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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 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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Bob Bell sits down with Susan Wells, Lecturer at the Tennessee Tech University College of Business, and Director of the Governor's School for Business, Innovation & Technology at TTU, and Caleb McNamee, Assistant Director of the Governor's School. They discuss their respective backgrounds, Susan's recent Outstanding Service Award, the curriculum th…
 
Welcome to this episode in the new series of Local History Matters, the podcast run by the British Association for Local History (BALH) to highlight hidden local histories. In this series, we will be discussing the different ways that you can engage with and share your local history research, whether you are a beginner or an experienced local histo…
 
Local Matters focuses on preparedness for elections. Today, we focus on what the options are when an elected official violates the oath of office or engages in misconduct. The term "recall" is often thrown around on the news or social media, but most people are not familiar with the particular steps a recall requires.…
 
Ben Rodgers talks with Putnam County Property Assessor Steve Pierce. They discuss Putnam County Property Assessor's Office updates and current events, the budget process, and the last time that the county gave raises greater than a step increase, as well as his time as a County Commissioner, and what his goal as a Budget Committee member is.Listen …
 
Michael Bowen, filling in for Sam Brooks, talks with Cookeville High School Girls Soccer Head Coach Lauren Metts, and upcoming Seniors Olivia Hudson, Alex Meadows, and Piper Tadlock. They discuss the upcoming pre-season and season starts, how long the upcoming season will go on for, the growth of soccer in the Upper Cumberland, and how many teams a…
 
Bob Bell meets with Alma Anderson, Principal of Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville. They discuss Avery Trace Middle School, their involvement in the International Baccalaureate System, the common challenges of middle school for students, and how the human interaction between students benefits them, as well as some of the clubs and extracurricu…
 
Caroline Moore talks with local sculptor, furniture maker, and fabricator David Fricke. They discuss his artistic upbringing, how he originally wanted to be a photographer, what he ended up getting his degree in, as well as what a typical day looks like for him.Listen to the latest Local Matters Podcast… Presented by Office Mart.…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Putnam County Emergency Medical Service Chief Tommy Copeland, and Putnam County Fire Department Chief Tom Brown. They discuss how the recent heat is affecting the jobs of both departments, the shortage of workers in the county between the two departments, as well as their respective efforts in recruiting and retaining emp…
 
Welcome to this episode in the new series of Local History Matters, the podcast run by the British Association for Local History (BALH) to highlight hidden local histories. In this series, we will be discussing the different ways that you can engage with and share your local history research, whether you are a beginner or an experienced local histo…
 
Michael Bowen, filling in for Sam Brooks, sits down with Wes Shanks, Head Baseball Coach for the Upperman Bees. They discuss his family, what it means to come from a sports-orientated family, the Upperman Bees' run to the state tournament, the scheduling during the regular season, and how it felt for the team knowing that they were "the team to bea…
 
Another set of Augusta elections is in the books. Voters elected two political newcomers, including our 85th Mayor and a new Commissioner for District 2. They also chose to bring a familiar face, Wayne Guilfoyle, back, this time to serve Super District 10. We explore what sets these candidates apart from their opposition.…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Dr. Jeff Roberts, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Tennessee Tech University. They discuss what the adjustment was like going from his position as Chairman of the Department of History to being a Dean, the value of student exchange, and students being able to experience other countries and cultures, as well as a b…
 
Ben Rodgers talks with Overton County Executive Ben Danner. They discuss how the budget process for Overton County is going, the ability to place School Resource Officers in Overton County schools, and the support that is there for doing so, as well as how the county is looking to allocate their ARP funding including upgrading patrol cars for the O…
 
Welcome to this episode in the new series of Local History Matters, the podcast run by the British Association for Local History (BALH) to highlight hidden local histories. In this series, we will be discussing the different ways that you can engage with and share your local history research, whether you are a beginner or an experienced local histo…
 
