New Episodes:

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 what does […]

Want More, Be More with Megan Spurgeon

November 7, 2023

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. In this episode: It’s virtually impossible to go […]

All Roads Lead to Chick-fil-A with Ben Prine

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November 2, 2023

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.

One Man’s Trash with Kelly Warbis

October 16, 2023

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, solid instruction and a personalized learning approach that develops the whole child socially and emotionally.

Knowledge is Power with Corby King

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October 3, 2023

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 faculty and student performers […]

Discover Your Symphony with Dan Allcott

September 27, 2023

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: Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a Morgan Franklin Media production and recorded in Cookeville, TN. If you enjoy the show, please rate, […]

Creating a Book Culture with Ashley Michael

September 22, 2023

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.

The Rising Tide with Blair Dudley

September 22, 2023

In our latest episode, Kosta sits down for a candid conversation with Marc Burnett, the current Director of Development at Mustard Seed Ranch and Former Vice President of Student Affairs at Tennessee Tech. Marc’s compelling journey from an undergraduate student in English Journalism to a key figure in education and community development is truly inspiring. […]

Study and Be Somebody with Marc Burnett

September 5, 2023

In our latest episode, Kosta sits down for a heart-to-heart with Buffy Key, the dynamic CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center and the newest member of the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board. Buffy’s inspiring journey from a medical laboratory scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to the top echelons of healthcare leadership is nothing short of remarkable. As we stroll down memory lane, Buffy opens up about her emotions when the board of trustees unanimously picked her for the CEO role and how her varied roles over the years have enriched her outlook on healthcare operations.

Caring for Each Other with Buffy Key

Cookeville Podcast Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev, Buffy Key, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

August 21, 2023

This episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Camron Rudd, the COO of Hörmann North America, a powerhouse in the door manufacturing industry. Originating from Germany and boasting an impressive history, Hörmann’s influence now spans the globe. Camron will be sharing his journey from education to his role in this global giant, giving listeners an understanding of how diverse educational backgrounds can shape career trajectories. Many times, we underestimate the potential of certain degrees, and through Camron’s story, we’ll discover how any academic path can lead to success.

Caution: Robots at Work with Camron Rudd

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August 14, 2023