County Mayor’s Notes – March 5th, 2021

Broadband Grant Awarded
The State of Tennessee announced the recipients of the latest round of broadband grants today.  Ben Lomand (VolFirst) was awarded a State matching grant of $1,924,783.33 million to provide service in Cumberland County.  Ben Lomand will be spending $1,999,783.33 more for a total project cost of $3,924,566.66 to improve broadband in Cumberland County.  The grant area covers over 1,125 service points (homes, etc.).

Since February of 2020, approximately $20,486,700 has been allocated to broadband projects in Cumberland County that total approximately 9,125 new locations (homes, businesses) with current or future access.  See the map below for coverage area.

Vaccination Phase Update
The 89 Health Departments operated by the State of Tennessee, including the Cumberland County Health Department, will move into the 1c risk phase which includes high risk comorbidities (diabetes, obesity, etc. – more info can be found online at on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Cumberland County Population Vaccinated (as of prior day)

  • Number of vaccines reported: 18,873 *
  • County Population with at least one dose of any manufacturer: 20.37%
  • County Population with Series Initiation (1 dose of Pfizer / Moderna): 9.59%
  • County Population with Series Completion (2 doses of Pfizer / Moderna OR 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson): 10.79 %

*Number of shots given including first and second doses.

State Vaccination Dashboard:

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of the date of this newsletter. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

74 active cases (-1)
5,933 inactive/recovered (+3)
123 deaths officially reported (+1)
6,130 positive cases (+3)
143 cumulative hospitalizations (+3) *
9.42% positivity rate – 7-day average
96.79% Inactive/Recovered
11.69% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
10.13% of residents have tested positive
0.12% of residents have active cases


  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • STAY HOME after being tested until you get your result.
  • Wear a mask when appropriate.  It is not a political statement; it is about everyone’s health.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow the guidelines provided by Governor Lee and the CDC. 
  • Be smart and avoid places you feel are unsafe.

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). More detailed information can be found at the online dashboard:

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized AT ANY HOSPITAL from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.

COVID-19 Vaccination Pharmacy Locations
In addition to the local health department sites, Tennesseans may now seek vaccination appointments through approved community pharmacy locations.  See the current locations by clicking:

Vaccination and Testing Locations
COVID-19 vaccination and testing are both conducted at the Community Complex grounds on Livingston Road.  Although both are on the same grounds, the locations are different.  Vaccinations are held closest to the Taco Bell entrance on the Highway 127 side of the grounds, and are located close to the 3-way stop at Industrial Boulevard and Livingston Road.  Testing is located closest to the Farmers Market entrance on the West Avenue (Highway 70N) side of the grounds.

Please watch the signs as they are located to help you get in the correct line.

COVID-19 Health Department Testing Information
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at the Cumberland County Community Complex (1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38571) Monday through Fridayfrom 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Self-testing for individuals over age 18 will continue to be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Smartphone with internet and email are required for everyone on self-testing days.

CCHD will continue to provide COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the assistance of health department staff.

Health Department Information Line
The Cumberland County Health Department (CCHD) has opened a local information line at (931) 707-9007.  The information line will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Key Links

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.  If you are interested in hearing my thoughts and views on news, events, and activities in Cumberland County, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

Allen Foster
Cumberland County Mayor

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Cumberland County Mayor

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