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Education, Sports, Faith & Everything In Between Originating from News Talk 94.1 the show deals with community issues and interests that affect listeners closer to home. With topics from major events across the nation and how they impact our area to interesting people and figures from across the Upper Cumberland. Local Matters is where local, matters. Covering the issues that matter to you. Every weekday.
 
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Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson

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Local and state governments, though often overshadowed by federal government, have tremendous impact on our quality of life. This podcast provides a valuable service by educating people on how to improve their own quality of life through civic engagement. Various organizations encourage residents to register and vote, but it does not appear that anyone is showing voters how to make good decisions when they do. It feels akin to hiring someone for a job without reviewing the job description. L ...
 
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Ben Rodgers meets with Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris. They discuss how the holiday season went for the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, and how they handled the inclement, snowy weather that recently impacted the area, what his role as President of the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association entails, and how his tenure has gone so far, as well as u…
 
Rev. Melvin Ivey has translated his lifetime of activism, community involvement, and ministry into the Presidency of the Augusta Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He discusses the strengths and limitations of the 501(c)4 type of non-profit organization, their focus on voting rights and voter education, and th…
 
Sam Brooks and Michael Bowen talk with Melanie Bussell. They discuss her family and their ties to school sports in the area, her time paying sports in high school, and how that led to her signing a scholarship to continue playing in college, as well as the coaches who influenced and inspired her the most throughout her sports playing career.Listen …
 
Tiffany Anton talks with Kelly Judd, General Manager of Perfect-Roof LLC, and Founder of Upper Cumberland Events. They discuss what Upper Cumberland is, and the areas that they focus on serving, what led him to branch out into entrepreneurship and start his own business, as well as what Perfect-Roof LLC is, and the various services that they provid…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Tennessee Tech University School of Nursing member Dr. Melissa Geist, and School of Engineering members Dr. Andy Pardue and Dr. Robby Sanders. They discuss the Clinical Immersion at Disciplinary Interfaces course at TTU, what it is, how it combines nursing and engineering, the role that 3D printing plays in the curriculum, a…
 
Sam Brooks and Michael Bowen meet with James Massengille of Overton County and Cumberland University fame. They discuss his time growing up and playing football and baseball in Livingston, what brought him to Cumberland University, as well as his experience serving on the search committee for Cookeville High School's new Head Football Coach, what t…
 
Non-profit organizations play a vital role in service to the public. Learn how you can get more engaged in your community and help yourself through programs offered by non-profits. Linda Johnson and Kathie Johnson of the Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta discuss the mental health summit scheduled for January 20th,2022. Bernice Bogan and …
 
Bob Bell talks with Tennessee Tech University President Dr. Phil Oldham. They discuss several of the new buildings that have opened on campus over the past year, who some of the star alumni from TTU have been over the years, and what they have gone to achieve in their lives, as well as the plans to renovate Tucker Stadium, and introduce a football …
 
Sam Brooks and Michael Bowen sit down with new Cookeville High School Head Football Coach Taylor Hennigan, and CHS Principal Max Pettet. They discuss Taylor's time growing up in Cookeville, his family's history with sports, how it feels to be the new CHS Head Football Coach, the value that football programs bring to the area, and the importance of …
 
Georgia State Senator from District 22 Harold Jones, Augusta, describes what has transpired at the state and local levels with respect to redistricting. We touch on how that affects the balance of power between political parties in the State House and Senate, the legal constraints they faced, and how, inevitably, someone will not like the results.…
 
Bob Bell meets with Dr. Bubba Winningham, Principal of Algood Middle School, and Dr. Melissa Palk, Principal of Northeast Elementary School in Cookeville. They discuss the prevalence of Tennessee Tech University Alumni coming to work in education in the Putnam County School System, how TTU prepared both of them for their respective positions, the i…
 
Sam Brooks meets with David Sadler, of Overton County sports fame. They discuss his time growing up in Livingston, his time playing football in college, along with his struggles with alcoholism as a young adult, and how he uses his life experiences and struggles to speak to classes, and help motivate athletes to make good decisions.Listen to the la…
 
Grow with Google is a national initiative designed to help black women acquire the technical skills necessary to advance in today's world. The Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is one of the many organizations throughout the country offering this training. Kimberly Hayes leads this project on behalf of the chapter.…
 
