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Clevenger Completes UT CIS Course

COCKE COUNTY—Cocke County Commissioner Forest Clevenger, was one of 53 economic development professionals, who recently completed the first ever virtual version of the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) hosted by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (CIS). This week-long course is considered the cornerstone of the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) professional certification program. The course also is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Attendees learned best practices in economic and community development, new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment, and discussed emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economics.

This year’s diverse class had a range of participants that included chamber of commerce and economic and community development organization professionals, elected and appointed officials, state government agency staff and community planners.

“This year has been challenging for everyone, but moving TBEDC from in-person to online didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our participants,” said CIS and TCED Program Manager Kim Denton. “They were all engaged, leading to such in-depth and beneficial discussions throughout the class.”

Over the course of the week, the class heard presentations from more than 30 expert practitioners in many specialties of economic development.

The week closed with the TBEDC online graduation ceremony. UT Institute for Public Service Vice President Dr. Herb Byrd III presented completion certificates to each class member. Several students spoke during the ceremony to share their favorite experiences from the week.

For more information about economic development training opportunities, please contact Kim Denton at kim.denton@tennessee.edu or (865) 974-6621.

Active COVID-19 cases increase to more than 100

COCKE COUNTY—Active COVID-19 cases in Cocke County are on the rise.

Data released by the TN Department of Health shows the county had 105 active cases as of Monday, Oct. 19.

The numbers are fluctuating each day as more individuals are tested, and others recover from the virus.

There have been 922 positive cases reported in the county.

Numbers show that 805 individuals have now recovered from their symptoms.

There have been twelve COVID-19 related deaths in Cocke County.

Nearly 9,400 residents have now received a COVID-19 test.

Numbers across the state are on the rise as well.

Just over 3,300 cases were confirmed on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee to 232,061.

Thirteen deaths were reported on Monday statewide. More than 2,900 Tennesseans have now died from COVID-19 related illnesses.

The inactive/recovered number is slowly increasing each day.

More than 1,100 newly recovered cases were reported on Monday.

The new total for recoveries is 205,832.

The following is a list of surrounding counties showing their total COVID-19 count compared to active cases.

Sevier: 3,149/324

Hamblen: 2,327/218

Greene: 1,556/266

Jefferson: 1,458/180

More than 8.26 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed across the country.

The total number of U.S. deaths recently surpassed 220,000.

Globally, the numbers continue to rise as more than 40.4 million have tested positive for the virus.

Over 1.12 million lives have now been lost to COVID-19 around the world.

Worldwide recoveries now exceed 27.7 million.