Sunday, April 30, 2017
NOAA National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch effective now through 7 PM for Cumberland Co Putnam, White, Fentress and others In Middle Tennessee. A Tornado Watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms called a Supercell that are capable of producing tornadoes. A tornado watch therefore implies that it is also a severe thunderstorm watch. A tornado watch must not be confused with a tornado warning. In most cases, the potential exists for large hail and/or damaging winds in addition to tornadoes.
Today and Tonight Widespread thunderstorms are expected to move across middle Tennessee this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be strong to severe...with damaging winds...hail...and a possible tornado...especially west of interstate 65. Storms could also contain heavy rainfall...especially across southern middle Tennessee with the additional threat of isolated flash flooding. In addition to thunderstorms, the front will bring strong gusty winds.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Council still has to go through the water and sewer fund budgets but those are separate accounts and those changes have no effect on the general fund budget numbers. According to city finance director Fred Houston, those funds are in the black as they currently stand.
Council has made no decision on non-profit donations and plans to put off a decision until they see how the budget numbers end up.
Council appears to be unwilling to add the 3 additional firefighters requested by fire chief Mike Turner to enable the department to use smaller trucks to respond to medical calls. The council has expressed concern that the $133,000 cost for salary, benefits and training would continue annually and increase over time.
The city's 2016-17 for the current year budget was originally approved with a $2.2 million deficit but is now on track to end the year with a $900,000 estimated surplus. And the previous year for 2015-16 ended with an almost $2.9 million surplus. The city also has a rainy day fund that tops $10 million.
One proposal discussed would pay off some of the city's short term loans using the fund balance and that would further reduce the expenses for next years budget by some $800,000. These loans paid for the fleet of police cars, some paving and the city's new radio system in partnership with the county. Reports are that the radio system is working very well.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A line of showers and thunderstorms will move across Middle Tennessee from around midnight through Thursday morning. A few storms could be strong to possibly severe, with damaging winds the main threat. DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday Friday evening into Friday night...scattered to numerous showers and strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across mainly the northwest half of Middle Tennessee. Some storms will be strong to severe, with damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, localized flooding, and a couple of tornadoes all possible. Sunday into Sunday night...widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to move west to east across Middle Tennessee. Some storms will be strong to severe, with damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, localized flooding, and a couple of tornadoes all possible.
Under the recognition program, firefighters are nominated by their peers then those nominations evaluated by a panel and then presented to the fire chief Mike Turner.
Firefighter Mangas excels in all aspects of the job and has been instrumental in mentoring recruit firefighters. Mangas has a passion for fire prevention and has been invaluable in the smoke detector campaign as well as teaching fire prevention.
In addition to Mangas' work for the Crossville Fire Department, his brother is a policeman and his wife Bethany is a paramedic for the Cumberland County EMS. Chief Turner described Mangas as "an asset to the fire department and to the county."
Storytelling Festival at Palace Theatre this Saturday April 29 features tall tales, history and more
As the 9th annual Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Festival the tales you will hear run from originals, folk tales and legends to true history, and stories in music. The even is sponsored by the Cumberland Mountain Storyteller Guild.
Admission is just $5 for all day and you can come and go as you like. Students and children admission is just $2.
The schedule below breaks up the festival into topics and you can come for all day or come for the area you are interested in.
Crossville Palace Theatre is on Main Street in Crossville and tickets are available at the door.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Corbin was recognized for the character trait of citizenship and recognized by his teacher Kim Smith because " he sets a fine example, handles the responsibility of raising the flag and lowering it each day and is always mannerly."
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Previous rainfall accumulations have left most of Middle Tennessee with saturated ground conditions. Periods of moderate showers and thunderstorms will become more pronounced late tonight through late Saturday night, resulting in additional one to three inches of rainfall that could lead to flash flooding across the mid state.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Personnel board hears complaint from Lt. Eckleson, recommends review by new city manager, previous decision upheld
Rains was the CEO of Progressive Bank located in Fentress, Cumberland, Putnam and Morgan Counties.
Rains is survived by his Wife, Emily (Phillips) Rains; Son, Jack Phillips Rains and Daughter, Lyndon Katherine "Kate" Rains.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The sidewalk project has also been holding up the resurfacing project of Main Street through Downtown that remains full of patches following the work to install water lines last year.
After over 25 minutes of discussion including talk about possible new LED streets lights and where the work should start, the discussion was pushed to an upcoming work session after a motion was made and then withdrawn to begin work. The city has gotten the necessary permit to work on the sidewalks from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and also plans to redo the traffic lights at Main Street and Lantana Road at the bottom of Water Tank Hill.
The traffic light project will be done to allow the sidewalks to be fixed around that intersection as the elevations of the current traffic light poles and sidewalks are not compatible now. An environmental study is being completed before the traffic light work moves forward.
New city manager Greg Wood talked to the council about installing LED street lights because of the cost savings of operating the more efficient lights. The current lights are operated by Volunteer Electric at an annual cost of $751 per light. According to Wood, the cost for LED is substantially lower plus the bulbs last 20 to 30 years before needing replaced.
The project would require installation of conduit in the sidewalk for the new street lights and that slowed the discussion again as the council could not decide whether to start with just sidewalks or both projects together.
Councilman J. H. Graham said he thought the city should begin the sidewalk program immediately at Lantana Road and start down one side of Main Street putting in conduit if necessary. Councilwoman Pamala Harris agreed saying, “People were worn out with it.”
Councilman Danny Wyatt asked finance director Fred Houston about funds budgeted for the work by city crews and Houston said some $250,000 was added to the street department's budget and additional equipment as well.
