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Cumberland Co. EMS Acquire Four Lifesaving LUCAS Devices

Cumberland County Emergency Management Services is excited to announce the purchase of four LUCAS devices for their EMS crews. These devices were budgeted at $15,000 each for this fiscal year. “As mayor, one of my focuses has been improving Emergency Services in the county. This current years’ approved budget shows the Cumberland County Commission has a similar interest. We are excited to get these purchased and in service,” said Mayor Allen Foster.

A LUCAS device is a lightweight mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, guideline-consistent chest compressions for cardiac arrest patients. This device is very helpful in situations such as patient movement, transporting, and prolonged CPR. The LUCAS device not only presses down on the chest, it also pulls up on the chest which pulls blood back into the heart to obtain better blood circulation. The push-pull system allows for a complete recoil of the chest to ensure the blood can build up pressure that is essential to keeping the brain functioning.

According to EMS Director, Chris Miller, “This device will improve our department’s efficiency tremendously. CPR is tiresome work and rescuers trade out every two minutes to off set fatigue and to maintain good compressions. Having this LUCAS device frees up emergency personnel to provide other critical lifesaving procedures.”

Last Week to VOTE Early!

Today starts the last week of early voting, which takes place at the Election Commission across the street from the old courthouse! You can early VOTE today through Thursday from 8a – 5p!  If you have any questions, please give the commission a call at 931-484-4919. 

FREE Webinar Series to Support Tennessee Businesses and Non-Profits

Message from Boyd:

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused great adversity, it’s also led to great innovation.
 
From new partnerships and products to new ways of doing business—industries, organizations and teams are evolving in ways we couldn’t have imagined.
 
At the University of Tennessee, we want to help share these success stories in hopes of supporting and inspiring more collaboration and momentum amidst the pandemic.
 
To do that, we’ve partnered with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and launched a new webinar series including: 

  • 11 unique webinars (60- to 90-minutes each)
  • Free and available to the public
  • Covering topics ranging from leading remote workers to hosting virtual events
  • Featuring 28 speakers, including renowned economist Dr. Matthew Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Representing Tennessee businesses and organizations, such as AAA, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Zoo Knoxville 

I invite you and your constituents to join us. Please also consider sharing information about the webinar series broadly and on your social media platforms.”

October: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On October 1, 2020, Mayor Foster signed a proclamation declaring October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to empowering survivors and ending this deeply destructive abuse.  This month, we strengthen our resolve to ensure homes are places of refuge, comfort, and protection — and not places of fear and abuse.  We renew our commitment to support and protect victims, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent violence before it starts.  Mayor Foster calls upon all citizens to stand firm in condemning domestic violence and supporting survivors of these crimes in finding the safety and recovery they need. 

Gov. Lee Announces $50 Million in New Business Relief Funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) today announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new wave of funding includes specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting them through these difficult times has been one of the core missions of the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group,” said Gov. Lee. “The SERG program will provide further relief to small businesses, especially those who may not have been able to access previous federal and state relief funds.”

“The coronavirus has placed an inordinate burden on our small business owners. These businesses are critical economic drivers and the most vulnerable during times of crisis,” said Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge). “I was grateful for the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group to provide this relief to businesses in need.”

“We have stood with our businesses by initiating the Small Business Relief Program, and stabilizing the Unemployment Trust Fund, and today’s announcement is yet another targeted solution to strengthen the Tennessee business community’s ongoing recovery efforts,” said House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville). “All of these programs support our minority, women, disabled and service-disabled veteran business owners who are suffering during these extraordinary times. We need them to remain open and to thrive, and I applaud our Stimulus Accountability Group for helping all Tennessee businesses get back up on their feet so they remain successful.”

Small business owners and non-profit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred as a result of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program’s application window will open October 7, 2020 and remain open until December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted. Please note:

  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income (“LMI”) census tracts, Opportunity zones, or Promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses;
  • 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises, and enterprises owned by disabled persons.

The period for reimbursable expenses is May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Eligible expenses and business interruption costs include but are not limited to:

  • Costs to create social distancing measures
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment for employees or customers
  • Contactless equipment
  • Payroll expenses
  • Mortgage interest

The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.

To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visit https://tncaresact.tn.gov/SERGFor application assistance, please call 1-833-740-1438 or email support@TNCARESACT.com.