Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


December 14, 2012

Keeping up with trending 'news'

CROSSVILLE — I don’t watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” because, quite frankly, it is all I can do to keep up with myself. Secondly, I am not a big fan of reality shows in general. Lastly, I have nothing against Kim Kardashian or any of her sisters. I know they are all pretty and famous as a result of their E! Channel-based television show. However, are they newsworthy? I would have to think not. Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw trending on Yahoo’s news page earlier this week this headline “Kardashian kitten dies.”

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I am a huge cat lover. I have always had a cat. We have a cat now. (Or, maybe a more accurate statement would be she has us.)

Yes, Michael and I were upset when our 15 year old cat, Taj, died several years ago. I remember writing about her illness and subsequent death. However, even though it may have been column fodder for me, and as much as we loved her, it certainly wasn’t news-worthy.

 I had to wonder how this particular story managed to be in the top ten trending stories on the Yahoo page when there is a fiscal cliff looming; fighting in the Middle East; a Navy seal killed in a rescue mission and the nation’s first substantial winter storm out west. Really?

Seriously, if that was posted on her fan page or Facebook page or even the show’s website, it would have been more appropriate but on Yahoo’s top ten trending? I don’t think so!


'Tis the season! Numerous events are happening around the county this weekend as the 2012 Christmas Season is in full swing. As I mentioned last week, one of my very favorite holiday events is Central Baptist Church’s annual Living Christmas Tree. There are four performances this year with the debut show starting tonight at 7 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, a 6 p.m. Sunday night presentation and the closing performance is slated for Monday evening, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

The ninth annual event will feature the Celebration Choir, drama team, iMove, Kids in Music Ministry, hand bells and the full orchestra. The doors open one hour before each performance and no tickets are needed for admission.

Other events happening around the town in the next few days include:

1.  The Children of Crossville Chamber Orchestra also known as COCCO will perform a concert Friday night, Dec. 14, at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The music will feature the classical and popular movie theme songs. If you need additional information, contact the Palace at 484-6133.

2. Christmas on the Mountain at Cumberland Mountain State Park will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening and last until 9 p.m. This will include a host of activities for people of all ages with hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies being served. This event is free and is designed to collect toys for less fortunate children in the county. If you need additional information please call 484-6138.

3.  The annual Parade of Christmas Trees at the First National Bank of Tennessee are up and on display through Christmas Eve. You can view these gorgeous trees decorated by area agencies during normal bank hours. The bank is located on Highway 127 North near the Crossville Post Office.

4.  Don’t forget the Cumberland County Playhouse has two holiday shows running: the Sanders Family Christmas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Check with the playhouse for show times and ticket prices. Shows will wrap up next weekend just before Christmas week.

5.  I had planned on promoting the annual Lucas and Friends’ Holiday Show this weekend at the Palace Theatre. However, this annual event is already sold out. Proceeds benefit the Fair Park Senior Citizens Center.

6. The public is invited to a Candlelight Christmas Music Worship Service Sunday night, Dec. 16, at 4:30 at the Crossville First United Methodist Church. The service will include selections by the chancel choir, both hand bell choirs and the children’s choir as well as a special performance by the brass quintet. Additional information may be obtained by calling the church office at 484-3537.


Text Only
  • 20140412_110402.jpg Kids get creative at Youth Expo

    Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) held its annual Youth Expo Saturday, providing young people an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artistic endeavors, from music and writing to painting and traditional crafts of weaving and spinning.

    April 17, 2014 4 Photos

  • AROUND THE TOWN: The Easter egg hunt that never was

    The Easter Bunny should be able to deliver his baskets in pretty nice weather this weekend. The Good Friday and Easter holiday weekend should feature much warmer temperatures than we had earlier this week when snow showers fell on Cumberland County. Cumberland County students were released Tuesday for spring break, but their last day of school for the week found snow and ice falling from the sky and temperatures in the 20s. Students will return to class on Monday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 127 Seniors.jpg Jay Fox performs for seniors after receiving new prosthesis

    On Friday, April 11, the members of the 127 Senior Center had another good time playing bingo and dominos. Bingo was called by Arlene Simmons and Helen Lord, and the bingo gifts were provided by Bob Folger of State Farm Insurance.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marriage licenses

    Publised April 16, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Pancake breakfast held for cancer research

    During the year various groups connected with the Pleasant Hill Elementary School provide a Saturday morning pancake breakfast to support the Relay for Life campaign.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fair Park.jpg Final audition planned for talent show

    Last auditions for Crossville’s Got Talent will be this Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Fair Park Senior Center. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. It looks like another good show, so miss this one.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • PLATEAU GARDENING: Cool-season lawn grass fertilization and soil tests

    Recently, I got an inquiry about the right timing for homeowners who want to fertilize a cool-season lawn which has bare spots that need over-seeding. An email from a new resident in the Crossville area asked how to take a soil sample and where to have it tested. Since problems with the pH or fertility of the soil beneath can result in chronically thin grass with persistent bare places up top, testing the soil then correcting pH and fertility to match plant needs can be an important first step in maintaining your lawn.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG953498.jpg It's a great day to fly a kite!

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Season of fundraising begins

    Spring is in full swing, and this mean there are a host of not-for-profit organizations in Crossville and Cumberland County hosting events over the next few weeks. The first event will begin this weekend with a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    April 10, 2014

  • 4-25 N&N meeting.jpg Investigative forensic science close to home

    NCIS? CSI? Bones? All fictional! Here in East Tennessee, they have a real investigative forensic expert — Dr. Bill Bass.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo