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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Recreation Dept. reorganization by Hill may have gone against city charter without formal council approval.

It has come to light that the reorganization of the city's recreation department made by interim city manager Steve Hill may have been a violation of the city's charter and that such reorganization should have gone before council for approval in an open meeting.

Former interim city manager Steve Hill

Hill was recently removed from the interim city manager position he had held since April 2016 after the actions and other problems came to public light under a personnel complaint filed by recreation director Tammie French.  While the personnel board decided some of the complaints made by French had merit, they were filed too late for action to be taken.  

Crossville Parks and Recreation director Tammie French

French recently requested an investigation into harassment of her by the now fired recreation secretary Amy Hester and marketing director Billy Loggins that used an in house city messaging system to allegedly undermine French. 

Changes made by Hill included moving the Palace Theatre operation and the Crossville Depot to be under the supervision of city marketing director Billy Loggins.  In addition, the parks department maintenance personnel were taken out from the supervision of Tammie French and placed under the public works department.  

Interim city manager Lee Lawson said that the changes made by Mr. Hill were currently under review but no changes have been made at the current time to undo the reorganization yet.  Lawson said he interpreted the city charter as saying council approval was required but he was waiting for an opinion from city attorney Will Ridley.    

The Crossville city charter says in Article XVI section 1 (1)  "Within the framework established by this charter, the administrative organization of the city shall be organized into departments of general government, finance, and such other departments necessary to provide health, welfare, police, recreational, fire, public works, utilities and other municipal services as shall be provided in a plan of administrative organization to be developed by the City Manager and submitted to the council for approval." (emphasis added)

Lawson said it is possible that the changes may be left in place for a new city manager to decide what needs to be done but a final decision has not yet been made.  

Crossville Resident makes case to council to at least consider hiring David Rutherford back as city manager

With the top six city manager candidate pool down to only 3 left, a letter to council members from Crossville resident Liz Denton has come to light encouraging them to hire David Rutherford back.

Crossville has been without a professional city manager for 9 months since Rutherford was forced out in April 2016. 

Former Crossville city manager David Rutherford

Liz Denton is a Crossville resident who has been involved in the Horizon Initiative but her letter dated January 24 and addressed to all 5 members of the council states she is writing as a concerned and engaged citizen as well as a professional with 30 years experience in the area of organizational psychology 

Denton states, "In two years' worth of my observing both work sessions and Council meetings, it is clear that the different roles of Council (Board of Directors) and City Manager (CEO/President) are not always respected or followed. I question if this occurs because of a lack of clarity or understanding about the differing roles, or, perhaps more problematically, because of a lack of acceptance of this division of roles. Either way, this issue may be part of our city's history of a ridiculous amount of turnover of city managers."

She continues offering the following recommendation, "Since we're at the very beginning of a new year and a new Council and will soon have a new City Manager, professionally I would recommend the Council have a full analysis, discussion and agreement on the specific roles and responsibilities of the Council and the City Manager. There seems to be underlying misunderstanding and disagreement on these issues that by their very existence will create dysfunction and chaos and mistrust on the part of Council members and definitely mistrust on the part of citizens (and, ultimately, it will continue the dysfunctional pattern of city manager turnover)."

Denton said she felt that the manager candidates currently under consideration did not have the experience or qualifications of previous manager David Rutherford who also applied for the position.  She recommended that the council consider Rutherford for the position.  

Denton listed a number of reasons for her recommendation that council consider Rutherford:
  • 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.
Denton talked about the history and her concern about "shady and sweetheart deals in Crossville's past and summed up her letter with the following statement, "Our community needs to heal. We need to collectively develop trust, optimism, citizen engagement and support of our elected officials, and more respect for citizens on the part of Council members. I strongly believe a re-hiring of David Rutherford would help heal the relationship of our Council and our citizenry and would show such good faith on the part of this new Council that the majority of citizens would rally round and support the Council. We could all move forward working together to solve our problems and realize more of the potential of our very wonderful community."

Monday, January 30, 2017

Another Crossville city manager finalist candidate withdraws name from consideration.

Another one of the city manager candidate finalists picked by city council has removed his name from consideration for the position. 

Mark Reeter of Bristol Tennessee Informed HR manager Leah Crockett that he was taking another position and no longer wanted to be considered for the position.  

Of the original 6 candidates chosen as finalists only 3 remain in the running.  Two candidates were interviewed Monday night and the final candidate Greg Wood will be interviewed Tuesday evening at 5 PM.

Members of the Crossville city council interview Steve Foote, candidate for
Crossville city manager Monday night.

UPDATE-CHILD FOUND! Search underway for missing 5 year old.

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

Cumberland Co. Schools delayed for Monday morning

Cumberland County schools will be on a two hour delay Monday January 30.

Arrest made in Deck Road body discovery. Man charged.

