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Join Avery Hutchins when she speaks to Dwight Wages about the free concert by the Southern Stars at the GROVE next Saturday, September 4 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Crossville. Avery then speaks to the WCTE PBS Education Coordinator, Misty Stewart, about the CampTV segments the station produced both for local and national distribution. Avery then speaks to Mev McCurdy from the Homeschool Dramatic Society about the upcoming play at CPAC she's directing, “America!” Afterward, Avery will then speak to the CityScape Executive Director, Holly Freeman, about Fall FunFest this year on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 on the Cookeville square all on this week's Live at 5!

WCTE PBS is here for you! Join us live every Thursday from 5 pm - 5:30 pm on WCTE PBS, for the encore on Sunday at noon, or online as we discuss local news and highlight everything WCTE PBS and friends are doing for the communities we serve throughout central Tennessee.

September 2nd, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins when she speaks to Dwight Wages about the free concert by the Southern Stars at the GROVE next Saturday, September 4 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Crossville. Avery then speaks to the WCTE PBS Education Coordinator, Misty Stewart, about the CampTV segments the station produced both for local and national distribution. Avery then speaks to Mev McCurdy from the Homeschool Dramatic Society about the upcoming play at CPAC she's directing, “America!” Afterward, Avery will then speak to the CityScape Executive Director, Holly Freeman, about Fall FunFest this year on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 on the Cookeville square all on this week's Live at 5!

July 29th, 2021

Join Becky Magura live from the Putnam County Fairgrounds when she first speaks to the President of the Putnam County Fair, John Allen, about what's new this year and plans for the fair to be at its new location starting next year. Becky will then speak to the Putnam County Fair Secretary, Sussana Clouse, about her role as the Jr. Fair Board Supervisor and the creator of Grandma's Barnyard. Afterward, Becky will then speak to a food vendor and all the great types of food offered at this year's fair. And last but not least, Becky speaks to the Putnam County Fair Director of Media Relations, Dawson Davidson, about his role on the board and being the Backstage Pass co-host for WCTE PBS's live broadcast all on this week's Live at 5!

July 22nd, 2021

Join Zach Buckner when he speaks to the CEO/Executive Director - Livingston/Overton County Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Cantrell, about the exciting summer happenings in Livingston and Overton County to include the relaunch of their 'Live in Livingston' concert series with Jake Hoot this past week! Zach will then speak to the President/CEO Of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, Ethan Hadley, about updates on all the current economic development activities and tourism hotspots for the summer. Afterwards, Zach will speak to the Director, Workforce Development and Education - Highlands Economic Partnership, Kaitlin Salyer, about career path options along with how economic development goes hand in hand with an evolving workforce in our region all on this week's Live at 5!

July 15th, 2021

Join Dr. Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to Rob Davis about his experience with film festivals and public media. Dr. Cephas will then speak to Misty Stewart about CampTV and the segments WCTE produced for its national show. Afterwards, Dr. Cephas will speak to Becky Magura about her new role at NPT and the datacasting project funded by the state along with footage shot from Jackson County featuring Governor Bill Lee and Jackson County Mayor, Randy Heady all on this week's Live at 5!

July 9th, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins on this week's Live at 5 when she talks to a local book author and Vanderbilt alumn, Lisa Uhrik, as she introduces her newly released book. Next, Avery will speak to Jimmie Simpson with the American Job Fair and he will share what's happening on the job front. And lastly, Avery will wrap the show with a 60th Birthday recognition, Cookeville Art Studio & Gallery, with a special guest, Terri Ritter.

July 1st, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Musician and Artist, Kris Ballinger, on this segment of "That's it in a Nutshell" to explore hearts of all kinds with a video created by her to a tune by Matt Flinner called "The View from Here." Becky will then speak to the Mayor of the City of Cookeville, Ricky Shelton, about the annual Red, White & Boom from the Putnam County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 4. Afterward, Becky speaks to the Jamboree board members, Suzanne Williams, and Marketing Director, Shan Stout, who provide updates on this year's 50th Anniversary of the Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree airing live on WCTE PBS Friday, July 2 starting at 7 pm and Saturday, July 3 starting at 5 pm. And last but not least, Becky previously recorded an interview with the Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, Sylvia Bugg, about the contemporary interviews and historical footage of the documentary series airing on WCTE PBS, Eyes on the Prize, tracing the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions all on this week's Live at 5!

