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The Salvation Army announced the winners of their annual Kettle Campaign competition between the City and County Fire and police and sheriff departments. For the second year in a row, County Fire took home the trophy for raising the most money during their competition, while the Crossville Police Department continued their long standing winning streak. While all of the law enforcement and fire officials enjoyed the friendly ribbing of the competition, the true winners at the end of the day are the children of Cumberland County, as the $36,000 raised during the campaign will go directly to childrenís services.
The 2014 Farm Bill recently became law, providing funding for the nationís major conservation programs.As the federal governmentís primary agricultural and food policy tool, the Farm Bill supports many USDA programs, including the conservation programs that provide farmers, ranchers and forest landowners with technical and financial assistance to address resource concerns on their land.
Assistance includes both technical expertise and funding to help put conservation practices on fields and in forests in Tennessee and across the country.
Visit nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or your local The Cumberland County USDA service center at 314 Old Jamestown Hwy, for more info
The Stone Memorial High School cheerleaders have a new coach. According to Vice Principal and Athletic Director Lance Kennedy, Nicole Graham has accepted the position as coach. Graham will begin her time with the Panthers beginning with a cheer clinic, April 21-22 and tryouts on April 23. The 1995 graduate of Cumberland County is in her sixth year of teaching at Stone Elementary School where she has been teaching Kindergarten and coaching varsity cheerleading for four years. Mrs. Graham is currently working toward a Masters in Elementary Education from The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Graham resides in the Crossville area with her husband Terry, daughter Emily, and son Ethan
Governor Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to a full House vote. The Tennessee Promise program is part of Haslam's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 and to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state. Haslam wants to pay for the program by using $300 million in excess lottery reserve funds and join it with a $47 million endowment.
The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit. The measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly. The bill would also remove state restrictions on the location of ammunition when firearms are being transported in vehicles, and would allow guns to be removed from cars on school property for the purposes of storing them in another part of the vehicle.