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Cookeville Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, has resulted in the indictment of a Jackson County man on a murder charge.
At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on December 18, 2016, TBI Special Agents began investigating the discovery of a body on a logging road off Deck Road in western Cumberland County. The victim was ultimately identified as Donna Roam of Sparta. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that led them to a suspect and location in Jackson County, at which time 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson’s office also became involved. The investigation led Agents to Bobby Dale Haney as the individual responsible for Donna Roam’s death.
On Friday, the Jackson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Haney with one count of First Degree Murder. Early Saturday morning, Haney was arrested during a traffic stop by Jackson County deputies. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail and is being held without bond.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Cumberland Plateau 3 PM to Midnight. Accumulations expected.







Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crossville plans for roads and recreation in 1975-76

Interesting old planning documents:

Old Crossville documents for street plans and recreation from the mid 1970s.

Plan for what is now Garrison Park even in 1976 shows removal of the old grandstand.

Big plans were considered for the Community Complex, much of which
never became reality.

Snow could cause travel problems Sunday night and Monday morning according NOAA.

NOAA has issued a special weather statement about possible snow accumulation late this weekend.

File Photo

Patchy flurries or very light snow will develop across Middle Tennessee late tonight. A couple of slick spots could develop by daybreak Sunday, but should improve quickly Sunday morning as temperatures rise above freezing. 
Through the day Sunday, there will be scattered rain and snow showers. No major travel problems are expected with temperatures above freezing. By Sunday evening, temperatures will fall, and precipitation will change to all snow. Most of the mid-state will have snowfall amounts ranging from just flurries to a dusting. However, locations northeast of Interstate 24 will have greater accumulation potential, with around 1 inch expected for the Upper Cumberland Region. 

Higher elevations of the Plateau could have 1 to 2 inches of snowfall Sunday evening. A Winter Weather Advisory may become necessary for these areas as travel problems could develop across Middle Tennessee, especially Sunday night. Temperatures will be in the 20s Sunday night, so any travel problems could impact Monday morning work and school travel.

A hazordous weather statment has also been released;






Friday, January 27, 2017


Crossville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to enhance impaired-driving enforcement during the Super Bowl weekend. The THSO’s Booze It & Lose It campaign is a statewide mobilization to prevent impaired-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The Crossville Police Department will be conducting areas of saturations along the highways within our jurisdiction. These saturations will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, and will until Sunday, February 5, at 11:59 p.m.
“We will be aggressively patrolling our streets by conducting saturation areas throughout the city of Crossville in an effort to save a life from D.U.I. drivers.” Said Capt. Larry Qualls.

Increased state and local messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, aim to drastically reduce alcohol-impaired driving.

“During Super Bowl weekend last year, there were 76 crashes and eight fatalities related to impaired driving across Tennessee,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend, there were 77 crashes and six fatalities related to impaired driving. This year, we want zero. Let’s work together to make sure everyone gets home safely.”

A single DUI conviction can cost an individual $5,000 or more, in addition to jail time. An offender could also be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment or to install an ignition interlock device inside his/her vehicle. Any penalty imposed by law pales in comparison to the injury or death of a loved one.

The THSO provides grant funding to support Crossville Police Department efforts during the Booze It & Lose Itenforcement campaign. For more information about the THSO, visit or contact Arriale Tabson at

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crossville city council to interview four manager candidates Monday and Tuesday. See full resumes here

After interviewing the four candidates for new city manager in a video conference, the council agreed that they liked all of them well enough to bring all four in for face to face interviews that will take place on Monday and Tuesday January 30 and 31.  

Council members did an initial round of video interviews. 
Here candidate Dennis Sparks is interviewed.

The council has set an hour for each interview and will talk to Dennis Sparks on Monday at 5 PM and Steve Foote on Monday at 6 PM.  The meetings are listed as workj sessions so no final decision can be made officially and they will be held in the third floor conference room 317.

Sparks Resume 1
Sparks Resume 2

Foote Resume 1
Foote Resume 2

On Tuesday the council will meet with Greg Wood at 5 PM and Mark Reeter at 6 PM.

Wood Resume 1

Wood Resume 2

Wood Resume 3

Reeter Resume

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CROSSVILLE FLASHBACK: Who remembers the lights on the courthouse tower?

Photo taken at Sunset on January 16, 2002.
The Cumberland County Courthouse tower was outlined in lights for a time.
The project was funded by the Business and Professional Women. 

Crossville Flashback: Fifteen Years Ago--Crossville City Council reviews 2001/2002 goals

(Fifteen Years Ago the city council discussed accomplishments for 2001 and goals for the coming year of 2002.  Some interesting projects are discussed and several people who have made news recently are in this report.)

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.” 

Then city manager Jack Miller addresses the January 16, 2002 Council meeting.

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

Even though his name was part of some of the recent bad news reports reflecting on the city, Crossville marketing director Billy Loggins said he felt that those news reports could have harmed the reputation of the City of Crossville.

Crossville Marketing Director Billy Loggins

Loggins made those comments Tuesday morning in an interview where he was asked about some unusual emails that were part of those requested in connection with the recent personnel complaint that included intercity instant messages and emails between some of the parties involved.