Wayne Guilfoyle and John Clarke are engaged in a runoff for the Super District 10 seat on the Augusta Commission. We hear their views on how they would use their platforms to effectively represent such a diverse district, and what others say about how they work with people to get things done.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Bob Bell talks with Billy Stepp, Principal of Upperman High School, and the upcoming Director of Cumberland County Schools. They discuss his new role as Director of Cumberland County Schools, the success that Upperman's sports teams and other departments have recently seen, as well as Mark Livesay, the recipient of Upperman's Inspiration Award for …
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with City of Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton. They discuss the approval of the recent first budget reading, and the benefits that city and county employees can expect as a result, the road projects that the city is looking to complete to improve infrastructure, as well as the upcoming Fourth of July Red, White, and Boom celebra…
 
Stacy Pulliam and Dr. Von Pouncey are engaged in a runoff for the District 2 seat on the Augusta Commission. We hear their views on how they would use their platforms to address poverty, and what others say about how they work with people to get things done.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Bob Bell sits down with Sam Brooks, Future Ready Supervisor for the Putnam County School System, and Shannon Pirtle, Principal of the VITAL Online School. They discuss what Future Ready and the VITAL Program are, the various programs offered by the VITAL Program, and how some of them can be used for hybrid learning at different schools, as well as …
 
Welcome to this episode in the new series of Local History Matters, the podcast run by the British Association for Local History (BALH) to highlight hidden local histories. In this series, we will be discussing the different ways that you can engage with and share your local history research, whether you are a beginner or an experienced local histo…
 
Ben Rodgers talks with Kathryn Wisinger, the newly appointed Director of the Putnam County Library. They discuss her background, what made her want to go into education, how the library is funded, and how the city and county both play a role in that, as well as how the library's adult learning programs got started, and when some of them take place.…
 
Sam Brooks talks with Danny McCoin, former Livingston Academy All Star Quarterback, and former University of Cincinnati Football Player. They discuss his time growing up in Livingston, what it meant to him to get to play three different sports between football, basketball, and baseball, his family and how they influenced him playing sports, as well…
 
Marian Brown, President of the League of Women Voters of the Central Savannah River Area, joins Local Matters to discuss the work of the organization. She offers insight into the numerous reasons people don't vote. She also suggests changes that can make it more likely that people take advantage of the opportunity.…
 
Bob Bell meets with Tennessee Tech University members Dr. Jeff Roberts, Dr. Brian O'Connor, and Dr. David Larimore. With the recent passing of former TTU President Dr. Angelo Volpe, they discuss each person's favorite memory of Dr. Volpe while working at TTU, Dr. Volpe's love of sports, and his work to help women's athletics at TTU, as well as how …
 
Welcome to the second episode in the new series of Local History Matters, the podcast run by the British Association for Local History (BALH) to highlight hidden local histories. In this series, we will be discussing the different ways that you can engage with and share your local history research, whether you are a beginner or an experienced local…
 
Ben Rodgers meets with Senator Paul Bailey. They discuss the closing of the recent Legislative Session, and the highlights of this year's state budget, upcoming tax cuts that aim to help Tennesseans, as well as what the Tennessee Investment In Student Achievement Act (TISA) is, and a break down of the four levels within it.Listen to the latest Loca…
 
Sam Brooks sits down with Dr. Michael Torrence, President of Motlow State Community College. They discuss his family and how sports are intertwined within his family, how he first got into playing competitive basketball at a young age, as well as what his first day of practice in the 10th grade was like under Coach Sutton.Listen to the latest Local…
 
Bob Bell sits down with Stephen Simmons, 4th Grade teacher at Capshaw Elementary School in Cookeville, and the 1st place recipient of the Rotary Club of Cookeville's Excellence In Teaching Award for 2022. They discuss his background and journey to becoming a teacher, how education and teaching have both changed through the years, as well as the imp…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Cookeville CityScape Board Member Jodi Pitts. They discuss the success of the recent Taste Of The Town event, more details surrounding the upcoming fundraiser for the Cream City sign in Cookeville, including important street closures to be aware of, as well as her career at the Small Business Development Center, and if th…
 
Sam Brooks talks with David "DayDay" Gist, Running Back for Tennessee Tech University Football. They discuss his previous season coming off of an injury, having an extra year of eligibility to play football at TTU, what his goals are coming into the upcoming football season, as well as what it means to him having earned his degree and graduating on…
 
