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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.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

September City Council meeting may decide Depot future, water sales contract and industrial property price.

Will the city take over operation of the Depot? Will the city agree to a new contract with South Cumberland Utility District for sale of water? And will the council agree on a price for the industrial property with a pad ready to construct a 200,000 square foot building?

All these questions and more could be answered during the Crossville city council's regular September meeting Tuesday, September 12. The council's busy evening starts with the Audit Committee meeting at 5:15 PM followed by the Beer Board meeting at 5:45 PM. Council will also meet as the solicitation board at 5:55 PM. The regular council agenda starts at 6 PM in Council Chambers at city hall.

Council will consider the renewal of the city's water sales agreement with the South Cumberland Utility District. The district's board has requested that the same terms be continued on a 10-year renewal of the contract.

Council will discuss and consider the future operation of the Crossville Depot. For many years the depot was operated by the local Rotary Foundation and for the last 2 years by the C.A.T.S. Art organization. C.A.T.S. Advised the city they would not renew the lease and the city began looking at options.
Crossville Depot

In addition to upgrading the facility, the proposal for the city to operate the depot in the future includes 1 additional full-time and 2 part-time employees. The meeting room would generally be available between 9 AM and 9 PM but additional hours could be arranged. The city would not give out keys to renters but a city staff member would be present to assist the renters whenever an event is being held. Rental of the depot meeting room for 3 hours is recommended to be $105. The city would also operate the gift shop and plans to stock only Tennessee made products.

Council will consider a request for sewer service from the Cumberland Homestead Tower Association. Currently, the tower museum does not have public restroom facilities due to septic issues. Sewer service is currently used by the Homestead Elementary School and sewer lines are near the tower.

Council will also consider setting a price per acre for the site being developed in the Interchange industrial park. The land is the location of the 200,000 square foot construction pad funded through a state grant along with the city and the county. $60,000 per acre has been recommended though discussion during the work session indicates that price may change. The property is currently being marketed in anticipation of the site being ready next year.

Council will discuss the proposal for health insurance from the Tennessee Municipal League risk pool program. The city currently participates in the liability portion of the program and the health insurance pool is a newer program. Council members heard a presentation on the program during the work session last week.

Council will go back to first reading in an attempt to remove the monthly report by the Chamber of Commerce from the agenda.

Additional items on the agenda for council are bids and purchases on 10 items including water meters, a street department leaf vac trailer and several trucks. Under the consent agenda Council has the second reading of the telecommunications facilities ordinance, several grant applications, and several event street closings.

Four year old Luke Miller killed in ATV accident Friday; services Wednesday.

The information below is from a press release from the Crossville Police Department.  The child was Luke Miller, identified in an obituary listed by Bilbrey Funeral Home.  Luke is survived by his Parents Joshua and Kelley Miller, a sister Hallie Miller.  Services will be held at Harmony Baptist Church on Cook Rd September 13 at 1 PM. 

On Friday, September 8, 2017, at approximately 6:21 PM, the City of Crossville Police Department responded to a residence on Jesse Loop, in reference to an injured 4-year-old child. It was reported that the child and his father had been riding an A.T.V. that had lost control and subsequently flipped over, injuring the child. Rescue breathing efforts were made by the father and were continued by Emergency Medical responders, upon their arrival.

The injured child was transported to the Cumberland Medical Center E.R. and was further flown to U.T. Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly before midnight, CST. The investigation is ongoing at this time and any further details will be released only upon the completion of a full and thorough investigation.

Crossville Police announce promotion of Sgt. Jake Brink

Sgt. Jake Brink

The City of Crossville Police Department (CPD) announces the promotion of Sergeant Jake Brink. Sgt. Brink is an 11-year police veteran, serving with both the City of Crossville Police Department and the State of Tennessee, as a Trooper. Sgt. Brink has been an active member of the Crossville Police Department and is a member of the CPD Tactical Response Unit.

The addition of Sgt. Brink to this supervisory position will be effective September 17, 2017.

Hurricane Irma remnants to affect Crossville area weather--NOAA/NWS issues wind advisory and rain likely

Strong winds associated with Hurricane Irma will occur as it approaches Middle Tennessee on Monday night. Even though Irma will weaken from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it approaches Middle Tennessee, sustained northeast winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph can be expected across Middle Tennessee on Monday night.

