2020: The year in review

UPPER CUMBERLAND – As we begin a new year, we reflect on the Top 10 stories of 2020 as seen by readers on the UCBJ website:

10. Bridgestone announces restart of Warren County Plant

April 19: Warren County’s Bridgestone plant resumed operation recalling over 1,000 workers who had been furloughed for three weeks….READ MORE

9. COVID-19: Rapid antibody testing now available at CMC RHC

June 19: Cookeville Medical Center RHC introduced a rapid 15-minute test that could determine a person’s past or present exposure to COVID-19….READ MORE


Jan. 9: Jeff Jones explored appearance discrimination and when and if it is ever acceptable and legal in the business world…READ MORE

7. Cookeville Council denies panhandling ordinance

Oct. 16: The Cookeville City Council unanimously rejected a proposed panhandling ordinance when it came up for its second and final reading. This action came on the heels of a passionate public hearing the previous month, featuring citizens on both sides of the issue………READ MORE

6. Logan’s Roadhouse fate uncertain

May 8: As Logan’s Roadhouse parent company CraftWorks Holdings filed bankruptcy, furloughed and then terminated the company’s 18,000 employees, Cookeville wondered about the fate of its closed restaurant…READ MORE

5. COVID-19: Cumberland records first known case in UC

March 20: Cumberland County had the distinction of having the first known positive case of COVID-19 in the Upper Cumberland region……….READ MORE

4. COVID-19: Putnam ahead of state in percentage testing positive, region trails

March 31: Data released by the Tennessee Department of Health revealed that Putnam County COVID-19 test results showed a higher percentage testing positive than the state as a whole. The Upper Cumberland region, however, reported a significantly smaller percentage of positive tests than the state average……….READ MORE

3. COVID-19: Cookeville facilities closed to walk-in services

March 20: The city of Cookeville announced they would be closing all of its offices and facilities to walk-in services and pedestrian traffic beginning Monday, March 23, due to coronavirus concerns.…..READ MORE

2. Russell Stover to close Cookeville fulfillment center

Jan. 14: After decades in Cookeville, Russell Stover announces the closure of its Cookeville Fulfillment Center and retail store……READ MORE

1. Trump’s thoughts on Putnam tornado and response

March 6: President Donald J. Trump visited Cookeville in the aftermath of the March 3 tornado and offered his thoughts to residents and local officials……READ MORE

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