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Sunday, November 19, 2017

TBI Top 10 Fugitive Justin Pridemore Captured in Jonesborough

JOHNSON CITY – A man who was added to the TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list Thursday is now in custody. Justin Wayne Pridemore was captured.
Pridemore (DOB 9/22/93) was wanted by the Greeneville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face charges of Aggravated Sexual Battery. That charge stems from an incident involving a 5-year-old child.
After receiving a tip that Pridemore was possibly at a home on Forester Lane in Jonesborough, TBI Special Agents requested assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. This morning, deputies responded to the home and confirmed Pridemore was at the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.
Justin Pridemore
Justin Pridemore

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drug Overdose Investigation Results in Heroin-Related Charge for Murfreesboro Man

NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a Rutherford County man on a heroin-related charge.
Richard Bain
On November 17th, two individuals in Murfreesboro suffered non-fatal drug overdoses. Heroin recovered from the overdose victims was examined at the TBI forensics lab, and tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. Agents were able to develop information that identified the source of the heroin. Working with officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department and State Probation and Parole, they executed a search warrant at a residence on North Academy Street, and recovered heroin from that home.
On Friday night, Agents arrested Richard Dale Bain (DOB 06/04/1982) and charged him with one count of Possession of Schedule I. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Wind Advisory issued through midnight Saturday for Middle Tennessee including Cumberland Co.


A strong cold front will sweep through Middle Tennessee today,
causing windy conditions to develop across the mid state.
Winds will pick up this morning and last into the evening before
diminishing just before midnight.


* TIMING...Windy conditions will develop this morning and persist
  through the evening.

* WINDS...Sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as
  45 mph.

* IMPACTS...Minor wind damage is possible along with impaired
  driving conditions.


A Wind Advisory means that winds over 40 mph are expected. Winds
this strong may blow down a few trees or tree limbs and cause
isolated power outages. Driving may also become difficult...
especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Friday, November 17, 2017

William S. Moore in custody after BOLO issued Thursday charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault.

UPDATE from Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Department: 
Yesterday afternoon authorities were searching for a suspect who was possibly armed in the Genesis / Webb Avenue area. Citizens in the general vicinity were notified to be on the lookout by text or phone call from Central Communications Reverse 911.
This morning Sheriff's Deputies located and apprehended William Shawn Moore at a residence on Will Wyatt Road. He is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond for Aggravated Domestic Assault.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

BOLO UPDATE: William Shone Moore wanted by Crossville Police-Considered armed and dangerous.

UPDATE 3:50 PM Crossville PD says they no longer believe Moore is in the city limits but urge the public to be on the lookout and if seen, report his location to 911.

The City of Crossville Police Department is asking citizens of Crossville to be on the lookout for William Shone Moore, a 39-year-old white male, 6’3” tall and 235 pounds, blue eyes, brown shaved/short hair. Moore was last seen wearing yellow boots, black Under Armor Hat, blue jeans, blue jacket and carrying a black bag. Moore has an outstanding arrest warrant in Cumberland County and is believed to be armed and on foot, possibly in the city limits.

William Shone Moore

Moore is considered to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach or attempt to make contact, please notify 911 immediately with his location and keep away.

Greene County Man Added to TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ List for child sex charge

TBI Press Release:
JOHNSON CITY – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its Top 10 Most Wanted list: Justin Wayne Pridemore.
Pridemore (DOB 9/22/93) is wanted by the Greeneville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face a charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery. The charge stems from an incident involving a child.
Pridemore is a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes. He stands 6’0” and weighs approximately 260 pounds. He has a history of violence and should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to $2,500 being offered for information leading to his arrest.
Justin Pridemore

Law Enforcement BOLO issued for Male Subject, possible armed wearing yellow boots, jeans and black hat.

Information from Cumberland County:

BOLO for a possible armed subject.

Please be on the lookout for a male William Shone Moore subject wearing yellow boots black hat and blue jacket and jeans. He was last seen in the area of Genesis road and Webb Avenue.

If you see this male, call 911 immediately. The male subject is possibly armed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Crossville PD one of first departments to be trained and carry Epi-Pens

Crossville PD release
The City of Crossville Police Department has partnered with the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation, who has matched a donation for the City of Crossville’s purchase of 12 Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (Epi-Pens), which will be made available for use by our trained officers, for persons suffering from anaphylaxis related to acute allergic reactions to foods, insects or other life-threatening allergic emergencies.

Epi-Pen injector

These life-saving devices will be on the streets of Crossville within the next few weeks, following their arrival and the training of our officers. The Epi-Pens will be made available to help the citizens and visitors of the City of Crossville.

