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Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev

Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a podcast about business, parenting and living life intentionally. We're here every week to bring you intentional conversations on making your own path to success, challenging the status quo, and finding all the ways we're better. Recorded in Cookeville, TN, Kosta joins guests from all walks of life to bring fresh perspective and start your week with purpose. We're better together.

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Our Why Starts at The Y with Mandy Perhay
Join Kosta and his guest: Mandy Perhay, CEO of Putnam County Family YMCA. In this episode: What does our YMCA offer our community that no other facility or organization can? There are over 4,600 members at our YMCA and whether you’re 8 or 88 there’s something for everyone. Unlike most gyms, we’re encouraged to bring our kids to the Y. How does having a multigenerational space for fitness help strengthen our community? The YMCA isn’t the cheapest gym in Cookeville, it’s far from it. However, it does offer options and opportunities for all of our community. Will you tell us about membership options and how we are investing in our neighbors through our membership?Find out more about the Putnam County Family YMCA: https://pcfymca.org/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partner Sabrina Brazle, The Realty Firm.Find out more about Sabrina Brazle:https://www.sabrinabrazle.com/
23:05 7/15/24
Is it Radical? with Cyril Focht
Join Kosta and his guest: Cyril Focht, 2024 House of Representatives Candidate for Tennessee’s 6th District .In this episode: There are currently 3 candidates for the Democratic Primary of this seat including you, Lore Bergman and Clay Faircloth. Of the three, you’re the only candidate to raise campaign contributions with just under $55,000.00. Besides your ability to financially sustain this campaign, why do you believe you’ll be selected as the nominee on August 1st? Let’s talk specifically about the office you’re running for - Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. This position is currently held by John Rose and has been since 2019. This seat is up for reelection every 2 years and the 6th district spans from Crossville to East Nashville. How did the prospect of holding this particular office speak to you? As a country, we are more divided than ever on the social issues that impact our everyday life. From public schools, border policy, climate, healthcare - I can go on all day, but I won’t. The one thing we can usually agree on is there is too much money going into Washington. Americans are failing while corporations and the top 1% gain more wealth and power. What is your plan to work against this system for Tennesseeans?Find out more about Cyril Focht:https://vote4focht.us/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy. Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
51:17 7/8/24
Ahead of the Curve with Blakelee Paige Smith
Join Kosta and his guest: Blakelee Paige Smith, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, NP-C, Owner and Founder of Skin and Aesthetics. Skin and Aesthetics was created to provide the highest quality and excellence in aesthetic dermatology to the Upper Cumberland. What started as a dream in 2019 became reality in 2023 when Skin and Aesthetics opened in Cookeville’s own Premier Medical Park.In this episode: It seems like on every corner we have a bank, church or med spa. As a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner, and someone with about 30 letters behind your name, what’s your professional opinion on med spas? Why are there so many and what kind of credentials does someone need to open one? I have two daughters and everyday I’m reminded this is not the lip smackers and apricot scrub generation I grew up in. Tweens and young girls want real skincare, but when is it actually appropriate? Small changes over time make a greater impact than big changes made sporadically. What are the small changes we can make to improve our skin, feel more confident, and go longer without needing professional beauty treatments?Find out more about Skin and Aesthetics:https://theskinandaestheticsclinic.com/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com
64:54 7/1/24
The Business of Beauty with Mike Franklin
Join Kosta and his guest: Mike Franklin, Co-Founder and Owner of Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy, and Owner of Cookeville’s newest luxury salon Wild Honey Beauty Co.In this episode: After over a decade of being Cookeville’s beauty destination, this summer Loxx Salon and Spa is closing. As a business owner, how did you know it was time to move on? Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy opened in February of 2023, and has already celebrated several rounds of successful graduates and is getting ready for its largest cohort to date. What inspired Aspire and what is your biggest mission for this school? When it comes to the business of beauty, what’s one piece of advice you’d share with stylists, salon owners and anyone hoping to make a living from the beauty industry? Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/Find out more about Wild Honey Beauty Co.:https://www.facebook.com/wildhoneybeautycocookeville Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
31:36 6/24/24
How the Internet Works with Jonathan West
