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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 17-23 set as Constitution Week by Crossville Mayor James Mayberry and DAR

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry proclaimed
US Constitution Week and presented the
proclamation to members of the
Crab Orchard DAR.

US Constitution Week has been proclamed as September 17 through the 23 by Crossville Mayor James Mayberry.  The proclamation was read during the city council's regular September meeting.

Members of the Crab Orchard Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor the annual celebration locally and were present and received the proclamation.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:
  • Emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
  • Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
  • Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Anna Perez named Martin Elementary student of the month for cooperation

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry, left, presents
Anna Perez, 2nd from left with the Student of the Month 
award as her family looks on.

Anna Callejas Perez was recognized as the September student of the month for Martin Elementary School during the Crossville city council's meeting.  Anna, a 5th grader in Mrs. Kim Smiths class was recognized for the character trait of cooperation. Anna was nominated because her PE teacher Ms. Baxter noticed her outstanding display of cooperation in class.  Anna was also described as working well with her peers both in and out of the classroom.

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry made the presentation.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crossville city council approves industrial site price and sewer connection to Homestead Tower Museum

Crossville city council approved a number of items, including setting the price of the industrial property being developed by the city with help from the state and the county, a water sales contract for South Cumberland Utility District and a sewer connection to the Homestead Tower Museum.

Council approved a price per acre on property in the Interchange Business Park that will soon be the site of a 200,000 square foot building pad for quick use by a potential industrial prospect. As part of the project funded by state funds and city and county taxpayer funds, a certified price must be approved. The property was purchased several years ago by the city.
Proposed industrial site located in
Interchange Business Park at
I-40 And 127-N

Councilman Graham moved to set the price at $75,000 per acre for the 20-acre property that could house a company with up to 300 employees. Councilwoman Harris seconded the motion.

Engineering on the project is in the final stages and bids will be called for a bit later on in the year according to city engineer Tim Begley. Councilman Scot Shanks asked if the county would have a say in the price since they were funding part of the project? Mr. Graham addressed the question saying that there could be a lot of incentives for the purchase of the site.

City manager Wood said they were working on a matrix of incentives that may offset some of the price including a credit of up to $5000 per job hired by the purchaser. In addition, the matrix looks at capital investment and average wage. The motion passed unanimously.

Crossville city council easily approved a renewal of the water sales contract between the city and South Cumberland Utility District. The brief discussion included information from city manager Greg Wood who advised the council that the SCUD board unanimously approved a request to the city for the renewal for a ten year period at the same terms.

Councilman J. H. Graham III moved to approve the request quickly seconded by Councilwoman Pamala Harris. The motion was approved by unanimous vote of the council.

Council also approved a request from the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association for a connection to the city sewer. The tower museum has been operating on a septic system that has failed and the museum no longer has a public restroom facility for their visitors.
Cumberland Homestead
Tower Museum

Councilman Danny Wyatt moved that the city pay $10,371.47 to run the sewer line from where it is to the tower. This would install the line and would leave the cost of a grinder pump of around $5,000 that the CHTA is seeking from Cumberland County. The tower is leased from the county school system.

Mayor James Mayberry seconded Wyatt's motion. A budget amendment was added to the motion on first reading and the motion was unanimously approved by the council.   

Saturday, September 16, 2017

TBI Agents Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Roane County

Information from TBI press release:

At the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday morning in Harriman.

Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET, when deputies with the Roane County Sheriff's Office responded to an incident at 352 Mays Valley Road.  Deputies arriving at the scene were confronted with a male individual with a weapon, and that man, since identified as David Daugherty (DOB 6/19/1970), was shot during that confrontation. Daugherty was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. No deputies were injured during the incident.
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The investigative division of the District Attorney General's Office is assisting in this investigation. TBI Agents will submit investigative findings to the office of the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration. As a reminder: The TBI acts as independent fact-finders in its investigations and any determination as to whether officers' actions were justified rests solely with the District Attorney General.
The TBI does not identify officers involved in these types of investigations and, instead refers such inquiries to the respective local law enforcement agencies.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cumberland Hispanic Festival on Saturday September 16 at Community Complex

The Cumberland Hispanic Festival comes to the Cumberland County Community Complex on Saturday, September 16 from Noon to 11 PM and will feature food, music, dancing and much more.

This event has been held for several years now and gets bigger each year.  Admission is free and visitors will find crafts from Tennessee and all over the world along with a variety of ethnic foods too.

Wonderful music and entertainment includes traditional Flamenco music, DJ music, and even Aztec Dancers Fire Dancers.

