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Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency will be accepting applications from Cumberland County farmers for the Emergency Conservation Program, also known as ECP. This program provides cost-share assistance to eligible agricultural producers whose farmland has debris needing cleanup and whose fences were damaged or destroyed by the February ice storm that struck Cumberland County. Applicants need to bring DATED, already-printed pictures of their disaster areas, to the FSA Office at signup. The office is located beside the Crossville Post Office at 314 Old Jamestown Highway. The signup period runs through May 15, 2015.
FEMA and TEMA began touring the Plateau Monday surveying the hardest hit areas from February’s ice storm. The Cumberland County Road Department has spent more than $50,000 since the storm hit in labor. VEC reports the winter storm brought down more than 700 poles on the Cumberland Plateau and caused $9.5 million in damage. Both agencies are expected to be in the East Tennessee area for about a week. More than 40 counties across the state have enough damage to apply for assistance. Once FEMA makes its determination for each county, it will apply for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Cumberland County could be notified in a few weeks if it will receive disaster funding.
Heath Wattenbarger, representing the Cumberland County Elks Lodge #2751, and the State of Tennessee, competed against the other states of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri t win the 4 State Regional Hoop Shoot Contest, held in Paris, TN, on Saturday, March 14th. Heath Shot 22 out of 25 shots to win in his age group. He will progress on to the National Contest to be held on Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 18th. Heath is the son of Leslie and Russell Wattenbarger and attends North Elementary School.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing that the 2015 Spring Turkey Quota Hunt application results are now available. The results can be found on the TWRA’s website at tnwildlife.org.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will increase visibility and traffic safety enforcement efforts during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The 48-hour traffic safety campaign will begin at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 and conclude at midnight, Wednesday, March 18. DUI and seat belts will be a top priority. Last year in Tennessee, four people were killed in vehicular crashes during the 48-hour St. Patty’s Day holiday period. One of the traffic fatalities occurred in an alcohol-related crash, while none of the four individuals killed were wearing safety restraints. Also last year, the THP arrested 54 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving and issued 416 seat belt citations statewide during last year’s St. Patty’s Day holiday period.