June 24th, 2021

This week on Live at 5:00 we’re featuring leaders across the region who are pioneering efforts in tourism and community development and those who are organizing events that are back on this year! Mandy Eller will be speaking with Jordan Hunter, president of the Jackson County Chamber, and Rafferty Cleary, Cultural Administrator for the Town of Monterey, about their tremendous progress in tourism efforts. Then, we’ll celebrate the return of the Cumberland County Playhouse with the CEO & Producing Director, Bryce McDonald, and the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree with board member Shawn Jacobs!

June 17th, 2021

WCTE PBS is here for you! Join us live every Thursday from 5 pm - 5:30 pm on WCTE PBS (and it's encore on Friday at the same time) or online as we discuss local news and highlight everything WCTE PBS and friends are doing for the communities we serve throughout central Tennessee.

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June 3rd, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she spoke to last week a multi award-winning American country music singer and one of America's most widely recognized and awarded female country singers, Wynonna Judd, and her husband who is a drummer, vocalist, writer, producer, multi instrumentalist, Cactus Moser, to discuss Wynonna's upcoming PBS pledge special. Afterwards, Becky speaks to musician and artist, Kris Ballinger, about her video, "Art Inspired By Nature." Becky will then talk about the AIDs quilt panel that was given to the Cookeville History Museum to be on permanent display all on this week's Live at 5!

May 19th, 2021

Join Dr. Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to the Director of Putnam County Schools, Corby King, about the latest updates in the school system. Afterwards, a recap video with students and educators at Jackson County's Dodson Branch who received a visit from Tennessee's Education Commissioner, Penny Schwinn, last week. Dr. Cephas will then speak to the Extended Learning Programs Coordinator at Putnam County Schools, Brenda J. Hughett, about the Lottery for Education Afterschool Programs (LEAPs). Afterwards, a video with the Cookeville Boys' Soccer Coach, Sam Matson, discussing the upcoming soccer state tournament. Dr. Cephas will then speak to the Program Supervisor for School Nutrition at Putnam County Schools, Jennifer Mitchell, about the meals program all on this week's Live at 5!

May 13th, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins when she speaks to Senator Paul Bailey about legislative updates as well as receiving the "Legislator of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA) and the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD). Avery will then speak to the Executive Director of Young, Black & Widowed Inc., Azurae Redmond, on all the great work she's doing by connecting Millennial & Generation Z widowers of color to a daily one-on-one peer support line, grief resources, scholarships and professionals within their home cities, across the United States. Afterwards, Avery will speak to Representative Ryan Williams about the recent wrap of the legislative session. And last but not least, Avery speaks to Jack Stoddart of the nationally syndicated Americana music show, Jammin at Hippie Jack's, about his new mini-series premiering a new episode every Thursday and encores on Saturdays throughout the entire month of May.

May 6th, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Tom Savage and Anne Austin about the National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day on Saturday, May 8 from 1 pm - 3 pm at the Leslie Town Centre. Becky will then speak to local artist and musician, Kris Ballinger, on painting and decorating rocks. Afterwards, we will show a clip with Becky and Speaker Cameron Sexton talking about his work serving as the Speaker of the House, one of the most important legislative bills passed this year to benefit the Upper Cumberland, the importance of learning in K-12, and so much more. And last but not least, Becky will speak to Dr. Quinton Cancel about the importance of COVID-19 Vaccine in the rural minority populations all on this week's Live at 5!

April 22nd, 2021

This week on Live at 5:00 we’re focusing on tourism across our region. We’ll be speaking with Mark Dudney of the Upper Cumberland Development District on the newly designated Cumberland Historic Byway, Molly Brown of Visit Cookeville, TN on her big tournament wins involving our lakes and rivers, David Mills as he treks across Tennessee in his 60 Day USA project, Jason Miller of the State of TN Natural Areas program on the program’s 50th anniversary, and Mayor of McMinnville Ryle Chastain on exciting developments happening in McMinnville.

