The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency is going to reapply for a state transportation grant that was revoked during agency turmoil earlier this year.
New Executive Director Mark Farley says the money would be designated to build a new transportation hub:
“We do feel like that we’ll be eligible to apply for it for this second round, and we certainly want to continue to go after them,” Farley says. “We feel like we’ve made the corrections that need to be made and we’ve got things headed in the right direction, and hopefully TDOT will see the same thing.”
Dale Hollow Dam and Reservoir in Celine will celebrate its 75th anniversary tomorrow. A commemoration will be held at 10 a.m at the Dale Hollow Dam Overlook just beyond the resource manager’s office.
Historic Smithville Town Cemetery will be the site of the prestigious Cemetery Preservation Workshop presented by Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation this Saturday. The cemetery’s Beautification and Restoration Committee and the Girl Scouts are participating in the project.
Cookeville, TENN.- Cookeville Regional Medical Center now offers an on-site genetic counselor to help those seeking answers about their hereditary cancer risk and genetics.
“The Cancer Center has always offered genetic testing, but to now have someone here for our patients to talk to is wonderful,” said Kandy McGuire, Cancer Center director. “Genetic testing has received a lot of attention in the last couple of years and more and more people are looking into it and they have questions. In Nashville, the wait list is quite long to see a genetic counselor, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this service to the people in the region and help answer their questions.”
Ashley Cohen, MS, LCGC, is the new face of genetic counseling at Cookeville Regional. Cohen has spent the last three years working in genetic counseling in Atlanta, GA. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and obtained her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“I enjoyed both genetics and psychology in my studies. Genetic counseling was that perfect mix,” said Cohen. “Meeting with patients, answering their questions and truly talking through what they want to know and do is what I enjoy most. I want to walk through this journey with them whether they choose to move forward with testing or not. The patient’s needs are the most important.”
A genetic counselor is a board certified, licensed healthcare provider who has expertise in assessing hereditary cancer risk, providing education on genetic testing options, as well as discussing implications, benefits and limitations of testing for the patient and their family members.
“For most patients, genetic counseling and testing provides them with the opportunity to be proactive with their health or the health of their family members. We will assess their personal and family history to make sure that they are tested for the right genes,” said Cohen. “However, genetic testing isn’t for everyone. Even though everything is confidential, it can be very personal discussing your history and actually answering the question ‘do I really want to know?’”
One might consider having a genetic counseling risk assessment done if they have:
· A personal or family history of cancer diagnosed at young ages (less than 50 years old).
· Same type of cancer in multiple relatives on the same side of the family.
· Strong family history of multiple types of cancers.
· A personal history of greater than 10 colon polyps.
· A personal or family history of rare cancers (i.e. ovarian, stomach, pancreatic, kidney cancers, etc.).
· A personal or family history of a genetic mutation already detected by prior genetic testing.
Cohen specializes in genetic counseling for cancer patients, but she has also worked with physicians from other disciplines like prenatal, preconception, cardiovascular and adult patients.
A physician referral is needed from a doctor to see the genetic counselor at The Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional. Visit www.crmchealth.org/genetics or call 931-783-2476.
The City of Cookeville Department of Water Quality Control will close Reagan Street between South Jefferson Avenue and Madison Avenue on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th from 8 am until 4 pm. The department will have a contractor completing sewer work in the area. Contact Matthew Phillips at 520-5362 with questions or concerns.
The City of Cookeville Department of Water Quality Control will close the westbound lane of East Spring Street near Saxony Apartments on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th from 8 am until 4 pm. The department will have a contractor completing sewer work in the area on East Spring Street west of the Saxony Apartment entrance. Traffic will continue to flow using the remaining two lanes. Contact Matthew Phillips at 520-5362 with questions or concerns.
George Elmore has been taken into custody by the Cookeville Police Department.
At approximately 7:00 AM George Elmore, 30, walked off from his assigned work crew on Scott Avenue. Elmore was arrested in August. He is serving time for DUI and evading arrest.
This is a message from the Cookeville Police Department. Please be on the lookout for a white male, who escaped from a work crew in the area of Jackson Street and Willow Avenue. George Elmore is a white male, short stature, weighing 165 pounds, and was last seen wearing regular street clothes. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. If you see someone you suspect is Elmore, please call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to contact him.
Early voting starts tomorrow and runs through November first statewide.
Dennis Stanley is DeKalb County’s elections administrator:
“We hope people will take advantage of that, and we are expecting a reasonable turnout,” Stanley says. “Obviously it will not be as big as it was in November of 2016 in the presidential election, but people do like to vote for governor and U.S. Senate.”
Cookeville may be getting a new retail development. A local firm, Titan Development, wants to build a 125-thousand-square-foot shopping center on the southeast corner of 10th Street and Old Kentucky Road. The city’s planning commission is reviewing the proposal.