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Crossville, Tenn. – The Cumberland County Department of Health is encouraging parents and caregivers to go to the Tennessee WIC website, for important information on the infant formula shortage that is impacting many people in our county, the state and across the country.
“We know the infant formula shortage is a scary time for parents and caregivers, but our staff are here to help and there are several helpful resources available to help,” said Angela Slaven (County Health Department Director).
A substitution list of nutritionally equivalent formulas can be found at…/TN-WIC-Temporary-Formula…. The formula substitution list is pertinent to all consumers, regardless of if they are a WIC participant or not.
Tips for parents and caregivers:
• Do not dilute formula because this can lead to chemical imbalances that can be dangerous for an infant.
• The FDA and American Association of Pediatrics strongly discourage using homemade formula. It could cause additional health concerns such as chemical imbalances, gastrointestinal distress, or allergic reactions.
• Parents should consult with their pediatrician about introducing cow’s milk if their baby is close to one year of age. It may be a good option for a limited time depending on your baby’s age and other conditions.
• Parents can begin to introduce solid foods beginning at 4 months of age for healthy infants for additional nutritional support. Parents can consult with their provider or American Academy of Pediatrics resources for additional information
• Parents should only use FDA-regulated infant or toddler formulas and please consult your pediatrician or local WIC office if you have questions or concerns about formula.
A mother’s breastmilk is the best nutritional support for her baby if she is able to breastfeed. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed if possible. Families, workplaces, community spaces, and religious groups can encourage this by providing appropriate space and time to breastfeed.
For more information contact the Cumberland County Health Department at (931) 484-6196.

Early Voting Begins Today!

Early voting for the May 3 primary election begins TODAY, April 13th and runs through Thursday, April 28th with the exception of April 15, Good Friday. Hours are Mon – Fri 8 – 5 pm and Saturday 8 – Noon.

Early voting is NOT across the street from the old Courthouse anymore.

New location: 83 Northside Ln, near the flea market and past Rural King

Early Voting Begins This Wednesday, April 13

Early voting starts Wednesday, April 13th and runs each weekday, including Saturdays, until Thursday, April 28th.
Hours are Mon – Fri 8 – 5; Saturday 8 – Noon
Early voting is CLOSED on April 15th for Good Friday.
The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is Tuesday, April 26th. Election Day is Tuesday, May 3rd.
Early voting will take place at the Cumberland County Election Commission’s NEW location:
📍 83 Northside Ln, Crossville TN 38555

April 4 is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the May 3 Election

CUMBERLAND County residents must register to vote by midnight on Monday, April 4, 2022, to be able to cast a ballot in the County Primary Election on May 3, 2022.

Registering to vote, updating your address or checking your registration status is fast, easy and secure with the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system. Any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register online from any computer or mobile device at

The Cumberland County Election Commission is located at 83 Northside Lane, Ste 101, Crossville TN 38571 for voters to register or drop off their registration forms in person.

Early voting starts Wednesday, April 13, and runs each weekday, including Saturdays, until Thursday, April 28. The deadline to request an absentee by-mail ballot is Tuesday, April 26. Election Day is Tuesday, May 3.

SMHS Boys Basketball Advances to State Tournament Semi-Final

Stone Memorial’s boys basketball team defeated Bolton High School 77 – 64 in the first round of the state tournament to advance to the semi-final!

The team will take on Greeneville High School on Friday March 18, 2022 at the Murphy Center at MTSU. Game time is set for 10 AM CST.

You can catch the action on Mix 99.3!

Go Panthers!

Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster Receives EMS Advocacy Award

Gatlinburg, TN–
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster received the 2022 Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) John Fitzsimmons EMS Advocacy Award at the annual TASA conference on February 23, 2022. The crystal trophy goes to an EMS supporter that exemplifies outstanding advocacy for the Tennessee EMS System and has significantly contributed to the betterment of Tennessee EMS at the local, state, or national level. The award is named after John Fitzsimmons because of his dedicated service to both his community and to the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association.
“When I first ran for County Mayor, one of my promises was to work with our first responders including EMS to provide the best service possible. Receiving this award from a group of individuals that I so highly regard is truly an honor. I am thankful for those that work so hard on our front lines to provide for public safety in our community” stated Mayor Foster.
Foster went on to say, “I want everyone to know that this is a team award. Director Miller and the EMS staff work hard, and we have a County Commission that has made first response a priority. They have funded the requests we have made for additional ambulances, Lucas devices, and powered stretchers and lift systems for patient and employee safety. I believe we have the best staff and the best equipped system in the Upper Cumberland.”
Cumberland County EMS Director Chris Miller stated, “With the challenges of 2021 and unprecedented EMS staffing shortages, Mayor Foster supported pay increases, a pay incentive for additional licensures, and the development of in-house EMS training courses. Mayor Foster has and continues to support EMS with local, regional, and state advocacy and is well deserving of this award.”

THDA: Covid-Related Rent Relief Available

Tennessee Housing Development Agency is partnering with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to reach families in need.
More than $380 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funding is available for the State of Tennessee to assist eligible tenants through the COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (CVRR).
This program provides tenants with assistance for rental arrearages, future rent, and utility arrearages to low-income families who have been unable, or will be unable, to pay their rent due to a hardship they encountered caused directly or indirectly due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
This program ensures that all qualified tenants are able to get the help they need in these difficult times and hopefully avoid the need for devastating and costly eviction. Eligible tenants could receive up to 18 months of rental and / housing stability assistance.
General questions concerning the program can be answered by reaching out to THDA at or by visiting their website:

Cumberland County EMS introduces the addition of 3 Critical Care Paramedics

It is the pleasure of Director Chris Miller, to congratulate three Paramedics on obtaining their Critical Care Certification.
On September 14, 2021, Paramedics Chris Kemmer, Daniel Coleman, and Dragan Ramsey started attending classes at Vanderbilt Medical Center to obtain their certification. This class was coordinated by and overseen by Vanderbilt LifeFlight. For 14 weeks, these Paramedics would drive to Nashville every Tuesday and spend 8-12 hours learning about treating patients at the highest level possible in the field of EMS.
During these 12 weeks crews learned how to care for multiple IV drips, ventilator management, how to care for central lines management, PICC Lines, Arterial Lines, Ultrasound Guided IV’s, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump management and operation, along with management of Cardiac Assist Devices. These practitioners also completed clinical rounds in the Vanderbilt ER Trauma Bay, Trauma ICU, Burn ICU, Neurological ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Pediatric Emergency Room. These individuals dedicated well over 100 hours of their and their families time to this training, along with continuing to work their regularly scheduled 24-hour shift. The final class day, Dr. Jeremy Brywczynski, and Dr. Jared McKinney came in and presented to the class giving them scenarios and wrapping up the 14-week class putting everything these practitioners had learned in one big box and making them use the knowledge to possibly treat patients in the future.
On December 8th, 2021, they went to Nashville for a final time. This day is the day that they had both prepared for and dreaded. The State of Tennessee EMS consultant arrived at 9:00am and administered the State of Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic test to the class. With the possibility of waiting for two weeks for their test results, Christmas came early, so to say. On Monday December 13th, 2021, these individuals received an email from the testing company that advised them they had passed the exam to earn the certification. These individuals had a big stressor lifted off their shoulders with this news. Throughout the day they learned that their class had a 100% pass rate on the Critical Care Exam.
We would like to thank these three individuals for taking the time to attend this certification class and obtaining this licensure. It is individuals like this that continue to make a commitment to our community that makes our agency grow. A big thanks goes out to Vanderbilt LifeFlight for hosting and accepting these individuals into the class and keeping them up to date on modern medicine.
For more information please contact Daniel Coleman, Training Officer/PIO at or (931)484-1044.