The Crossville Police Department is among the first agencies in the State of Tennessee and in the country, to provide this service to those in need. It is thanks to our City Council and the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation’s partnership that we can provide this greater level of service to our community.

Estranged Husband Indicted, Charged in Connection to Wife’s 2016 Murder, awaiting extradition.

TBI release
CHATTANOOGA – In a joint investigation conducted alongside the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Grundy County man in connection to his wife’s homicide.

On May 1, 2016, at the request of 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the death of Samantha Chandler, shortly after deputies found the body of the 26-year-old woman off of Ross Creek Road in Gruetli-Laager.
On Monday, authorities presented facts gathered during the investigation to the Grundy County Grand Jury, which subsequently returned an indictment, charging Daniel Chandler (DOB 9-19-88) with one count of First Degree Murder. On Tuesday afternoon, deputies with the Walker County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department arrested Chandler without incident and booked him into the county’s jail, where, at the time of this release, he remained in custody awaiting extradition to Tennessee. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Joint Drug Operation in Pickett County Nets Seven Arrests

TBI Release:
COOKEVILLE – A joint investigation with Special Agents of the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies has resulted in the indictments and arrests of multiple individuals on various drug-related charges.

In February and March, TBI DID Agents joined investigators with the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office, the Middle Tennessee Appalachia HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force and the 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force in investigating various narcotics violations in Pickett County. Through the course of the investigation, Agents and investigators developed information that identified multiple individuals who were involved in the sale of drugs.
On August 15th, the Pickett County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging seven individuals with a variety of drug-related offenses. Over the past several months, those individuals were arrested and booked into the Pickett County Jail. Those charged include:
  • Travis John Stowers (DOB 5-15-1990, Byrdstown, TN. Bond $30,000): 1 count Sale of Schedule II
  • Latoshia Nicole Wallace (DOB 9-13-1996, Monticello, KY. Bond $60,000): 2 counts Sale of Schedule II
  • Joey Robert Cook (DOB 10-17-1968, Byrdstown, TN. Bond $40,000): 1 count Sale of Schedule III
  • Shelley Patterson (DOB 4-29-1971, Monroe, TN. Bond $55,000): 2 counts Sale of Schedule III
  • Jessica Dawn Daley (DOB 5-15-1990, Byrdstown, TN. Bond $50,000): 1 count Sale of Schedule II, 1 count Sale of Schedule III
  • Perry Albert Neal (DOB 8-25-1962, Byrdstown, TN. Bond $65,000): 1 count Sale of Schedule III
  • Travis Lee Hall (DOB 5-2-1981, Alpine, TN. Bond $10,000): 2 counts Sale of Schedule IV

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Statement from UT Athletic Director John Currie on dismissal of Butch Jones.

This morning I met with Coach Butch Jones to discuss the future of the football program, and I informed him of my decision that he step down as the University of Tennessee's head football coach. Transitions like this are never easy for anyone involved, and I am grateful for the way Coach Jones, Barb and their children have poured their hearts and souls into this community and the improvement of our football program over the past five years. I know that Coach Jones will be successful as he moves forward in his career and I know that Tennessee fans join me in thanking Coach Jones and his family for the many facets of our program which have improved under his leadership.

As we close out the final two games of the regular season—still with the opportunity to compete in a bowl game—Coach Hoke will serve as interim head coach. I know Vol Nation will stick together, rally around this team and support these student-athletes who, despite adversity throughout this season, continue to play with great effort and intensity.

Meanwhile, we now turn our attention to an exhaustive search to identify a coach of the highest integrity and character with the skills and vision to return Tennessee football to championship form. Our commitment to doing what it takes to hire the absolute best coach for the University of Tennessee is resolute.

This afternoon at 5 PM Eastern and 4 PM Central time, I will hold a press conference to discuss this transition. The press conference will be streamed live on UTsports.com so that you can follow along and stay up-to-date as it takes place. Complete video and a full transcript of the press conference will be available to view on-demand on UTsports.com for those who are unable to view it live.

To protect the integrity of our process, following a press conference I will have no further public comments until such time we announce our new coach. This search will be my sole focus and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor Davenport. Naturally, there will be great interest and speculation across the college football world. As I reminded our student-athletes when I met with them earlier today, unless you hear news directly from me, do not assume it to be accurate.

During this time of transition, I am heartened by the ongoing passion of Big Orange fans worldwide. Thank you for continued and unwavering support of Tennessee student-athletes!

TOSHA Safety complaint of Summer 2016 lead to 2nd complaint of retaliation against former city employee

After initially refusing to release documents connected to two Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) complaints filed against the Crossville Water Resources Department following action last week by the city council to approve a settlement on one complaint, some of the documents have now been provided.

