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Covering Your Community Presented by Swallows Insurance

106-9 Kicks Country keeps you updated on community events and activities all across the Upper Cumberland. Check back often to plan your week, find fun things to do with the kids, or family outings.

Covering Your Community is presented by Swallows Insurance. The Swallows Agencies is a Tennessee Multi-Lines Independent Insurance Agency dedicated to serving families, individuals, and businesses throughout our region.

 

Dec
20
Sat
Bradford Health Services of Cookeville Offers a Free Ride Home
Dec 20 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

Bradford Health Services offers you a Free Ride Hoe during the holiday season to make it safer for everyone on the roads. Staff and patrons at restaurants, bars and lounges may call for a free ride home for anyone who is too impaired to drive.

This free service is available through December 31 for adults 21 and over. This is within a 30 mile radius of Bradford Health Services. For more information, please call (888) 233-3973.

Putnam County School System Encourages Literacy in the New Year
Dec 20 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your child, there’s one that every parent can afford and no child should be without. Putnam County School System encourages you to give the gift of love and literacy this year. Reading 20 minutes every day with a child will impact a lifetime.

For more information, check with your child’s school, or click on the link “Why Read 20 Minutes” at link .

Dowelltown Christmas City Lights Contest
Dec 20 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

The Dowelltown Mayor and Alderman invite Dowelltown city residents to take part in the 14th Annual Christmas City Lights Contest. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prices will be awarded for best Scene Overall. 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for both Best Door/Porch and Best Window.

Turn on your lights/displays from 5 to 9 pm nightly through December 23 to be judged. Judges will come through on different days during this time. Prizes will be given out and winners announced on December 23.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport’s Monthly Fly-In Breakfast
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

You’re invited to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport’s Monthly Fly-In Breakfasts the third Saturday of each month beginning at 8 am on England Drive in Sparta. For more information, please call (931) 739-7000.

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park Hosts Christmas in the Park
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join park staff for Christmas in the Park at Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park to celebrate the holidays the way they were enjoyed in the late 19th century on Saturday, December 20 from 9 am to 4 pm.

This is a holiday open house to include refreshments and season decorations in the restored birthplace cabin. For more information, please call (931) 864-3247.

Appalachian Center for Craft of Smithville Hosts Five Days ‘Til Christmas Sale
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm

Stop by the Five Days ‘Til Christmas Sale at Smithville’s Appalachian Center for Craft’s Goldenrod Gallery on December 20 from 10 am – 6 pm. The center has partnered with the DeKalb Animal Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Animals.

In exchange for donations of pet food, leashes, dog beds, the Goldenrod Gallery at the Appalachian Center for Craft will offer a 10% discount on your entire purchase. TTU employees receive an additional 5% discount. There will be demonstrations, Santa, more. For more information, please visit link .

Help Riverbank Books at White County Public Library Book Signing
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Authors Koko Nervelli and Doris Rouse invite you to a book signing at the White County Public Library on Saturday, December 20. The signing will be from 10 am to 2 pm and donations will be taken for Riverbank Books, which was recently destroyed by fire.

The library will also be accepting gently used books for Riverbank. Other drop off locations for used books are Cash Now Advance and Polished Nail Salon. For more information, please visit link or call (931) 836-3613.

White County Fairgrounds Hosts Benefit for Larry Johnson (Bubba)
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ravenscroft Church of God is hosting a Benefit for Larry Johnson (Bubba) on Saturday, December 20 beginning at 11 am at the Agriculture Building at the White County Fairgrounds. There will be special singing by Nathan Hawkins, The Church Singers, and Yielded Vessels. Also, there will be an auction, activities, a cake walk, yard sale, and plenty of good food throughout the day.

For more information, please contact Cindy Rogers at (931) 935-0010 or Brother Peter at (931) 935-5866..

Clay County’s 2014 Christmas Parade
Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Clay County invites you to the 2014 Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 20 at 2 pm. For more information, please visit link .

DeKalb County’s 5th Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Take part in the 5th Annual Christmas Toy Drive on Saturday, December 20 at the DeKalb County Complex Auditorium. Doors open at 4 pm with singing to begin at 6 pm. Admission is 1 unwrapped small toy per person or 1 unwrapped large toy per family.

