+Melvin — Our present school term will close Dec. 23. An exhibition and entertainment will be given, followed by a Christmas tree on the evening of the 24th.
+Big Lick — We had our first snowstorm on the 16th but the snow disappeared the same day.
+Lee Bandy is stopping with his friends in Elwood, Illinois. We have not heard of his going to Chicago yet, as rumor said he would. In regard to such rumors about young men, as the Dutchman said, “You pretty much, most always can’t tell.”
+Scrofulous, humors, eryisepelas, canker and catarrh can be cured by taking Ayers Sarsaparilla.
+This year there is but one word of greetings…. Victory. This Christmas Eve in far off places of the earth and on the seven seas American Boys will be defending our right to always have a Christmas. To them we sincerely wish God-speed with a prayer for Victory.
+The government takes over the railroads of the nation when three railroad unions refuse to permit President Roosevelt to arbitrate the threat of strikes scheduled for December 30.
+Volunteer Electric ran a large ad. Americans are asked to dispense with their usual decorative Christmas lighting. Confine it to trees inside the house. Electric light bulbs are in short supply.
+“Life begins with food. It cannot be sustained without it. Powerful in time of peace, it is even more powerful in time of war.” — Marvin Jones, War Food Administrator.
+The Pleasant Hill Historical Society of the Cumberlands held a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Community House. It has been designated a historical site by the State Historical Commission and a marker was installed.
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Get on the water this weekend
Volunteers from the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association offer basic instruction for kayakers at the 2013 Waterfest. This year’s event is set for Saturday at Meadow Park Lake from 2 to 8 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, with food, exhibits, kids games, live music and water activities, with TSRA instructors offering rides on canoes, kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks. There will also be pontoon tours of Meadow Park Lake from 3 to 7 p.m., offering a chance to look for wildlife. The University of Tennessee Concrete Canoe Team will be demonstrating their craft, as well, at 2:30 p.m.
Haslam makes stop in county
Gov. Bill Haslam stopped by Cumberland County for breakfast Tuesday morning, encouraging everyone to get out and vote during the early voting period.
Blood shortage looming
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Judge ponders why stolen silver wasn't recovered
A Crossville area man who entered into a sentencing agreement relating to the theft of silverware that was later sold to a local jewelry shop found himself with an unlikely ally — the judge.
County OKs $89.7 million FY 2014-'15 budget
Cumberland County's $89.7 million 2014-'15 fiscal year budget was approved during Monday evening's county commission meeting.
Tennessee making strides in well-being of children
Tennessee has made great strides in the health and well-being of children, the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book found, rising to 36 this year. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.
1899: Evidence points to poison in mysterious deaths
The Nashville American reported that in January 1899, Squire Luke Stansbury, son of Rev. John Stansbury, discovered that Paris green and arsenic had been sprinkled over the hay they were feeding the cow. The evident intention was to poison the milk and, thus, poison the family. The hay was burned.
Drug testing policy deferred until October
With the start of the next school year only weeks away, the policy committee of the Cumberland County Board of Education decided to defer action on the extracurricular drug testing policy as implementation of changes would not occur before the 2015-’16 school year.
Model recalls special rail service to Camp Nakanawa
Camp Nakanawa, in the Mayland community of Cumberland County, dedicated a new, highly detailed diorama of the camp built over the past year by members of the Crossville Model Railroad Club.
The large display is a very accurate scale model of the camp and includes a track where an HO model of the Tennessee Central Railroad delivers campers to their summer home.
Souza vows to bring public comments back for vote
While a few public comments have been made during the last several Crossville city council meetings, the fact that some think their free speech is threatened by recent council actions has lead to discussions and letters to the editor in protest.
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