Tiffany Anton sits down with Jess Lewis, Director of Marketing at The Biz Foundry in Cookeville, and owner of Knockout Print Shop. They discuss what Knockout Print Shop is, and the planner accessory products that they provide, what marketing means to her, how she recommends business owners approach their own methods of marketing, as well as how she…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Joe Matheney, Principal of White Plains Academy in Algood. They discuss the mission of White Plains Academy, what his position as Principal entails, the curriculum that students experience, and the various programs that are available to students during their time there, as well as highlighting several key members of the Whit…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Baxter Mayor John Martin. They discuss the city's recent awarding of Community of the Year by the Upper Cumberland Development District, the developments that led to that nomination, new housing developments and growth in the city, and the various types of growing pains that will need to be addressed as the city continues…
 
Sam Brooks talks with former Cookeville sports legend, and First National Bank of Tennessee President, Thomas Lynn. They discuss his time growing up in Cookeville, his involvement in local organizations and nonprofits over the years, a recap of his time playing football at Cookeville High School and later Tennessee Tech University, and the valuable…
 
Candidates are announcing their intent to run for Governor of Georgia. There are a number of factors at play, and it is critically important that we start researching the issues and what these candidates stand for. It is never too early to get ready to vote.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Tiffany Anton talks with Wendy Williams, owner of Club Temptation in Cookeville, and member of the Putnam County Election Commission. They discuss what the club and bar is, the various types of events that they normally host, why she chose to become a bar owner, the importance of being able to separate the business and personal sides of your life a…
 
Bob Bell meets with Dr. Susan Wells, Lecturer in the College of Business at Tennessee Tech University. They discuss her receiving the Outstanding Service Award for the University Alumni Association, her roles as the Director of the Governor's School for Technological Innovation and Business Leadership in the College of Business, and what the progra…
 
Michael Detwiler talks with Matthew Brown, Branch Manager of Raymond James in Cookeville. They discuss his time growing up in the Upper Cumberland area, his decision to stop playing football to go work full-time at FedEx, and the opportunities that opened up for him as a result, as well as an introduction to his family.Listen to the latest Local Ma…
 
Ben Rodgers meets with State Senator Paul Bailey. They discuss Blue Oval City - Ford Motor Company's planned automotive assembly complex coming to West Tennessee - and the amount of jobs that are expected to open up as a result, the results of the previous Tennessee General Assembly Special Session regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates, as well as an…
 
Sam Brooks sits down with Cookeville High School Principal Max Petett. They discuss how his first year at Cookeville High School went, the impact that the March 3rd, 2020 tornado had on the school, and how CHS responded to the tragedy by assisting and giving back to their community, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic changed high school athletics…
 
It requires a vision of what could be to make anything happen. Mrs. Jefferson is the widow of the late Commissioner Andrew Jefferson,who first brought the idea of converting the former Lake Olmstead baseball stadium into a music venue. She describes where he got the idea, and how he worked with his colleagues to make it a reality. She also touches …
 
Tiffany Anton sits down with Kosta Yepifantsev, CEO of Home Caregivers in Cookeville. They discuss what Home Caregivers is and the services that they provide to the elderly, and those with various types of disabilities, his decision to earn his GED, and the life lessons that he learned through working and eventually pursuing a higher education, as …
 
Michael Detwiler sits down with Drew and Kelsey Hawkins, the new Youth Pastors at Trinity Assembly in Algood, and Michael's daughter and son-in-law. They discuss their backgrounds and where they grew up, how the two met and began their relationship together, what their first full time pastoral job was like in Jackson, TN, as well as what brought th…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson. They discuss redistricting efforts in Van Buren County, the new inn getting ready to open at Fall Creek Falls, and the various new amenities that it will have, as well as his plans to retire and not run for reelection, and the impact that he hopes to leave on Van Buren County after his …
 
Sam Brooks meets with local business leader, and former Cookeville High School and Tennessee Tech University football player, Ottis Phillips. They discuss his time growing up in Cookeville, how the town has changed over the years, his time playing football at CHS, as well as what local athletics programs mean to him, and why he supports those progr…
 
Greg Costello, Managing Partner of C4Live, describes why they have chosen to pursue the Lake Olmstead Stadium as a unique music venue. After having worked with some of the most successful artists in the world, they are planting roots in our city. Learn more about XPR Augusta at https://xpraugusta.com/.…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Dr. Catherine Jones, Principal of Prescott South Elementary School in Cookeville. They discuss her recent appointment to the STEM and STE(A)M School ReDesignation Task Force, how they look to shape the framework for STEM and STE(A)M education over the next several years, what age appropriate STEM is, and what the various lev…
 
