+At last the county court has closed a contract for the construction of a new jail. The structure will cost $6,000 and be the latest model. The terms of payment will be $1,200 annually for five years at the rate of 6 percent. It will be ready for use by January 1.
+Verdie — The people of this community will meet Tuesday night and organize a literary society.
+The timber for a new bridge across Piney creek near the present foot log is being got out by the Gollihers. The miners of Rockwood will pay for the building of the bridge.
+Westel — The Baptists are about to organize a church here.
+A tremendous effort has been made and is continuing to be made to induce people to “Buy Now” in order to increase business. The purpose behind this move is wholly good and proper when it hits people who are really able to buy. The great difficulty is most people have nothing or very little with which to buy and when they do buy they must use the greatest caution to get all possible for their money.
+The general public knows this “Buy Now” movement is only one of many the president is trying to bring back profitable business. It all comes back to the same old condition: Because of no jobs, people have little money to spend. The American people have never denied themselves when they had the price. That is all that keeps them from buying now.
+Business leaders have been invited to a meeting sponsored by the Cumberland County Adult Literacy Program. All employees should be encouraged to master basic reading and math skills. Our community has a skills problem much like the rest of the country. That means between ten and fifteen percent of our work force reads and writes at about the fourth grade level or less.
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Tree Board celebrate Arbor Day with free trees
The Crossville Tree Board is helping make Crossville and Cumberland County a little greener, after giving away close to 3,000 seedlings of various species as part of its Arbor Day celebration.
Pharmacy robbery nets 11 years
The man who conducted a mid-morning robbery of a Crossville pharmacy pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court last week and will serve all of his 11-year sentence behind bars.
Downtown back on city agenda
The Crossville City Council meets tonight and is scheduled to take up possible changes in the downtown work to dramatically scale back the cost and scope of the project. Councilman Pete Souza also wants to discuss his accusations in light of the Grand Jury decision that no wrongdoing took place in the city's purchase of several properties.
Devil Step Hollow a route for Union troops escaping to Kentucky
Let’s continue our journey through the Union history in our area. One other route of the Underground Railroad moving Union troops through the county into Kentucky was located at Devil Step Hollow, and run by Aunt Polly Hand. She took 50 men one night, 30 another and sometimes 5 or 10 at a time. She said she was working for Polly Arms because someone was watching her and her husband, and they were afraid of having the route discovered.
Food drive targets senior hunger
Nearly one in five seniors may be going hungry in Tennessee, according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.
Hotel tax audit considered
Commissioners discussed how hotel/motel taxes are collected by the county after hearing a report that collections remain considerably below budgeted projections for the year.
Input sought on strategic plan
Board of Education is taking public comments on its proposed strategic plan, with hopes of making final changes and approval at its March 27 meeting.
Teacher presence part of proposed pay plan
Cumberland County Schools is closer to finalizing a proposal for a strategic compensation plan, required by the Tennessee Department of Education, with a final plan expected to be presented at the March 27 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education.
- Celebrating a milestone
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.
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