Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


April 14, 2014

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Pancake breakfast held for cancer research

CROSSVILLE — 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. The Relay for Life of Cumberland County is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what everyone can do to reduce cancer risk, while raising money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. Throughout the county, organizations have been holding a whole host of benefits for this campaign all year long, culminating with an actual race May 2 at the Cumberland County Community Complex.

Spring break will only be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 16, 17  and 18, due to the missed days for inclement weather. Then the rest of the school year will be pretty much testing, testing, testing.

Tennessee author Michael Shoulders visited Pleasant High Elementary School (PHS) April 10. He is best known for his “alphabet books” and autographed them for the students. Every child received a free book from the 21st Century After School Grant. He discussed the fun of writing and learning, entertaining children and parents with slides and rap singing.

Pre-k and kindergarten registration will take place at the school on April 25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spaces in pre-k are limited, and guidelines are given for acceptance. Visit or call Central Services at 484-6135 for information. PHS staff will sponsor a Volunteers’ Tea Wednesday, April 30, at 3:15 p.m. in the all-purpose room for the faithful helpers in their classes.

A new system on “single-stream recycling” has begun in the Cumberland County Recycling Center in Crossville. Pleasant Hill Mayor Al Dwenger represents Pleasant Hill on the Solid Waste Regional Planning Board. They are committed to making Cumberland County the top recycling county in the state. The mayor toured the center with the board. All recycling materials except glass are dumped into a receiving area and fed onto a speed-controlled moving belt. An electromagnet separates out any metal. Seven persons line the belt, pushing their material (plastic, cardboard, paper, etc.) off the belt into bins. The seven persons are volunteers or people completing “community service” hours. There is no market for plastic other than 1 or 2, nor Styrofoam, so it goes into the landfill. Seven or eight large bins are processed per day. Paint may be dropped off at the center on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The town of Pleasant Hill has curbside pick-up of recyclables (other than paper) on the second Wednesday of every month. From now on the residents may put all their recyclables including cardboard into one bin, setting glass aside. Items no longer have to be separated into different bags and in fact, it helps the maintenance workers not to have to remove them from bags. Any plastic other than 1 and 2 should go into the weekly garbage pick-up. Already, Cumberland County has benefitted from this system by paying less of a tipping fee at landfills.

Pleasant Hill’s application for a grant to provide an emergency siren is in the hands of the Cookeville office of USDA Rural Development. They have sent a representative to determine the becouncil is still investigating pricing for carpeting and vinyl floor for town hall and set a date for a budget planning meeting. It was announced that Diane Savage, vice mayor, will run for mayor in the next election.


Sharron Eckert, Pleasant Hill artist, had one of her long-leaf pine needle pieces juried into the Regional Fine Arts Exhibition of the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville. There were over 270 submissions from 96 artists in eight states. Of those entries 62 pieces from 49 artists were juried into the exhibit. No other artist from Cumberland County was accepted into this exhibit. The exhibit location is the Emporium Center for the Arts, 100 S. Gay St., Knoxville. It opened Friday, April 4, and runs through Saturday, April 26. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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