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Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes on Friday, Nov. 28. The fourth in the quarterly hikes program, the After Thanksgiving Hikes will be offered at each of the 55 state parks. “The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends while working off that holiday feast,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look into planned hikes in your area, visit http://tnstateparks.com or connect via Facebook or Twitter.
On Sunday, November 23, 2014 MADD Upper Cumberland and the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s office will hold their 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope in Cookeville. The program will be held at the Wesley Arena Theater at 271 E 9th Street in Cookeville and will begin at 3 p.m. CT. This is an event for victims of drunk driving and murder victims. Participants are urged to bring a framed photo of their loved one to be displayed during the program. This event is open to all of the Upper Cumberland community and law enforcement and emergency medical personnel are encouraged to attend in uniform.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a driver’s license roadside safety checkpoint on Hwy. 127 on Saturday, November 22, 2014 beginning at 7 p.m. Troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.
With the holidays approaching, the disappearance of Nikki Burgess weighs heavily on the hearts of family and friends. Burgess, formerly of Crossville, disappeared from her Nashville home in May. Caleb Cannon, the father of Burgess’ 11-year-old son remains a person of interest in the case along with several other people. DNA evidence and hair samples from Burgess’s home were sent to the TBI and FBI in September. However, DNA evidence can take up to six months to process. Anyone with information on the disappearance of Nikki Burgess is asked to call the Metro Nashville Police Department at at 615-862-8600. (Photo Courtesy Facebook Nikki Burgess)
The Crossville I-40 KOA Campground has been awarded the 2015 KOA President’s and Founder’s Awards by Kampgrounds of America Inc., the world’s largest system of family-friendly campgrounds. The awards were presented Friday, November 14 at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. KOA is celebrating its 52nd Anniversary in 2014. The KOA President’s Awards are presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive high scores in KOA’s annual Quality Review. To find out more about this KOA, or any of the other 485 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com (Photo Courtesy KOA).