Right On Time will perform with preaching to follow with Bro. Josh Hale.

Monterey’s Woodcliff Baptist Church Hosts Singing
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You’re invited to a singing on the third Saturday of each month at the Woodcliff Baptist Church in Monterey at 6 pm. Snacks will be served after the singing. For more information, please call (931) 839-8465.

White County High School Baseball Team Hosts Father/Daughter Dance
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fathers, bring your daughters out for a special evening of refreshments and dancing at the White County High School baseball team’s Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, December 20. The dance will be held at the Old Middle School Gym on East Bronson Street in Sparta.

The cost is $20 per ticket. Pictures will be available for purchase for $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, please contact Shaun Floyd at shaun.floyd@whitecoschools.net.

Putnam County Senior Citizens Host Big Christmas Dance
Dec 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Those 18 and older, enjoy the Big Christmas Dance on Saturday, December 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Putnam County Senior Citizens Center on Walnut Street. Admission is $5. Bring a dessert, and coffee will be furnished.

Surprises are in store. For more information, please call (931) 526-9318 or visit link .

Crossville Hosts Big Band Sound Orchestra
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hear the Big Band Sound Orchestra on Saturday, December 20 from 7 to 9 pm at the Fair Park Senior Center in Crossville. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please call (931) 484-7416.

Dowtown Crossville Inc Presents Carrie Hassler Concert
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Carrie Hassler will perform at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, December 20 at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm and tickets are $12 each.

Proceeds will benefit Downtown Crossville, Inc. For more information, please call the Palace Theatre at (931) 484-6133 or visit link .

Cookeville’s Family Care Counseling Services Offers Abuse Help
Dec 20 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Get out and stay out of abusive relationships through free meetings each Saturday through December 20 from 10 to 11 am at the FamilyCare Counseling Services on North Washington Avenue in Cookeville.

Recognize abusive behavior, get out of an abusive relationship, tips to keep safe, receive support and encouragement and community resources. Day care is available upon request. For more information, or to register, please call (931) 372-9915.

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers
Dec 20 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bell Ringers are needed for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. To volunteer, please visit link or call (931) 788-3414.

Cookeville’s Planet Fitness Hosts Clothing Drive
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Drop off a donation of warm winter clothing now through December 20 to Planet Fitness of Cookeville. Planet Fitness is located in the Cookeville Mall Shopping Center.

The donations will be donated to local residents through Pacesetters of Cookeville. For more information, please call (931) 284-4552.

Crossville’s Guitar Lessons at the Art Circle Public Library
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Here’s your chance to learn to play the guitar. Every Saturday beginning at 10 am, Guitarist and Entertainer Tom Fincher teaches Beginners at 10 am and Intermediates at 11 am. Remember to bring your own guitar to the Art Circle Public Library of Crossville.
Beginners, TJ will help you to play 2-3 songs with just 1-2 lessons by using a new method. Intermediates, learn different chords, old rock, or boogie beat, blues and Johnny Cash’s Luther Perkin’s beat.

Cookeville’s Doll Museum
Dec 20 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 1:00 am

You’re invited to Cookeville’s Doll Museum each Saturday from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free and the museum is located on West Broad Street. For more information, please call (931) 520-0042.

Crossville’s Saturday Night Dances at the Fair Park Senior Center
Dec 20 @ 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Every Saturday night Tom Fincher and the Southern Pride Band are playing live for everyone who enjoys a good dance at the Fair Park Senior Center in Crossville from 6 to 8 pm. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Tom Fincher at (931) 484-6790.

Hidden Hollow Park of Cookeville Hosts Christmas Light Drive Thru Spectacular
Dec 20 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Enjoy a Christmas Light Drive Thru Spectacular each Thursday through Sunday through January 3 at Hidden Hollow Park of Cookeville. There will be Santa visits, a full snack bar, and bonfires. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information, please call (931) 526-4038.