In a review of the emails between former interim city manager Steve Hill and Mr. Loggins several troubling discoveries were made including an email from Hill to Loggins in July 2016 that had an image of Mayor James Mayberry with the wording underneath saying, “Mayor Methberry is he high or just incompetent or both.” According to Loggins the email came from a council member to Mr. Hill who forwarded it on to Mr. Loggins' city email. The email was not sent from Hill's city email but a personal Gmail account identified as Mr. Hill's.

Image attached to email from Steve Hill to Billy Loggins in July 2016
Similar to ugly signs put out after November city election

Loggins stated that at the time he verbally said that he thought the image could create bad publicity for the city. He added, “To be honest Jim, some of what you're doing is bad publicity for the city.” Loggins continued, “You know those emails were absolutely ridiculous. And if anybody thinks they can make some mileage over those, well good luck to them.”

Loggins also complained about the council meeting Monday that lead to the removal of Steve Hill as interim city manager saying, “Why didn't they just go to Steve privately and just say 'Steve, come on, why don't you just go on now.' Why just keep the circus in town? I don't get it.”

Loggins addressed the move of the Palace Theatre to marketing and that it was a big topic of discussion at the personnel board meeting, “but that's exactly where it needs to be. No questions about it.” Loggins was asked if he would feel unhappy if some of his responsibilities were removed from his control without ever speaking to him about it prior to such action and he agreed that he would.

Loggins added that if there had been a marketing department at the time the city took over the Palace that it should have gone there. In addition, Loggins stated that there was no additional money involved to him in the move and that he sponsors events at the Palace all the time.

One email that was from Loggins to Steve Hill included an attachment that appeared to be a proof of a proposed billboard created by Flynn Signs Co. The billboard only listed three of the 5 city council members stating that “City Council Members Jesse Kerley, Pamala Harris, Danny Wyatt Proudly supports FFG (Fairfield Glade) Community & state golf championships.”

Sign proof that includes only three memebers of city council

Loggins was asked why there were only three members listed on the sign and what was the plan to use the sign? He said one of the council members, and he said he couldn't remember who, wanted something put up after one of the votes concerning funding of golf tournaments and that council member planned to pay for it. “Nothing ever came out of it,” according to Loggins.

The third email in question set up a meeting between several people involved in recognizing the late Boyd Wyatt with an award in his name at the Crossville airport. During the airport fly-in in September 2016 when the award was presented, then candidate for council J. H. Graham III acted as the emcee for the program.
The email set up a meeting at a local coffee shop that included consultant Don Napier, interim city manager Steve Hill, airport manager Chris Bennett, councilman Danny Wyatt, Loggins and Graham.

Loggins was asked how that came about. He said “It was just decided between several people that nobody knew Boyd any better then J. H. as he had worked with him for years.” He also said that Mr. Wyatt's widow Camilla Wyatt had sort of requested that. In addition according to Loggins Mayor Mayberry was aware of the plans and the award.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tammie French requesting harassment investigation over personnel violations. Hester dismissed

Crossville Parks and Recreation director Tammie French has requested a further investigation into harassment against her by former interim city manager Steve Hill, marketing director Billy Loggins and parks and recreation secretary Amy Hester.

Crossville Parks and Recreation director Tammie French

As of Thursday, Mrs. Hester is no longer employed in the position of Parks department secretary. Mrs. French had requested Hester be dismissed in early January and again following the personnel board hearing last week.

French's email of January 16 requesting the harassment investigation was sent to Mayor James Mayberry, interim manager Steve Hill, HR director Leah Crockett and city attorney Will Ridley. Hill was removed as interim by the council on January 18.

Mr. Loggins remains as the only one still employed by the city.

Crossville Marketing director Billy Loggins

French wrote, “During the personnel board hearing it became evident that my grievance had merit, and that, had it been filed more expeditiously, more could have been done. In addition, during my time of gathering evidence, I learned that others were involved with the Interim City Manager and ugly, discriminatory and inappropriate comments were made about me. Since the City Manager is one of the people involved, I come to you for help.”

Former Crossville interim city manager Steve Hill

French said that the actions of the three, “Violate many points of the City of Crossville Personnel Policy Handbook in areas including ethics, misuse of city property, and violation of the city's computer use policy.” French pointed out that Hill got the same information she got a day later but Hill had taken no action to address the violations and had rejected French's request to fire Mrs. Hester based on insolence and insubordination.

French concludes, “I am respectfully requesting a formal employee relations investigation be conducted by the City Attorney or an attorney the city hires who can perform such a task.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Four final city manager applicants include another former Crossville manager, Jack Miller

The final four applicants for the Crossville city manager position were filed even though the council has already started interviewing potential candidates via video conferencing.

Two candidates from Crossville applied including former Crossville city manager Jack Miller. Miller, who held the position from 2000 to 2008 makes the third previous city manager who has applied for the job. Miller reports he has been a government management consultant since he left Crossville and prior to serving at Crossville had been city manager at Cordele Georgia, Baxley Georgia and Beaufort South Carolina. Miller has a Ph. D. in Business Administration from California Coast Univ. Others previous Crossville city managers who have applied include Dan Collins and David Rutherford.

