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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Man with Dementia, 85 year old Billy Ayres missing from home on Rock Quarry Rd.

UPDATE: Family reports he has been located.

Law Enforcement is seeking help finding this person:



Friday, October 20, 2017

TBI Issues Public Warning: Troubling Lab Submissions appear to show tainted cocaine

TBI Press Release 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division (DID) is urging public caution, especially among recreational drug users, following recent evidence submissions to two TBI crime laboratories.

Several samples of cocaine, submitted by law enforcement agencies in Middle and East Tennessee in recent months, also tested positive for fentanyl, a powerful, narcotic painkiller, or one of its dangerous analogs. Previously, fentanyl had primarily been identified in samples of heroin or in clandestine pills compounded to resemble legitimate prescription opioids. The recent submissions mark the first time samples of cocaine have tested positive in a TBI laboratory for fentanyl. The investigation into the origins of the submitted samples remains active and ongoing by the local law enforcement agencies.

“For some time now, we’ve warned about the dangers surrounding fentanyl for those struggling with opioid or prescription drug addiction,” said T.J. Jordan, Assistant Director of the TBI’s Drug Investigation Division. “This submission, however, changes the game. It proves the serious risk now also applies to recreational drugs beyond opioids. To be blunt: What you might buy and use, thinking it’s a good time, could cost you your life.”

In certain doses, fentanyl can be 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine. The drug doesn’t necessarily need to be ingested to have an effect. It can absorb through the skin, so touching the substance can quickly put an individual at risk of opioid overdose.

The submission of substances submitted to TBI’s laboratories testing positive for fentanyl and its analogs continues to increase. In 2013, the TBI processed just 12 samples that tested positive for fentanyl. In 2016, the TBI’s Forensic Scientists tested 209 samples that tested positive for fentanyl or one of its analogs. With more than two months remaining in 2017, lab submissions of samples testing positive for fentanyl or one of its analogs total 320.

“Drug dealers don’t care about the lives of their customers. They only care about making money,” said TBI’s Tommy Farmer, who oversees the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force. “What you think might be high-quality cocaine may very well have been cut with any number of substances, some of them potentially deadly. Why take the risk with something that could kill you?”

Anyone struggling with drug addiction issues should contact the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789.

Cumberland Co. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Saturday October 21

Cumberland County residents who have hazardous items to dispose of can take advantage of the event sponsored by the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation Saturday, October 21 at the Cumberland Co. Community Complex. 

The event will be held between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. 

The event is open to the public and organizers request those who attend are asked to follow these recommendations:
  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times 
  • Follow signs and directions of staff 
  • Please keep all pets in vehicle

Acceptable Items that can be disposed of at the event include:
Automotive and Marine Products
  • oil and fuel additives
  • grease and rust solvents, naval jelly
  • carburetor and fuel injector cleaners
  • starter fluids
  • body putty
  • antifreeze / coolant
  • gasoline

Home Maintenance / Improvement Products
  • used strippers and thinners
  • adhesives
  • driveway sealant
  • roofing tar
  • wallpaper remover

Home Lawn and Garden Products
  • pesticides
  • fertilizers
  • wood preservatives

  • pool chemicals
  • photo processing chemicals
  • Medicines/drugs
  • aerosols / compressed gas
  • mercury thermostats and thermometers
  • fluorescent tubes
  • compact fluorescent bulbs
  • needles and sharps (in a puncture-proof container)

Thomas Smith recognized as Crossville firefighter of the quarter

In a recognition chosen by his peers, Crossville firefighter Thomas Smith was honored as the Firefighter of the Quarter by Crossville Fire Chief Mike Turner.

Chief Mike Truner congratulates Thomas Smith
being chosen as the Firefighter of the Quarter.

Chief Turner said he had known Smith since he was a child and he is currently an EMT and is now attending Paramedic school.  "He is a great asset to our city and to every citizen here," added Turner as he presented Smith with his certificate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crossville officials are asking residents to return special census form or respond online.

Crossville Aerial (file photo)

If you received a City of Crossville Census letter in the mail and haven't returned it yet, look for a knock on your door in November.

The city must field check residential addresses that do not return the form or submit their information through the online form at this link.  Crossville Census Page

The census will help the city determine the current population within the Crossville city limits and can help the city receive additional funding from state shared taxes. The state distributes certain tax revenues to the municipalities based on the population. In fact, the amount per year per resident is currently about $113 per person per year. The state funding helps to keep Crossville's property taxes down.

State shared taxes currently make up 7 percent of the city's total budget. City officials are expecting a substantial increase in the population since Crossville last census in 2014. Since that time a number of new apartments and residential areas have been built.

The Census information required by the State of Tennessee includes the residential address and the first and last name of each resident. The information provided with the census form will only be used for this census.
If you need additional information, feel free to contact Arnold Harbolt at Crossville City Hall. The number is (931) 484-5113 extension 5140 or email to

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Responsible" William Garrett Graham named October Student of the month

William Garrett Graham was named the Student of the Month at Martin Elementary School for
The month of October for his representation of the character trait of responsibility.  

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry, left, presents William
Garrett Graham with his award.  William couldn't attend
the council meeting and the presentation was made at
school. (Photo submitted)

William is in the Fourth Grade class of teacher Leslie Smith and was nominated because “ he sets a fine example of being responsible at school. Garrett is also a responsible school citizen in his treatment of his fellow classmates. He takes responsibility in helping others both in and out of the classroom setting."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crossville Memories: Who remembers H & H trading stamps with an office on East First St?

Once upon a time, Crossville apparently had a stamp company office located here.  These so-called trading stamps were given as a percentage of what you purchased, usually groceries, and you saved them in stamp books like the photos below until filled.  You could get a catalog that told you how many books you needed to redeem for the items you wanted.  There were several big names in the business including S & H Green Stamps, Top Value, and Gold Bond stamps. 

The book indicates the stamps are trademarked by Gateway Promotions, Inc of St. Louis MO and in 1964 that company had acquired a stamp and premium business from Curtis Publishing that may be this operation.  Because the book has addresses both with and without zip codes, it dates to the mid to late1960s 
Back and front cover of the book
Inside front cover of the book

Typical page for putting stamps.  There are 50 pages
that must have stamps to fill the book.

Inside the back cover with instructions for
redeeming the stamps.