Smithville’s Justin Potter Library Supports Tennessee Promise Initiative
Dec 20 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Smithville’s Justin Potter Library supports the Tennessee Promise initiative by offering computers and space on Thursdays through January 15 from 3 to 5 pm to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the students’ college applications.

From January 22 to February 26, TNPromise scholars can complete their 8 hours of community service as volunteers at the Justin Potter Library on Thursdays between 3 and 5 pm. For more information, please call (615) 597-4359.

The American Cancer Society’s Love Lights a Tree Campaign
Dec 20 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The American Cancer Society invites you to make a special donation in honor or in memory of a loved one during the holiday season through “Love Lights a Tree.” A special memory board is on the south side of the Smithville Courthouse that lists the names of loved ones being honored and remembered.

The names are “in honor of” and in “member of” for a donation of $5 per name. Forms may be obtained at the local banks. For more information, please contact Barbara Ashford at (615) 417-6563.

Cookeville’s Rescue Mission Needs Bell Ringers
Dec 20 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:00 am

Cookeville’s Rescue Mission asks you to take part in the Annual Bell Ringing Fundraiser this Christmas season. If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Margaret Ridley at (931) 529-3651 or (931) 520-7003.

To volunteer a team from your business or organization, please contact Lisa Eldridge at (931) 265-0272. Please visit link .

Crossville’s Disabled American Veterans Host Country Music
Dec 20 @ 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Crossville’s Disabled American Veterans invite you to enjoy country music by The Buckner Brothers every Saturday from 7 to 10 pm at the DAV Building on Old Sparta Highway. For more information, please call (931) 210-7400.

DeKalb County Soil Conservation District Giving Away Bird Feeders
Dec 20 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:00 am

The DeKalb Soil Conservation District is giving away FREE bird feeders with a 2 lb bag of bird seed and wildlife bush to those who did not get one last year, while supplies last. The limit is 1 per customer.

You may pick up your feeder at the USDA Service Center on Bright Hill Road in Smithville between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Open Enrollment for the Health Care Insurance Marketplace
Dec 20 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:00 am

The second annual Open Enrollment Period for the Health Care Insurance Marketplace is now through February 15, 2015. Every American Citizen is required to have Health Insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Law, also known as Obamacare.

You and your familiy can apply for healthcare coverage online at link or by telephone at 1-800-318-2596. You can also receive assistance from Tennessee Health Care Campaign for the Upper Cumberland on South Madison Avenue in Cookeville. Call them at (931) 528-8422 for an appointment.

White County Animal Shelter – Adopting a Pet
Dec 20 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:00 am

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet this holiday season, please think it through. This is a 10-17 year commitment. If you’re not sure, think about making “Gift Vouchers” for dog walking or pet sitting for friends and family that already have dogs.

This way, you and your family can enjoy the experience of having a dog without the full time job of owning one. For more information, please find us on Facebook under the White County Animal Shelter, or visit link .

Dec
21
Sun
Bradford Health Services of Cookeville Offers a Free Ride Home
Dec 21 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

Bradford Health Services offers you a Free Ride Hoe during the holiday season to make it safer for everyone on the roads. Staff and patrons at restaurants, bars and lounges may call for a free ride home for anyone who is too impaired to drive.

This free service is available through December 31 for adults 21 and over. This is within a 30 mile radius of Bradford Health Services. For more information, please call (888) 233-3973.

Putnam County Imagination Library
Dec 21 @ 1:00 am – 1:30 am

Reading to your children is the best way to help them get a good start in Kindergarten. The Putnam County Imagination Library can help by offering free books to Putnam County preschool children from birth to their 5th birthday.

The books are sent by mail and have been selected by a panel of experts to be appropriate for their age. All you have to do is register your child at the Putnam County Library on Broad Street in Cookeville or online at the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. For more information, please contact Joanne White at (931) 858-4022.

Putnam County School System Encourages Literacy in the New Year
Dec 21 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your child, there’s one that every parent can afford and no child should be without. Putnam County School System encourages you to give the gift of love and literacy this year. Reading 20 minutes every day with a child will impact a lifetime.

For more information, check with your child’s school, or click on the link “Why Read 20 Minutes” at link .