The complaints, from the summer of 2016 were made to TOSHA by a then-employee of the Crossville Water Resources Department. The employee was fired shortly after making the complaints about safety concerns, first to the water department supervisors and then to TOSHA and then the question of whether the firing could be considered retaliation for the safety complaint is the second more serious complaint that is now under consideration by the city council for a settlement. The identity of the employee is being protected and has been redacted from the documents released by the city.

As city attorney Will Ridley wrote in his letter releasing the complaint copies but not the letter to the city from the Tennessee Attorney General, “As you are aware, the City of Crossville has been threatened with a potential lawsuit to which we maintain we have no liability. I am currently working to settle this matter without the unnecessary expense of a trial.”

It is unclear what the timeline of a possible settlement with the former employee might be.

The TOSHA complaints in question filed by the employee lead to the city's notification by letter dated August 24, 2016, about water leaking inside a 480-volt cabinet of the Miox equipment used to treat water without chlorine gas. The second complaint was about a caustic soda and sodium hypochlorite line leaking. The letter states the city should investigate and make any necessary corrections within 5 days.
Dried brine indicating leak in Miox equipment

The following day another TOSHA letter was sent by certified mail to Jerry Kerley about the second complaint and investigation into possible discriminatory employment practices in violation of the TOSHA Act alleging that the employee was terminated after filing safety concerns.

A letter of response to the more serious charge of discriminatory practice was sent by attorney Ridley September 8, 2016, stating that the first notice about the safety complaint was not received until after the employee was terminated. In addition, Ridley's letter states in a separation meeting with Crossville Human Resources Director Leah Crockett on July 26, 2016, Crockett said the employee stated she had complained to OSHA but had not notified anyone at the city of the safety situation. Ridley's also wrote that the employee told Crockett that a discrimination complaint had been filed with TOSHA and an attorney had been hired.

In response to the safety complaint, Crossville safety director Kevin Dean said in a letter to TOSHA that in the first complaint no hazard existed as the cabinet was designed with a drain and the electrical equipment in the cabinet was in a sealed compartment. The letter further states that the former employee had informed the supervisor about the issue and a call was made to a certified Miox technician leading to a part being replaced.
Dried salt from brine in the
Miox cabinet

Dried brine on wires in the
Miox electrical cabinet

The second part of the safety complaint on leaking pipes took several days to locate an intermittent overhead leak in a bleach line that occurred every three hours or so leading to a repair. The repair was reportedly made prior to the TOSHA notification. A repair was also made to a caustic soda (lye) line from an “internal notification” where a “crusting” was found at a coupling connection and repairs were made.
Caustic soda (lye) leak

Shortly after the letter concerning the safety complaints was received by TOSHA, a notification that TOSHA would close the file on the safety complaint was received however, the discrimination complaint remains open and is what the city is hoping to settle.

That second investigation was done by TOSHA compliance officer John Houghton and a letter dated October 12, 2016, that said he was classifying the case as a merit case saying, “Which means I will forward the case to the Attorney General's office.” Houghton continued, “This does not mean the City is guilty of anything, just that I believe more than likely it was an act of discrimination and the AG's office would investigate further.”

The letter also offers the settlement the city is back to considering with an agreement from both sides agreeing not to talk about the case and neither side admitting guilt. In addition, the agreement would pay the former employee for 11 weeks of work at the $7170.24.  This is the same settlement the city council approved in a special called meeting in November 2017.

Also attached to the documents are interviews with water department Maintenance supervisor Brian Lowe and lab manager Joe Kerley. Lowe's statement says that he had talked to the employee two or three times about wearing flip-flops and shorts to work, a violation of the dress code. Lowe also said he did not feel the employee put other employees in danger nor was she the type to sabotage anything at the facility.

An interview with Joe Kerley notes that the employee did not notify him about safety issues but did text maintenance supervisor Brian Lowe. Kerley said he had talked to the employee several times about dress code violations and did not remember taking corrective action against other employees for the same thing.

Kerley also stated that the employee was putting other employees in danger by not reporting safety hazards and he said his fear of possible sabotage was to take photos of problems and send them to the attorney.   

Friday, November 10, 2017

TBI Special Agents Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Kingsport

TBI Press Release
At the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday evening in the 1900 block of Manor Court in Kingsport.

