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The head of Christmas on the Mountain has officially announced her retirement—and is looking for her replacement. Julie Vaden says she is ready to focus on work-life balance after devoting the past 14 years to the organization that provides toys to Cumberland County children each year. Christmas on the Mountain began when employees at Homes America collected toys for children as a way to give back to the community. 37 children were served that first year. The program grew from that simple idea to where it is today—this past Christmas more than 500 children were presented with gifts donated by the community and with monies raised by the organization. Vaden says she is actively seeking her replacement in this very rewarding organization. If you or someone you know is interested, you are asked to contact Julie Vaden at Christmas on the Mountain on Facebook
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period. Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon tomorrow (Friday, August 29th) through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2nd. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. AAA predicts Friday and Monday to be the busiest travel times during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
A Crossville native is among the 118 Tennesseans appointed by Governor Bill Haslam for 52 boards and commissions. Anne Stamps was appointed to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council. Ms. Stamps serves as the director for Cumberland Mountain Mental Health, which provides assistance to those experiencing a mental health crisis. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Advisory Council works to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in our state.
Cumberland County Deputies serving warrants on a Cherokee Trail woman ended up recovering stolen items. According to reports, deputies serving warrants on 34-year-old Alicia Earhart Lutz observed several items which were recently reported as stolen. Authorities were granted access to the home, were more stolen items were located. The items were confiscated, and the investigation is continuing.
Its senior citizens day at the Cumberland County Fair…part of the day’s festivities will include crowing a new Ms. Senior Cumberland County. The winner of the pageant, which celebrates the age of elegance, will represent Cumberland County at events throughout the year and go on to compete at the state pageant. Gates open at 9, exhibits at 10…the midway opens up at 5…and at 7:30 Gospel Night as the "Dove Brothers" take the stage. Tickets are 5 for adults, children 6 and under are free