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UCDD Taking Over UC Small Business Development Center!

UCDD New Host of UC Small Business Development Center

UPPER CUMBERLAND – This week, the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) will assume management of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — an organization tasked with assisting local businesses access funds through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  

Representatives of UCDD and Middle Tennessee State University, the host of the Tennessee Small  Business Development Centers network (TSBDC), recently signed a contract naming UCDD the new host of the Upper Cumberland SBDC site. The service area for this SBDC location includes Clay, Pickett, Smith, Jackson, Overton, Fentress, DeKalb, Putnam, and White counties. UCDD has been approved to provide service to any community in the region and is in the process of ramping up and is looking forward to working with business owners across the Upper Cumberland.

“I want to thank the Upper Cumberland Mayors and Executives along with President Philip Oldham of Tennessee Tech for the opportunity to serve our business community as the Small Business Development Center of the Upper Cumberland,” Mark Farley, UCDD Executive Director, said.

Known for providing small business start-up services, SBDC offers assistance with business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital, and social media guidance among other services. For more than 30 years, the TSBDC network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a business idea to innovate new products and
services that compete in the global marketplace. TSBDC has 20 various locations and has assisted more than 100,000 businesses.

Tyler Asher has been named Director of the SBDC. He brings more than 10 years of client engagement/retention and business development experience to his new role. Most recently, Asher worked as a Farmers Insurance Agency Owner where he grew the agency 27 percent each year.

“As a lifelong resident of the Upper Cumberland, this was an easy choice to take over this program and help the small businesses grow,” Asher said. “I can’t thank Mr. Farley enough for this opportunity along with the amazing support of the folks here at the UCDD. I am so blessed with this opportunity, I believe my background as a business owner will directly help those looking to start their own business.”

UCDD has proudly served the region’s businesses for decades and is looking forward to combining the services of the SBDC to create a comprehensive resource for businesses of all sizes and stages. UCDD operates a direct loan fund as well as a micro-loan fund geared toward helping local businesses start or grow. UCDD also specializes in gap financing and partners with traditional lenders to help support job creation and regional economic prosperity in the Upper Cumberland.

“As the nation comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be many opportunities for growth and we will continue to provide valuable resources to business and industry,” added Megan Choate, Director of Lending and Economic Development at UCDD.

SBDC has been tasked with rolling out the SBA Payroll Protection Program and related COVID-19 recovery loans. UCDD encourages any small business owner in the Upper Cumberland in need of assistance to contact Tyler Asher, Director of Small Business Development Center by phone (931) 261-0421 or by email at Additional details about the Small Business Development Center will be released soon, including location and hours of operation.


About the Upper Cumberland Development District:
The Upper Cumberland Development District provides regional planning and assistance to the 14-county Upper Cumberland region to promote economic growth and community enhancement. Find UCDD on the web at and at


Friday, April 3, 2020                                                                        




NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced it will close all 56 Tennessee state parks and state-owned state natural areas to the public effective April 4 through April 14, in support of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order 23. This is a complete closure of facilities and access to all Tennessee State Parks and Designated State Natural Areas.

“We decided to close the parks in support of Governor Lee’s Executive Order 23,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “The health and safety of Tennessee citizens is all of our top priority right now.”

Tennessee State Parks officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit 

Cumberland County Covid-19 Update

March 19, 2020 

Cumberland County, TN COVID-19 Update 

Today the State of Tennessee notified the Cumberland County Health Department of the first documented case of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, here in Cumberland County. Additional details have not been released. 

I have full confidence in the ability of our local health care providers, both private and public, to handle the medical needs of Cumberland County. I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant in following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Tennessee Department of Health. These two agencies are providing regular updates on available resources and up-to-date guidance to reduce spread of the infection. 

Based on recommendations from frequent briefings from the White House and Governor, we have already taken steps in Cumberland County to help slow the spread: guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf 

The health of the public and our county employees is my priority. In this regard, beginning March 20, 2020, access to county office buildings will be limited to those with an appointment only. Each office may have slightly different procedures for handling access, so please call the office you need to visit to get an appointment and to get more information concerning access. 

When you arrive for your appointment, only the person(s) required to conduct the business will be allowed to enter the building. If an individual requires assistance, one person will be allowed to accompany the individual. 

When you call, you may find you can get your questions answered or transact your business on the phone, by mail, or online. The offices are here to help.

Please call the office you need to conduct business with to get specific directions and appointments. Contact information can be found on the county website at

These measures will be in effect through April 3, 2020, at a minimum. 

The Health Department remains open. If you suspect you have a fever or respiratory illness please call your primary care physician or the Health Department before visiting the facility. 

