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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.

... click here to read more

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

More good news for Cookeville: Governor to make economic development announcement here Monday

Liz Engel Clark
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

COOKEVILLE – A media advisory issued Friday says Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TTI Floor Care North America officials will make an economic development announcement at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in Cookeville. No other information was given in the notice. But it will be Haslam's second trip to Cookeville this month for economic development good news. He was here Friday, Aug. 8, to reveal Academy Sports + Outdoors' plans to build a 1.6 million square foot distribution facility, to be the largest under one roof in the state.

TTI Floor Care North America, makers of vacuum... click here to read more

UCB Blogger: Congressman to make UC stops

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

HIGHLANDS – Congressman Diane Black is planning a visit to Jackson and Putnam counties next week. Her schedule for Tuesday, Aug. 26, includes lunch, a factory tour and town hall meeting.

Lunch at Helen’s Restaurant 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 3013 S. Grundy Quarles Highway, Gainesboro   Tour ANSEI America 1–2 p.m. 1659 N. Grundy Quarles Highway, Gainesboro   Tour of ICU mobile unit 2:45–3 p.m. Seventh Street at Mahler Avenue, Cookeville   Jackson County town hall 5:15–6:30 p.m.... click here to read more

Unemployment up in July in UC

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Unemployment was up almost across the board in the Upper Cumberland in July. Thirteen of the region's 14 counties saw increases from June. Overton was the lone exception. Its rate of 8.2 percent was a 0.1 percentage point less than the previous month. Elsewhere, increases ranged from 1.3 percentage points in Fentress (9.3) and 0.9 percentage points in Smith (0.9) to 0.1 percentage points in Clay (9.4) and Jackson (8.9).

Both Pickett (11.2) and Van Buren (11.1) were in double digits, although rates in those counties have improved year-over-year by a full percentage point or more. Rounding out the rest of the region were Cannon (7.4), DeKalb (7.4), Macon (7... click here to read more

All UC counties awarded ThreeStar status

Liz Engel Clark
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

UPPER CUMBERLAND – It was a clean sweep for the Upper Cumberland today as the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) announced the counties that have been awarded ThreeStar status. Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White were all listed as members of the economic development program. In all, 85 of 95 counties statewide were awarded the designation. To participate in the ThreeStar program, all counties must complete an annual activity plan and report, among other activities. “The ThreeStar program is a vital com... click here to read more

Livingston Regional Hospital to host planning meeting for new community health network

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

LIVINGSTON – Livingston leaders are hoping the formation of a new community network will improve the health of patients in and around the surrounding communities. The leadership team at Livingston Regional Hospital (LRH) will host a meeting with local resources to learn more about joining the new "Guardians of Care" network and to begin a discussion about how the hospital, including its medical staff and employees, local government agencies, pharmacies, assisted living and nursing homes, home health agencies including hospice, the health department, educators, transportation services, meal/food distribution services... click here to read more

Option contract approved for new prospect eying Cumberland County

Liz Engel Clark
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

CROSSVILLE – Another industrial prospect is eying the Upper Cumberland region – this time, Cumberland County. The Crossville council took action Tuesday night to move forward with an option contract for Project Enterprise, an unknown entity interested in the city's Interchange Business Park off Highway 127 North. The agreement will essentially offset the purchase price of the property – about 18.59 acres from the city – for each new job created. There was no other information about Enterprise's overall plans, and the company's name was blacked out on documents released to the press.

Per the contract... click here to read more

Academy Sports + Outdoors to open distribution center in Cookeville

CBJ Admin
Friday, Aug 8, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with local and regional economic development officials gathered today in Cookeville’s Dogwood Park to announce Academy Sports + Outdoors will build a new 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Cookeville to support company growth. The sports, outdoors and lifestyle brand will invest $100 million and create 700 full-time equivalent jobs in Putnam County over the next five years.

Spanning 257.38 total acres, the center will be the largest distribution facility in Tennessee under one roof.

Almost a year since initial contact, local, state and regi... click here to read more

Project Victor revealed: Academy Sports to build state's largest distribution center in Cookeville

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Aug 8, 2014

COOKEVILLE – After months of negotiations and weeks of speculation, Project Victor, an economic development prospect with 700 new jobs and a $100 million investment, was finally revealed in Putnam County today at Cookeville's Dogwood Park. Academy Sports + Outdoors, a sports, outdoors and lifestyle brand, will build a new 1.6 million square foot distribution center in town, marking one of the biggest economic development announcements in Upper Cumberland history. Spanning 257.38 total acres, the center will be the largest distribution facility in Tennessee under one roof. Construction is expected to begin later this month, and c... click here to read more

TDOT coming to Sparta for input on 25-year transportation plan

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

SPARTA – The Sparta–White County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to bring a public survey forum to White County in an effort to gather data for the Tennessee long-range transportation plan. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the third floor courtroom at the White County Courthouse, 1 E. Bockman Way.

