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Thursday, July 27, 2017

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK: Thursday through Friday followed by cooler weather.

DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

Heat indices of 100 to 105 degrees will continue today before
cooler weather moves in. A cold front will sweep through Middle
Tennessee on Friday, bringing an increased chance of thunderstorms
to the mid state. Strong to severe storms are possible starting
tonight. The primary threats are damaging straight-line winds and
torrential rainfall.

Storms likely overnight Thursday and Friday

The potential for strong to severe storms will continue on Friday
as an unusually strong summertime cold front sweeps across the
mid state. Once again, damaging straight-line winds and torrential
rainfall are the main threats.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TBI Adds Drug Conspiracy Suspect to ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ List

TBI Press Release:
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its 'Top 10 Most Wanted' list: Brandon Bradford.
Bradford (DOB 3-19-79) is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Heroin. Ongoing investigation efforts determined Bradford and his co-conspirators supplied a street gang with large quantities of Heroin. Bradford is a known member of the Vice Lords with ties to Chicago and the Middle Tennessee area. He has a history that includes Aggravated Robbery and Felony Possession of a Handgun and, as such, should be considered armed and dangerous.
Bradford is an African-American man who stands 5’9” and weighs approximately 240 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Bradford’s whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to Bradford’s arrest.
Brandon Bradford

Injured Ozone Falls visitor rescued by Cumberland Co. Rescue Squad Monday evening

Info and photos courtesy of the the Cumberland Co. Rescue Squad.

At approximately 5:30 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 the Cumberland County Rescue Squad responded to a fall incident at Ozone Falls off Highway 70 East. The patient was reported to have received multiple injuries after slipping while attempting to traverse the rocky trail to the base of the 110 foot waterfall.

The Rescue Squad arrived on scene, and with mutual aid provided by Crossville City Fire Department & Cumberland County Fire Department, they built a rope system to carry the patient over the treacherous terrain, up to the road where the ambulance awaited. Patient was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The rescue operation lasted 2.5 hours with 19 squad members responding.

Rescue Squad members and emergency personnel
work to recover an injured visitor to Ozone Falls

Near the New Car Stores but not near the price!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sevier County Couple Charged in Child’s Death

TBI Press Release by Leslie Earhart 
KNOXVILLE – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Gatlinburg Police Department has resulted in the indictment of a Sevier County couple in connection with the death of their child.
On July 14th, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents joined the Gatlinburg Police Department in investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 2-year-old Kipp Phillips. On that day, officers with the Gatlinburg Police Department responded to a home in the 400 block of Laurel Avenue after being notified that a child had been left in a vehicle overnight. Upon arrival, the child was found deceased. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information leading to Anthony D. Phillips (DOB 3-14-91) and Jade E. Phillips (DOB 11-5-92), the child’s parents, as the individuals responsible for his death.
On Monday, the Sevier County Grand Jury returned indictments charging each with two counts of First Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and one count of Aggravated Child Neglect. This afternoon, information was developed that Anthony and Jade Phillips were at a home in Westmoreland, Tennessee. TBI Agents, with the assistance of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, arrested the couple without incident. Both were booked into the Sumner County Jail where they are being held on a $250,000 bond.
Anthony Phillips

Jade Phillips

Gov. Haslam, Comm. Rolfe Announce Textile Corporation of America, Inc. to Create 1,000 New Jobs in Pikeville

(From PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Textile Corporation of America Inc. officials today announced the company will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Pikeville. 
Textile Corporation of America will invest approximately $27.1 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Bledsoe County, representing the largest private investment in Bledsoe County’s history.
“We want to welcome Textile Corporation of America to Tennessee and thank the company for locating its new operations here, creating 1,000 jobs in Pikeville and making this historic investment for not only Bledsoe County but Tennessee as a whole,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s central location and established workforce make it a prime location for companies like Textile Corporation of America to set up manufacturing operations. By choosing Pikeville, Textile Corporation of America is helping us get one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
TN Governor Bill Haslam

