community College campus on Cook Road in Crossville. Little Free Libraries promote reading in a community and are available for anyone to use. The concept is “take a book, return a book.”   The library was constructed during the CBI Make Camp under the mentorship of Gil Buffkin. The design and drawings for the LFL were developed by students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crossville. The Crossville Rotary Club paid for the official registration of the CBI ... click here to read more

Cumberland Business Incubator receives $50,000 prize to create 'Tinker Space'

CBJ Admin
Friday, Sep 5, 2014

CROSSVILLE – The Cumberland Business Incubator, located on the Roane State Community College Cumberland County campus, has received a $50,000 prize to create a space where entrepreneurs can turn ideas into working prototypes. The incubator was one of 50 organizations nationwide to receive the prize through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The competition, in its first year, attracted 800 applications from ... click here to read more

Industry appreciation: A listing of UC's top manufacturers

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014

In honor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal's ode to INDUSTRY APPRECIATION, we have compiled a list of the region's major industrial manufacturers. The manufacturing industry itself employs more than 313,500 Tennesseans, with more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers statewide. Both are big-time forces in the UC. Woodbury (Cannon)

Crane Interiors, boat interiors, 165 employees

Celina (Clay)

Honest Abe & Company, log homes/sawmill, 180 employees

Active Outdoors, automatic licensing services, 68 employees

Raycoe Inc., camouflage apparel, 50 employees

... click here to read more

Prison project resumes in Trousdale County

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

HARTSVILLE – Construction of a 2,500-bed prison in Trousdale County is back on track following a multi-year delay in light of the recession.

Two major contracts were approved in recent months by the Trousdale County Commission that served as the final puzzle pieces for the project to begin. In 2008, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company in the country, announced its original plans for the facility. But in 2009, construction was postponed due to the economic downturn.

The prison will be built in the center of the PowerCom Industrial Center, located off ... click here to read more

Job fair: Workers needed for Trousdale prison project construction

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

LAFAYETTE – Trade workers, students and others looking for construction work in the Trousdale County area will be able to explore job opportunities at an upcoming job fair Thursday, Sept. 4. The job fair will be held to recruit workers for the construction of a new Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) facility in Lafayette. The project’s construction manager is JE Dunn Construction Company, the 11th largest domestic general building contractor in the U.S.

The job fair will run from noon-4:30 p.m. at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Members of JE Dunn&rsqu... click here to read more

Cumberland Biosciences begins build-out in Celina

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

 CELINA – A pharmaceutical start-up that’s looking to ID triggers for diseases like cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s has started its build out in Clay County’s industrial park, and leaders say the company could be up and running by early next year.

Cumberland Biosciences, which announced an agreement to locate in Celina at the same time it publicized its partnership with Boston-based pharmaceutical firm Berg in June, is slightly ahead of schedule constructing its lab inside a spec building located on Highway 52. The firm has reportedly signed a seven-year lease for the space. Cumberland B... click here to read more

How Cookeville landed the state’s largest distribution facility: A timeline

Liz Engel Clark
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

For 10 months, Project Victor was kept top secret. Company executives came (sometimes unannounced). Company executives went. Land was annexed. Incentives were discussed and calculated and extended for the industrial prospect. Now, of course, it's no longer under wraps – and Cookeville has been crowned the winner in a six-city race. During a ceremony Aug. 8 at Cookeville's Dogwood Park, Academy Sports + Outdoors confirmed plans for a 1.6 million square foot distribution facility – to be the largest under one roof in the state of Tennessee – a $100 million investment and the need for 700 new jobs by the end of 2020.

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Cookeville considered nation's eighth least expensive city

CBJ Admin
Monday, Sep 1, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville has been named one of the least expensive areas to live in the nation. According to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index (COLI), Cookeville is the eighth least expensive out of the 279 areas that participated in the first quarter 2014 report. The Council for Community and Economic Development (C2ER) measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items for which price... click here to read more

BREAKING: TTI Floor Care to expand Cookeville operations, add 200-plus jobs

CBJ Admin
Monday, Aug 25, 2014

COOKEVILLE – TTI Floor Care announced today that the company will invest in its Cookeville facility by adding additional manufacturing capacity to introduce new product lines and support existing product transfers. TTI Floor Care North America will create 211 new jobs in Putnam County, nearly doubling its workforce over the next five years.

The news marks the community's second substantial economic development this month, following Academy Sports + Outdoors' plans to build a 1.6 million distribution facility in town. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Dev... click here to read more

Four UC residents named to state boards and commissions

CBJ Admin
Monday, Aug 25, 2014

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made appoints to 52 Tennessee boards and commissions on Monday. Upper Cumberland residents were appointed to four of the 118 seats. Appointment terms are varied due to differing statutory requirements or term limits determined by specific qualifications. According to a state-issued press release, the governor continues to "evaluate the state’s complete range of boards and commissions to identify potential reforms that might be made to ensure Tennesseans have a government that is responsive, effective and efficient."

“I am honored to make these appointments, and I appreciate these men and women who are so willing to serve in... click here to read more
     
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