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Construction for the Big South Fork Visitor's Center is set to get underway in the near future. The Cumberland County Commission approved their agreement for operation at Monday evening's monthly meeting. A pre-construction meeting is set for June 20th at 12:30 p.m.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the federal government is funding nine Tennessee business-related projects with more than $100,000 in grants including one here in Cumberland County. The Crossville-Cumberland Chamber of Commerce is among the recipients of the USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grants program. The funds will be used towards projects related to tourism, technology, training and food production.
The Cumberland County Commission has agreed to sell the Amphitheater and the Veteran's Service Center building over to the City of Crossville. The City has discussed plans to install restroom facilities in the Veteran's Service building. In the meantime, business is being conducted in the Courthouse building on Main Street.
The migration of Africanized bees into Tennessee has state agriculture officials and beekeepers on alert. The first known instance of the more aggressive bees--sometimes called "killer bees"--in Tennessee came last year. An East Tennessee beekeeper has mail-ordered some bees and called the Department of Agriculture when they attacked him, stinging him about 30 times before he could get into his vehicle. The department will put out an alert if more of the aggressive bees are found and those colonies will be destroyed.
New Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program applicants will need to apply on October 1st this year instead of July 1st. Administration of the federal program will be transferred from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency effective October 1st.Given this transition, funds offered through the program will now be awarded to coincide with the federal fiscal year beginning October 1st. The program's mission is to assist households of low-income in help them meet their immediate home energy needs. In state fiscal year 2012, the program served over 145,000 Tennessee households.