Graham's comment became a motion with the second made by Mr Wyatt. Councilman Scot Shanks asked what was the recommendation of engineer Tim Begley and street department supervisor Kevin Music. Begley recommended that the city complete each of the four corners of the intersection at the bottom of Water Tank Hill when the new traffic light goes in or some of the sidewalk would be impassable.
After some additional discussion, Mr. Graham withdrew his motion.
Crossville Street Department supervisor Music said that his sidewalk crew was currently working along Industrial Drive at Centennial Park and since the council had directed them to move forward with phase 2 and they needed to come to a stopping point before they could move to Downtown. Music also said that 2 part time positions he is trying to add would be more helpful if they were full time positions instead. Music explained he is having trouble filling those part-time positions.
Music said that if the sidewalks are done and then the lights later would mean new concrete would have to be taken up. “I would rather see this done right, block by block, even if it takes 2 years,” added Music. Councilman Wyatt asked about the paving of Main Street by TDOT. Music said they could come and pave anytime as far as he was concerned. Graham told the council he was getting a lot of phone calls about the condition of Main Street.
Begley said he was concerned if TDOT went ahead and paved that there would be problems with storm water drainage creating what he called “bird baths” at some of the corners. He added that in order to be ADA complaint, some of the corners will require bump outs that could complicate the project. Because Main Street has been repaved several times, TDOT plans to mill down the road several lawyers before repaving but Begley said if that was done before the sidewalks are complete then they would have to match up with the current levels and again create problems.
Wyatt asked how soon TDOT could start on paving and Begley said he didn't know but thought it would probably be sometime in 2018 before it could be done. As the decision became less and less clear, Mr. Shanks said it sounded like a work session was needed. With a budget work session tentatively scheduled for April 20 the sidewalk topic will be added to the budget meeting when ever it is set.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tyler Wayne Stults was shot by 30 year old Angelique Deplae. The two are lasted as "in a relationship" according to both of their facebook pages though other reports say they were no longer together.
Rebecca Crowley was sitting in a car with Stults when the shooting took place and she was also wounded in the attack. Following the shooting, Deplae allegedly took her own life.
Cookeville, TN – A shooting occurred in the parking lot of a local factory earlier today while 35-year-old Rebecca Ann Louise Marion Crowley and 20-year-old Tyler Wayne Stults (both employees of the factory) were seated in a vehicle in the parking lot.
According to witnesses, the vehicle was approached by 30-year-old Angelique Elizabeth Deplae who opened the driver’s door and began firing a revolver. Ms. Deplae then apparently walked toward the front of the vehicle and took her own life.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Stults and Ms. Deplae had been in a prior domestic relationship.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A press release
was issued by Cumberland Co. Sheriff Casey Cox Tuesday evening.
Law enforcement officers are investigating a shooting at the rest area on eastbound I -40 this evening. According to officials, one victim was shot twice and is being helicoptered to a hospital. The shooter is reportedly on foot and authorities are looking for them now.
Shooter described as 6 feet, bald and wearing a dark shirt.
FBI, TBI investigating Fentress County Sheriff, seize truck, computer files, records
Cravens is a lifetime resident of Fentress County and a former sheriff and police officer before being reelected in 2014.
Cookeville, TN – At approximately 10:37 am, we received information that a shooting occurred in the parking lot of the FICOSA building located on Highlands Park Boulevard.
Three people were shot: 1 male and 2 females. The female shooter is deceased. One of the victims was flown to Erlanger Hospital, and the other victim was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for treatment.
We are investigating this as an isolated domestic violence incident.
The area is secure, and there is no outside threat to the community.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Cookeville Police Department at 931-526-2125.
Statement from Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton posted at 11:30 AM on Facebook:
Monday, April 10, 2017
The sale included 147.63 acres of property between Albert Frye Road and Interstate 40, part of a property the City of Crossville purchased and used 37 acres of for a landfill some 20 years ago.
The use of the property as a shooting sports park with funding from TWRA had been considered for over 18 months and turned controversial after neighboring property owners realized the project would affect their property. After the council initially approved the sale, they reversed that decision leading to additional meetings and a test shooting to see how loud the operation might be. Following that test, a portion of the property was restricted to archery and air gun use creating a buffer between the firearm shooting area and neighboring property.
The sale would revert to the city should funding for the park not be received by December 31, 2017 and could also revert if the park is not operated as a shooting park for 180 days once it starts operation. The city will have 2 member appointments to the organization's board and the police department will be allowed to use the facility for training and practice.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Tuesday Council agenda looks at rehiring retirees, solid waste contract and a report on downtown sidewalks
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Mark your calendars for the next Friday at the Crossroads on June 2, 2017.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Freeze Warning Late Tonight into Early Saturday Morning for Much of Middle Tennessee.
FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM CDT SATURDAYA cool high pressure system will move to the Mid State tonight. Clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to drop off to the lower 30s for most areas, but sheltered locations and valleys will drop into the upper 20s. These conditions could cause damage to some plants. Action should be taken today to protect plants, including bringing small plants indoors and covering outdoor plants.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Previous story on grant.
Wind Advisory is in effect for all of Middle Tennessee through 10 PM CDT this evening. Sustained breezy winds 15 to 25 mph, with gusts 40 to 45 mph possible.
Short Term Forecast:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for parts of Middle
and East Tennessee effective until 9 PM Central time.
A Tornado watch means that conditions are favorable that could lead to severe
thunderstorms that could generate a possible tornado.
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