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Friday, December 15, 2017

Crossville Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoints for New Year's Day.

The City of Crossville Police Department, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, will be participating in a Cumberland County Region Crack-Down on impaired driving event by conducting sobriety checkpoints on 1/1/2018, beginning at 6pm and continuing through 3am.

During this time period, the Crossville Police Department will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in the areas of Lantana Rd, Peavine Rd and U.S. HWY 127, in an effort to put an end to impaired driving. Please use caution when driving in these areas. Do not approach checkpoints with your high-beam headlights on, and always slow down when approaching the checkpoint areas. Please help us keep the roadways safe for everyone, buckle up and don’t drink and drive.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Coordinated Drug Operation Nets Multiple Arrests in Maury County

NASHVILLE – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division at Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and several other law enforcement agencies has resulted in the indictment and arrest of several individuals facing a variety of drug-related charges.
TBI Drug Agents joined detectives and agents with the 22nd Judicial District Drug Task Force, Maury County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration in August in a conducting an undercover drug investigation. Controlled drug purchases were made in and around Columbia and Mt. Pleasant over the two-month operation. Law enforcement officers made purchases of several drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone, alprazolam, methamphetamine and suboxone. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that identified those individuals involved in the sale of those controlled substances.
“It doesn’t matter what role you play in the drug trafficking business, big or small.  Due to the current drug epidemic we face in the state of Tennessee, we are just as interested in taking the street-level dealers off the street as we are the suppliers, as we did today,” says Assistant Director T.J. Jordan of the Drug Investigation Division.
On Wednesday, the Maury County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging multiple individuals on drug-related counts.  Six people were arrested Thursday, and booked into the Maury County Jail. Additional arrests resulting from this operation are expected. Those in custody include:
* Waylon Wilcox (DOB 11/17/1985). One count Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance. Bond: $50,000.
* Matthew Johnson (DOB 12/29/1976). Two counts Sale of Schedule II. Bond: $50,000.
* Toni Smith (DOB 8/21/1988). One count Sale of Schedule I Controlled Substance. Bond: $75,000.
* Casey Ramsey (DOB 5/1/1988). One Count Sale of Schedule IV Controlled Substance. Bond: $10,000.
* Kyle Lee Davis (DOB 8/12/1998). Two counts Sale of Schedule I Controlled Substance. Bond: $75,000.
* Courtney Lowery (DOB 11/24/74). One count of sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance. Bond: $30,000.
 Toni Smith

New TBI Report Details Firearm-Related Crime in Tennessee

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a report today detailing the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state over a four-year period.
The report, “Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016,” utilizes data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report’s findings:
  • From 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8%.
  • The number of reported Murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7% in the four-year study period.
  • Aggravated Assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported firearms-related crime, and increased by 30.5% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Males (85.8%) were nine times more likely to engage in firearm-related criminal offenses than Females (8.8%).
“I am deeply concerned with the findings of this report reflecting a substantial increase in firearm-related crimes in our state,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This increase puts an additional strain on Tennessee’s law enforcement resources and poses a serious threat to public safety.”
The TBI embarked on this study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes, including those involving firearms.
The full report can be reviewed on the TBI’s website: www.tn.gov/tbi.

Full Report in PDF at this link.

Retiring Crossville City Clerk Sally Oglesby honored for 32 years of service.

The December Crossville City Council was the final regular meeting for Crossville City Clerk Sally Oglesby.

Oglesby's 32 years of service to Crossville was commemorated by the presentation of a clock to recognize her retirement and a large flower arrangement. In addition, Crossville Mayor James Mayberry recapped some of the headlines of city news from 1985, the year Sally started working for the city.
Crossville Mayor James Mayberry, left, presents
City Clerk Sally Oglesby with retirement gifts.

1985 was the year a completely new City (then known as) Commission was seated that including Mayor Willis Cox, and Commissioners Dave Warner, Elmo Lewis, Jim Turner and John Dooley.

One of the first commission actions was to dismiss then city manager Ed Potts and appoint a committee to review applications and make recommendations to the commission on the next manager. After a period of work, the committee made three recomendations but the commission ignored those recommendations and instead hired Charlie Akins as manager. Early discussion of the first sections of the Miller Avenue Bypass took place.

Oglesby was initially hired as the Crossville City Recorder as the job was then known when she started in April of 1985. Oglesby has worked in three different city hall buildings over the years and has worked with 11 regular city managers during her tenure plus a number of interim city managers as well.

Oglesby's final working day will be Tuesday, December 19 and a reception will be held for her at Crossville city hall between 1 and 3 PM on the 3rd floor. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.  

Valarie Hale will take over the position as City Clerk.  Hale has served as Assistant City Clerk since 2010.  Prior to joining the city, Hale worked as an accounts payable and payroll clerk and a medical scheduler. 

Sally Oglesby, left, and incoming Crossville 
City Clerk Valerie Hale, right.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Impaired Driver Crack Down Planned by Crossville PD for New Year's Eve.

The City of Crossville Police Department, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, will be participating in a Cumberland County Region Crack-Down on impaired driving event on December 31/2017, from 2pm to midnight.

During this time period, the Crossville Police Department will be increasing our DUI traffic enforcement efforts by saturating the streets of Crossville, in an effort to put an end to impaired driving, by targeting impaired drivers. Please help us keep the roadways safe for everyone, buckle up and don’t drink and drive

The City of Crossville Police Department, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, will also be participating in the 2017 THSO Holiday Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign from 12/13/17 – 12/31/17.

During this period the Crossville Police Department will be increasing our traffic enforcement efforts in order to keep everyone safe through their holiday travels. The enforcement will target impaired drivers, but officers will also be on the lookout for any unrestrained drivers and occupants, especially children. Please help us keep the holidays happy and safe for everyone, buckle up and don’t drink and drive.

Palace Theatre hosts City of Crossville Open House Thursday December 14.

The Historic Palace Theatre on Main Street in Crossville will host the annual Christmas open house sponsored by the City of Crossville on Thursday, December 14. The event runs from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and refreshments will be served. 

A variety of entertainment will also be appearing on the Palace stage and Santa Claus will be visiting as well. The public is invited to stop by and chat with Crossville elected officials and city employees.

This event was started by Mayor Will Cox in the 1980's when it was called the Mayor's Open House.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Weather Advisory Now Issued for 5 AM to 10 AM Tuesday for the Upper Cumberlands


The first chance of measurable snow is likely to occur Tuesday
morning in Middle Tennessee behind a cold front that will pass
through the area Monday tonight. Winds will shift around to the
northwest and as they do, the northern half of the Cumberland
Plateau will begin to see the snow fly. Starting around 5 am, most
everyone will see less than one inch of snow, however, higher
elevations could see as much as an inch and a half by 10 am.


* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions,
  including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Total snow
  accumulations of up to one inch are expected, though some spots
  could see a little more.

* WHERE...Pickett, Putnam, Overton, Fentress and Cumberland

* WHEN...5 AM to 10 AM Tuesday.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.