Preliminary information indicates that officers with the Kingsport Police Department responded to the residence at approximately 2:30 Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of a disturbance involving a male subject threatening to harm himself and others. Upon arrival, officers attempted to make contact with the man, but he refused to come to the door and barricaded himself inside. Officers tried to communicate with the subject, who continued to ignore their requests. Just before 5:00, the subject exited the residence and fired shots at officers, striking two of them. Officers returned fire, at which point the subject retreated back inside the residence. A short time later, he was located inside the home, deceased. At this time, the cause of death is unknown. The body will be sent for an autopsy.  The injured officers were transported to the hospital for treatment. One officer was treated and released, and the other officer remains hospitalized.
The investigation remains active and ongoing. Special Agents continue to interview witnesses relevant to the investigation. TBI Special Agent-Forensic Scientists with the Violent Crime Response Team also responded and will be collecting evidence and processing the scene throughout the night.  As in any case, our investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.

Council's November Meeting could be a Short One Based on the Agenda

Crossville city council's November meeting looks like it will be a short one.

The council's evening starts Tuesday at 5:20 PM with the audit committee and then at 5:50 a public hearing on the annexation and plan of services for a property on Lantana Road and 11 acres of an expansion of the Gardens.

Crossville City Council

The regular council agenda is set for 6:00 PM and includes presentations for the student of the month and 12 items under the consent agenda. The consent agenda includes renewal of the parks and recreation concession contract, temporary street closing for the Christmas Festival and acceptance of the extension of Premier Drive.

Council will handle bids and purchases for volleyball court sand, a fire department generator, a car and truck lift and a truck for the maintenance department.

Also on the agenda is discussion and action on the sewer line and water line to Meadow Park Lake water treatment plant. The recommendation from city staff is for the council to approve moving forward on the project and hiring J. R. Wauford engineers to work on the project.

In addition, the city attorney and city manager reports will conclude the meeting.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dylan Ferguson, ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ Fugitive, Back in Police Custody

NASHVILLE – One day after escaping from jail in Macon County and being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, Dylan Cecil Ferguson surrendered Thursday morning to law enforcement in Trousdale County.
Ferguson (DOB 11-16-96) was wanted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the TBI, after escaping from the county’s jail Wednesday, along with two other individuals: Jeffrey Strong and Matt White. At the time of this release, efforts to locate Strong and White remained active and ongoing by several law enforcement agencies.
Dylan Ferguson in custody
Earlier on Thursday morning, a family member helped coordinate Ferguson’s surrender, which occurred at the sheriff’s department in Hartsville, Trousdale County. A current booking photograph was not immediately available, but a TBI Agent did capture the attached image shortly after authorities brought Ferguson back into custody.

22 Men Indicted in Brentwood TN Human Trafficking Operation

From TBI Press release
NASHVILLE – An undercover human trafficking operation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Brentwood Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the office of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper has resulted in mostly felony indictments for 22 men in a targeted effort to identify individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.
“Yet again, our collaborative effort proves human trafficking is happening every day in communities across Tennessee,” said Jason Locke, Deputy Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. “For years, our state has led the way in fighting this injustice, and we won’t stop doing whatever we can to send the message that it has to stop.”

