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Polar Bear Dip kicks off 2014

Cumberland Gap has a similar tradition, dating back 13 years. They don't have much water-- just a little creek off the front porch off the Little Congress Bicycle Museum.

So instead of a plunge, they call it a dip.

The dip is open to anyone, so mark your calendars for next year. January 1st at high noon, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

Preservation group purchases Cumberland Co. cave

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A preservation group has purchased a plot of land that includes two caves in Cumberland County.

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy has acquired the "Run to the Mill Cave" Preserve, a 75-acre plot of land in the southern part of the county. The organization will spend about $200,000 to acquire the land.

The Times Free Press reports the purchase will open a caving resource that had been off-limits to cavers and outdoor enthusiasts for several years.

Sailor surprises sister at UT graduation

By Ashley Izbicki, WBIR

Nearly 2,000 graduates in black caps and gowns received their diplomas at the University of Tennessee Friday, but one journalism and electronic media major had no idea her younger brother, who has been deployed for the past 16 months, flew home to surprise her on stage.

Body found by boy scouts identified as FL man

Crossville police have identified the remains found by a Boy Scout troop.

The troop from Morristown found the body in October while hiking at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

By The Tennessean, WBIR

While heavy rain in the summer might have ruined lots of cookouts and picnics, for Tennessee electricity customers the cloudsthat brought the rain came with the proverbial silver lining.

Hydroelectric dams have been in overdrive for much of the year, producing cheap energy that has brought down energy bills across the state.

State searching for new Plateau veterans cemetery site

(WBIR) The search is underway for property along the Upper Cumberland Plateau to build a new state veterans cemetery.

There are currently four state veterans cemeteries in Tennessee, all of which are in large metropolitan areas such as Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs has formed local steering committees to searching for new cemetery locations along the Plateau as well as southwest Tennessee to serve as a final resting place for our military veterans in rural areas.

Crossville church burglarized

A Crossville pastor says someone broke-in and stole thousands of dollars worth of items from his church.

Abundant Life Church of God of Prophecy Pastor Charles Erickson says he noticed the items missing Sunday morning when he arrived for services.

He says someone took a drum set and speakers from the sanctuary, stole a toy box out of the children's room, and a toolbox. They also ransacked his office and stole food from the kitchen.

Erickson estimates the damage and lost items adds up to about $5-thousand dollars. Police are investigating the theft