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A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Cumberland County Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd- at the County Fairgrounds in Crossville. It’s Free and sponsored by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. For more information or questions call the Cumberland County Recycle Center at 931-484-9328.
The Crossville Depot is planning Grand re-opening activities on Thursday, October 23. Events and activities will take place from 11 am to 5 pm in the Event Room and on the deck. Afterwards at 6:30 pm, a free reception is scheduled and while the reception is free, tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Depot and at the CATS Gallery in the Crossville Mall.
Ray Evans of Plateau Partnership Park, an industrial development collaboration of Cumberland, Morgan and Roane Counties, gave county commissioners an update on progress this week. Evans reports that out of 25 to 30 prospects, they have responded to 6 that they felt they could adequately provide for. The park is still in development with the biggest drawbacks at this point being access to utilities. Evans says that engineering and design is underway to bring natural gas to the area but no time frame is set for construction. Also, while TVA has indicated they plan to study getting electricity to the area, there has been no commitment as yet to begin any construction on a substation to serve the park.
County Commissioners approved a grant from the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs for computer technology improvements for the Sheriff’s Department. The grant totals over $14,000 with the County matching 25 percent. Other items passed during this weeks County Commission meeting included a resolution approving funding for engineering services to begin the process of enhancing and improving the county wide communications system for the County’s emergency personnel. Earlier in the evening, Sheriff Casey Cox, in his report to the Emergency Services Committee, noted that it was very important to get the radio system working properly, as quickly as possible.
The price per mile for a ride in a Cumberland County ambulance will be increasing. County Commissioners in regular session last evening approved a resolution to increase the billed mileage to $10.86, up from $10.75. The new rate matches the maximum allowed by Medicare. Additionally, County Commissioners approved a resolution writing off over $13 million of uncollectible receivable accounts for the ambulance service. The resolution was recommended by the County’s third party billing company, AMB-MARS. Commissioner Nancy Hyder was concerned that some of the balances could still be collected, but County Finance Director Nathan Brock explained that the accounts being written off had been inactive for over one year. That resolution passed in a 13 to 4 vote with one commissioner absent.