During the first three days of the operation in early October, two female TBI Agents posed as individuals offering sex on Backpage.com. During the course of the resulting text or phone conversations, the Agents identified themselves as 14 and 16 years old. Those who were undeterred and still traveled to the location to meet for the purpose of illicit sex included a computer programmer, automotive engineer, construction worker, and a chef.
“This is, without doubt, a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “We need more men to stand up and talk honestly about how we got here as a culture and what we need to do to fix it. Unless we’re willing to hold one other accountable, we will continue to see too many people victimized by this kind of crime, with no one to blame but ourselves.”
On the fourth and final day of the operation, undercover male Agents responded to advertisements on Backpage.com in an effort to identify and recover potential victims of human trafficking. Two women responded, but declined services offered through a partner nonprofit agency.
“Educating law enforcement and the public alike on the prevalence of human trafficking in society today has become a priority that requires our attention,” said Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes. “I would like to commend the TBI on conducting this undercover operation, and similar operations around the state, in combating Human Trafficking. The Brentwood Police Department stands ready to work with the TBI and our law enforcement partners to target and arrest those who would promote this type of criminal activity.”
At the time of this release, 11 of the 22 individuals implicated in the operation remained in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“ICE/HSI is proud to once again partner with TBI on this important effort,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI’s efforts in Tennessee. “Apprehending illegal aliens who seek to prey on our youth in Tennessee remains a top priority. ICE/HSI stands ready to provide the appropriate protections to the victims of this form of modern-day slavery.”
On Monday, the Williamson County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging the 22 men with a variety of offenses. At the time of this release, authorities had arrested nine of the individuals, including:
  • Francisco Badillo (DOB 5-12-75, Franklin, Bond: $40,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
  • Ibrahim Demyan (DOB 6-4-68, Nashville, Bond: $30,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
  • Luis Gonzalez-Garcia (DOB 10-7-88, Lewisburg, Bond: $30,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution, 1 count Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 1 count Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
  • Terry William Garner (DOB 4-20-74), Columbia, Bond: $30,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor, 1 count Simple Possession of Marijuana, 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Mohamed Hassan (DOB 3-30-75, Spring Hill, Bond: $40,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
  • Jeremiah McSpaddin (DOB 1-31-85, Columbia, Bond: $50,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution, 1 count Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 1 count Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor, 1 count Simple Possession of Marijuana
  • Ajay Kumar Mistry (DOB 6-2-75, Franklin, Bond: $30,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
  • Jerwon Robinson (DOB 12-4-86, Columbia, Bond: $30,000): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor, 1 count Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 1 count Simple Possession
  • Orozco-Gelacio Navarro (DOB 10-5-17, Held Without Bond): 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class A Felony), 1 count Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor (Class B Felony), 2 counts Patronizing Prostitution, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Statutory Rape, 2 counts Solicitation to Commit Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor
“Unfortunately, the results of this joint operation demonstrate the need for continued vigilance for signs of human trafficking in our communities,” said 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper. “The fact that so many men were willing to engage in sexual activity with whom they believed to be a 14- and 16-year-old is shocking.  Our office will continue to vigorously pursue and prosecute individuals involved in any form of human trafficking.” 
Earlier this year, as part of its ongoing effort to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking, the TBI relaunched it website providing information on warning signs, Tennessee’s trafficking statute, state-specific research, and nonprofits working across Tennessee to provide support and services for victims of human trafficking. Additional information can be found online at www.ITHasToStop.com, and on Twitter at @ITHasToStopTN.

Special Crossville Census now moving to door to door phase--Workers will have IDs

The Special Crossville census continues and the man hired to complete the work reported to the Crossville city council during the November work session.

According to Arnold Harbolt, the census is about 50 percent complete as of the end of October and he has hired five people to canvas the areas of the city and residences that have not returned the information needed to confirm the city's population.

Arnold Harbolt shows council members what 
the official ID badge census works will carry looks like.

To date, 5,700 copies of the census form and Mayor's letter have been mailed out and a variety of promotional messages have been put out including water bill inserts and other advertising. Harbolt said some 89 reports were submitted through the city's website.

As the census moves into the second phase of going door to door to the addresses that have not returned a form, the city census canvassers will work from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and noon to 4 on Sunday. In addition, some workers will work a few days during the week from noon to 4 in addition to the weekends.

All canvassers will have an official badge with the city seal on it as well as a clipboard with a letter from the Mayor and the forms. Forms will already have the address on them and all that is needed is the first and last name of residents.

Harbolt explained that he was trying to get a bilingual worker to help with the Hispanic population that does not speak English.

The main work is in apartment complexes according to Harbolt with some 32 apartment complexes with 10 or more units. The estimate is that the new census will add approximately 700 residents to the city's population and the census should be completed by December 17.   

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Indicted, Accused of Telling Suspect of Impending Arrest

COOKEVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, who is accused of misusing information in a criminal investigation.
After receiving information from Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller, 12th District Attorney General Michael Taylor requested TBI open an investigation into Timothy Martin Tyler (DOB 8-16-70) on June 26th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information Tyler provided a suspect with information about his impending arrest.
On Monday, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Tyler with one count of Misuse of Official Information. This morning, Tyler turned himself in to authorities, who booked him in the Franklin County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Timothy Martin Tyler

Escaped Macon Co. Inmate, Charged with Homicide, Added to TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ List

From TBI Release
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list: Dylan Cecil Ferguson.
Ferguson (DOB 11-16-96) is wanted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the TBI, after escaping from the county’s jail today, along with two other individuals: Jeffrey Strong and Matt White. All three subjects may be traveling in a stolen, white, 1990 Ford F-250 with Tennessee tag 3B5-7V2. Ferguson faces charges, including Criminal Homicide, in connection to the death of a man in 2016 and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Dylan C. Ferguson
Ferguson is a white man, who stands 6’2” and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to Ferguson’s arrest.

Council approves TOSHA Settlement involving former employee-Attorney maintains documents not public.

Crossville city council approved a settlement over an as yet unreleased Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) complaint filed by a former city employee.

Even though there is no provision for a document protection under the “attorney-client privilege” as has been put forth by Crossville city attorney Will Ridley, the documents involved have still not been released.