Hazardous Weather Outlook:

Today and Tonight

Hurricane Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical depression and
bring rain and windy conditions to Middle Tennessee later this
afternoon and into early Tuesday morning. A wind advisory is in
effect for the mid state, where winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts
to 45 mph will be common. Gusts to 50 mph will also be possible
for some areas. Heavy rainfall is possible as well, with amounts
of 1 to 3 inches mainly from Monday afternoon through Tuesday

Tuesday through Wednesday

Gusty winds may continue Tuesday morning around 15 to 25 mph and
gusts to 35 mph before calming down during the day.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Council worksession touches on Holiday Lake levels, utility district contracts, health insurance and Depot operations

Crossville City Council's September work session touched on a number of topics including water levels at Holiday Lake, utility district contracts, health insurance costs, new plans for the Crossville Depot, and more.

Two items on the agenda and were quickly disposed of with no discussion. There are no plans for any changes to the city charter at the current time and the proposal to re-establish an airport committee has been scrapped.

Several waterfront property owners on Holiday Lake came to the council or were represented by two men who addressed their concern about water levels in the lake and the damage they claim fluctuations in the levels are causing to their property. Ron Boadry and Tom Bailey both addressed the council seeking compensation for damage they claim has been done to their property and others whose petitions they brought with them.
Tom Boardy, left, and Tom Bailey, lake front
residents of Holiday Lake address concerns
with lake level fluctations with council.

Boardy claimed several times that the water level has not been maintained at the level of the automatic relief valves in the weir that the city installed in 2008 to better maintain water levels. In addition, the dam improvements allowed better control of the water levels by building a wider weir that meant less fluctuation in the water level. According to the discussion, before the upgrades to the dam, the water level would rise into peoples yards following heavy rain and it took much longer for the level to drop then it does now.
Holiday Hills Lake reservoir 

Crossville water supervisor Jerry Kerley told the council that a lake the size of Holiday is not like a bathtub and you can't keep the level constant. Anytime rain fall runs into the lake the level rises. “You can't control mother nature,” said Kerley.

Discussion of the concerns also pointed to boats on the lake creating wakes that also cause erosion to the shore line. Council heard the information from the complaints and will take them under advisement. The topic is not on the regular September agenda.

Council briefly discussed the upcoming renewal of the water sales contract with South Cumberland Utility District. The current contract expires the end of the year and the utility district is seeking no change in the terms of the contract to purchase water.

In addition, the council heard from Ed Anderson, vice chair of the board of the West Cumberland Utility District, as the board is asking to explore the possibility of purchasing water from Crossville. The district currently buys water from the Bondecroft Utility District and has some 7 years left on a 20-year contract but Anderson said that neither side is completely happy with the current contract between them.

Council members advised the utility district to meet with the city manager over a possible contract or merger between the utility district and the city water system as was done with Catoosa several years ago.

Council heard a proposal from the Tennessee Municipal League risk management pool and their program called Tennessee Health Works which is a self-funded health insurance program through the pooling of a number of municipalities. Dawn Crawford, President, and CEO of the TML Pool explained how the program worked to the council and another presentation went over the details of the program and the benefits that the city could see.
Dawn Crawford, right, TML President and CEO talks to
Crossville city council about their health insurance program

The city's insurance renews in January and the TML version of the insurance would have the same benefits for city employees and the cost would increase over the city's current rate by under 2 percent. The city has not received the rate for the coming year from their current carrier yet.

Council discussed the change in operations for the Crossville Depot since the C.A.T.S. Organization is not renewing the lease. The city is looking at running the depot itself and doing some upgrading to the building including new flooring for the meeting area. According to the discussion, Downtown Crossville, Inc. advised the city that they support the project and are willing to assist by providing a new solid wood floor up to $10,000 for the meeting room to look more like the original floor. The room currently is carpeted and the carpet is not good shape after years of use.
Crossville Train Depot

In addition to upgrading the facility, the proposal for the city to operate the depot in the future includes 1 additional full-time and 2 part-time employees. The meeting room would generally be available between 9 AM and 9 PM but additional hours could potentially be arranged. The city would not give out keys to renters but a city staff member would be present to assist the renters whenever an event is being held. Rental of the depot meeting room for 3 hours is recommended to be $105.

The city also plans to operate the gift shop at the depot stocking entirely Tennessee made products and souvenirs. The gift shop would have more hours than it has in the past operating from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The gift shop would also be open during any rental events at the depot as well.

The estimated revenue from rental for the first year of operation is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 and as a clientele is built up that is expected to rise. In its best year, the Depot peaked at 450 rentals for the year and revenue at that level would be around $48,000.

The city is also seeking to have the depot listed on the National Historic Register.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crossville Memories: Who remembers the Dixie Cafe?

Found this image in an eBay auction this week.  It is a 5 x 7 photo of the old Dixie Cafe and appears to be dated from 1950.  The information in the second image is on the back of the photo saying it was behind Walker's Shoes and across from the Tennessee Central Depot. 

