CROSSVILLE — Cumberland Medical Center and Tennessee Donor Services celebrated the beginning of National Donate Life Month, recognized in April, at a special flag raising April 4. On hand for the ceremony were Steve Ralphs, recipient of a donor liver one year ago; Brenda Anderson, representing the family Shane Blaylock, heart transplant recipient; and Alisha Jackson, representing Ashley Tollett, double lung transplant recipient. The event honors the donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donations. In 2012, the Donate Life America goal is to add 20 million new organ, eye and tissue donors to state donor registries this year. Currently more than 2,300 Tennesseans and nearly 113,000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Unfortunately, 18 people die waiting for those transplants because of the critical shortage of organs. In Tennessee, people can register to be an organ donor simply by checking yes when applying for or renewing a driver's license. It is not necessary to wait until it is time to renew to sign up. Go to www.donatelifetn.org to document your decision to give life. Call (877) 552-5050 for more information.
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Hickes to represent county at Poetry Out Loud
Madison Hickes, a senior at Cumberland County High School, will represent the county at the state Poetry Out Loud state finals March 14-15.
Grand jury: No city wrongdoing
A cross-section of Cumberland County citizens empaneled on the grand jury reviewed 115 pages of city of Crossville documents and meeting minutes, 927 additional documents from Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza, 22 separate investigative reports and 21 exhibits from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and listened to testimony from TBI Special Agent Billy Miller and Souza before concluding there was no evidence of wrongdoing on anyone's part.
Food service earns top safety scores
Providing safe, nutritious meals is the priority of the Cumberland County School Nutrition Program, and the cafeteria staffs at each school have worked hard to post outstanding ratings on Tennessee Department of Health safety inspections.
Panel concerned over possible budget shortfall on EMS billing collections
A few county commissioners expressed concerns over a possible budget shortfall for Emergency Medical Service collections during the last emergency services committee meeting.
BOE gives Andrews evaluation
The Cumberland County Board of Education completed an evaluation of Director of Schools Donald Andrews, though he has not yet completed a full year in the post.
BOE accepts payment plan for liquor $$
The Crossville City Council will repay the school system $460,179 in back liquor by the drink revenues over four years, with the first payment of $160,179 to be made immediately.
City council answers citizens’ questions at open forum
Members of the Crossville City Council answered questions from the public during an open forum on city of Crossville projects at the Palace Theatre.
Miller appeal dismissed
The Knoxville appeals court agreed with the original circuit court trial judge in dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by former Crossville city manager Jack Miller against now former city councilman Boyd Wyatt, saying that Wyatt's comment was protected by the immunity of legislative privilege for elected officials.
Internet solicitation case nets 2 years
A Nashville area man — one of three men charged with soliciting minors for sexual activities over the Internet was sentenced to two years in prison following a hearing in Cumberland County Criminal Court recently.
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