According to Ridley, who said he had spoken to each council member privately in place of holding a closed executive session last week, he had received a letter from the Tennessee Attorney General on November 1 that gave the city a deadline of November 6 to respond but the city was given an extension to be able to meet.

City Attorney Will Ridley

“We've tried to keep this confidential for two reasons,” Ridley told the council, “One is attorney-client privilege at this point and two the former employee that is the subject of this, per the order of the attorney general, we're trying to protect that person.”

The complaint in question was made to TOSHA several months ago and the state agency did an investigation of the complaint. Ridley said the city tried to enter into an agreement at that time but the former employee wouldn't sign a release. Now that the Attorney General's office has taken up the case, and told the city if they will enter into a settlement agreement they won't sue the city, the city won't have to admit any guilt or wrongdoing toward the employee, and agree to pay the employee $7,170.24 in back pay less standard deductions.

Ridley reminded the council that the city's deductible is $5000 and he had spoken to Tennessee Municipal League the insurance is through and their attorney recommended the city make the settlement. The total cost to the city would be that $5000.

In addition, the city is required to post TOSHA safety posters. The employee's file will also be purged of any documents related to their termination and that no bad recommendations are given.

Finally, Ridley said, “The Attorney General's office will require the former employee to sign a release of any and all claims she has against the city arising out of this complaint.”

Councilman J. H. Graham moved to accept the settlement and that was supported by Councilman Danny Wyatt. The motion was unanimously approved.

We requested copies of the Original TOSHA complaint as well as the Attorney General's letter to the city and as given the following response from Ridley: "Both are attorney client privilege and neither should be released. Neither are a document of record in any court and have not became (sic) a public record. The only reason Leah has a copy is to help work with TML and our insurance attorneys."

While TOSHA can protect the identity of a complainant or whistle-blower, typically the name would be redacted from a document and the rest of the information released.  

Ridley said privately after the meeting the documents would eventually become public, but under the Tennessee Open Records Act law, the following items are listed as confidential records that can be protected according to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. There is nothing about “attorney-client privilege.

In general, city employees’ personnel records and most other city documents are subject to public inspection under the Tennessee Public Records Act. Some exceptions that affect local government are:
  • Employee assistance program records that apply to counseling or referrals for mental health, marriage, alcoholism, and similar personal problems may remain confidential if they are maintained separately from personnel records. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(d).
  • Personal cell phone and home phone numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license information (except when driving is part of or incidental to the employee’s job), emergency contact information, residential street addresses and personal, non-government issued email addresses of applicants, current and former employees are confidential; the same information for the employees’ immediate family members and household members is confidential. T.C.A. § 10-7-504 (f)(1).
  • City hospital medical records and records of patients receiving medical treatment paid for by a municipality are confidential. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(1). (The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that all employee medical records be confidential and kept in a separate file.)
  • Library records identifying a person who requested or obtained specific materials are not open to the public. T.C.A. § 10-8-102.
  • Financial statements filed by cities as evidence of their ability to pay workers’ compensation claims are confidential. T.C.A. § 50-6-405(b)(3).
  • Certain "books, records, and other materials in the possession of the Office of the Attorney General and Reporter which relate to any pending or contemplated legal or administrative proceeding in which the Office of the Attorney General and Reporter may be involved" are not open to public inspection. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(5).
  • All files, reports, records, and papers relative to child abuse investigations are confidential. T.C.A. § 37-1-612.
  • The Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure contains a section that "does not authorize the discovery or inspection of reports, memoranda, or other internal state documents made by the district attorney general or other state agents or law enforcement officers in connection with the investigation or prosecution of the case or of statements made by state witnesses or prospective state witnesses" (Tenn. R. Crim. P. 16(a)(2)). This rule is an exception to the rule of discovery, which requires the state to allow a "defendant to inspect and copy or photograph any relevant written or recorded" statements, records, objects, etc., that are material to the defense’s preparation (Tenn. R. Crim. P. 16(a)(1)). [1]
  • Arnold v. City of Chattanooga, 19 S.W.3d 779 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2000) (permission to appeal denied June 19, 2000) holds that a city attorney’s work product prepared in anticipation of litigation or in preparation for trial is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act.
  • Unpublished phone numbers possessed by emergency communications districts are confidential until there is a contract to the contrary between the telephone customer and the service provider, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(e).
  • Information about law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, correction officers, dispatchers and paramedics who seek help for job-related critical incidents through group counseling sessions led by mental health professionals is privileged and is not subject to disclosure unless the privilege is waived. This includes all memoranda, work notes, work products, case files, and related communication. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a) (13)(A).
  • Certain taxpayer information, returns, reports, and audits are confidential. T.C.A. § 67-2-108, T.C.A. § 67-4-722, T.C.A. § 67-5-402, T.C.A. § 67-1-1702.
  • The identity of an informant who provides information resulting in an eviction for violation of drug laws or for prostitution is confidential. T.C.A. § 66-7-107.
  • Home and work telephone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, and any other information that could be used to locate an individual who has a protection or restraining order are not (utility) and may not be (other governmental entities) open to the public. Such an individual may request this protection and present a copy of the order to the record keeper of the municipality or utility. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(15) and T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(16).
  • Any information pertaining to the location of a domestic violence center or rape crisis center is confidential when the director requests such in writing. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(17).
  • Security codes, plans, passwords, combinations, and computer programs used to protect electronic information and government property are confidential. T.C.A. § 10-7-504.
  • Filing documents required in order of protection cases, except forms required by the courts, are confidential but may be transmitted to the TBI, emergency response agency, or law enforcement agency. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(16).
  • Records that would allow a person to identify areas of vulnerability of a utility service provider or that would permit unlawful disruption of utility service are confidential. Documents relative to costs of utility property or its protection are not confidential, but confidential information must be redacted when the record is made public. This provision does not limit access to these records by other government agencies performing official functions nor does it preclude any governmental agency from allowing public access to these records in performing official functions. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(21).
  • Contingency plans for responding to terrorist acts are confidential. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(21).
  • Credit card numbers, social security numbers, tax identification numbers, financial institution account numbers, burglar alarm codes, security codes, consumer-specific energy and water usage data except for aggregate monthly billing information, and access codes of utilities are confidential. This information must be redacted when possible when the rest of the record is made public. The requester must pay the costs of redaction. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(20).
  • Photographs and recordings of juveniles by law enforcement officers are confidential. T.C.A. §§ 37-1-154 and 37-1-155.
  • Financial records filed for income verification under the local option property tax freeze are confidential. T.C.A. § 67-5-705.
  • Competitive sealed proposals are confidential until the intent to award is announced. Then the proposals will be open to public inspection. T.C.A. § 12-3-1207.
  • Records addressing marketing strategies and strategic plans of public hospitals are confidential until seven days before the strategies and plans are adopted. T.C.A. § 68-11-238.

