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CRMC to restrict visitors due to flu

CBJ Admin
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is implementing precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of flu within the hospital until further notice. Effective Tuesday, Dec. 2, visitors age 16 and under will not be permitted to visit patients. Children in this age group are a high source of flu transmission. The exception will be in the Birthing Center where siblings of newborns will be permitted to visit with their family.

This visitor restriction is implemented each year at CRMC during flu season based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ... click here to read more

Tennessee Code Academy to offer Treehouse courses

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Code Academy has partnered with online education provider Treehouse to offer continued learning opportunities for students. Every student who attends a TN Code Academy camp or workshop will have discounted access to the service. "We need to recognize ways we can transform the education system and curriculum to ensure students have the degrees and skill-sets that companies will most need in the near future," Ryan Carson, Treehouse CEO and co-founder, said. "This is the new opportunity initiative."

Treehouse is an online interactive education ... click here to read more

New director appointed for TCAT-Crossville

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Nov 28, 2014

CUMBERLAND COUNTY – The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a new director for the Tennessee College of Applied Technology–Crossville. Jerry Young was tapped for the position during a special-called meeting this week. Young has served as assistant director of the Crossville TCAT since 2005 and stepped into the interim director role when Don Sadler, the previous director, retired in September.

Young’s previous responsibilities include the fiscal and purchasing operations of the TCAT campus as well as the facilities, computer technology, and workforce development operations, among others. Prior to his assistant... click here to read more

Double Cola Co. and Budweiser of Cookeville announce partnership

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The Double Cola Company has announced its partnership with Budweiser of Cookeville as its main product distributor for the metro-Cookeville area and surrounding 11 counties. The distribution area covers cities such as Cookeville, Crossville, Sparta, Jamestown, Livingston and Smithville.

The new agreement allows Budweiser of Cookeville to immediately distribute Double Cola’s product line in an area adjacent to one of Double Cola’s largest Ski Citrus Soda territories.

“Budweiser of Cookeville’s sales team has done a phenomenal job getting behind the brands and seeding the market,” said Megan Hallar, Double Cola marketing manag... click here to read more

Tennessee State Parks to host public hearing at Rock Island State Park Dec. 1

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

ROCK ISLAND – Leaders from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be conducting a public hearing at Rock Island State Park Monday, Dec. 1, to gather public input and discuss the current business and management plan for the park. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Cabin #3 with an open house reception to meet park staff and view exhibits. The public hearing portion will begin at 6 p.m. and will last approximately one hour to an hour and a half.  

Rock Island State Park, 82 Beach Road, Rock Island, is an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake. Park Manager is Damon Graham. For more information about Tennessee State ... click here to read more

'Project Uno' making headway in Putnam County

Liz Engel Clark
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

COOKEVILLE – An industrial development prospect that could bring nearly 1,000 jobs to the Upper Cumberland region is making headway in Putnam County. Both the Cookeville City Council and Putnam County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Project Uno this week, in which terms of the pending agreement with the unknown prospect were outlined. The document still needs approval from the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the City of Cookeville, but among the publicized details: Uno is considering 36 acres in the approximately 225-acre ... click here to read more

Cardiologist rejoins CRMC and Tennessee Heart; hospital welcomes two new nephrologists

CBJ Admin
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has welcomed cardiologist Michael Lenhart, M.D., back to Cookeville and to its medical staff, bringing the number of cardiologists on staff to 11. Lenhart rejoins Tennessee Heart along with fellow cardiologists Drs. Mariano Battaglia, Stacy Brewington, Alex Case, Brian Dockery, Tim Fournet, Thomas Little, Scott Reising, Gary Reynolds, Joshua Spencer and electrophysiologist/arrhythmias specialist Mark Wathen. The hospital has also announced the addition of nephrologists Qurrat Shamim, M.D., and Ronak Jani, M.D.

Le... click here to read more

Wilson Bank & Trust receives regulatory approval to enter Cookeville market

CBJ Admin
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The paperwork has been filed and regulatory approvals completed. Wilson Bank & Trust (WB&T) has received the official go ahead to establish a presence in Putnam County, and the bank will open for business soon, the bank’s executives announced.Required approvals were received this week from the FDIC and the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, which allow WB&T to operate a branch in Putnam County. In a matter of weeks, the bank will begin doing business at a temporary location in Cookeville as it seeks a permanent office site. Official... click here to read more

Cookeville welcomes Alpha Phi Alpha conference; Visitors Bureau to showcase city

CBJ Admin
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

COOKEVILLE – The district conference of the Association of Tennessee Alphamen (ATA) will begin today at Tennessee Tech University. The state conference will bring approximately 150 representatives from across Tennessee as well as from Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to Cookeville through Nov. 16. This is the first time Cookeville has been awarded hosting privileges for the event.  The theme of the conference is "Cultivating Capacity: Commitment, Compassion, Character and Courage." The conference agenda is formatted to increase the capacity of ATA to provide more educated voters, increase the scholarship of young s... click here to read more

2015 Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show open to exhibitors

CBJ Admin
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

COOKEVILLE – Exhibit applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show, which will be held March 13-15 in Cookeville. The show is open to exhibitors who sell products and/or services for the home. For more than 40 years, the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland has sponsored the event each March to assist businesses to connect with consumers that are interested in building, remodeling, buying, landscaping, interior design and other home-related projects. The event also includes the “Gourmet Gallery” with a cooking stage and exhibit space for applia... click here to read more

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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