There's even a special free area for kids with inflatables, pinatas, crafts and other kid-friendly activities.

You can find lots of information at the event's Facebook page or their website.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Local Celtic Circle-Crossville Recreation sponsoring Hurling match September 23 at Duer Soccer Complex.

Come watch the 33,000-year-old sport of Hurling being played on Saturday, September 23 starting at 1pm on Field #12 at Duer Soccer Complex. This event is free to the public. The Knoxville Gaelic Athletic Club(KGAC) and the Nashville Gaelic Athletic Club(NGAC) will come together in Crossville to compete and teach us about this ancient sport.

Celtic Circle's Barbara Thornhill states, “We thought it would be great to introduce this ancient Gaelic sport, the forerunner to today's soccer, field hockey and American football, to our community. Often referred to as 'the fastest field game in the world played on grass,' the match is guaranteed to entertain young and old alike. Crossville's soccer complex is a perfect place for these teams to 'meet in the middle'.”

Tammie French of the City of Crossville Parks and Recreation also states, “We like to introduce new sports to our area and are pleased that Nashville and Knoxville will compete using our facilities. We hope this will be an annual event. Who knows, perhaps a Quidditch tournament might be in our future too!”

Ben Conaway of Knoxville, says “The KGAC works throughout the year to promote Irish history and culture. Our team was formed in 2014, spearheaded by Chief Patrick Harvel, head of the 321 Army Engineer Unit as a supplement to the Unit's monthly physical fitness training. After competing in their first regional tournament in 2015, they opened up the membership and now boasts that roughly half of the team is made up of the army reserve unit and the rest are Knoxville residents.”

A Hurling team consists of 15 players called Hurlers. The Hurley(bat) is generally 24 to 36 inches long. The Sliotar(ball) is less than 3” in diameter and weights about 4 oz. A good strike with the Hurley can propel the Sliotar over 93mph and 361' in distance. A Sliotar hit over the crossbar is worth 1 point. A Sliotar hit under the bar into the net is called a goal and is worth 3 points. The Sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the Hurley. It can be kicked, or slapped with an open hand for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the Sliotar on the end of the stick, and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession. Provided that a player has at least one foot on the ground, a player may make a shoulder to shoulder charge on an opponent who is in possession of the ball or who is playing the ball or when both players are moving in the direction of the ball to play it. A game consists of two 30 minute halves. The clock runs the entire time.

During the half time, the public is invited to talk with the players, examine the equipment, and even take a swing with the Hurley.

Other upcoming events in which Celtic Circle – Americans Celebrating Our Celtic Heritage, will participate include on Tuesday, October 3, Jill Jones-Lazuka will speak on 'Dowsing for Graves and Mysteries of the Cemetery”. Celtic Circle will host an information tent and sponsor Gaelic games for the children at the annual Fall Festival held on the beautiful campus of Crab Orchard Christian Church, Exit 329 off I-40, on Saturday, October 21. Both events are free to the public.

For additional information about Celtic Circle, contact Barbara at

Crossville city council approves city operation of Crossville depot meeting room and gift shop

Crossville city council approved moving forward with the city operating the Crossville Depot starting out with 2 part-time positions and upgrading the facility.

Crossville city manager Greg Wood estimated that the depot could be generating revenue by the second year of operation based on estimates of cost versus revenue.

Mr. Wood told the council that students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) would be providing some of the work on the improvements to the building and the total capital improvements would be around $25,000. The estimated cost of operation of the depot would be over $36,000 and revenue for the short year is estimated at some $62,500. Including the capital improvement costs, the net loss for the first short year of operations would be around $10,300 but Wood hopes the revenue over expenses for the second year would net the city some $23,400.
Crossville train depot

Plans for upgrades including utilizing projector and sound equipment leftover from the Palace Theater that will allow PowerPoint presentations and other multimedia presentations. “Expect to see a first class product come out of that,” Wood told the council.

Wood felt the council didn't need to take any action on the operation yet and the staff would bring back budget amendments in the near future but Councilman Danny Wyatt said he wanted to move forward with putting the money in the budget. Wood explained that he didn't see a high level of activity until the improvements were completed.

It's the city's building and we need to tear it down or we need to fix it,” said Wyatt. A motion to approve the operation based on Wood's estimates including hiring two part-time employees and making capital improvements was made by Mr. Wyatt and seconded by council member Pamala Harris.

It was clarified that Mr. Wyatt's motion included the first reading of a budget amendment for the depot operation. The motion passed unanimously.

The city is working toward having the depot named to the historic register as well.