Monday, November 6, 2017

City attorney refuses to release documents concerning TOSHA complaint on Tuesday Special Called agenda

We have requested copies of documents involved in a Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration complaint that comes before the Crossville city council Tuesday, November 7 during a special called meeting at 5:00 PM.  According to information released with the agenda, the Tennessee Attorney General has sent complaint concerning the matter that was initially presented by TOSHA previously.  
Crossville city attorney
Will Ridley

The response from the city attorney Will Ridley concerning the media request is as follow:
"Both are attorney client privilege and neither should be released. Neither are a document of record in any court and have not became (sic) a public record. The only reason Leah has a copy is to help work with TML and our insurance attorneys."

Multiple sources say the original TOSHA complaint concerned the water resources department.

An executive session was originally announced for last Friday but later canceled and the item moved to the Tuesday called meeting agenda.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Crossville city council work session set for Tuesday November 7 at 5:15 PM.

The Crossville city council's November work session agenda is shorter than some previous months as the year winds down toward the holidays.

The November work session at 5:15 PM will follow a special called meeting set for 5 PM on Tuesday, November 7 to handle a TOSHA complaint, employee health insurance decisions along with a few other routine items. Link to full story on the special called meeting.

The work session agenda will cover an update on the status of the city special census currently underway, discussion of a date for a January work session meeting, and timber harvesting at Interchange Park.  The meeting is open to the public and held in the conference room on the third floor of city hall.

The contractor for the city census will report on how the project is going. The census takers have just started the door to door portion of the project to visit those who have not already reported the information needed. The city needs the names of residents and the address to get an accurate count of the population inside the city limits for the state to certify the growth that will make the city eligible for additional state funds.

Because the regular January work session date is scheduled for January 2nd and city hall will be closed that day as New Year's Eve is on a Sunday making the city holidays the First and the Second. T the council must decide if they want to change the date of the work session or not have a work session before the regular January council meeting.

Mayor James Mayberry will lead a discussion on timber harvesting at the city's interchange park. Approximately 13 acres is proposed for harvesting and according to Mayberry would make the property more marketable.

A report prepared by the city's urban forester, Seth Harrison estimates the value of the wood at just under $10,000 but he added that he felt companies may not bid to remove the wood because of the low total value. While Harrison said that clearcutting was acceptable, it could cause some short-term flooding. Harrison's recommendation was to do some selective thinning and a prescribed burn to clear out the underbrush.

