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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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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 ch…
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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 beyon…
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🌈 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 entertainmen…
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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 m…
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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 prof…
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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 a…
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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 …
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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/home https://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 Ye…
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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 Bette…
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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 Bette…
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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 Cookevi…
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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 Me…
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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 y…
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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 th…
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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…
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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 getti…
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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 …
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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…
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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 bef…
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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…
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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 ar…
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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 …
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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. Ev…
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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 wat…
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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 …
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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 consulta…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Courtney McShan, Professional Organizer and Owner of The Courtney Collective, a hands-on approach to home organization that’s both functional and transformational. In this episode: There’s always something new to try or another must have. As someone that organizes homes professionally, what's your message to everyone that …
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Join Kosta and his guest: Dr. Paula Hinton, Professor at Tennessee Technological University and Historian. In this episode: It’s no secret we love true crime. It’s one of the fastest growing genres of film, television and podcasts. What is it about listening to the gruesome details of how people were killed that we want to hear? They say those who …
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Join Kosta and his guest: Sara Chambers, Fertility Advocate, Influencer and Co-Founder of Privy Clear, an innovative advertising agency dedicated to helping small businesses break through the noise and thrive in the digital world. Approximately one in eight couples are affected by infertility in the United States. As Sara documents her own journey …
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Join Kosta and his guest: Dwight Henry, Former Tennessee House State Representative, Cookeville City Council Member, Mayor and Civil Servant to the State of Tennessee. Currently, Dwight serves as a Founding Member and Member at Large of IMPACT Leadership, an organization dedicated to the development and encouragement of civic minded leaders from un…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Andrew Buckner, Musician, Author and Editor-in-Chief of Cookeville Lifestyle Magazine. This week we're celebrating Thanksgiving, biscuits and gravy, and all the ways we're better together. In the immortal words of Adam Sandler, "Love to eat turkey, 'cause it's good. Love to eat turkey, like a good boy should." Thank you to…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Michael England, Co-Founder and General Manager of The Exceptional Bean, an inclusive, nonprofit coffee shop created to empower individuals with disabilities to find employment and community. Find out more about The Exceptional Bean: https://www.theexceptionalbeancookeville.com/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a …
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Join Kosta and his guest: Megan Spurgeon, Director of Empower Upper Cumberland at Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. In this episode: Empower’s mission is to lift 1,600 children and their families out of poverty by 2025. What does it really mean to lift someone out of poverty? For the average person living in poverty in the Upper Cumberland wh…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Ben Prine, Franchise Owner of Cookeville Chick-fil-A. Recently honored as Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 employer of the year, Cookeville Chick-fil-A is proud to serve the families of our community with the highest quality in food, customer service and of course - chicken. Find out more about Cookevill…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Dr. Jeremy Byrd, Executive Director of Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit Christian housing ministry, building affordable homes in partnership with God, families, and individuals in need. Did you know the median house sold in Putnam County in 2023 is $322,000. The median household income to afford that mor…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Kelly Warbis, CEO and Co-Founder of EKAMOR Resource Corporation. With a mission to drastically reduce the major challenges of managing municipal solid waste, EKAMOR is working to change the world's management of waste from an extractive economy to a circular economy. In this episode: Where does your trash go? Does recyclin…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Justin Veals, Director for the Men’s Program for Independence Again, Co-Founder of The Recovery Kitchen, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Long-Term Recovering Heroin Addict with over 5 years sober from all substance abuse. Today’s episode will be touching on many subjects and issues that will be difficult to fully grasp…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Corby King, Director of Schools for Putnam County School System. Currently the 13th largest public school district in Tennessee with 22 schools, including a virtual learning school, VITAL, and an adult high school, PCSS serves over 12,000 students providing a wide range of programs and opportunities with standards-based, s…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Dan Allcott, Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech and Music Director of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. This episode is a celebration of Dan's career as a musician, orchestral director, conductor and educator as well as a celebration for the 60th Season of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. Bryan Symphony Orchestra features facul…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Ashley Michael, Co-Founder and Manager of Plenty Downtown Bookshop, a registered non-profit, community-directed bookstore providing resources to authors, dreamers, and readers alike. Find out more about Plenty Downtown Bookshop: https://www.plentybookshop.com/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan F…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Blair Dudley, Founder and CEO of Hip Cookeville, a public benefit corporation whose mission is to enhance the quality of experiences for the people who live, work, and play in Putnam County and surrounding communities. Online Hip Cookeville reaches roughly 60,000 members daily and is one of the Upper Cumberland’s largest v…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Marc Burnett, Director of Development at Mustard Seed Ranch and Former Vice President of Student Affairs at Tennessee Technological University. Find out more about Mustard Seed Ranch: https://www.mustardseedranchtn.org/ Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville,…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Tommy Fitzgerald, Owner of Fitzgerald Peterbilt and Founder of SemiCasual Truck Show. Learn more about Tommy Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Peterbilt, and SemiCasual Truck Show: https://fitzgeraldpeterbilt.com/ https://semicasualtruckshow.com/ Follow SemiCasual Truck Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@SEMICasualShow Better …
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Join Kosta and his guest: Buffy Key, CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and newly appointed member of the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board. 32 years ago Buffy started her career in healthcare as a medical laboratory scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center while serving in the Army National Guard. Better Together with Kosta Yepif…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Camron Rudd, Chief Operating Officer of Hörmann North America. Hörmann is a German-originating manufacturer of doors, garages, door frames, and gates for commercial and private real estate. Operating globally, the family-owned business is Germany's largest door producer and the fourth-largest door manufacturer in the world…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Shawn Simono, Owner and Founder of Fire and Ice Cryo Med Spa. In this Episode: It’s the summer of Barbie and I think that comes with a few conversations about beauty standards we’ve swept under the rug for too long. As someone on the medical side of beauty, what do you wish women knew? How has your perception of health and…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Chris Landers, Owner and Founder of The Old Gray, the Upper Cumberland's newest open-air amphitheater. Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN. Find out more about The Old Gray: https://theoldgray.com/ Find out more about Landers Trade: https://landerstrad…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Kim Johnson, Owner of The Painted House, and Founder of 100 Women Who Care Cookeville, an impact-driven nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and financial support to outreach organizations in the Upper Cumberland. Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville,…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Emily Bochette, Founder of Poppy and Pearl (Creative Glam Squad), Celebrity Stylist, and Beauty Educator. In this episode: I think it’s important to realize that wherever you are, whatever you want to do, there is a way to make it happen. Once you realized luxury glam was what you wanted to do, how did you start working to…
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Join Kosta and his guest: Melinda Keifer, Economic Development Coordinator, Community Development Liaison and Former Founding Executive Director of CityScape. Melissa has represented the Upper Cumberland across the state of Tennessee advocating for growth, expansion and the betterment of Middle Tennessee. Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a…
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