Wednesday, November 30, 2016
With Christmas decorations on Main Street and most of the downtown businesses staying open late, this will be the last downtown event until April as the program will take February off.
The event starts at 4 PM and Main Street will be closed for the safety of the crowd. Families are invited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Spirit Amphitheater and get a free photo sponsored by the Rotary Club. There will be lots of food and fun for everyone.
The downtown merchants will be giving away 5 Gift Bags filled with goodies from local merchants and Downtown Crossville is adding $50 in Downtown Dollars to each of the 5 bags.
Public invited to a Christmas Party, December 2 at the Crossville Housing Authority meeting room at First St. and Irwin Avenue at 6 PM. It is sponsored by the Cumberland County Democratic Women's Committee. We would love to have anyone who wants to become involved in our Democracy come and meet us. Bring a dish to share or not. Anyone needing more information can contact Judy Barnett at 931-287-5618.
Angels: God’s Helpers & Our Friends Who are they? What do they do? Do they matter?
Presenter: Rev. Andrew Abraham, Pastor Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, at 11 AM-12:30 PM
Where: The Crossville Depot
Light refreshments will be available
New council members will be sworn in Monday followed by a work session putting them straight to work.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The winds caused the tall sign to lean toward Genesis Road and large power lines through the area causing the road in front of the business to be closed off to protect the public.
A crew from the firm that erected the sign originally is reportedly onsite to stabilize or rework the sign.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Fires are continuing to cause major problems in East Tennessee and evacuations have been ordered for Gatlinburg. Fires have taken out cell service and land lines and reports that the fire fighting effort command center is closed and evacuated. Rain is expected to move through the area tonight and will hopefully help knock down some of the the fires.
Reports are that some Crossville area firefighters are headed east to provide assistance.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
The class, taught by Kylee Johnson participated in a mock murder trial with the assistance of several local lawyers helping guide the students. Lawyers who assisted included Randall Boston and Jeff Vires assisting the defense and Assistant DA Phillip Hatch and Bruce MacLeod.
The case included testimony form witnesses and experts involving a charge of murder involving a college student and the Greek organization they were trying to join. Evidence on drinking, hazing and other issues were included as part of the trial testimony.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
If you have an event of interest to the Crossville area send details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share it with our readers. An image or photo will always make an item more interesting and attract more eyes.
If you have a press release for your business or organization we will accept those as well.
If you have any questions contact us as the emails too.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
CIty records show that a new dollar tree store will be built on the site and it will be larger then the current store on 127-N.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Bring the kids and stop by the Spirit Amphitheater to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and get a free photo taken. There will be Christmas lights through out town, with food, music, shopping and more.
Christmas on the Mountain will be taking donations of toys for underprivileged kids so get into the sprint of the season! If you've been before you know what a great event these are so bring someone along with you who has never been. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to see what all the excitement is about.
Could Crossville employees who took early retirement return to work after taking buyout? Answer appears to be yes.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The City of Crossville (population 11,246) is seeking resumes for the position of Chief of Police. Under the executive direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for planning, directing, implementing and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. Responsibilities include recruitment and selection of personnel, formulation of policies and procedures, and preparation of an annual budget. The ideal candidate must be P.O.S.T. certified and possess a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or related field. Candidate will have served as Chief, or Assistant Chief, a minimum of seven (7) years. Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the person with the knowledge and abilities required to perform the job may substitute for the above, at the discretion of the City. Consideration will be given for FBI National Academy and/or Southern Police Institutes and FBI Leeds graduate. Salary will be a minimum of $57,057.53 and negotiable DOQ/DOE. Position will also include a comprehensive benefit package. Other requirements include:
- Must possess a valid Tennessee operator’s license or obtain such
- Must reside within Cumberland County, or move into Cumberland County within 90 days of employment
- Meet annual P.O.S.T. in-service requirements
- Must have completed P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Management and Administration training
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Must be examined by a City designated physician to make a determination if applicant will be able to meet the physical standards of law enforcement personnel
The City of Crossville is an EEO/Affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, disability or national origin.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The candidates were ranked on thier cover letter, education/experience, Resume and similarity to position. A perfect score would be 16 with a 4 in each category. The highest score was a 12 recieved by 3 of the candidates.
A timeline for hiring a new manager has not yet been established.
