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New Public Transportation for Cumberland County!

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) announced a new public transportation option for the residents of Cumberland County – GO UPPER Cumberland.  This public transit bus system will be a deviated fixed route running 2 buses Monday through Saturday.  The bus routes originate at the UCHRA office with various stops down to the Cumberland County Health Department and back.  The buses are handicapped accessible and cost $1 per ride.  For more information call UCHRA at 1-833-828-7477, 931-456-0691, or www.ucpublictransit.com

 

Click HERE for a map of the route!

 

Roadway Activity Report for Cumberland County

CUMBERLAND COUNTY: I-40 Construction of a truck climbing lane EB near MM 339, including grading, drainage, and paving: Construction signs, guardrail (westbound), and portable barrier rail (eastbound) have been installed. The contractor has begun grade work in the median behind portable barrier rail. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and be aware of construction personnel in the work zone and equipment that will entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY: SR-1 (US-70) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 26.6: Construction signs, portable barrier rail, and temporary traffic signals have been installed. SR-1 (US-70) will be reduced to one lane between Godsey Road and Renegade Mountain Parkway while slope stabilization is in process. Motorists should exercise caution and pay attention to temporary traffic signals as they travel through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY: SR-101 (Peavine Road) grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard: As grade work progresses, motorists should be alert for shifts in traffic patterns to allow for construction activities. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Temporary lane closures may be needed to support paving and other activities. Dartmoor Road will be closed between Peavine Road and Wilshire Heights to install a storm drain. Detour signs are in place. Motorists should reduce speeds on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is November 2020.

Great Participation in Household Hazardous Waste Event!

From TDEC:

“From your Friends at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, we would like to express our sincere thanks for contributing to the success of your Household Hazardous Waste Event on October 5th, 2019.”

Because of your participation, 464 households attended the event!

1,273 pounds of Flammable Liquids (Lighter Fluid, Gasoline, Lamp Oils)

2,537 pounds of Non-Flammable Liquids 

2,797 pounds of Poisonous Material (Pesticides and Herbicides)

967 pounds of Aerosols (Spray Paint and Cleaners)

147 pounds of Fluorescent Lamps 

816 pounds of Corrosive Material (Oven Cleaner, Bleach, Draino)

39 pounds of Oxidizers

4 pounds of Mercury

39 pounds of Sharps 

Event Total Weight: 8,944 

“All of these materials of total waste were kept out of the environment by your commitment and taking your time to attend the event. We wish to congratulate you on your participation and diligence for keeping the environment safe for you, your family, and all the citizens of your county.  We thank you again for all you did to make this event a successful one. We look forward to serving you in the future!”

Apply NOW to Mentor with tnAchieves!

   

tnAchieves exists to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance

Their mentors play a critical role in the success of students across the state of Tennessee as they serve as a resource, share their own experiences and offer encouragement and support

 

Mentor Requirements

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Apply by Dec 6, 2019
  • Be subject to a background check
  • Complete mandatory mentor training by February 7, 2020
  • Attend the mandatory high school team meeting in March or April
  • Attend the college team meeting in the fall

 

You will invest 10-15 hours annually assisting 5-10 high school seniors. tnAchieves designed its mentoring program so even the busiest executive, parent or young professional can make a meaningful impact. If you do not have experience working in education, do not worry! They will train you to work with the students.

 

CLICK HERE for more information and to fill out an application!

 

 

Flu Shots for Cumberland County Employees

A big THANK YOU to the Cumberland County Health Department for coming to the Courthouse to administer flu shots to our employees.  27 Cumberland County Employees took advantage of their services.  CC Health Department has already confirmed 4 cases of flu at the health dept in Cumberland County this season.

Getting a flu vaccine during flu season can reduce the risk of getting sick with the flu by about 50–60%, according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu season may begin as early as September and last as late as spring. It’s recommended to get your vaccine early in the season, but it’s never too late to get your shot and lower your risk for severe flu illness!

Flu Vaccinations Are Coming to a School Near YOU!

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Cumberland County Health Department will be in Cumberland County Public Schools on Friday, October 18th to provide flu vaccination shots!


Information packets and consent forms have been sent home with each child


Please help us protect our community from the flu by sending the completed consent form back to school with your child, BEFORE October 18th


Each student must have their own form!

 

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

 

Cumberland County Fire & Rescue Fundraiser

The Cumberland County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is currently conducting a fundraiser to help purchase a Rehab/Rest Support Trailer.  This Support Trailer would be used on prolonged emergency and disaster scenes in Cumberland County where “proper facilities” are just not available.

The Support Trailer is self-contained with a generator, complete restroom facilities, hot water, emergency eyewash station, 102 gallons of freshwater and a divided 96-gallon waste tank.

If you are interested in donating, please call Chaplain Randall Dye at 931-484-9119 or stop by the Cumberland County Fire Department at 1391 Livingston Road.

TN Dept of Agriculture Division of Foresty Announces Requirement of Burn Permits Beginning Monday, Sept 23rd

Beginning Monday, September 23, 2019, a burn permit will be required to start an open air fire within five hundred feet (500’) of any forest, grassland or woodland

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is keeping a close eye on weather conditions as our state experiences a prolonged hot and dry pattern. Fortunately, we have not seen an increase in the number of wildfires over the past few weeks. Fire danger indices that we routinely monitor remain in low to moderate status. While these metrics are positive, we certainly recognize municipal and county concerns with the weather and appreciate the cooperation with managing expectations of our residents and visitors in wildfire prevention. We also recognize local governments are responding to these conditions, and we want to support them as best we can. As such, in addition to continued monitoring and initial attack as needed, we want to make you aware of our short-term strategy as we prepare to enter our usual fall fire season.

Elements of this strategy include:

1. Increased fire prevention messaging

2. Early launch of our Safe Debris Burn Permitting system beginning Monday, September 23

3. Providing county governments with tools we have available with assisting them; including instructions for implementing a Commissioner of Agriculture Burn Ban (typically implemented on a county level) Fire Prevention Messaging Broadcast news outlets are already well aware of municipal burn restrictions and are actively connecting weather forecasts with fire danger.

Our agency is reminding citizens to use precaution and good sense when burning outdoors where it is allowed. We encourage our partners to direct citizens to BurnSafeTN.org for safe debris burning tips and fire weather information links. We also have targeted print, radio, TV and online messaging prepared for fall fire season that promotes safe debris burning and encourages homeowners to protect their homes through the Firewise USA program.

We are also actively working with communities within the Fire Adapted Communities program to build partnerships that inform and prepare residents to collaboratively plan and take action to safely co-exist with wildland fire.

Early Launch of State Burn Permitting While current fire danger indices remain low to moderate, this hot and dry weather pattern has potential to create more volatile conditions as we enter fall fire season when our hardwood forests shed their leaves and create a heavier fuel load on the ground. In an effort to get ahead of this threat, I am utilizing Tennessee Wildfire Law 39-14-306 to prescribe a period outside of our typical requirement for setting open air fires without a permit.

Beginning Monday, September 23, 2019, a burn permit will be required to start an open air fire within five hundred feet (500’) of any forest, grassland or woodland. Permits, if issued on any given day, will be available by phone or online at BurnSafeTN.org. Safe Debris Burn Permits have proven to be an effective tool at making residents aware of when, where, and how it is safe to conduct a debris burn.

If conditions are not conducive for safe debris burning, we will not issue permits. It is important to note that this action does not equate to a burn ban. Burning without a permit is a burn restriction that has legal ramifications – specifically, a violation is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a 30 day sentence and/or $50 fine.