Dowelltown Christmas City Lights Contest
Dec 21 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

The Dowelltown Mayor and Alderman invite Dowelltown city residents to take part in the 14th Annual Christmas City Lights Contest. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prices will be awarded for best Scene Overall. 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for both Best Door/Porch and Best Window.

Turn on your lights/displays from 5 to 9 pm nightly through December 23 to be judged. Judges will come through on different days during this time. Prizes will be given out and winners announced on December 23.

Dudney’s Hill Church of Christ Hosts Free Food Giveaway
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Dudney’s Hill Church of Christ in Gainesboro is hosting a free food giveaway the first and third Sunday of each month. The food will be handed out from 3 to 4:30 pm. For more information, please visit link .

Cornerstone Baptist Church of Crossville Hosts Christmas Cantata
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy the Christmas Cantata at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Crossville on Friday, December 19 at 6 pm, and on Sunday, December 21 at 6:30 pm. The church is located on the corner of 10th Street and Miller Avenue.

For more information, please call (931) 484-8476.

Salvation Army Needs Bell Ringers
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bell Ringers are needed for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. To volunteer, please visit link or call (931) 788-3414.

Hidden Hollow Park of Cookeville Hosts Christmas Light Drive Thru Spectacular
Dec 21 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Enjoy a Christmas Light Drive Thru Spectacular each Thursday through Sunday through January 3 at Hidden Hollow Park of Cookeville. There will be Santa visits, a full snack bar, and bonfires. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information, please call (931) 526-4038.

Smithville’s Justin Potter Library Supports Tennessee Promise Initiative
Dec 21 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Smithville’s Justin Potter Library supports the Tennessee Promise initiative by offering computers and space on Thursdays through January 15 from 3 to 5 pm to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the students’ college applications.

From January 22 to February 26, TNPromise scholars can complete their 8 hours of community service as volunteers at the Justin Potter Library on Thursdays between 3 and 5 pm. For more information, please call (615) 597-4359.

The American Cancer Society’s Love Lights a Tree Campaign
Dec 21 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The American Cancer Society invites you to make a special donation in honor or in memory of a loved one during the holiday season through “Love Lights a Tree.” A special memory board is on the south side of the Smithville Courthouse that lists the names of loved ones being honored and remembered.

The names are “in honor of” and in “member of” for a donation of $5 per name. Forms may be obtained at the local banks. For more information, please contact Barbara Ashford at (615) 417-6563.

Cookeville’s Rescue Mission Needs Bell Ringers
Dec 21 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

Cookeville’s Rescue Mission asks you to take part in the Annual Bell Ringing Fundraiser this Christmas season. If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Margaret Ridley at (931) 529-3651 or (931) 520-7003.

To volunteer a team from your business or organization, please contact Lisa Eldridge at (931) 265-0272. Please visit link .

DeKalb County Soil Conservation District Giving Away Bird Feeders
Dec 21 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

The DeKalb Soil Conservation District is giving away FREE bird feeders with a 2 lb bag of bird seed and wildlife bush to those who did not get one last year, while supplies last. The limit is 1 per customer.

You may pick up your feeder at the USDA Service Center on Bright Hill Road in Smithville between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 46 of Cookeville Collects Items for Deployed Soldiers
Dec 21 @ 11:30 pm – 12:30 am

Cookeville’s American legion Auxiliary Unit 46 asks you to donate items to ship to deployed soldiers. They are accepting hygiene items, Christmas decorations, cards, letters and more. The drop off boxes are located at Leo’s Spring Street Market, Andy’s Pharmacy, IGA Market, Cookeville Martinizing, and Discovery Depot.

For a complete list of accepted donations, stop by any of the drop off locations. For more information, please call (931) 933-5037.

Cookeville Firepup Program
Dec 21 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

The Cookeville Fire Department will be teaching kids Pre-K through 5th grade in the Firepup Program “Be fire safety smart. Stop fires before they start.” The department provides fire safety education materials for these classes, which have been designed exclusively by the National Fire Safety Council. We ask that you consider providing fire safety materials and services to children at a cost of $1.75 per child. If you would like to help, please contact April Howard at the Cookeville Fire Department at (931) 520-5255 or email ahoward@cookeville-tn.org.