Join Kosta and his guest: Jonathan West, CEO of Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative.In this episode: For those of us who don’t really understand how the internet works or how it’s changed over the last - let’s say 20 years - what’s fiber internet? What’s broadband? How do you know what kind of internet is right for you? How can access to broadband change the workforce of the Upper Cumberland? If anyone’s listening and thinking, well, I already have internet and it works well enough - I don’t want to go through the trouble of changing. What does Twin Lakes do differently? Find Out More About Twin Lakes:https://www.twinlakes.netBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
46:18 6/17/24
More is Possible with Jennifer Gray
Join Kosta and his guest Jennifer Gray, Autism Advocate, Mother of Cookeville Lifestyle’s Cover Thomas Golz and Co-Founder of Small World Dioramas. Find this issue of Cookeville Lifestyles Magazine:https://cookevillelifestyles.com/find-the-magazine/In this episode: How it felt for Jennifer and Thomas to share their story with Cookeville and beyond. What it's like to raise a child  with special needs, and how to help your child find their place no matter their passion or interests. How we can support special needs children, adults and their caregivers. Find out more about Small World Dioramas:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091924713142Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com
27:18 6/10/24
Long Live the Queens with Katie Love
🌈 Happy Pride Month! Y'all means ALL, and no matter what month it is, we're proud to represent all the people who make our community better when we're together. Join Kosta and his guest: Katie Love, honored Upper Cumberland Pride Royalty, Queen 2019 and 2015, Miss RoadHouse 2017 and Miss Gay East Tennessee America 2013, Katie’s work in entertainment and activism is unparalleled. She helped build the LGBTQ community of the Upper Cumberland as it stands today. Find out more about Upper Cumberland Pride:https://ucpride.org/🌈 Upper Cumberland Pride 2024:📍 Dogwood Park 📅 Saturday, June 8, 2024⏰ 11:00am - 5:00pm Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partner Sabrina Brazle, The Realty Firm. Find out more about Sabrina Brazle:https://www.sabrinabrazle.com/
38:19 6/3/24
Life Starts at 60 with Holly Williams
Join Kosta and his guest: Holly Williams, Director of Area Agency on Aging and Disability at Upper Cumberland Development District. Roughly 14,000 Putnam County residents are over the age of 65. That’s approximately 17% of our population. In this episode: What opportunities and advantages do we have in the Upper Cumberland for this age group that many communities do not? Whether you’re looking at care for yourself or a parent, what’s your advice for preparing for these costs? The Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities provides programs and services for older Tennesseans, as well as those with disabilities. Will you tell us about these services and how people can work with you? Find out more about Area Agency on Aging and Disability at UCDD:https://ucdd.org/aaad/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
47:27 5/27/24
Evidence Based with Dr. Elizabeth Lisic
Join Kosta and his guest: Dr. Elizabeth Lisic, Assistant Director of BIRCH Professional Learning Center at Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity.  In addition to her achievements in research and development in education, Dr. Lisic is the proud Mother of actors: Elle Lisic and Evan Lisic. In this episode: You have over a decade of experience in professional development and student learning, specifically related to outcomes such as critical and creative thinking. As a parent yourself, how have you used this background to help your children succeed? If you could give one piece of advice to parents on how to encourage curiosity and critical thinking for their children, what would it be? What’s your advice to parents who have children interested in acting or media of any kind?Find out more about Dr. Elizabeth Lisic:https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-lisichttps://www.educatordiversity.orgBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com
60:53 5/20/24
Audition! Audition! Audition! with Kathleen Gilpatrick
Join Kosta and his guest: Kathleen Gilpatrick, Co-Founder and President of Cookeville Theatre Company,  Owner of Out On A Limb Productions and celebrated director, producer, writer and actor. Find out more about Cookeville Theatre Company:https://cookevilletheatreco.org/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
37:07 5/13/24
To Live By the Girl Scout Law with Danielle Barnes
Join Kosta and his guest: Danielle Barnes, CEO/President of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. In this episode: The world is changing and Girl Scouts is changing with it. Will you talk about a few of the ways Girls Scouts has evolved since our listeners were active members? In less populated and underserved areas of Tennessee, access to programs like Girl Scouts can be challenging. What strategies are you implementing across the state to improve access and inclusion for all girls? How do you see Girl Scouts playing a greater role in community building here in the Upper Cumberland and across the state?Find out more about Girl Scouts of Middle TN:https://gsmidtn.org/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com/
30:50 5/6/24
What's the Craic?! with Katelyn Dunn
Join Kosta and his guest: Katelyn Dunn, Fibers Artist and owner of Dunn Spunn Studio. Find out more about Dunn Spunn Studio:https://dunnspunn.wixsite.com/homehttps://www.facebook.com/dunnspunn/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
31:45 4/29/24
I'm Not Done with Shaquawana Wester