Tammie Hyder of Crossville, who currently serves as the finance director of Hilltoppers, Inc has also applied. Hyder previously was an assistant controller for Dana from 2006 to 2009 and as controller and human resources for a Oak Ridge firm from 2003 to 2006 as well as finance director for Rockwood from 2001 to 2003.

Terry Foster of St. Louis MO serves as the Moscow Mills MO police chief since 2009 and previous held the interim chief job there as well as assistant chief and detective. He has an MS in administration.

Col. Brent Moran of Papillion NE has also applied. He currently serves as director of manpower and personnel for the US Strategic Command at Offut Air Force Base with 26 years in military service. Moran has a Masters in Public Administration, work on an MBA and is a licensed pilot.

None of these recent applicants have been chosen for interviews currently, but the council could add candidates as two have dropped out of the initial 6 they selected to talk to.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Three people were arrested / served with felony indictments, in a joint effort between the Crossville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, and agents with the TBI and the 13th Judicial Drug Task Forces.
Following months of investigations and undercover operations with the Crossville Police Department’s Detective Division, Cumberland County Grand Jury Indictments were issued and served by the arrest of:

1.       Allison L. Hall-Jones, 31 of Jamestown, TN
2.       Quinton A. Debruyn, 23 of Crossville, TN
3.       Miguel Colin-Hernandez, 21 of Crossville, TN

8 additional people are still being sought in connection with these investigations. We highly recommend that they turn themselves in. If you know any of these people or of their whereabouts, please contact the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231 or call Crimestoppers at 931-200-1173.
4.       James R. Wilson, 57 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
5.       Carl Jackson (Jackie) Griffith, 32 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
6.       Israel Cox, 43 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
7.       Amanda M. Jackson, 39 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
8.       Makayla L. Woods, 21 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
9.       Rhonda Benjamin Beard, 59 of Michigan – Felony Narcotics
10.   Dawn M. Golhart, 34 of Michigan – Felony Narcotics
11.   Samira A. Talley, 24 of Michigan – Felony Narcotics  

Crossville council approves dismissal of interim manager Steve Hill and appoints IT director Lee Lawson

Action in a special called meeting changed the person holding interim city manager by a majority vote of the Crossville city council Tuesday.

The special meeting was called by Mayor James Mayberry on Saturday to consider the dismissal of interim city manager Steve Hill. Council member Pam Harris was not present for the meeting.

Mayor Mayberry opened the meeting commenting, “I hope that the present council members consider the citizens and the employees of Crossville in the importance of this meeting's outcomes.” Mayberry then moved, “Due to pending litigation, revelations of grievances and the recent personnel board meeting and insecurity among employees that it is in the best interest of the city to terminate Mr. Hill at the close of business today.” He continued, “I don't feel that we have to start discussion at day one of Mr. Hill's management employment and controversy, but we can if we need to. Details of employee conflicts at Parks and Rec, conflicts and lawsuits involved with our police chief and potential future lawsuits should be familiar to all the council members. My motion stand to potential end these conflicts today.”

Council member Scot Shanks supported Mayberry's motion.

Council and interim manager Steve Hill listen as 
HR director Leah Crockett answers questions. 

Council member J. H. Graham asked if there was a report from the personnel board concerning the complaint heard the previous week. The finding of the personnel board was discussed and the action by the board to follow the recommendation of the recommendations of the Municipal Technical Advisory Board (MTAS) that there were actions that were grievances but the time to file a complaint had expired. The board further recommended that there be better communication between the city manager and the department heads.

Councilman Danny Wyatt asked city attorney Will Ridley if the council could hold pending litigation against an individual?

Ridley answered, “The decision to hire of fire a city manager was solely a political decision. However you come to that decision is at your determination. It can be made for any reason.

Wyatt continued that he needed some clarification. “I don't understand the knee jerk reaction here in the fourth quarter at the two minute warning? We're doing interviews tonight.

Mayberry responded to Wyatt, “I believe the last time a city manager was relieved of his duties, your comments on that one were you just lost faith in his management abilities. I have lost faith in Mr. Hill's management abilities.”

Councilman Shanks pointed out that the personnel board was just a small part of the reason for the action.

Mayberry added that the latest unacceptable act of consorting with other employees and disrespecting and intimidation of department heads I feel is unacceptable and I don't think we need anybody's ruling on that because we've seen the evidence in black and white.

Shanks commented, “I like Steve. I've known him for a long time, but to keep Steve as city manaer is not a business decision, that's a personal decision.” He added that even though he hopes to have a manager hired soon, with candidates dropping out it could be three or four months before it could be finalized. “I just feel we're putting Crossville at risk if we keep Steve in as city manager,” Shanks concluded.

Wyatt voiced that he had not heard some firm evidence of that fact and added that he would like to hear some to prove what Hill did wrong.

Mayberry answered that as far as they know he's not broken any laws.

Graham also commented that Hill was a close personal friend but he would make the decision based on education and professionalism. He pointed out that even though Hill had applied for the full time city manager position, he was not selected for the interview process. Graham then made a motion to call for the question. That motion was approved.

