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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse attracts well over 100 planes to the Crossville Airport.

Monday's solar eclipse brought well over 100 planes to the Crossville Memorial Airport including several from outside of the United States. 

Crossville Memorial Airport Terminal

Crossville city manager Greg Wood told the Crossville city council about the visitors at the end of their special called meeting.  According to Wood, at least 127 planes were on the ground at the airport including a couple very expensive planes worth $20 million each.  Wood estimated that there were over $100 million of aircraft value at the airport for the eclipse. 

Planes came to Crossville from Canada and Puerto Rico.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Photos of the eclipse from Crossville August 21, 2017

The total eclipse has come and gone now, but it was spectacular and made a vast majority of folks stop and watch a shared experience that for many they may only get to see once in their lifetime.

The following series of photos shows the early partial period moving to totality and the diamond ring effect that is the very flashy part of the eclipse for most folks.  Many cheered as the eclipse went total with the sun completely hidden behind the moon allowing the sun's corona to be seen and the darkness to come at the odd time of day.

All photos copyright 2017 Jim Young.

Near the start of the eclipse

The moon covering about 1/2 the sun

Note the crescent shadow effect under the trees.

Clouds passed over the eclipse from time to time

The sun is almost completely covered.


Totality, showing the sun's corona

More of the sun's corona during totality. 

The sun starts to shine through the mountains 
on the moon

The full diamond ring effect

There will be another eclipse in 2024 and it will be partial for Crossville and total to the west of us. 





Sunday, August 20, 2017

AMBER ALERT--TBI Issues BOLO for Memphis 4 year old.

AMBER Alert: Memphis police are looking for 4 y/o Zion Byrd, who was taken by his non-custodial father Dominique Nichols. If you know where Zion or Dominique Nichols may be, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Crossville city council sets special called meeting on water plant work contracts and telecommunications rules

The Crossville city council has set a special called meeting on Wednesday, August 23 at noon at Crossville city hall.

The meeting agenda includes the expected approval of bids for the improvements at Meadow Park and Holiday Lake water treatment plants. Engineers J. R. Wauford recommends the low bidder of W & O Construction of Livingston with a bid of $1,291,600. The project includes a new chemical building and other work at the two plants.
Crossville City Hall

Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance on telecommunications after previously approving a moratorium on permitting new telecommunications construction in the city through October 1. A committee has been working on a draft ordinance and a final version will be provided before the final reading.

Council will also receive a recommendation between 6 engineering firms that have responded to a request for proposals to engineer the Fourth Street and West Avenue traffic signal and intersection upgrade.


Additional agenda items include the second reading of removing the chamber report from the council's regular agenda and a contract extension for J. R. Wauford service on a project that has been delayed due to time overruns by a contractor. The additional work is priced at $19,810.60.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Area schools closed on eclipse day. Some businesses, government offices closed between 1 and 2 PM for eclipse peak.

Local officials are making plans for an influx of visitors on Monday, August 21 for the Total Eclipse of the sun and traffic could be heavy.


With Crossville being very close to the center line of totality a large influx of visitors is possible with most all hotel rooms locally already reserved but many others could just drive in for the day.

Everything you need to know about the eclipse.

After several weeks of holding the line, the Cumberland County school system announced they would close for the day of the eclipse on Wednesday evening. All schools and central offices will be closed for the day. Crossville private schools will also be closed, Crossville Christian School and Christian Academy of the Cumberlands. Other area schools that will be closed include Morgan, Fentress, Putnam, Roane and Rhea Counties.


In addition, the Crossville city hall and city offices will be closed between 1 and 2 PM at the height of the eclipse. Also closed for that peak eclipse hour is the Progressive Bank, Highland Federal Savings & Loan, Cumberland Co. Bank, First Bank, and the Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union.  


TBI Top 10 Most Wanted in Custody in Indiana, Alleged member of Vice Lords-wanted for Heroin distribution

TBI announces arrest
NASHVILLE – A man who was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list in July is now in custody, after being arrested today in Indiana.
Bradford (DOB 3-19-79) had been 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. Bradford is a known member of the Vice Lords with ties to Chicago and the Middle Tennessee area.
Brandon Bradford

Brandon Bradford was taken into custody today at a hotel on Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville, Indiana. He had barricaded himself in a room there for about an hour before surrendering. Bradford was taken into custody by the FBI, with assistance from TBI, the Metro Nashville Police Department, and officers with the Jeffersonville (IN) Police Department, the Clarksville (IN) Police Department, the Clark County (IN) Sheriff’s Department, the New Albany (IN) Police Department, and the Floyd County (IN) Sheriff’s Office.
Bradford is currently being held in the Floyd County Jail in Indiana.
This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation

Cumberland Co man among those arrested in Upper Cumberland Meth distribution sweep.

TBI Press Release:
Partner law enforcement agencies from across the Upper Cumberland region have worked together to secure charges for 12 individuals in connection with an eight-month investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in several counties.
Authorities from the Cookeville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Crossville Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Overton County Sheriff’s Department, the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office, the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the office of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, began investigating the operation in September 2016. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information about 12 individuals connected to a multi-county methamphetamine distribution operation.

At the time of this release, nine of the individuals had been arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail:
  • Ronnie Edward Argo, Jr., DOB 6-19-88, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Joseph Israel Neely, DOB 3-8-81, of Smithville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Kristan Nicole Harville, DOB 5-23-87, of Baxter
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Darby Dee Brunson, DOB 5-10-88, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $250,000 bond
  • Lindsey L. Goad, DOB 4-28-95, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Megan Alissa Fuller, DOB 1-18-81, of Gainesboro
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Ryan Lee Underwood, DOB 5-5-82, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • Nathaniel Harrison Payne, DOB 4-28-81, of Crossville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
  • James Preston Cumby, DOB 10-20-66, of Cookeville
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Over 300 Grams of Methamphetamine, $75,000 bond
The arrest of the additional three individuals implicated in this investigation is pending.