The candidates and their scores are listed below:
Cary Colaianni of Eagle Idaho holds a masters in public administration as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law degree). Mr. Colaianni has 20 years of experience in municipal government including from 2004 to 2014 as the city attorney and law department director for Bosie Idaho. The department had 51 employees. From 1991 to 2004, he served as the Ada County prosecuting attorney in Bosie Idaho. Score 12
Harry Staven of Richland WA most recently worked as the finance director of Bandon OR and before that as city administrator/planner of Hoona AK. He worked in municipal management since 1989 at various levels. He served 6 years on the board of the Richland WA housing authority. He holds a Masters of Public Administration. Score 12
Greg Wood of Baker Florida has a masters of public administration from the University of Florida. From 2013 to 2016 Mr. Wood has served as the county administrator of Harris County Georgia. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the county manager for Jasper County Georgia and from 2007 to 2009 as the county administrator of Holmes Co. Florida and similar experience back to 1984. Score 12
Terence Arrington of Greenville SC whose last job is county administrator for Darlignton Co. South Carolina. Arrignton served in that position from 1-2015 through 8-2016. Arrington has a Masters of Public Administration and is working toward and MBA. He has government experience since 2011 including deputy city administrator of Salisbury MD from 1-2014 to 1-2015. Score 11
James Hubbard of Bedford Texas currently serves and the assistant to the city manager at Colleyville Texas. Hubbard has held that position since January 2016 and prior to that served as the city's parks manager and a management analyst. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Score 11
Steve Foote of Dunwoody Georgia serves that community as the Director of Economic and Community Development. He has served in that capacity as the employee of a contractor starting in 2014 and now as a direct employee of the city. Previously Foote served as director of planning for Mt. Juliet Tennessee from 2009 to 2014. Foote's education includes a BS in Geography and Biology and graduate work toward an Masters in Geography. Score 10
Sammy J. Ragsdale of Dodge City, Kansas is the assistant county administrator of Ford County Kansas and from September 2015 to March 2016 he was the chief financial officer of the High Country Council of Governments at Boone County North Carolina. Previous positions incude a city management consultant in Burlington Colorado, City manager of Clifton Texas and a US Navy veteran. He has a BS degree and graduate work toward an MBA. Score 10
Dennis Sparks of Hopewell Virginia has experience as various city/village managers from 1999 to 2005 in several different states. Sparks is currently a management and aviation consultant as well as a pilot and flight instruction. Sparks has an MBA. Score 10
Steven Hicks of Orlando Florida who previously worked as chief compliance officer for MasterCorp, Inc. Score 9
Rod Shoap of Crossville TN has a Masters in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI Academy. He served as interim Crossville police chief until July 2016. Previously Mr. Shoap served as Maury County magistrate, director of planning for the Williamson County sheriff's department and sheriff of Lee County Florida after many years working for that department. Score 9
Tina Tuggle of Kingston Tennessee is currently a municipal finance trainer and previously served as the city manager of Oliver Springs Tennessee from June 2012 to November 2014. She also served as Oliver Springs' city recorder from 2010 to 2012. She holds an associate degree in legal science. Score 9
In addition, the current interim city manager Steve Hill made the list with a score of 9.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Souza email comments on numerous issues including phone harassment and ugly political sign incident.
Before I begin I would like to remind the council that there is a EEOC complaint among other things listing a violation of the whistle blower act. That being persons reporting violations are protected from acts of retaliation, I am sure Mr Ridley can clarify that.
For some time now a person or persons has been harassing citizens of the city and county with phone calls who list other people's numbers as the source. This similar to the 2012 Robo Calls erroneously listing the city phone number as the source. Last Thursday this harassment level increased significantly. Phone numbers erroneously listed were mine, Rodney Shoap, and others. In the past this action was reported To the CPD and the DA. That's fine this child like behavior can be expected,
but the people being harassed can of course seek civil action which well may be the case. Where I am concerned Sally in your capacity as city clerk I am informing you that my phone number will be discontinued this date and will be unlisted as result of this abuse.
You are all aware of last weeks signs commonly referred to as the Methberry signs. On the signs it states the mayor as corrupt, incompetent, can not Pass a drug test is Pete Souzas Bitch, ect... That's fine but here is some thing to think about. Shortly the person responsible will be identified and let it be known that person caused harm to innocent people.
Normal procedure for sign complaints is Vulgar or unlawful signs are picked up by the street department to be recovered by the owner. Signage Is governed by a city ordinance.
