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The Lady Vols, a No. 2 seed in 2015 NCAA Tournament, will host No. 15 Boise State at Thompson Boling arena Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Vol Network coverage begins at noon on MIX 99.3 If they win two games in Knoxville, they'll advance to the Sweet 16 in Spokane, Wash. Maryland is the No. 1 seed in Spokane. The Terps eliminated the Lady Vols last year in the Sweet 16.
Even though the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency will accept request for cost-share assistance through May 15, from farmers affected by the recent ice storm, those who have already begun debris cleanup and fence restoration MUST file an application by April 1. This program provides cost-share assistance to eligible agricultural producers whose farmland has debris needing cleanup and whose fences were damaged or destroyed. More details about the Emergency Conservation Program are available from the local office. The telephone number is 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802. The office is located beside the Crossville Post Office at 314 Old Jamestown Highway.
TEMA and FEMA continue to tour areas hit hardest by February’s ice storm. FEMA is in 40 counties this week with 11 teams total in the state. Cumberland County has to meet a threshold of $199,000 to get federal funding. However, the state has to meet a threshold of $8.9 million. Cumberland County will not get any federal funds unless the state of Tennessee as a whole qualifies for federal money.
A tire-shredding facility is a step closer to becoming a reality in Crossville. During its regular monthly meeting, the Cumberland County Commission voted 18-0 to allow the company to begin operation within the Crossville city limits. In other matters, the commission unanimously passed a resolution creating an Adventure Tourism District and plan in Cumberland County. Becoming a certified adventure tourism district allows qualified businesses to earn a jobs tax credit that can help offset part of franchise and excise tax liability.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department has been approved for a State of Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Grant for impaired driving law enforcement activities. The grant is 100 percent funded and requires no matching local funds. During its regular monthly meeting, the Cumberland County Commission unanimously passed a resolution allowing the Sheriff’s Department to receive the $6,500 grant.