Join Kosta and his guest: Shaquawana Wester, Philanthropist, Community Organizer and  Empower Community Engagement Coordinator with UCHRA.Find out more about Empower Upper Cumberland:https://empoweruppercumberland.org/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
51:55 4/22/24
Rediscover George Halford with George Halford
Join Kosta and his guest: George Halford, former President and CEO of Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. In December of 2019 George retired from the Chamber and a near 50 year career in community development. Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa: https://loxxsalon.net/
47:02 4/15/24
Who Are We? with Rafferty Cleary
Join Kosta and his guest: Rafferty Cleary, Cultural Administrator for the Town of Monterey, Host, Producer and champion of development and tourism in the Upper Cumberland.Find out more about visiting Monterey, TN:https://www.exploremontereytn.com/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy. Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
50:51 4/8/24
The Word with Christopher McMichael
Join Kosta and his guest: Christopher McMichael, Author, Publisher and Pastor of Engrafted Word Church.Find out more information about Engrafted Word Church:  https://engraftedword.org/Redemptive Botany of the Bible: https://petrapress.com/product/redemptive-botany-of-bible/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com/
72:23 4/1/24
Trust Your Gut with Lisa Garcia
Join Kosta and his guest: Lisa Garcia, Owner of Cleanse Wellness Spa, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, National Board Credentialed Colon Hydrotherapist and a Certified Electro Lymphatic Therapist from California Coastal Cleansing Institute in San Diego.In this episode: More than 80% of our immune system is in the gut, and when your gut isn't healthy, your immune system and hormones can’t function properly. In your experience, what are the real life consequences of having a poorly managed digestive system? When it comes to anything related to the colon, rectum or butt in general people can feel a bit skittish. (No pun intended.) For anyone that’s feeling anxiety about how the insertion or evacuation process works, smells or feels. What’s your advice? On a day-to-day basis what benefits do your regular customers see from Colon Hydrotherapy and how has it improved their lives?Find out more about Lisa Garcia and Cleanse Wellness Spa:https://cleansewellnessspa.comBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
56:01 3/25/24
Where Your Food Comes From with Craig Pyle
Join Kosta and his guest: Craig Pyle, Owner and Farmer of Hidden Holly Farm, a 125-acre farm located in Monterey Tennessee focused on raising animals naturally, humanely and sustainably.In this episode: Food costs are up almost 30% in the past 10 years. How can we bridge the gap to provide access to quality, all-natural food while acknowledging the never ending struggle to keep up with inflated grocery prices? Where does our meat come from that's in the grocery store? What does sustainable food production look like?Find out more about Craig Pyle and Hidden Holly Farms:https://hiddenhollyfarm.com/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa:https://loxxsalon.net/
56:36 3/18/24
Helping Hands with Rebecca Duncan
Join Kosta and his guest: Rebecca Duncan, Director at Helping Hands of Putnam County.In this episode: One of the biggest misconceptions about poverty in our area is that welfare primarily goes to people who are not working. When in reality, the problem isn’t that people aren’t working, it's that our employers aren’t paying enough. Will you tell us about how this cycle is impacting Putnam County in 2024? Today, what do you think is the greatest challenge we face for the working class of our community? Is it workforce, housing, food insecurity, healthcare, childcare or all of the above? How does Helping Hands fill the gaps where our other social services can’t?Find out more about Helping Hands of Putnam County: https://www.pchelpinghands.org/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com/
62:54 3/11/24
Your Favorite Episode with Morgan Franklin
Join Kosta and his guest: Morgan Franklin, Owner and Founder of Morgan Franklin Media, Podcast Producer, Strategist and Educator. Featured on Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Living, Style Me Pretty, The Knot Magazine and countless other publications, Morgan’s work as a podcaster, creative and brand manager spans over a decade and is just getting started.Morgan is the Producer and Co-Creator of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev, Now or Never: Long-Term Care Strategy, The Aspiring Stylist with Tracey Franklin and most recently Podcasts for Profit with Morgan Franklin, a podcast helping business owners make money from their podcast. You can listen to the first episode of Podcasts for Profit today on all major podcast networks. Find out more about Morgan Franklin:https://morganfranklin.media/Listen to Podcasts for Profit: https://morganfranklin.media/podcasts-for-profitBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
60:50 3/4/24
Behind the Music with Melissa Ellis
Join Kosta and his guest: Melissa Ellis, professional performer, jazz musician The Southern Spitfire, owner and founder of The Autumn Agency, music coach and talent buyer. In this episode: What do you think should be the first major goal or objective of an up-and-coming artist? We can only eat the elephant one bite at a time, so what are the first bites? As someone that’s consistently found a way to turn their creative talents into business opportunities, what’s your advice to musicians and other creatives on finding scalable, financially responsible ways to grow as an artist without burning out? As Nashville continues to get more expensive and harder to navigate for musicians and songwriters, do you think there’s a new opportunity in the Upper Cumberland? What can we do as a community to capture and nurture this talent?  Find out more about Melissa Ellis and The Autumn Agency: https://melissaellismusic.com/https://theautumnagency.co/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
