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Sponsors for the UCHRA raffle were, from left, Robbie Hancock, UCHRA; Lisa Bush, Bush Motorsports; Doug Looper, winner; and Jana Hill, UCHRA.

Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

On Sept. 25, the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) held a raffle for a new Ford Ranger Sport Truck. Harold Evans of Cookeville was the grand prize winner. Other winners and prizes awarded at that time included Fred Stout of Crossville who won a weekend at Lakeside Resort and Educational Complex on Center Hill Lake near Smithville; Mike Gaw of Cookeville who won a watch from Cumberland Gold Jewelry in Cookeville; Doug Looper of Livingston who won a United Motors DTF-110 motocross bike from Bush Motorsports in Silver Point; Jeff Emerton of Hilham won a weekend package at Eagle’s Ridge Resort in Pigeon Forge; Seth Garrett of Byrdstown won a set of Bridgestone tires from Firestone Complete Auto Care in Cookeville.

Phyllis Bennett, UCHRA executive director, stated, “proceeds in the amount of more than $36,000 from ticket sales in the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland region will be used to assist individuals at risk of losing their independence and are on a waiting list for home-delivered meals and homemaker services." Cumberland Mountain School provides services to pre-school children and their families, will also benefit from the ticket sales. Other programs administered by the UCHRA will benefit from the resources generated as the unmet needs are identified.

With 2007 being the year the first group of baby boomers reach the age of 60 and the fastest growing segment of the older population being individuals 85 years of age or over, coupled with reductions in federal funding for programs, the waiting list for services is growing at a fast pace. The Upper Cumberland area is one of the fastest growing areas of the state for individuals looking for a place to retire, thus, increasing the need for additional services provided by UCHRA.

As the local advisory committees, organized by the UCHRA in each of the 14 counties, work with the agency staff, unmet needs of local residents will be monitored and priorities set in support of making all the communities the best place possible to live and work.

The UCHRA would like to say “thank you” to the residents of the Upper Cumberland for their support of the mission of the agency as they work together to provide assistance to help people move from dependence to independence.

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