April 15th, 2021

Join Dr. Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to the Director of Putnam County School System, Corby King, about updates from the school system. Dr. Cephas will then speak to the Supervisor of Special Education at Putnam County Schools, Sheri Robinson, about Special Education and related services. Afterwards, Dr. Cephas will speak to the Sycamore School Counselor at Sycamore Elementary School, Ally Evans, to discuss the national recognition she received for the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Dr. Cephas will then speak to President Oldham about the Tennessee Tech building inauguration from earlier this week as well hear from Misty Stewart on how to make a glitter bottle and available resources on SesameStreetinCommunities.org all on this week's Live at 5!

April 8th, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins when she speaks to a family nurse practitioner, Tracy Ups, about how doctors' offices have adapted to COVID-19 and their re-openings. Avery then will speak to the Mayor of Baxter, John Martin, about the Blue Cross Blue Shield park being built in Jackson County. Afterwards, Avery will speak to a Realtor at The Realty Firm, Sabrina Brazle, about the real estate trends going on in the Upper Cumberland. And last but not least, Avery will speak to the owner of Bert Driver Nursery, Bert Driver, about Earth Day and some of the fun things he’s doing at his nursery in Smithville, Tennessee.

April 1st, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to the Mayor of Jackson County, Randy Heady, about the flood and updates from the county. Becky will then speak to the Cares Coordinator for the Business Resource Collective, Kelley Hunter, on how to help those interested in starting a small business as a free resource offered to the community. Afterwards, Becky speaks to That's it in a Nutshell editor, Kris Ballinger, about the video she produced on wildflowers all on this week's Live at 5!

March 25th, 2021

Join Zach Buckner when he speaks to a Jackson County native, Mandy Perhay, about a local YMCA who is full of energy and optimism, and brings that energy to her role of running one of the largest fitness centers in our area. From youth soccer programs and Learn to Swim, to Go Pink and Open Doors (an income based rate scale program), the YMCA is more than just a workout facility. Zach then speaks to a Cookeville native, Leann Huddleston, whose voice is taking the Upper Cumberland by storm as of lately. She and her musical sidekick, Caleb, along with an incredible wealth of local talent, have been active and popular as 2021 has progressed. Afterwards, Zach speaks to the new Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Robert Owens, about his position appointed by the Tennessee Tech's Board of Trustees and a member of the president's cabinet who has more than 15 years in administrative roles at Tech and is interim vice president of student affairs all on this week's Live at 5!

March 18th, 2021

Join Dr. Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to the Director of Putnam County Schools, Corby King. Dr. Cephas will then speak to the Putnam County Schools Professional Learning Supervisor, Judy Schinbeckler, B.A B.S. M.A, about her role in the school system. Afterwards, Dr. Cephas will speak to Putnam County Schools System RTI Coordinator, Jason Stickler, about his role as Response to Intervention. And last but not least, Dr. Cephas will speak to WCTE PBS's Education Coordinator, Misty Stewart, about Sesame Street in the Communities WCTE serves all on this week's Live at 5!

March 11th, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins to help WCTE PBS celebrate Women's History Month to remind ourselves of the accomplishments of women throughout the years to our culture and society when she speaks first to the principal at The Painted House, Kim Johnson. Afterwards, Avery will speak to the owner of Soul Craft Coffee, Ana Dunn. And last but not least, Avery speaks to the founder of Lenny & Eva, Kellie Fitz

March 4th, 2021

Join Becky Magura today for a very special show when she pays tribute to the victims and their families from the tornado that struck Cookeville one year ago yesterday. Afterwards, Becky will honor WCTE's Founding General Manager, Richard Castle, when she talks to two of his sons, Art and Roger Castle, about their dad and the legacy he left behind on the Upper Cumberland on this week's Live at 5.

February 25th, 2021

Join WCTE PBS's Grant Writer, Mandy Eller, when she first speaks to Mayor Randy Porter about the latest updates in the county after a week of stormy inclement weather last week. Mandy will then speak to Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Amy New, in a pre-recorded interview about her team and goals for 2021. Afterwards, Mandy will speak to Creative Director/Project Man

February 18th, 2021

Join Dr. Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to Mayor Porter regarding updates from Putnam County around the weather conditions. Dr. Cephas will then speak to Director of Putnam County Schools, Corby King, about updates from the school system. Next, Dr. Cephas will then speak to the Personal Learning Supervisor at Putnam County Schools, Sam Brooks, about VITAL School & Future Ready Program offerings