51:32 2/26/24
My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams with Lori Strode
Join Kosta and his guest: Lori Jackson-Strode, Counselor, Real Estate Agent, Cookeville Theatre Company Board Member, and 'I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dream' Co-Creator, Producer and Director.In this episode: We're celebrating Black History Month and talking about what it's like to be black and grow up in Middle Tennessee. What racial equality looks like  today and how it's changed since Lori grew up in Cookeville during the 70's, 80's and 90's. How we create an Upper Cumberland where young people feel welcome, have professional opportunities and an engaging environment where they can grow and thrive personally. Find out more about I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dream and Cookeville Theatre Company: https://cookevilletheatreco.org/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa:https://loxxsalon.net/
47:41 2/19/24
The Dress Code with Tess Mann
Join Kosta and his guest: Tess Mann, Owner of Couture by Tess Bridal and Designer of Tess Mann Haute Couture.In this episode: Your achievements as a designer, and bridal stylist would take most of us a lifetime to accomplish. But I find one of the most intriguing parts of your story is that you spent an entire career in Federal Law Enforcement before pursuing fashion. How did you transition from the FBI to couture bridal designer?  In this social media era it feels like shopping and buying the dress is almost as important as wearing the dress. What sets your store apart? You have a unique perspective on business, because most of your clients will only shop with you one time. Online you’ve cultivated thousands of followers and hundreds of perfect reviews, but what’s the real secret to building a customer base and community when your customers likely will only purchase with you one time?Find out more about Tess Mann and Couture by Tess Bridal: https://couturebytessbridal.com/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
50:02 2/12/24
How Our Election Commission Works with Michele Honeycutt
Join Kosta and his guest: Michele Honeycutt, Election Commission Administrator for Putnam County Election Commission.In this episode: Generally speaking, across the United States, over the past decade the accuracy and legitimacy of our elections has become a point of concern for many. As someone that sees every aspect of our elections, what’s your message to anyone questioning the outcome of an election? How does voter registration work? Can anyone with a driver’s license vote or is there more to the process? How do we know where our polling location is? What if we go to the wrong polling station? Can we still vote? 🇺🇸 ⚠️🗳️ Important Voting and Election Dates in Putnam County:Presidential Preference Primary and County PrimaryLast Day to Register to Vote in this Election: Monday, February 5, 2024Early Voting Dates: February 14, 2024- February 27, 2024🗳️ Primary Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024Federal and State - General ElectionLast Day to Register to Vote in this Election: Monday, October 7, 2024 Early Voting Dates: October 16, 2024—October 31, 2024 🗳️ General Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2024Find  more information about the Putnam County Election Commission:https://putnamcountytn.gov/election-commissionBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com/
32:51 2/5/24
Staying the Course with Matt Billings
Join Kosta and his guest: Matt Billings, Economic Development and Grants Coordinator for the City of Cookeville. In this episode: For Millennials and Gen Z there’s been a great effort to advocate on our behalf to participate in public service, run for office and take leadership, but the problem remains that so far not many Baby Boomers and Gen X are ready to let go of these responsibilities. As a Millennial serving our community, what’s your message to older generations on making room for our next generation of local leaders? What do you wish people knew about the importance of local elections? How does it impact your job and our city? If you could give one piece of advice to all the young people listening that are trying to find their way as leader in this community, or just where they belong as a citizen of this community - what would it be?Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
29:44 1/29/24
Labor of Love with Bridgett Jones
Join Kosta and his guest: Bridgett Jones, Co-Founder and Owner of Mill Creek Farm. In this episode: How is Mill Creek Farm bringing a fresh take on agritourism and bringing our community back to the farms that started it all? You didn’t just create a destination for guests to visit cattle, you created an experience for guests to become part of the farm. Will you tell us about how you structure your tours and farm visits that make it a completely different experience from anything else in this area? Let’s talk about farming, specifically modern day farming. Even 50 years ago it wouldn’t be unique or uncommon for a neighbor or relative to have a small farm, now they’re nearly extinct. How has this changed the quality of food, agriculture and livestock we’re raising in the Upper Cumberland? Find out more about Bridgett Jones and Mill Creek Farm: https://www.millcreekfarms-tn.com/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa:https://loxxsalon.net