Open Enrollment for the Health Care Insurance Marketplace
Dec 21 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

The second annual Open Enrollment Period for the Health Care Insurance Marketplace is now through February 15, 2015. Every American Citizen is required to have Health Insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Law, also known as Obamacare.

You and your familiy can apply for healthcare coverage online at link or by telephone at 1-800-318-2596. You can also receive assistance from Tennessee Health Care Campaign for the Upper Cumberland on South Madison Avenue in Cookeville. Call them at (931) 528-8422 for an appointment.

White County Animal Shelter – Adopting a Pet
Dec 21 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet this holiday season, please think it through. This is a 10-17 year commitment. If you’re not sure, think about making “Gift Vouchers” for dog walking or pet sitting for friends and family that already have dogs.

This way, you and your family can enjoy the experience of having a dog without the full time job of owning one. For more information, please find us on Facebook under the White County Animal Shelter, or visit link .

Dec
22
Mon
FCE Clubs in Putnam County
Dec 22 all-day

FCE stands for Family Community Education. There are 7 FCE Clubs in Putnam County and their goal is to provide a continuing education program for adults in areas such as nutrition, food safety, health, family living, financial management, leadership development and community service.

The 7 Club Meetings are as follows:
Friendship: 2nd Monday – 1 pm
Twin Oak: 2nd Tuesday – 10 am
Jere Whitson: 2nd Wednesday – 9:30 am
Northeast: 2nd Thursday – 9:30 am
Southern Hospitality: 3rd Monday – 12:30 pm
Young Homemakers: 3rd Tuesday – 6 pm
Monterey: 4th Monday – 6:30 pm

Activities include monthly meetings, quarterly county council meetings, cultural arts/fashion revue competition, awards day/picnic, camp, special interest meetings, district and state meetings, reading program, volunteer program (CVU), Habitat for Humanity lunches/Cooking on the Square, animal shelter, pregnancy center, kindergarten school supplies, helping hands, and various club supported activities and service projects.

Fairfield Glade and Crossville Lion’s Club Forming LEO Service Clubs at SMHS and CCHS
Dec 22 @ 12:00 am – 12:30 am

The Fairfield Glade and Crossville Lion’s Clubs are forming LEO Service Clubs at Stone Memorial High School and Cumberland County High School. The LEO Club is an international organization that encourages student participation in service activities in the community. For more information, please contact Lion’s Club LEO Chairman Bob Seabrook at (931) 484-3041.

Bradford Health Services of Cookeville Offers a Free Ride Home
Dec 22 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

Bradford Health Services offers you a Free Ride Hoe during the holiday season to make it safer for everyone on the roads. Staff and patrons at restaurants, bars and lounges may call for a free ride home for anyone who is too impaired to drive.

This free service is available through December 31 for adults 21 and over. This is within a 30 mile radius of Bradford Health Services. For more information, please call (888) 233-3973.

Cane Creek Gymnasium of Cookeville Hosts Skills and Drills Basketball Camp
Dec 22 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

Bring your basketball players to the Skills and Drills Basketball Camp on Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23 or December 29 and 30 from 7 am to 5 pm at Cane Creek Gymnasium in Cookeville. Campers will learn fundamental basketball skills through offensive and defensive drills to enhance their basketball IQ with instructor Jermaine McElvain.

The cost is $10 if registered before December 15, or $15 after December 15. Jermaine has been coaching and teaching basketball in Cookeville since 2013 and has worked with Leisure Services’ Dr. Doom Basketball Camp. He has many students here and in surrounding counties. For more information, please visit link .

Monterey Farmer’s Market
Dec 22 @ 1:00 am – 1:30 am

You’re invited to the Monterey Farmer’s Market everyday except for Sunday in Monterey. Bring any produce and set up for free beginning at 7 am daily. This year there is also an opportunity for up to 8 yard salers to set up at a cost of $5 per person on Saturday only. Local artisans may bring their wares, anything from yard ornaments to painted gourds to aprons. For more information, please call Julie Bohannon at (931) 839-2111.