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TodayInTheUC (Page) 04-17-15The Upper Cumberland. It’s where we live. It’s where we work. It’s where we raise our families. The people and organizations in our community are what make it tick. 106-9 Kicks Country knows the impact that local organizations have on this and surrounding communities.

Each week, 106-9 Kicks Country will have interviews with representatives of organizations that impact the Upper Cumberland.

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Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: Religion In 2015


Some would argue we are a culture that has strayed from its religious background. Some would say we are a Christian society but it is organized religion that does not speak to the current generation. Where do you come down on the place that organized religion plays in modern society? We explore that topic – and the issues facing local ... Read More »



It will soon be five years since Daniel Seal took his own life. His family has been at work since trying to help other families see the signs of this preventable death. His father Michael shares how the Daniel Seal Suicide Prevention Organization came to be – and how its work focuses on all those in a young person’s life ... Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: A Dad’s Journey


Imagine yourself a fairly typical father of a fairly typical young adult. Involved in sports, clubs, he’s adjusting to life in college. The two of you spend time together and are considered by any stretch….good friends. And then, your son commits suicide. This is Michael Seals’ story – as he tries to understand the decisions made by his son Daniel. ... Read More »

Today In The Upper Cumberland Podcast: Preventing Suicide


September is Suicide Prevention Month. It’s a chance for each of us to understand how prevalent suicide has become in the United States. Among young people – and increasingly among senior citizens, suicide ranks as a major cause of death. It may be hard for some to fathom why suicide becomes an option. But Anne Stamps says a trigger may ... Read More »

Today In The Upper Cumberland Podcast: Cookeville Economic Development


“Big things are happening.” Talk to anyone working on economic development in the Upper Cumberland and that seems to be the common reaction. On multiple fronts, the region appears to be working toward a period of growth during the second half of this decade. One of those working on the region’s future is Melinda Keifer, Cookeville’s Economic Development and Community ... Read More »

Today In The Upper Cumberland Podcast: Growing Cookeville


Could a large growth spurt be looming for Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland? Many believe so. But the economic development game requires patience, planning, and a little bit of luck. The development happens in a number of areas – not just the traditional industrial base. We explore how a community grows with Melinda Keifer, Cookeville’s Economic and Community Development Coordinator. ... Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: American Graduate


The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its partners including the Upper Cumberland’s WCTE have launched an initiative aimed at slowing down America’s dropout rate. The American Graduate program seeks to use public television’s strong position with children and kids television – to build a foundation for strong education for America’s kids. Though students do not dropout until much later, it’s ... Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: The University And Development


Tennessee Tech serves the Upper Cumberland as an economic development tool. And now the University is working harder than ever to take that role to a different level. Soon after becoming Tech’s President, Dr. Phillip Oldham created the Office of Research and Economic Development as a clearing house for faculty members and the larger university as a whole. It’s a ... Read More »

Today In Upper Cumberland Podcast: Imagination Library


It began with Dolly Parton’s vision to help youngsters in her home county of Sevier County. Could she make a difference in the reading skills of kids who did not have access to books before they began school? Today, the Imagination Library is a vibrant organization serving not just the United States but countries around the world. We learn about ... Read More »