On the dismissal of Hill, Wyatt voted no while Mayberry and Shanks voted yes. Graham passed on the first call and then entered a yes vote. The motion was approved.

Council then moved to a discussion of appointing a new interim manager but that created more issues as there was not an item on the agenda but it was listed in the agenda text on the discussion of dismissing Hill.

Mayberry explained that he had given the matter a lot of thought and he felt a good person who was involved in many city activities and was in a non political, neutral position was IT department head Lee Lawson.

Graham said that he was not prepared to discuss the replacement of the interim city manager and did not think that subject was part of the agenda.

Mayberry said that the replacement was germane to the agenda item and the council could make an exception under the standing rules with a 2/3 vote of council. Mayberry then moved to appoint Lawson until the permanent city manager can be hired. Shanks supported the motion.

Council moved forward to suspend the standing rules and the motion was approved with Mayberry, Graham and Shanks approving and Wyatt opposed.

The motion for appointing Lawson returned to the floor and was approved again by a three to one vote with Wyatt opposed.

Mayor James Mayberry, right, swears in Lee Lawson 
as Interim city manager.

Following the meeting adjournment, Lawson was sworn in to begin the position as of January 18, 2017.

Left to right, following the action to appoint Lee Lawson as interim city manager, city clerk Sally Oglesby, Lawson and Mayor James Mayberry discuss city business. 

City Council's Friday work session for manager interviews moved to 6 PM

In order to allow Crossville council members to attend the visitation for former Crossville Mayor Earl Dean, the time of Friday night's interview with candidate Greg Wood will be at 6 PM and Steve Foote will be interviewed at 7 PM.  The third interviewee Tina Tuggle has removed her name from consideration.  

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

Two in final 6 city manager candidates picked to interview drop out of the running.

With two work session set for this week council has two less candidates for city manager to choose from.  The council picked 6 candidates to interview by video conference but two of those 6 have notified the city they have pulled their names from consideration.

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.

David Beaty Sworn in as police Chief and Lee Lawson sworn in as interim city manager

Following the special called meeting that resulted in the removal of Steve Hill from the position of interim city manager, New police chief David Beaty and new interim city manager Lee Lawson were sworn in by Crossville Mayor James Mayberry.

We'll have more on the meeting and discussion soon.

David Beaty, left, is administered the oath of office as Crossville
police chief by Mayor James Mayberry.  

Lee Lawson, left, the city's Information Technology Director
was selected to fill the position of interim city manager until a 
new full time manager is selected.  Here he is sworn in by
Crossville Mayor James Mayberry. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Arrangements for former Crossville Mayor Earl Dean

Arrangements have been announced for former Crossville Mayor Earl Dean:

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

Emma Christopher recognized as January student of the month

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry, right, presents the student of the month
award to Emma Grace Christopher, 2nd from right as her family looks on.

Martin Elementary School 4th grader Emma Grace Cristopher in Mrs. Paradis class was recognized as the student of the month at the January Crossville city council meeting.  Emma was recognized for the character trait of honesty.  Her cheer coach Mrs. Blouin said "Emma sets a fine example of the character trait of honesty."

Congratulations to Emma. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Information from Office of Bryant Dunaway, District Attorney General
A joint investigation by Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Crossville Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a man in connection to the shooting death of a woman in his home early Saturday morning.

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.

Mayor James Mayberry has called for a special meeting Tuesday at Noon, subject Steve Hill's job

Crossville mayor James Mayberry has called for a special meeting Tuesday at noon to discuss the removal of Steve Hill as city manager.  The text of the single agenda item, removal of city manager says, "Due to pending litigation, revelations from grievance at Personnel Board meeting, and insecurity among employees, Mayor Mayberry feels it is in the best interest of the City to terminate Mr. Hill."

Mayor Mayberry calls for Hill's dismissal

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.

Steve Hill

Ipswitch messages between Amy Hester, Billy Loggins, Steve Hill and Tammie French

IPswitch messages presented as part of the Tammie French grievance complaint.
The name indicates who sent the message and the messages are grouped by pairs of senders.  Those represented include Tammie French, her secretary Amy Hester city marketing director Billy Loggins and interim city manager Steve Hill.