TDOT is creating a new long-term vision for transportation in Tennessee and public input is needed. This 25-year long-range transportation plan (LRTP) provides the foundation for prio... click here to read more

Cookeville Goodwill career center to host three job fairs in three days

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The Goodwill Career Solutions center in Cookeville will host three job fairs next week for three employers looking to fill several positions. The first job fair will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, for Pilot Travel Centers. The company is looking to fill several positions in Putnam and Cumberland counties.

The Cookeville Career Solutions center will host another job fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, for Staff Management|SMX. The staffing agency is looking to fill several warehouse and assembly positions in DeKalb and White counties.

The third job fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, for Wise Staffing. That staffing a... click here to read more

BREAKING: Project Victor announcement set for Friday

Liz Engel Clark
Monday, Aug 4, 2014

COOKEVILLE – An official announcement concerning Project Victor, an industrial prospect that's been eying Cookeville for months, is expected to happen on Friday. The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce issued a "save-the-date" this afternoon. The notice only makes mention of a "special economic development announcement" and doesn't refer to any specific prospect by name, but sources told the UCBJ it's related to Victor, an unknown company that's been clouded in secrecy as the related parties have been working to cement the deal.

The announcement will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the Dogwood Park performance pavilion across from city hall. Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled ... click here to read more

Window film expert opens his own Cookeville shop

CBJ Admin
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville has become well-known for producing champions over the past several years. The state’s high school football playoffs culminate at Tennessee Tech. The Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Fronning, calls Cookeville home. And now another world champion is putting the Upper Cumberland on the map. Jason Petty, the 2012 International Window Film Tint-Off champion, recently opened The Window Tint Company at 1615 Brown Ave., Suite 5, in Cookeville with his wife, Suzy.

The International Window Film Tint-Off is an annual event sponsored by Window Film Magazine that showcases the skills of the world... click here to read more

August calendar of events

CBJ Admin
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Listing compiled by the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association:

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday through Aug. 23 – Curtain Call Dinner Theatre at the Crossville Outlet Mall

Curtain Call rat pack (The Music, Comedy & Memories of Frank, Dean, Sammy with Marilyn & Judy) starring Dennis Donald, Ashley Krohn, Rich Petersen, Chris Bennett, introducing Billy Gibson with special guests. For more information and reservations, call (931) 337-7469... click here to read more

'Arts in the Appalachians' returns for second year in downtown Gainesboro

CBJ Admin
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

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 for 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.

For more information, contact Freda Wh... click here to read more

UCB Blogger: Cook Out coming to Cookeville?

CBJ Admin
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cook Out, a national burger and barbecue restaurant chain founded in North Carolina, looks to be adding its first Upper Cumberland location. While a building permit has not yet been issued for the project, City of Cookeville officials say one has been paid for. Codes director Jeff Littrell said the eatery is looking to locate on South Jefferson Avenue in front of Nick's Restaurant.

Cook Out is a drive-through style restaurant offering char-grilled burgers, bacon cheddar hot dogs, chicken, BBQ, chicken wraps, homemade milk shakes and desserts. The closest Cook Outs to Cookeville are in Murfreesboro and Knoxville, and the private, family-owned chain has six total... click here to read more

Putnam County parties to consider incentives for new prospect 'Uno'

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Initial projections equal 1,100 jobs for the UC COOKEVILLE – Legislative bodies in Putnam County will consider approving incentives next week for a new industrial prospect looking to locate in the long awaited Highlands Business Park. The Putnam County Commission will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the courthouse to consider incentives for the prospect, known only as "Uno."

A resolution to that effect, according to a legal notice published for the meeting, would give County Executive Kim Blaylock the ability to advance up to $1.25 million in incentives and enter into an agreement to transfer the one-half undivided interest of P... click here to read more

Second 'Parade of Homes' event to showcase the new and remodeled in the UC

CBJ Admin
Friday, Jul 25, 2014

COOKEVILLE – After a successful tour last summer, the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland is returning with its second Parade of Homes event Aug. 23-24 in Cookeville and surrounding areas. This year, the tour has been expanded to include six newly constructed and two remodeled homes to offer attendees a variety of styles and even more inspiring ideas.

The parade allows visitors the opportunity to speak to builders, ask questions and see various innovative products included in each home. The goal, said Melanie Chadwell, Home Builders Association executive officer, is inspire with the latest trends in new home ... click here to read more
     
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