Bob Bell talks with Dr. Lisa Zagumny, Dean of the College of Education at Tennessee Tech University. They discuss what National Teacher Appreciation Week is, how it's celebrated at TTU, common feedback and experiences that they receive from teachers in their first year of work after graduation, as well as the various undergraduate and graduate prog…
 
On Local Matters this week we will have two candidates running for Secretary of State, one candidate running for State School Superintendent, and one candidate running for Commissioner of Agriculture. Each of them explains why they decided to run, describes their greatest accomplishments, and what their priorities would be if elected. Listen to Sta…
 
Ben Rodgers meets with Billy Stepp, the current Upperman High School Principal, and the new, upcoming Cumberland County Director Of Schools. They discuss how May Day and the prom went for Upperman High School, his roots to Cumberland County, and what they mean for him to take on this new role as the County's Director Of Schools, as well as what ori…
 
Sam Brooks meets with Cookeville High School Lady Cavaliers Basketball Head Coach Jamie Gillies, and players Jordan Gillies and Cassie Gallagher. They discuss what it's like being seen as role models to younger students and players after the success of their most recent season, the importance of building strength in the off-season, and maintaining …
 
There are two candidates running for Magistrate Court Judge and two candidates running for State Court Judge. Each of them explains why they decided to run, describes their greatest accomplishments, and what their priorities would be if elected. Listen to Attorney Katrell Nash, Judge Carletta Sims Brown, Attorney Ashanti Lilley Pounds, and Attorney…
 
Bob Bell continues to sit down with Cookeville High School Cybersecurity instructor Scott Waites, and Cookeville High School Cybersecurity Team members and students Nathan Papa, Landon Byrge, and John Reagan. They discuss how the Cybersecurity Team at Cookeville High School got its start, the various types of hacks and malware that the average user…
 
Ben Rodgers sits down with Curtis Hayes, Mayor of the City of Livingston. They discuss what led to him deciding to be a public servant, and running for City Council, and eventually Mayor, growth in the Upper Cumberland, the types of growth that he is seeing in Livingston, as well as ARPA funds, and how the city will be allocating and making use of …
 
Sam Brooks continues to sit down with Coach Gerald Brown. They discuss what it was like when he first came to Tennessee Tech University as a coach, how the game of football has changed over the years, and how the spread offense has influenced that change, as well as how he came to coach in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, and what that process was…
 
There are nine candidates running for Mayor of Augusta. Three of them explain why they decided to run, describe their greatest accomplishments, and what their priorities would be if elected. Listen to Garnett Johnson, Lucas Johnson, and Dr.Lori Myles.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Bob Bell sits down with Cookeville High School Cybersecurity instructor Scott Waites, and Cookeville High School Cybersecurity Team members and students Nathan Papa and Landon Byrge. They discuss Scott's background, how the students found out and became interested in joining the CHS Cybersecurity Team, the importance of keeping complex passwords to…
 
Ben Rodgers meets with Amy Stockwell, Director of the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center. They discuss her background in public service, an overview of her career, what role the Board of Directors serves for the Family Justice Center, the services that the Family Justice Center provides, as well as the need for an additional office in the Upper…
 
Sam Brooks sits down with Coach Gerald Brown. They discuss his family and early life growing up in Sweetwater, what led to him realizing that football was something that he wanted to play at the college level, who some of the other grad assistants and coaches were at UT during his time there, as well as how that staff changed offensive play in foot…
 
There are nine candidates running for Mayor of Augusta. Four of them explains why they decided to run, describe their greatest accomplishments, and what their priorities would be if elected. Listen to Ak Hasan, Steven Kendrick, Charlie Hannah, and Marion Williams.על ידי Local Matters by Janice Allen Jackson
 
Bob Bell meets with Dr. Barbara Jared, Director of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech University, and Dr. Kim Hanna, Dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing. They discuss who Florence Nightingale was, her importance in the field of nursing, what National Nurses Week is, when it takes place, and how the Whitson-Hester School…
 
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