Here is what happened in this case, reports of the sign was called into the city (Sally Oglesby) who in turn called Chief Rosser. Chief Rosser called the city manager Steve Hill. Steve alleges he called the city attorney Will Ridley who told him to tape over the sign portion with the word bitch and leave it up. I spoke with Chief Rosser who confirmed this story yesterday. Once again I remind all parties of the whistle blower Act..
I'll let Mr Ridley make what ever comments he may on this since it is Steve Hills assertion that he was following instructions from the city attorney. Although it is a given the city attorney only has the power to advise so I would be skeptical to the authentication of the facts. I am not skeptical
of the honesty of Chief Rosser who works directly for Steve Hill.
It was also reported that early that morning in Billy Loggins' office the city manager and Mr Loggins' and the city manager were having a good laugh about the signs.
I wonder what recourse is going to come to the originator of the sign, Mr Hill who's primary responsibility is to enforce city ordinances and safeguard the city from wrongful litigation. The parties injured were children and I assure you the parents are taking this serious.
By the way Mr Hill all city employees have to take a drug test. The last time I checked you were the only city employee not in compliance.
Ms Oglesby please insure that the council elects and Chief Rosser gets a copy of this E Mail.
Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15. The counties under the ban are listed below.
Currently the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry is fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.
Robertson and Sumner counties continue to be under a burn ban issued by TDA Commissioner Jai Templeton. A governor’s ban includes municipalities, whereas a commissioner’s ban is superseded by municipal ordinances.
Residents in counties not included under any of the current bans must obtain a safe debris burning permit to burn brush, vegetation, household waste or construction waste. The TDA Division of Forestry, however, does not expect to issue any permits until the state receives substantial precipitation. A violation of burning without a permit is punishable as a Class C misdemeanor which carries a fine of $50 and/or up to 30 days in jail.
Daily updates on the wildfire situation, active burn bans and tips to protect your home and property can be found at www.burnsafetn.org.
Counties under a regional burn ban:
Monday, November 14, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Souza issues response to lack of any council action on ethics complaints at November regular city council meeting.
evidence and witnesses were denied.
Mr Ridley you may want to take care in the response to this, I feel that your response will have a far reaching impact on the city. Such request as you may reasonably request for additional legal opinions should include all data provided to you and the council.
It is further noted that a campaign of harassment on witnesses was conducted following the meeting.
Ms Oglesby please place a hard copy of this in my box and I suggest that you place a copy in the the ethics file. Also please forward a copy of this to the DA s office.
State Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton has issued a burn ban for Clairborne, Cumberland, Hamilton, Jefferson, Loudon, Marion, Monroe, Robertson and Sevier Counties. The burn ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
The ban applies to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity in areas outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.
“Due to dry conditions and little prospect for rain, firefighters are seeing an increase in fire activity across the state,” Commissioner Templeton said. “The public should use good judgment and avoid situations that cause fire and put citizens, property and emergency workers at risk.”
Under state law, the Commissioner of Agriculture, in consultation with the state forester, has the authority to issue burn bans at the request of county mayors under certain weather conditions. Requests for a burn ban are considered based on a number of factors including weather, climate, fire danger, fire occurrence and resource availability.
A violation of a burn ban issued by the Commissioner is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail.
- fence rows
- ditch banks
- construction debris
- boards, plywood, decking, etc.
- wooded areas
- cooking fires
- grills, charcoal or wood fired (but not natural or propane gas fired)
- burn barrels
- household waste
- air curtain destructors
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Crossville city council meeting adjourns early after heated discussion of Souza's ethics complaints.
Initial reports say that a semi truck without a trailer crossed the median and struck a truck in the westbound side head on at around 1:30 PM central time. The two truck cabs were totally destroyed and numerous cars that were on the trailer were thrown into the side of the exit. Billows of black smoke came from the fuel tanks on the two cabs that caught fire. Three fatalities were reported in the accident.
Traffic through Crossville was becoming very heavy as I-40 traffic was getting off at Peavine Road and going through town.
All photos (c) 2016 by Jim Young Reporter.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
As the council began discussion of the ethics complaints filed by councilman Pete Souza the meeting was quickly adjourned after two council members left city hall.
Kerely and Harwell were in court for a while this morning and returned later in the afternoon where the continuance was agreed to by the DA's office and thier attorney Jimmy Smith.