The inaugural ‘Restaurant Week’ is in full effect. The “Cookeville Regional Restaurant Week,” sponsored by IWC, supports the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. From now until Saturday, March 7, select local restaurants will be offering special dishes, in addition to their normal menu. When a patron selects a dish from the “Restaurant Week” menu, partnering restaurants will make a $5 donation to the Foundation. Participating restaurants include Backroom Bistro, Bight of the Bend, Char, Crawdaddy’s, Father Tom’s Pub, Foglight Foodhouse, Gondola Pizza House, Mauricio’s, Mamma Rosa’s, Nick’s, Seven Senses, Spankies, The Bull & Thistle, The Cooke House, and WestSide Deli.
“This is a great opportunity to enjoy something new at some of the best local restaurants in our area, and help out local patients at the same time,” John Bell, Foundation director, said in a release.
Check out www.CookevilleRestaurantWeek.com for a list of available special dishes.
WCTE is hosting its annual dinner on Thursday. Education will be the hot topic, and the keynote speaker is Tara Brown, aka “The Connection Coach,” an award-winning educator, author and speaker. Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.wcte.org/annualdinner or call (931) 528-2222, ext. 300.
Haslam visits Plateau: The recent winter storm devastated many parts of Tennessee, and last week, Gov. Bill Haslam visited the Cumberland Plateau to get a firsthand look at some of the hardest hit communities, including the UC’s Monterey and Crossville. This week, cleanup continues still, and efforts may be ongoing for some time; at the storm’s peak, Haslam said 67,000 statewide were without power. As of Sunday evening, an estimated 122 Volunteer Electric customers in Putnam County still had no electricity. In White County, less than 200 are without power.
Attention businesses looking for help when it comes to emergency planning: The Cumberland Business Incubator is hosting two sessions for businesses interested in learning more about disaster preparedness on Tuesday. The sessions, “Emergency Planning for Business,” provide companies of all sizes with means to develop their own emergency plans based on criteria developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The class will be presented by Bill Savarese of Emergency Readiness & Planning Solutions. There are two sessions, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., at the Cumberland Business Incubator, 2569 Cook Road, Crossville. Cost is $20. To register, click here.
A Sparta coffee shop has called it quits. The Master’s Brew, a Sparta-based coffee shop and Internet cafe, closed its doors over the weekend after three years in business. The owners said they could “no longer afford to spend the money needed to keep the business” with a lack of traffic. The Master’s Brew supported many community organizations over the years. As a final gesture all remaining food was donated to Bon Air Mountain residents still without power.