All emergency services will continue to operate, and courts will operate as per the guidelines directed by the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

The county convenience centers remain open. Please remember to practice social distancing. 

This is a fluid situation. We must all take precautions to protect our most vulnerable populations – the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Please heed all requests from local healthcare providers for restricted visitation policies and changes in their office procedures. Please adhere to the social distancing and limited access to public buildings that are being put into place by pubic officials. As I mentioned a few days ago, this isn’t just about you or me. We all have a part to play in order to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe. 

Thank you for being a part of the solution. 

Allen Foster, Cumberland County Mayor


List of Cumberland County Locations Accepting Donations

The following is a running list of items needed and locations in Cumberland County that are currently accepting these items to donate to Putnam County

non-perishable food, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrush/paste, hair brushes/combs, contact solution, deodorant, hand sanitizer, feminine products, diapers, formula, baby food, wipes, batteries, flashlights, first aid items, work gloves, and latex gloves, tote bins, unopened socks, unopened underwear

Cumberland Fellowship – 1640 West Ave
Pappy’s Place – 1133 Genesis Rd
Chop Shop – 296 West Ave
Salon Suites – 34 Miller Ave
MasterCorp – 3505 N. Main St.
CCHS Beta Club – 660 Stanley St
Scott Proffitt Trucking – 1717 Genesis Rd
Antebellum Salon – 8654 Hwy 127 N
Stevie’s Elite Athletics – Vanity Fair Mall
Parson and Wright CPA – 156 Walker Hill St
Quality Home Health – 131 S Webb Ave Suite 102
Buckeye Home Medical Equipment – 1645 S Main St Suite 104
Synergy Medical Associates – 88 Taylor Ave
Grace Givers Home Care – 3888 Peavine Rd
SERVPRO – 96 Taylors Chapel Rd
Fairfield Glade Police Dept – 5160 Peavine Rd
This & That Thrift – 1846 S Main St
FOCCAS – pet items on Saturday from 11-3 – 707 S Main St
Pomona United Methodist Church – 57 POW Camp Rd
Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union – 627 Livingston Rd
NAPA Auto Parts – Cumberland Plaza
The Realty Firm – Crossville Location – 115 S Main St Suite 103
Crossville Dragway – Saturday Donation Drive – 1650 Creston Rd
Girl Scouts – Sunday Donation Drive – FFG Multi-purpose Building
Gifts From the Heart – 573 S Main St
Polished Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge – 3160 Miller Ave
Mountain Barn Builders – 6540 S York Hwy – Clarkrange
Central Baptist Church – 1346 S Main St
Consolidated Body Shop – 4891 Hwy 127 N
Mèrci Beauty Lounge – 572 S Main St
TCAT Crossville – Building 4 – 910 Miller Ave
Dirty Girls Nursery – 697 Dunbar Rd
SMHS FFA – 2800 Cook Rd
Cumberland County Schools Nutrition – 368 4th St
Northside Family Dentistry – 143 Matherly St
Happy Hearts Home Care – 256 Genesis Rd Suite 102

Ways to Aid: Cookeville / Putnam County

Putnam County has reached capacity on item donations and are asking for monetary donations!

100% of the proceeds go to relief for those affected 

3 Ways to Donate:

1. Bank of Putnam County @ any of the 19 locations,
INCLUDING Cumberland County Bank

2. Venmo: @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado

3. PayPal: @CookevillePutnamCountyTornadoReliefFund




Message from Putnam County on specific items they need:

“We are currently only taking non-perishable items.

The most needed items are:

non-perishable food | shampoo | conditioner | soap | razors | toothbrush/paste | hair brushes/combs | contact solution | deodorant | hand sanitizer | feminine products | diapers | formula | baby food | wipes | batteries | flashlights | first aid items | work gloves | gloves

These items can be taken to the Cookeville Community Center located at 240 Carlen Dr in Cookeville

We appreciate all of the offers to help the community financially. At the moment, details are still being worked out for monetary donations. As soon as that is worked out, the Putnam County EMA Facebook page will be updated to show where those can be sent.

Please keep updated via our Putnam County EMA Facebook page for further updates. We really appreciate you reaching out!”

Cumberland County Statement on Coronavirus

With the growing number of questions concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster wanted to share some information on the County’s preparedness efforts.

Along with their established emergency preparedness plans, Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) and Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) are in continued communication with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), the lead agency for any emerging health threats in the entire state of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Department of Health advises to:

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • If you feel ill, stay at home

The most important thing to know is that Tennessee and Cumberland County are prepared.  While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state of Tennessee, our county emergency agencies have daily contact with TDH to coordinate all developing issues.  For more detailed information, please go to: or