20:50 1/22/24
Call to Order with Kevin Maxwell
Join Kosta and his guest: Kevin Maxwell, Engineer, Entrepreneur and Owner of 37 Cedar Restaurant and Bar. In this episode: At the last Cookeville City Council Meeting on December 21, City Manager James Mills brought forth an ordinance that prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol at public parks, on municipal grounds, streets and sidewalks. Events impacted include WCTE’s fundraiser Blues and Brews, Taste of The Town, Upper Cumberland Pride Festival and Wine on the West Side, to name a few. You spoke before the council urging them to reconsider this vote. What kind of impact do you believe measures like these will have for Cookeville and the growth of the Upper Cumberland? Cookeville is changing. Cookeville is evolving. We can either choose to embrace the change or suffer the consequences of being left behind. What’s your message to the members of our community that continue to resist change? Speaking of change, you’re working to create a space in Cookeville’s Downtown that’s never existed before, that will bring together live entertainment, food and fellowship like never before. Will you tell us about all the changes at 37 Cedar over the past six months and how it’s helping to shape the West End? Find out more about 37 Cedar Restaurant and Bar: https://www.37cedar.com/Watch the Cookeville City Council Meeting from December 21:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t826TlB7-dMBetter Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
44:10 1/15/24
How Sweet It Is with Jamie Lankford
Join Kosta and his guest: Jamie Lankford, Owner and Founder of Jamie’s Eats and Sweets. In this episode:  We know you as Jamie from Jamie’s Eats and Sweets. Although, just 3 short years ago, this was just a dream getting cooked up in your kitchen. How did you scale this business so quickly? Your Mom was a Pampered Chef Consultant and you grew up watching her host parties. What impact has your Mom had on your career? What advice do you have for parents about incorporating their children in their career? We’ve never had a dessert, entree or treat from Jamie’s Eats and Sweets that was anything short of total perfection. What are a few of your favorite tips and tricks for leveling up your baking skills?Find out more about Jamie's Eats and Sweets:https://jamieseatsandsweets.com/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:https://www.misssallies.com/
29:42 1/8/24
The Golden Rule with Wesley Adkins
Join Kosta and his guest: Wesley Adkins, Principal Auctioneer for Highland Elite Auction, Affiliate Broker and Real Estate Agent at Highlands Elite Real Estate and General Manager of Cookeville Panera Bread. Wesley is a Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, member of the Cookeville Jaycees, regular volunteer for Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity and Heart of the Cumberland, and active member of the Putnam County Fair Board. As most of our listeners know, during the 2023 Cookeville Christmas Parade the only float disqualified from participating in the parade was representing Upper Cumberland Pride. As Wesley is a Chamber Ambassador, and active member of the LGBTQ community he found himself in the middle of this controversy and how we create a pathway forward.Find out more about Wesley and Highlands Elite Real Estate: https://wesleyadkins.heretn.com/Representation matters. Acceptance matters. Community matters. 45% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. Even one child considering self harm is too many.  Find out more about The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Volunteer State Community College.Find out more about Cookeville Regional Medical Center:https://www.crmchealth.org/Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville
45:02 1/1/24
If You Went Missing with Todd Matthews
Join Kosta and his guest: Todd Matthews, one of the leading voices in the true crime community, a pioneer of the amateur sleuthing, an architect of that community’s online presence as well as the US government programs to identify missing and unidentified persons (NAMUS), Executive Director of The Doe Network and a sought-after speaker and consultant.Todd is believed to be the first person to solve a cold unidentified remains case using online tools, solving the thirty-year mystery of “Tent Girl.” He quickly became one of the online sleuthing community’s leading lights, helping to found The DoeNetwork and serving as the media director for that program and Project EDAN. A leading expert on issues pertaining to solve cases of missing and unidentified, he has provided expert commentary for Discovery ID, national/local news outlets, VICE, Reveal, Oxygen, and the History Channel. Also served as a consultant for Jerry Bruckheimer and Dick Wolf on scripted entertainment projects.Edit: We're heartbroken to hear of the passing of Todd Matthews on January 3, 2024. This episode was recorded on November 7, 2023 and is dedicated to the incredible life and many accomplishments of Todd Matthews. His dedication, passion and giving spirit brought hope to thousands and we're grateful for the opportunity to work with Todd. For More information on The Doe Network:https://www.doenetwork.org/For more information on NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System):https://namus.nij.ojp.gov/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/
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