A brief explanation about IPswitch instant messaging

Crossville Marketing Director Billy Loggins

August 3, 2016
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 7:52 AM): you there??
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 7:55 AM): yes
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 7:55 AM): why aren't you lit up then lol
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 7:56 AM): I am now. I just got here. lol
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 7:57 AM): oh ok you and the wicked witch of the east getting along?
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 7:58 AM): you are so mean!
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 7:58 AM): you blew up my email last week, didn't you? did you not know I was on vacation?
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 7:59 AM): Hey I need two slugs for Friday Night Crossroads event Court House Lawn 4 to 8 please since there is not tournaments anymore this shouldn't be a problem correct?
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 7:59 AM): oh not at first
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:00 AM): haha there is a tournament this weekend, but you should be able to get 2 for Friday night.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 8:01 AM): If the East Witch has a problem please refer them to the City Mgr. major thanks!!!
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:01 AM): and I'm hoping there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 8:01 AM): there is when they are gone!!!
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:02 AM): you're welcome! and I'm not given the concessions schedule so when I find out who it will be I'll let you know.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 8:02 AM): pray for peace sister Amy
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:03 AM): that's the truth
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 8:03 AM): lol
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:03 AM): I'm praying that light at the end of that tunnel gets closer and closer fast!
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:03 AM): lol
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 8:04 AM): me too
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 8:29 AM): oh my bad. the tourney this weekend currently has 2 teams. you have the inside track to everything, huh?
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 10:13 AM): two teams wow how many rooms are needed??
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 10:18 AM): The Super 8 for 2 weeks (that I know of) has on their sign a tourney that cancelled. they may be booked up. lol
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:16 PM): hey are you there?
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:16 PM): you have two girls for Friday night. Ashley and Haley.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 3:17 PM): WOW You are soooo good
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:17 PM): LOL well of course I am!
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 3:18 PM): which one is better of these two?
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:19 PM): what are you talking about? they are all good! Ashley is the one that won the car last year that has worked the sustainability fair for you. Haley is quieter but very sweet! She's a super good cleaner! she's always willing to come in and work especially at a last minute notice.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 3:22 PM): ok glad they are good
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:23 PM): I could have gotten my boss to have been there
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 3:27 PM): now Sister Amy you were doing so well with this conservation and then you go and say that I don't have my cross with me today so I'm defenseless against that person.
Amy Hester(8/3/2016 3:32 PM): well brother Billy know the peace will come over you like a sweeping ocean wave.
Billy Loggins(8/3/2016 3:33 PM): thank you so much I feel saved now may peace be with you and yours

August 4, 2016
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:02 AM): Loser!!
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:02 AM): huh?
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:02 AM): just checking to see if your awake
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:03 AM): LOL barely
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:03 AM): East Witch there?
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:03 AM): yes
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:04 AM): I'm sorry
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:04 AM): you're mean
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:04 AM): what does she do all day there is no tour(s) anymore I don't get it
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:05 AM): LOL she works in her office and does other stuff
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:05 AM): other stuff
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:05 AM): concession stuff
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:10 AM): are you trying to see what all you will have to add to your job description when you become my next boss?
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:32 AM): LOL Not for all the money in China
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:32 AM): LOL that's not what I've heard.
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:33 AM): seriously not happening
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:33 AM): and I thought you liked us
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:34 AM): too funny
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:35 AM): oh did you see that link I sent you
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:36 AM): Brother B. J.
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:36 AM): I did. I haven't watch it yet. Betty was at camp the other week where he was the director.
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 9:37 AM): he is really good watch it if you get a chance
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 9:38 AM): I will! I haven't really heard him before. I've known who he is, but not heard him or been around him.

Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 3:42 PM): Still there?
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 3:58 PM): yes
Billy Loggins(8/4/2016 3:59 PM): you were not lit up I thought you might have had a stroke
Amy Hester(8/4/2016 4:02 PM): haha I had to run and errand.

August 5, 2016
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 7:18 AM): are you there?
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:27 AM): yes
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:28 AM): I was just going to beat you to it today. I'm beginning to think you're stalking me so I've been expecting roses any time now.
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:30 AM): too funny
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:31 AM): that's me!
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:31 AM): are you ready for tonight?
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:32 AM): Is the Witch there yet oh and yes
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:32 AM): no she sent me a message last night she would be late this morning.
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:32 AM): good
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:32 AM): She needs to be late for ever!
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:33 AM): yes
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:33 AM): What is the biggest tour we have had?
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:33 AM): this year
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:35 AM): 28, it was Pheasy on May 21st... I think it was the Road to Panama
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:36 AM): ok Is she working on scheduling tour for next year? Did Rutherford tell her not to have tour?
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:38 AM): I don't know. I don't think she starts on the next year until near the end of the year of first of the year. I know the ones that have scheduled tourneys have first chance at dates for the next year.
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:38 AM): Hey please have the kids bring two " safety cones " to put over the stakes of the blow up this afternoon
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:38 AM): I'm not sure if that includes the ones that booked and then cancelled at the last minute of not.
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:39 AM): ok, that's a great idea! that would have saved my poor little middle toe on the 4th.
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 8:39 AM): I think of everything lol
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:39 AM): lol
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 8:42 AM): I know she ordered 2 new wall calendars that we use for scheduling and last year I don't think I ordered them until Dec.
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 10:10 AM): hey, can I make a suggestion when you become my new boss?
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 10:11 AM): lol ok geez
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 10:13 AM): can we do a flyer or tri fold with all the Park has to participate in? We have one of the walking trails but I'm asked all the time about sports and stuff.
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 10:15 AM): sounds good
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 10:15 AM): I thought so too. pat pat on my back! oh wait my arms are too short.
Billy Loggins(8/5/2016 10:50 AM): your unreal
Amy Hester(8/5/2016 10:50 AM): no I'm not! I'm just awesome!

