Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Recreation Dept. reorganization by Hill may have gone against city charter without formal council approval.
Crossville Resident makes case to council to at least consider hiring David Rutherford back as city manager
- There was standing-room-only attendance during the first special-called suspension meeting and full attendance during the second special-called suspension meeting. This full turnout of concerned citizens occurred despite these two meetings being called with extremely short notice and during the middle of the day, a hardship for those with daytime jobs. And, obvious to anyone listening or paying attention, the overwhelming majority of angry and upset citizens who attended (or were unable to attend but talked extensively about it afterwards) wanted him to stay on board as our City Manager.
- He had an excellent working relationship with the majority of city employees, from department heads to office staff. At political risk to themselves, a significant number of city employees signed a petition to keep him as City Manager.
- His two years experience as our City Manager and familiarity with our entire governance and management system would mean that no time would be wasted with a brand-new person coming on board and having to learn everything and everyone.
- The majority of citizens I've heard from, including in emails related to a survey I conducted last summer, believed there were no substantive reasons for his termination and who have expressed a wish that he was again our City Manager. You may not realize the anger that his termination generated among the citizenry at large, and I've heard comments related to that ever since and as recent as last week.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Msg from Cumberland County, TN:
everyone please look for a 5 year old white male child by the name of Braxton Myers. last seen wearing a maroon t shirt with a bear on it and blue jeans. Last seen at his house on Fawn Loop at noon on january 30th 2017. Braxton has really blonde hair and green eyes. if you have seen this child or his where about please call 911 immediately!
Sunday, January 29, 2017
LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ON THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU THIS EVENING. .LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE NORTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU, MAINLY THIS EVENING. MOST AREAS WILL HAVE ONE HALF TO 1 INCH OF SNOW...WITH 1.5 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE FOR THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT * TIMING...LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDNIGHT. * MAIN IMPACT...LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS COULD CAUSE SLICK ROADS IN SOME AREAS, ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND SECONDARY ROADWAYS. * AMOUNTS...TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE HALF TO ONE AND ONE HALF INCHES ARE EXPECTED ON THE PLATEAU IN THE ADVISORY AREA, INCLUDING JAMESTOWN, MONTEREY, AND CROSSVILLE, COOKEVILLE, AND SPARTA.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Interesting old planning documents:
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Crossville city council to interview four manager candidates Monday and Tuesday. See full resumes here
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Crossville city council reviewed last year’s goals for the city and looked at new ones for 2002 in their work session Tuesday night.
Crossville city manager Jack Miller started out by presenting a recap on how the city fared on accomplishing the goals council set for last year. Miller told the council the city had substantially completed their goals for 2001 and most of those not completed have been carried over to 2002. Miller said he felt “that on a scale of one to ten, last year was a nine and one half.”
Councilman Boyd Wyatt agreed 2001 was a good year giving it a score of nine saying, “It was a trying year and we had a lot on our plate. But I feel like we’ve done well.”
Councilman Earl Dean agreed with Wyatt saying, “You couldn’t ask for more.”
Councilman Carl Duer, who has only been on the council a short time quipped, “The last three months have gone well.” Councilman Billy Loggins agreed with Duer.
Crossville Mayor J. H. Graham commented, “The city needs infrastructure in the right time frame to get jobs here. This council has started and plans to continue.”
Of the 2001 goals, Miller said more city streets were resurfaced than originally expected and more sidewalks were constructed than the goals outlined. The city staff is also continuing to study different ways to work with the non-profit entities that have been given donations by the city in the past. Miller said he would present an analysis of the matter to the council at a future meeting.
Some of the goals not reached last year will be moved into the 2002 goals. The city will continue working on reviewing the city charter to update it. The city is also continuing to work on street lighting in busy and congested areas. Some of the street lighting is under construction now in the industrial and recreation park area.
Some of the goals put on hold either temporarily or for good include the soccer complex. While this project is not dead, council is waiting on the soccer organizers to see if they have a better location for the facility then on O’Brien Drive. The soccer organizers told council last year the site was not big enough plus there was the expensive proposition of dealing with wetlands located on the proposed site.