A leading textile manufacturer, Textile Corporation of America utilizes state-of-the-art plants and machinery to produce quality industrial and institutional textile products including apparel, bedding, healthcare, hospitality, and kitchen linens. Textile Corporation of America will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Bledsoe County Industrial Building in Pikeville. The existing building is 186,000 square feet, including offices, and sits on 16 acres. 
The leadership team of Textile Corporation of America has both an unparalleled experience in manufacturing textiles around the world for the past four decades and an unwavering commitment to restoring America’s historic place as a global manufacturing center.
Pikeville's former DURA plant closed since 2004 soon to be
Textile Corp. of America location. Plant to make industrial
apparel and linens for hospitals, hotels and kitchens. 
(Photo from TN ECD)

Last week, Gov. Haslam announced that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was the lowest in recorded state history. At 3.6 percent, June’s rate declined from the revised rate of 4.0 percent in May. Meanwhile, U.S. jobless rate increased to 4.4 percent in June from 4.3 percent in May. Bledsoe County’s current unemployment rate is 4.5 percent.
“Tennessee’s unemployment rate wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the many outstanding companies that choose to call Tennessee home,” Rolfe said. “While we are certainly proud of the decline in our unemployment rate, we know there are areas of our state where Tennesseans struggle to find jobs. Textile Corporation of America’s commitment to create 1,000 jobs in Bledsoe County, a Tier 4 Distressed county, will have an incredible impact on the community and surrounding area. We appreciate the company’s investment in our state and look forward to building a lasting partnership in the future.”
“I could not be happier that my home state of Tennessee is leading the renaissance of American manufacturing with the announcement of this facility today,” Chattanooga businessman and Textile Corporation of America owner Ed Cagle said. “We are proud to call Pikeville, Tennessee home to our new mill. Millions of dollars of investment and the creation of a thousand jobs will be transformative to this county and region.”
Local officials thanked Textile Corporation of America for its investment and new jobs in Bledsoe County. 
“This is an exciting time for Bledsoe County,” Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley said. “As mayor of a Tier 4 economically distressed county, getting 1,000 local jobs is a pivotal moment in time for our citizens and an answer to many prayers. I welcome Textile Corporation of America to our community and trust they will experience many years of prosperity.” 
“We are so excited about the recent news for our town and county. It has been a long time coming and we want to thank everyone for their hard work and not giving up on bringing jobs to our area,” Pikeville Mayor Philip Cagle said. “We look forward to working with our new friends and for a long successful journey. We are thrilled for the future of our town and the jobs that this company is bringing to Bledsoe County and the surrounding counties.”
“Congratulations to Textile Corporation of America on its decision to locate a new facility in Pikeville, Tennessee,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development, said. “TVA and Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative are privileged to partner with the State of Tennessee, the City of Pikeville and Bledsoe County to help companies create new jobs and prosperity in the community.” 

New Pikeville industry to be announced by Gov. Haslam Monday

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will be in Pikeville this afternoon to make a new industry announcement related to the recent sale of the former DURA plant building that closed in 2004.  The building became property of the Industrial Development Board.

The new company is expected to hire hundreds of employees.

Times Free PRess story on DURA building sale

Crossville's Main Street through downtown closed most of this week.

In a cooperative effort to improve Main Street/Highway 127 through the old downtown portion of Crossville, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Crossville Street Department are working to improve the road since it was previously announced that the area would not be repaved until 2020.
Portions of Main Street will be closed much of the week as
TDOT and Crossville Street department work on paving.

Starting Monday morning the downtown area has been closed to through traffic between 6 AM and about 4:30 PM while work to improve the road takes place.  Crossville Street Superintendent Kevin Music said that if things went well they should be wrapped up by Thursday evening but rain or other issues could delay the completion.  The TDOT and city crews are working together on the project.
Rough areas of pavement are being removed and repaved
as part of the project. 

The project is cutting out rough areas of pavement and new strips of asphalt are being laid down hoping to reduce the roughness of travelling on the road.

Almost ready for the roller.

Filling in the cracks.

City of Crossville crews clean out the cuts.

Some of the cleaning needs a hand touch.

Cuts waiting cleaning and preperation