I have never seen this particular image before but it is a great one with most of the people in it identified.  The eBay listing said that the photo came from a local Crossville estate sale.  Because the photo is an eBay auction it has the watermark on the photo posted there but it seemed like one that should be shared.  The asking price in the auction was $45.00 for the photo.  A great photo!

CROSSVILLE MEMORIES: House built for Mose Dorton's mother just a memory now.

The Webb Avenue house in these photos, now gone, was originally built by Crossville banker and community leader Mose Dorton for his mother to live in.  It was next door to his own house that was also on Webb Avenue and is also now gone.  These photos are from a few years ago and were taken not long before the house was torn down.  Photos (C) Jim Young

Built from cut Crab Orchard stone blocks and veneer, the house
walls were very sturdy but lack of maintenance lead to
its eventual loss.

Perfect weather helped make the second Rock the Block a crowd pleaser!

Weather for the second edition of the Rock the Block street party couldn't have been better with low humidity, cool temperatures, and sunshine.  The second event for the spinoff from the Friday at the Crossroads was very well attended and both adults and kids found something they could enjoy.  A variety of goodies from hot dogs to ice cream and even cotton candy for the Carnival edition of the event could be found. 

Many local organizations, businesses, and churches had booths to share products and info with the public.  

Rock the Block is a perfect event for families.

Homemade ice cream from the chugging old engine.

Hot dogs from Crazy dogs.

Cotton Candy was a popular treat too.

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THis vendor featured beads and jewelry.

Kids loved interacting with the Minions!

It was easy to find your way around through the balloon arches.

While the crowds came there was room for everyone. 

Rolf Weeks shared info from Cumberland Co. Rising.

FOCCAS continues working toward helping local stray animals.

See you next time at Rock the Block.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Crossville PD's Kevin Wood recognized with Public Safety Award

The City of Crossville Police Department wishes to recognize Officer Kevin Wood, who was the recipient of the Cumberland County Public Safety Award during a ceremony held on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at the Cumberland County Fair.

Officer Kevin Wood “is involved with his community, church and most importantly, his family.” said Chief David Beaty in a nomination letter. “Officer Wood is quick to help any officer that needs assistance, with our agency or any other agency. Officer Wood is involved with youth sports, serving as a coach. Officer Wood is very active with his church’s outreach programs that help individuals get off of drugs and alcohol."

Left- Officer Kevin Wood, Right- Chief David Beaty

Chief Beaty continued, stating that Officer Kevin Wood “is not only a valuable member of the Crossville Police Department but also to this community.”

The Crossville Police Department is proud of the actions of Officer Kevin Wood and of his selection to receive this award. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rock the Block returns Friday September 8 for Carnival Fun

Back by popular demand, ROCK THE BLOCK Returns September8!  Look for even more vendors than the first event in July. The Rock the BLock event will be located along East Stanley St. on the north side of Main St. A wide variety of activities for adults and kids will be available including food and crafts including the rock painting and lots more.  The public is invited to come out for an enjoyable evening and to bring the kids. 

Map of Rock the Block area for September

Photo from the well attended July Rock the Block event.

Current vendors participating are listed below. 

The National Wild Turkey Federation
City Of Crossville
Chop Shop
CatFit Yoga
Bouncing Up Fun
Just Bouncin Around Rentals LLC
Knockerball Crossville
Pure Hair Studio
Crossville To Do
Pearl Mae's
Martial Arts
US Borne Books
Dave Kirk Automotive
Sparkle And Shine
Cumberland Train Assoc.
Kimmy's Chicken Shack
Social Brew
Papa Lou's Kitchen
Crazy Dogs
Big John's BBQ
Fusion Co-Ed Team Competition
The United 931
Stonehaus Winery
Saving Rylan
Sweet Treats
Express Lunch
Marilyn Ayers Jewerly Design
Cherry Blossom Bows
Shaved Icee
C & H Kettle Corn
Hillandale Hit-n-Miss Homemade Icecream
Meraki Marketplace
The Biz Foundry
Ed Hargis Pens
Art Circle Public Library
The Arc Cumberland County
Chelsea Dawn with Fox Den
Homestead Apple Festival
Icee Man Tee Chambers
Scentsy Wax and Warmers Angie Earl Reagan
The Chop Shop
Warrior Martial Arts Academy
Meraki Marketplace
Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
Live Clean
UT Alumni Association - Cumberland County Chapter
Abuela's Cuban Cafe
Amy Rigsby Jewelry
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Beads of Grace
TKN Shy Creations
Polychromatic Tye Dye
Nick's Italian Ice
Heavenly Touch Sweets

Activities Included:
Face Painting
Dunking Booth
Bobbbing For Doughnuts
The Minions
Water Balloon Hopscotch