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Run for Your Mama Kicks Off ‘Run the Cumberland’ Medal Series on May 12. Fiddler 5K a Qualifying Race

April 26, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

On Saturday, May 12, WCTE’s Run for Your Mama Double Pump 5K kicks off the Run the Cumberland Medal Series. Runners who participate in the first race in the series, Run for Your Mama, and the last race in the series, the Haunted Half Marathon. plus two of the three races in the middle, including the Summer Splash 5K in Cookeville, the Fiddler 5K in Smithville and the Run 4 Don in Gainesboro, will receive an exclusive Run the Cumberland medal at the completion of the Haunted Half on October 20.

Details of each race are listed below:

•Run for Your Mama Double Pump 5K – Saturday, May 12 in Cookeville starting at the Dogwood Park Pavilion at 7am, benefitting WCTE’s Educational Outreach. For more info visit

•Summer Splash 5k, Saturday, June 23 at 6pm starting at the Dogwood Park Pavilion. Proceeds from the Summer Splash 5K will go toward the Cancer Care Fund at Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. For more info visit

•20th Annual Fiddler 5k in downtown Smithville, July 7 beginning at 7am, benefitting Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. For more info visit .

•Run 4 Don will be September 15 beginning at 7:30am in Gainesboro to raise awareness and money to research ALS. For more info visit

•WCTE’s 10th Annual Haunted Half Marathon Saturday, October 20 7am, start and finish at Tennessee Tech University, benefitting WCTE. For more info and registration visit

Early registration for Run for Your Mama is available until Friday, May 4th, sign up to be guaranteed a performance t-shirt. Join us this year for our Inaugural Kids 1.5 Mile Trail Fun Run that will be held at the Cookeville High School Cross Country Trail beginning at 9:35am. This race is for kids age 12 and under, $10, per child. Early registration ends May 4th, to be guaranteed a kids t-shirt. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be a special guest at both the road run and trail run. Bring out the whole family and celebrate your mama, with Run for Your Mama!!

DCHS Virtual Enterprise Program Competes in New York

April 26, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Enterprise students traveled to New York City recently to compete at the Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit. Virtual Enterprise is a program in which students run a virtual business and conduct several business activities such as advertising, promoting, and accounting. Over 500 virtual enterprise firms exist worldwide, all come to New York City each spring to compete against other firms in various competitions. Firms market their virtual product or service and sell to other firms, no actual money or product changes hands, students just go through the process.

The DCHS firm earned honorable mention in Elevator Pitch, Company Branding, and Company Newsletter and top 25 in Company Website. The students were able to buy and sell from other firms while attending the summit as well as form contracts with other firms in order to boost virtual sales upon returning home. Students visited over 500 booths from countries all over the world to gain insight into international trade and currency conversion.

Additionally, while in NYC, students were able to use networking, communication, leadership, teambuilding, public speaking skills from the summit in everyday fashion while exploring the sites of New York. Two students were interviewed by Tom Kelly, Good Morning America audience coordinator regarding their virtual enterprise company, Orion. Seeing Wall Street, the charging bull, the New York Stock Exchange, the World Trade Center complex, and other places along the financial district really put what the students are learning into perspective.

Students who attended are as follows: Tyree Cripps, Mackenzie Partridge, Eli Cantrell, Parker Gassaway, Ealy Gassaway and Raiden Martin. The group would like to extend a special thank you to Lee Foster for securing us a tour of the Electric Lady Studios.

DeKalb County Recognized as “Healthier Tennessee” Community

April 26, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County has been honored by the Governor of Tennessee for its steps toward creating a healthier community.

The Governors Foundation has recognized DeKalb County with the Healthier Tennessee designation for 2018 including a highway sign and plaque presented to the DeKalb County Wellness Commission, Community Advisory Board, and the DeKalb Health Adventure Program for their work in helping to provide healthy opportunities for the residents of DeKalb County.

The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative is a grassroots approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and college campuses across the state.

To be designated, the communities established wellness committees and developed sustainable community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco abstinence. They then tracked and measured outputs and accomplishments of the programs.

The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Today, more than 100 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are engaged with the program, and 59 have received the designation.

Pictured from left to right: Lisa Cripps, Helen Sefsik, Megan Kinslow, Colleen Wright, Elise Driver, Mandy Lawson, Norene Puckett, Shan Burklow, Kristi Paling, and Sheriff Patrick Ray.

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