In business, it takes money to make money. But how do you get it? Damion Moses of Security Federal Bank works to grow businesses. Whether the need is to purchase new equipment, expand production, or construct a new building, he provides information that can help you make good decisions for your business.…
 
Bob Bell talks with Jeff Slagle, Vice President of Operations and Facilities at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Livingston. They discuss what his new roll as Vice President of Operations and Facilities entails at TCAT Livingston, the ins and outs of their Transportation, Distribution, Warehousing, and Logistics Program, and their new…
 
Ben Rodgers talks with John Ross Albertson, Director of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department. They discuss recent growth in the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department, an update on Hope Park and other projects being worked on in Baxter, as well as their progress on setting up Christmas decorations around the area, and what type …
 
Sam Brooks sits down with Cookeville native, and former Athletics Director at Columbia University in New York, Dianne Murphy. They discuss what life was like for her growing up in Cookeville and attending Tennessee Tech University, an overview of her coaching and administrative careers, and the various universities that she worked with, as well as …
 
Most of us have been subjected to toxic work environments, but what happens when you are in a toxic worship environment? How do you know when it is time to walk away? How do intelligent people wind up in a cult? Michaela O'Neal Farmer responses to those questions and more in her new book.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Bob Bell meets with Upperman High School Principal Billy Stepp, and teacher, and Beta Club and Student Government sponsor, Amy Rouchon. They discuss Upperman's recently awarded status as a Tennessee Purple Star School, what the award is and how it recognizes schools that assist military families in transitioning to the area, where the significance …
 
Ben Rodgers meets with Overton County Executive Ben Danner. They discuss redistricting efforts in Overton County, the recently filled vacancies on the Overton County Commission, what the process is like for bringing new county commissioners on, as well as how they're looking to address road conditions in the county with the recently passed infrastr…
 
Sam Brooks meets with Dr. Bubba Winningham, Principal of Algood Middle School. They discuss his early life growing up in Cookeville, the importance of middle school sports for young student athletes, and what they stand to learn at that age by being involved, as well as what the transition into an administrative role was like for him, and what the …
 
Juanita Burney, Vice Chairman of the Richmond County Board of Assessors, talks about who determines how much your property tax bill is, how they determine the value of a property, what to do when you think your valuation is too high or too low, and how citizens can get involved in the inner workings of local government.…
 
Bob Bell talks with Dr. Mike Birdwell, Professor of History at Tennessee Tech University. They discuss the importance of the month of November, the history of Veterans Day and with it represents, what the Tennessee Great War Commission is, and their mission to document Tennessee's role in World War I, as well as a look into the the history of one o…
 
Sam Brooks sits down with Josh Heard, Head Basketball Coach at Cookeville High School. They discuss his early life growing up in Georgia, his family and the importance of having support from family while coaching, his experience coaching his boys in middle school, and learning how to separate the role of father from coaching, as well as how he woul…
 
Juanita Burney, Vice Chairman of the Richmond County Board of Assessors, talks about who determines how much your property tax bill is, how they determine the value of a property, and how citizens can get involved in the inner workings of local government.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Tiffany Anton talks with Lily and Anthony Nguyen, leading members of the Cookeville band The Smoky Nights. They discuss their backgrounds and what brought them to the Upper Cumberland area, the story behind how they formed their band, as well as the process of making their latest album, Waking Up In Wonderland, including finding a studio, budgeting…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Julie Smith, a School Counselor at Cookeville High School (CHS), and Michelle Bowman, Assistant Principal at CHS. They discuss what College Application Month is and how CHS celebrates the occasion, what dream schools and programs are and some of the common pitfalls that students may not realize when exclusively focusing on t…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, and Putnam County Election Commission Administrator Michele Honeycutt. They discuss their experiences with past redistricting efforts, how technology has changed the process over the years, how the primaries in Putnam County impact the redistricting process, as well as some of the changes…
 
Sam Brooks meets with Jeff Comer, former Putnam County teacher, supervisor, and coach. They discuss his family, his time growing up in Cookeville, his time at Tennessee Tech University studying education, and how it prepared him for adult life, as well as the role that faith played in his coaching philosophy over the years.Listen to the latest Loca…
 
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