February 4th, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Tennessee Tech President, Dr. Phil Oldham, about opening of the Lab Sciences Building, design work on the proposed new engineering building, Design work on the proposed new innovation residence hall, and spring athletics. Becky will then speak to Nia Buntin and President Oldham about the national millennial community at the university. Afterwards, Becky will sp

January 28th, 2021

Join Zach Buckner when he speaks to Mandy Eller, UCDD/WCTE PBS Grant Writer. Zach will then speak to the Director of Investor Relations at the Highlands Economic Partnership, David Darnell. Afterwards, Zach will speak to Mayor JJ Reels from the town of Monterey all on this week's Live at 5!

January 21st, 2021

Join Cephas Ablakwa when he speaks to the Director of the Putnam County School System, Corby King, on COVID-19 and other updates from the school system. Afterwards, Cephas will speak to the Career and Technical Education Programs Supervisor at Putnam County School System, Jeff Slagel, about the technical educational programs offered. And last but not least, Cephas will speak to WCTE PBS's Educatio

January 14th, 2021

Join Avery Hutchins when she speaks to the Director of the WCTE PBS Online Student Film Festival, Laura Holloway, about the online event currently taking place. Avery will then speak to the owner of CipherTek, Ben Brady, about what people should do to protect their computers given it's a new year. Afterwards, Avery will speak to the owner of Companion CPA, Lisa Malone, about upcoming tax preparati

January 7th, 2021

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Dr. Casey White from Cookeville Regional Medical Center to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, implementation and the number of people who have been treated with complications from the virus at the hospital. Afterwards, Becky will showcase footage from her upcoming show, "One on One with Becky Magura," featuring recently retired U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. And last

December 31st, 2020

From our family to yours, Happy New Year!

December 24th, 2020

Join Becky Magura as she highlights the Cookeville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Season's Greetings!

December 10th, 2020

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to the President of the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation, James Pond, about the organization's mission and to learn about how he and his team are helping improve the learning and literacy of children throughout Tennessee. Afterwards, Becky Magura and Cephas Ablakwa will speak to Kristy Hunt and then to Jackie Reynolds from the Putnam County School System about

December 3rd, 2020

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Correspondent, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, Martha Teichner, about the upcoming segment on CBS SUNDAY MORNING about the 50th Anniversary of PBS along with Martha's background. Afterwards, Becky will speak to the Director of Development & Marketing, Avery Hutchins, about the WCTE PBS Holiday Auction all on this week's Live at 5!

November 19th, 2020

Join Zach Buckner when he speaks to Shannon Cantrell, Executive Director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, about the latest updates. Zach will then speak to the owner of The Outdoor Experience, Heather Sallee, about the Breaking in the Trail event on Saturday in Monterey. Afterwards, Zach will speak to the curator of the Historic Costume Collection, Dr. Hanah Upole, at Tennessee Te

November 12th, 2020

Join Avery Hutchins when she talks to Melinda Keifer about, At Home with Melinda Keifer: Live Green Tennessee Special, when she and her family prepare wonderful holiday dishes for everyone and their families to cook (recipes at wcte.org) premiering on Monday, November 16. Avery will then talk to Molly Brown about the upcoming TSSAA/BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech University December 3-5 and how t

November 5th, 2020

Join Brent Clark when he speaks to White County Executive, Denny Wayne Robinson, about updates in White County. Brent will then speak to the President of Hörmann LLC, Camron Rudd, about the grand opening last week in Sparta. Afterwards, Brent will talk to White County Director of Schools, Kurt Dronebarger, about COVID-19 and the school system all on this week's Live at 5!

October 29th, 2020

WCTE PBS is here for you! Join us live every Thursday from 5 pm - 5:30 pm on WCTE PBS (and it's encore on Friday at the same time) or online as we discuss local news and highlight everything WCTE PBS and friends are doing for the communities we serve throughout central Tennessee.