Messages between Tammie French and Steve Hill
Tammie French(8/4/2016 3:46 PM): I am looking at trying something new at Centennial Park and would like to know if funds from our budget can be used to pay for it.

We have not really gotten into any type of programming before, but I would like to try some early morning Tai Chi classes free to the public. We could pull money from our Public Relations line item if you both salute it. I have not negotiated a fee with an instructor yet until I get a go ahead, although we have discussed having the classes.
Steve Hill(8/5/2016 8:03 AM): I am not sure if that is a good direction to go in or not. But if you want to get the costs and such together we can look into it.
Tammie French(8/5/2016 8:16 AM): Ok
Steve Hill(8/5/2016 8:18 AM): Do we have a tournament this weekend?
Tammie French(8/5/2016 10:49 AM): We did, he cancelled Wednesday, said possibility of rain and yard sale being factors. Next weekend is the big one.
Tammie French(8/5/2016 10:52 AM): We have fastpitch scheduled for September 3rd, September 17th, October 1st, October 15th and October 29th.

August 9, 2016
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 11:37 AM): Wake up!!!!
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:37 AM): yeah!
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 11:38 AM): just emailed you
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:38 AM): did Milton get you today? he called back here this morning
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:38 AM): ok
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:38 AM): that wasn't even funny!!
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 11:45 AM): yeah it was lol
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:45 AM): bwahahaha
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 11:48 AM): turn in some overtime for this lol tell Fred I said you could
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:49 AM): LOL that was funny! you tell Robin for me
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 11:49 AM): ok I will now lol
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 11:52 AM): lol let me know how that goes! is that overtime in your budget

Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 3:56 PM): go ahead and knock off have a great evening!
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 3:56 PM): thanks! will you clock me out later?
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 3:57 PM): yep and two hrs overtime
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 3:57 PM): woohoo! thanks!
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 3:58 PM): you're such a great boss!
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 3:58 PM): lol
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 3:59 PM): When are you coming to decorate your office here?
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 3:59 PM): ha ha
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 4:00 PM): I really like a beach theme! I think you should go with it.
Billy Loggins(8/9/2016 4:00 PM): not happening lol
Amy Hester(8/9/2016 4:00 PM): as long as it's not UT stuff

August 11, 2016
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:28 AM): I just had one of the pickle ball players to come by. he's had the courts scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-8pm for about a month now. He wants to extend the time to 5pm -9pm for 10 weeks cause he has 24 people wanting to play on those nights!! We are going to need more pickle ball courts.
Tammie French(8/11/2016 10:30 AM): We may have to designate certain times only for pickleball and certain times only for tennis.
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 10:31 AM): ok.
Tammie French(8/11/2016 10:32 AM): That might drive a few of them back to FFG. I feel like they are going to smother out the tennis players.

More from August 11 2016
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:27 AM): I just said one of the pickle ball players to come by. he's had the courts scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-8pm for about a month now. He wants to extend the time to 5pm -9pm for 10 weeks cause he has 24 people wanting to play on those nights!! that's just one guy that has a regular reservation and there's others. pickle ball is booming!
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 9:42 AM): You are going to have to go up there and start playing also. Sound like OT.
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:43 AM): LOL yep! also sounds like we need more courts. lol
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 9:43 AM): any tennis players complain?
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:44 AM): I haven't heard any. I also haven't had any reservations from tennis players either.
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 9:53 AM): interesting
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:55 AM): I had read an article several months back that called pickle ball "the fastest growing sport in the US" and went as far as to say it wasn't if it would come to your community but when. Johnny Shanks had been in last year asking for it. it's bigger than what I realized. a lot of older tennis players are playing it cause it's not as hard on the joints. lol not as much running.
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 9:56 AM): makes sense
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 9:56 AM): yep
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 10:35 AM): Here's what my current boss said about the pickle ball....”Amy Hester (8/11/2016 9:28 AM): I just had one of the pickle ball players to come by. he's had the courts scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-8pm for about a month now. He wants to extend the time to 5pm -9pm for 10 weeks cause he has 24 people wanting to play on those nights!! We are going to need more pickle ball courts.
Tammie French (8/11/2016 10:30 AM): We may have to designate certain times only for pickleball and certain times only for tennis.
Amy Hester (8/11/2016 10:31 AM): ok.
Tammie French (8/11/2016 10:32 AM): That might drive a few of them back to FFG. I feel like they are going to smother out the tennis players.”
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 10:39 AM): Isn't that a wonderful attitude for the parks director!!!!!! No wonder we have lost so much of our activities at the parks.
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 10:41 AM): I almost fell out of my chair! She doesn't want stuff here, Sam doesn't at the soccer fields... crazy need to just padlock everything. I've been hearing complaints from teams that practice on Sundays that can't get in the restrooms at Turner cause they're locked. I guess just give it all over to the druggies and let the good people go somewhere else.
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 10:43 AM): And the tourney for Oct 15th just cancelled.
Steve Hill(8/11/2016 10:47 AM): One day next week we need to get together and talk. I will call you Monday and set up a time.
Amy Hester(8/11/2016 10:47 AM): ok, anytime!

