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Four Counties Join States Retire Tennessee Program
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday July 30, 2015

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has announced the addition of Anderson, Carter, Sumner and Unicoi counties to Retire Tennessee, the states retiree recruitment marketing program, bringing the total number of active Retire Tennessee counties to 19. Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said, Tennessee has much to offer people making retirement decisions based on quality of life and cost-of-living. Our state has the lowest cost-of-living in the Southeast and second lowest in the nation, no state income tax and low property tax. Add to that, the states breathtaking scenic beauty and unparalleled hospitality, and its only natural Tennessee would rank high among the population relocating after retirement. The four counties join Cumberland and 14 others as Retire Tennessee counties. Now in its ninth year, Retire Tennessee inspired more than 10,000 inquiries from potential retirees last year. Tennessee is one of only four states with retiree recruitment as a formal program and continues to gain momentum as a potential retirement destination for more than 78 million baby boomers.


Group starts online campaign to save Boomsday
WVLT Thursday July 30, 2015

Visit Knoxville announced 2015 would be the last year for Boomsday. Now a group has organized to start an online campaign to save the event which has been held for 28 years along the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Clint Miller started a Facebook page called, "Save Boomsday." He told Local 8 News, it already had people talking after being up for less than 24 hours. Miller also started a GoFundMe page for people to donate to the cause.
Boomsday is a yearly event in Downtown Knoxville that happens on Labor Day weekend. It ends with the nation's largest Labor Day weekend fireworks display. But the day comes with a $225,000 price tag. It's a cost that Visit Knoxville leaders say sponsors don't want to pay for, but some question if the announcement is a scare tactic to get more financial backing. "Unfortunately it's not," said Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas. "We've already been out there. We've been doing this event for 11 years now, and we've been on that footprint. We've been trying to find people to support the event." Bumpas called it a sign of the times - sponsors wanting a better handle on who their audience is. Miller hopes his Facebook page will get their attention and keep Boomsday around. "I think some of these decisions are made without really listening to the people, and if I can get enough response, they might say there's a lot of people really interested in it," said Miller.


Area Back-to-School Events:
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday July 30, 2015

This Thursday, July 30th will be the day for new student registration for students entering grades 9-12 and Cumberland County High School. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This includes students new to the area, or any student that has withdrawn from Cumberland County High School and wishes to return. This does NOT include incoming 9th graders from zoned elementary schools.

The annual Blue Bash celebration for rising Cumberland County High School freshman and their parents will be held on Thursday July 30th: student registration begins at 1:30 in the gym lobby with student events to begin at 2:00, and parents should register between 4:30 and 5:00 to join their students for the remainder of the evening.. Students should be in dress code and plan to stay for the entire event (7 pm). For more information, please call Anna Pickard at 931-484-6488 or 931-248-3096.

This Thursday, July 30, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., there will be an Ice Cream Social at North Cumberland for students to meet their teacher, see their friends, and cool off with an ice cream! All students ages 3-8 will receive a FREE BOOK to kick start North Schools reading program. Any NEW student to North is welcome to come and tour the school as well.

Pleasant Hill Elementary will several tour dates on this Friday to help ease the transition of the upcoming school year and give parents the opportunity to meet the PHS faculty and staff.
Tour dates:
Friday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Friday, July 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 5th with classes dismissing at 10 a.m. The first full day of school for students will be Friday, August 7th.


TN Dept. of Agriculture Wednesday July 29, 2015

A quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, has been expanded to include five more Tennessee counties. With EAB discovered in traps in Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale and Williamson counties, those areas are now under restriction for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. EAB was confirmed in Cumberland and Bledsoe counties in June. Tennessee now has 46 counties under state and federal EAB quarantine. EAB is a destructive forest pest that made its way from Asia to the United States in the 1990s. This pest was first detected in Tennessee in 2010. Typically, EAB can kill an ash tree within three years. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and USDA-APHIS are working together to identify infestation using purple box traps placed in ash trees across the state. The EAB quarantine prohibits the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber and other material that can spread EAB. TDAs Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private timberland in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.
For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit

East Cove Road Now Open

East Cove Road Now Open
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday July 29, 2015

The last of the flooded out roads has been repaired in Cumberland County. Robin Young Griffin, Assistant with the Highway Department reports that East Cove Road in Cumberland Cove is now completed and open. The early July rainstorms dumped over 6 inches in a 24 hour period, washed out dozens of roads and caused at least one fatality in Cumberland County. (Photo Courtesy Robin Young Griffin)


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