October 22nd, 2020

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Dr. Sharon Anderson, 9 -12 Curriculum Supervisor at Putnam County School System, about the TN Promise program. Afterward, Becky will speak to Sam LeFave, an undergraduate student at Tennessee Tech University, about COVID-19 and the Heart-to-Heart video. And also get filled in on updates from the At-Home Reading event in Sparta along with the Highlands Economic

October 15th, 2020

Join Becky Magura today on Live at 5 when she speaks to Putnam County's Election Commission Administrator, Michele Honeycutt, regarding the current status of the election process. Becky will then speak to the Chief Medical Nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Scott Lethi, on current updates from the hospital and the number of COVID-19 cases being treated. Afterwards, Becky will speak to Sa

October 8th, 2020

Join Brent Clark when he speaks to Jeff Young, Sparta Mayor, about Lester Flatt Day Celebration this coming Saturday. Brent will then speak to Dawson Davidson to recap the virtual Rural Journeys Speaker Series earlier this week hosted by the Rural Reimagined Club at Tennessee Tech University. Afterwards, we will hear from Senator Blackburn from a previously recorded Zoom call on Tuesday discussing

October 1st, 2020

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Tennessee Tech University undergraduate student, Kester Nucum, who serves as the President of the Rural Reimagined Club about the upcoming Rural Journey's Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 6. Afterwards, Brent Clark will Join Becky to talk about PBS's 50th Year Anniversary and also discuss Mandy Barnett's “Tennessee Music Pathways” Marker that was unveiled ear

September 24th, 2020

Join Becky Magura when she speaks to Judge Amy Hollars who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council about the passing of Justice Ruth Ginsburg and the legacy she left behind including what she aspired “to make life a little better for people less fortunate" on Live at 5. Afterwards, Becky will speak to a former Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland

September 17th, 2020

Join Zach Buckner today when he speaks to Vice President of Economic Development at the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber, Stephen Crook, about the Virtual Federal Town Hall earlier this week that President Phil Oldham hosted featuring Senator Blackburn and Congressman Rose. Afterwards, Zach will speak to Director of Engagement & Outreach at the Biz Foundry, Tiffany Anton, about the Inclusive C

September 10th, 2020

Join Becky Magura today when she speaks to Corby King, Putnam County Director of Schools, on how the CDC is driving guidelines to help him and his team to make decisions for the school system and why so many students are being quarantined who have not tested positive. Afterwards, join Michael Aikens, Director of TN Center for Rural Innovation at Tennessee Tech University, to discuss the new series

September 3rd, 2020

Join Becky Magura today on Live at 5 when she speaks to U.S. Congressman John Rose for the 6th Congressional District about the Great American Outdoors Act along with current updates from Washington. Afterwards, Becky will speak to Jim Tracy, State Director of Tennessee, about the $1 million in renewable energy in rural Tennessee invested by the Trump Administration.

August 27th, 2020

Join Zach Buckner as he speaks to Speaker Cameron Sexton about the special legislative session earlier this week. Afterwards, Zach will talk to Tommy Lee, Deputy Director of the Upper Cumberland Development District about the $1 million grant award to support the Bazillian ceramic tile manufacturer locating its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. production facility to Baxter, Tennessee. And then Zac

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Join Congressman Rose and Becky Magura for Live at 5 to discuss healthcare to discuss COVID-19's federal response and then we will hear from Rebecca Tolbert to discuss and recognize National Nurses Month. Afterwards, Sydney Lunn will provide an overview of the upcoming WCTE PBS Film Festival in August.

May 8th, 2020

Join Congressman Rose and Becky Magura for Live at 5 to discuss healthcare to discuss COVID-19's federal response and then we will hear from Rebecca Tolbert to discuss and recognize National Nurses Month. Afterwards, Sydney Lunn will provide an overview of the upcoming WCTE PBS Film Festival in August.

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April 10th, 2020 - Local Information & Weekly Wrap-Up

Join us this week with Becky Magura and Senator Paul Bailey as they discuss local news and events around the Upper Cumberland with updates provided by EMA Director Tyler Smith.

April 3rd, 2020 - Local Information & Weekly Wrap-Up

Join us this week as Becky Magura talks with Dr. John Averitt and White County Exec Denny Robinson to discuss local support and information, as well as news regarding the ongoing coronavirus situation in the Upper Cumberland.

March 20th, 2020 - WCTE's Connection Zone

Today, Jodi Pitts will join Becky Magura to discuss all of the great opportunities available for parents and children through PBS. We'll also touch on the great resources available from PBS around the virus.