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The Cumberland County Veterans Council will sponsor a Veterans Day ceremony tomorrow at the Cumberland County Veterans Memorial Park on Main St. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The Cumberland County Community Band will provide patriotic music from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the park. Main Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street will be closed during the ceremony, so please consider arriving early. Some seating will be available, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Patriotic songs will be performed, colors will be posted, and the program will include special guests and a keynote speaker. All military services and local Veteran organizations will be recognized
Tennessee State Parks will have its annual free state parks day for all Tennessee veterans on Monday, Nov. 12th, offering one free night of camping and complimentary greens fees for 18 holes of golf. The free day is in addition to Tennessee State Parks' current veterans' policy, which includes a camping discount within the state parks system and is available annually beginning Nov. 1st through March 31st, offering a 15 to 25 percent reduction off the standard nightly base rates. This camping discount is available to Tennessee residents showing proof of prior military duty. A special state park discount also is in place for active duty military personnel and members of the Tennessee National Guard. Disabled veterans are also eligible for the Tennessee State Parks year-round ADA discount that provides a 25 to 50 percent discount for campsites.
If you're planning on travelling for the Thanksgiving Holiday, there should be some good news when you go to fill up the car. The national pump price is expected to average $3.56 per gallon, that's down 4 cents from what the agency projected in last month's forecast.
The commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is asking for more than $8 million to hire new staff and make other improvements to the agency that has been highly scrutinized over children's deaths. Commissioner Kate O'Day says part of the money would be used to hire more case workers and attorneys. Governor Bill Haslam says granting the entire $8.6 million request would be tough because of a tight budget, but says he understands the need.
A huge sycamore tree in right here in Cumberland County has been recognized as the second-largest of its species in Tennessee. The 94-foot-tall tree is located on the Wildwood Stables property in Fairfield Glade. It has been named the Legendary Sycamore and is now officially added to the Historic Tree Registry.
Photo Courtesy Wildwood Stables