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Gov. Lee Announces Reconnect to Workforce Partnership!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Reconnect to Workforce, a partnership between the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Tennessee Reconnect program and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development that will assist up to 500,000 Tennesseans claiming unemployment benefits to earn a college degree while fulfilling work search requirements.

“As federal unemployment benefits end, we want to ensure Tennesseans have the tools needed to skill up and gain long-term employment,” said Gov. Lee. “There are over 250,000 available jobs in Tennessee and this partnership will remove barriers so Tennesseans across our state can obtain the skills needed to acquire a high-quality job.”

“The biggest challenge in reconnecting Tennesseans to education is often financial hardship,” said Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause. “By removing this hurdle, we’re giving unemployed Tennesseans the opportunity to reskill and find a new path forward in our changing workforce.”

Tennessee Reconnect offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college by establishing last-dollar scholarships for eligible adults who have not yet obtained a degree.

Individuals from high-need populations make up a significant portion of grant recipients, including 58% having dependents and almost 70% making below $50,000. Last year, over 2,000 students were awarded a certificate or degree.

Federal unemployment benefits funded by the CARES Act will expire as claimants reach the maximum 39 weeks of payments in the coming weeks. The last day to claim federal unemployment benefits is December 26, 2020.

More information about Tennessee Reconnect is available here.

tnAchieves in Need of More Mentors!

What is tnAchieves?
tnAchieves is the partnering organization to the TN Promise Scholarship in 90 of the 95 counties in Tennessee. Its mission is to increase higher education opportunities for Tennessee high school students by providing last-dollar scholarships with mentor guidance.


Visit the following link to learn more and apply to become a mentor: https://tnachieves.org/mentors/learn


Cumberland County needs 12 more mentors to meet this year’s goal!

Christmas on the Mountain Barrels are Out NOW!

Christmas on the Mountain Barrels are out in various businesses across the county!

We have a red barrel here in the Mayor’s office at the old courthouse!

From now until December 11, you can drop off NEW, UN-WRAPPED toys that will then be wrapped and distributed to hundreds of children across Cumberland County!

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.