Council will also discuss a water and sewer line to the Meadow Park Lake treatment plant, renewal of the parks and recreation concession contract and a temporary street closing for the Christmas Fest sponsored by Cumberland Fellowship Church.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Standard Time returns tonight. Set your clocks back one hour to get an extra hour of sleep.

How about an extra hour of sleep?

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, you can get one by setting your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. 

Of course, you will lose that hour next spring on March 11, 2018.  Enjoy it while you can.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Crossville city census workers start canvassing in the city limits this weekend.

Special Census workers will be canvassing within the Crossville city limits starting Saturday, November 4, going door to door to collect needed census information. Those who have already submitted information should not be visited. 
Crossville City Hall

These workers will have badges from the City of Crossville as well as a letter of authorization from the Mayor. PLEASE give these workers your correct address and the names of all the members of your household. This information will be used for census purposes ONLY and will help our city obtain additional state funding to improve our community.  Additional state funding helps keep property taxes in the city down. 

You can also still fill out the census form online by going to http://www.crossvilletn.gov/index.php/census-2017   

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CENSUS IS FOR CITY RESIDENTS ONLY, those who live within the city limits, not for Cumberland County residents.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CROSSVILLE FLASHBACK: Ground Broken for new Meadow Park Lake water plant in 2000.

Groundbreaking for the new Meadow Park Lake water
treatment plant in September 2000.  Pictured L-R are
Crossville city council members Gene Turner, Wendell 
Kerley, Boyd Wyatt Sr, Former State Representative Shirley Duer, 
Mayor J. H. Graham, State Senator Lincoln Davis, 
unidentified, and engineer Lamar Dunn.

Original Meadow Park Lake water treatment plant at
the time construction of the new plant was started

(Editor's note: It has been 17 years since the groundbreaking for the new Meadow Park Lake water treatment plant to replace the one originally built in the late 1930's.  That building still exists and the city has been talking about tearing the old plant down.)

“Our community is the fastest growing rural community in Tennessee. It must have a more than adequate potable water supply.”

Crossville Mayor J. H. Graham III made those remarks at last Friday’s groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Meadow Park Lake water treatment plant. The current Meadow Park Lake water treatment plant produces just under 2 million gallons per day. The new plant is designed to produce 3.5 million gallons of drinking water per day almost twice the old plant’s capacity. The original Meadow Park water treatment plant was built 60 years ago.

Councilman Gene Turner gave an invocation prior to the ceremony and prefaced it saying he hopes the doors to Crossville are never closed to those who want to make Crossville their home. Turner praised the city’s past leaders who made the decision to build Meadow Park Lake and was proud that Crossville was in a position to move the facility to the next level.

“This is a great day for everyone in Cumberland County and the City of Crossville, A day we’ve all been waiting for,” commented Councilman Boyd Wyatt, Sr. Wyatt led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Graham described the long road to the groundbreaking as, “months of planning, months of design, months of approvals and months and months and months of meetings.” The last comment received a laugh from the small crowd gathered for the ceremony.

Mayor Graham summed up his comments about the water project saying, “our community must have water for fire protection for residents and industry as well. The industries we have now must continue to grow and prosper so as to provide jobs and their security for our future and our children’s future. Our policy is, was and forever shall be, to provide for and protect our children’s future.”

Graham recognized several of the attendees for their contribution to the process necessary to get the new plant moving including State Senator Lincoln Davis and former State Representative Shirley Duer. Graham also congratulated the city’s water engineer Lamar Dunn whose firm put the city’s water master plan together and designed the plant and assisted with the state loan application.

Dunn praised the involvement of the State Department of Conservation and Environment for their approval of a very low-interest loan. Through the department, the city received a $7.5 million loan at 1.77 percent interest for 20 years. Crossville’s water plant is the largest single project funded by the revolving loan fund by almost four times. The largest previous amount funded was a $2 million project. Randy Anglin represented the Department of Conservation and Environment and was asked to pass the city’s thanks on to his department’s Commissioner Milton Hamilton.

Some of the other special guests who attended and were recognized including new school board member Gordon Davis; County Commissioner Dr. Don Ivey; Judge Steve Douglas and members of the Meadow Park Lake Commission Dick Brady, Clark West and Elmo Lewis.

The contractor chosen by the city for the project is Building Crafts, Inc. of Blountville Tennessee. The cost of the water treatment plant was bid at $5.3 million. The remaining funds from the $7.5 million loan will be used for associated water system improvements. Construction on the water treatment plant is expected to take between 18 and 24 months.