Completely off the table for now is the Azalea Street extension from West Avenue to Elmo Drive. Residents in the area complained and while the project is designed, council stopped the project.
Goals for the New Year discussed include completing the process to become designated as a Governors Three Star Community. Mayor Graham said the Three Star program relates preserving existing jobs and helping create new family income as well as improving the quality of life by strong leadership. The city also plans to update the comprehensive and growth strategies plans.
Council also discussed continuing the implementation of the city’s economic development strategy to balance the perspectives between industrial and commercial development. Also mentioned was additional ways to increase business recruitment for the community.
The city also will implement new financial software system to streamline and secure the city’s financial operation. The process is already underway.
One of the biggest projects facing the council during the coming year is reform of the city solid waste collection and management system. The contract the city has with the private hauler expires this fall and currently efforts are underway to work on the changes needed. Council will meet in works session to discuss the matter Tuesday January 22 at 6 PM.
The city also plans an extension of low-pressure sewer lines along Highway 70-N to Inez Wren School and work with Mrs. Smiths (Flowers) Bakery to complete the sewer pre-treatment system proposed by the company. Mayor Graham said the project would allow additional production to take place at the bakery with possible additional jobs.
Goals for the fire department include requesting an ISO rating evaluation with the goal of receiving a class 2 rating and evaluate possible sites for a new fire station to serve the western parts of the city.
The city is also looking at having the police department evaluated for potential accreditation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
For leisure and cultural resources, the city’s goals are to complete interior infrastructure for the Palace Theater and expand promotions and programming. Steve Hill told the council that the movie screen has been hung in the Palace and he hopes to start showing movies at the renovated theater in mid February. They are investigating whether the movie “If I were King” starring Ronald Coleman is available in 35 millimeter. It was the first move ever shown at the Palace when it originally opened in 1938.
Council also wants to do additional public relations on the impact that the Centennial recreation park has on the community especially the economic impact.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: City marketing director Billy Loggins questioned on emails, describes recent news reports as bad publicity for city
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Crossville council approves dismissal of interim manager Steve Hill and appoints IT director Lee Lawson
The visitation for Earl Dean is from 5-7 PM at Bilbrey's Funeral home and this will allow council and city employees time to attend before the meeting.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The two candidates who have withdrawn are Tina Tuggle from Kingston TN who was city manager at Oliver Springs and Cary Colaianni of Eagle Idaho.
Tonight the council will interview
Dennis Sparks of Hopewell Virginia at 5 PM and Mark K. Reeter of Bristol VA at 6 PM.
On Friday the schedule may change but tentatively council will interview Greg Wood at 5 PM and Steve Foote at 6 PM.
We'll have more on the meeting and discussion soon.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Visitation on Friday Jan 20th at Bilbrey's from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a Masonic service at 7:00 PM.
Funeral at Central Baptist Church at 10:00 AM followed by a graveside military service.
Dean, 79 is survived by Wife – Julia Dean; Son – Kevin (Sara) Dean; Granddaughter – Lilly Dean; and Brother – Fred Dean, Jr.
Memorial Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s of Tennessee, Inc., 1459 Interstate Dr., Suite 211, Cookeville, TN 38501-4609 or at http://www.alztennessee.org.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the death of 21-year-old Kelsey Nicole Brady. During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information that Michael Dale and another male had an altercation inside a home in the 1000 block of Old Mail Road. During the exchange, Dale fired a shotgun inside the residence. Projectiles from the gunshot perforated an interior wall, striking and killing Brady in an adjacent room of the residence.
Authorities arrested Dale (DOB 10-4-90) and charged him with one count of Aggravated Assault Resulting in Death, one count of Reckless Homicide, and one count of Aggravated Assault. At the time of this release, he was being held in the Cumberland County Jail on $200,000 bond.
In addition to possible action firing Hill as interim city manager, council will also discuss an interim city manager to replace Hill until a new city manager can be hired.
It is extremely rare for a special meeting to be called in the middle of a holiday weekend.