August 17, 2016 (the message relate to Ms. French attending a family funeral.)
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:20 PM): Tammie Jr. you there?
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:20 PM): Bum
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:23 PM): your boss was here visiting earlier. I forgot to ask him if he wanted to be my new boss since you didn't want to be.
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:23 PM): is Jr there today?
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:23 PM): sorry I mean Sr.
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:24 PM): nope! won't be back till some time tomorrow.
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:24 PM): why are you wanting to come measure your office?
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:24 PM): good lord how long does it take to plant someone??
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:25 PM): the planting was today.
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:25 PM): then why did she take off Monday
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 1:27 PM): she left about 1:20 on Monday, hung out I mean worked until then
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 1:31 PM): your mean you need to go up Sunday
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 3:00 PM): I'm not mean!
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 3:00 PM): did you decide to go to work today and not lay out?
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 3:01 PM): yes I work 7 days a week and don't get overtime so there!!
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 3:02 PM): ha that shows you! you don't know how to get overtime.
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 3:02 PM): you're not playing the system right
Billy Loggins(8/17/2016 3:07 PM): I know I'm going back to hourly so I can break em! lol
Amy Hester(8/17/2016 3:08 PM): LOL they may be about broke now. Lol

August 18, 2016
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:03 AM): hey bum! are we going to sell the bricks out of Garrison?
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:07 AM): of course you are in charge of that promotion I have given you the title of Ms Brick !!
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:08 AM): LOL you're funny! you're in charge of the city
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:08 AM): your so funny your my favorite loser!
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:09 AM): yay! I'm your favorite!
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:10 AM): but you still need to go up Sunday
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:10 AM): only if you're going with me
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:11 AM): lol
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:11 AM): my boss has finally arrived
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:12 AM): boo boo
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:12 AM): yeah! I've got to behave now.
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:19 AM): did you send the dog guy to cal me and be mean?
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:20 AM): yes I said you were the Shell Answer Woman
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:21 AM): I told him he needed to talk to my boss cause she's got the answers. He said he had talked to you and you didn't know anything about it and it's not on the city calendar so it's not a city sponsored event. lol
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:22 AM): communication is a beautiful thing don't you think?
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:23 AM): yes it is!! hospitality should be our middle names.

Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:03 AM): hey bum! are we going to sell the bricks out of Garrison?
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:07 AM): of course you are in charge of that promotion I have given you the title of Ms Brick !!
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:08 AM): LOL you're funny! you're in charge of the city
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:08 AM): your so funny your my favorite loser!
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:09 AM): yay! I'm your favorite!
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:10 AM): but you still need to go up Sunday
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:10 AM): only if you're going with me
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:11 AM): lol
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:11 AM): my boss has finally arrived
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:12 AM): boo boo
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:12 AM): yeah! I've got to behave now.
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:19 AM): did you send the dog guy to cal me and be mean?
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:20 AM): yes I said you were the Shell Answer Woman
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:21 AM): I told him he needed to talk to my boss cause she's got the answers. He said he had talked to you and you didn't know anything about it and it's not on the city calendar so it's not a city sponsored event. lol
Billy Loggins(8/18/2016 9:22 AM): communication is a beautiful thing don't you think?
Amy Hester(8/18/2016 9:23 AM): yes it is!! hospitality should be our middle names.

August 22, 2016
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:55 PM): loser you in
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 1:55 PM): bum are you in?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:56 PM): are you attending the benchmarking meeting tomorrow?
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 1:57 PM): I'm assuming I am since I do it, but I haven't been told. are you?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:57 PM): not if you are
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:57 PM): lol
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 1:57 PM): oh you know you are wanting to sit by me so you'll look smart and cool!
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:58 PM): if you do it then you don't have to be told goof wad
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 1:59 PM): well, I do a lot of stuff but that doesn't mean I attend a meeting about it.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 1:59 PM): you make my head hurt
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 1:59 PM): have you even started yours?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:00 PM): I have never been asked to attend anything about it
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:00 PM): so no
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:00 PM): do you not do benchmarking?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:01 PM): nopper
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:01 PM): sales tax collection is my benchmarking
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:02 PM): lol you should get the benefit like the rest of us.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:02 PM): ok take of your buddy over there
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:03 PM): what buddy?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:03 PM): yeah right
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:03 PM): you all are so tight folks are starting to talk!
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:04 PM): ha you're just jealous
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:04 PM): lol
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:04 PM): so are you coming to measure your office?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:05 PM): does it have a tv in it?
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:05 PM): yes, and the security cameras too. and we still have cable
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:06 PM): really how big a tv
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:06 PM): not as big as mine.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:06 PM): we have BIG ones here
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:07 PM): I have a big one, but we also have cable do you?
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:07 PM): yes the bigger the better
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:07 PM): Rick has a hand me down from the Palace tv.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:08 PM): what a setup
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:08 PM): well, you can add new tvs in the budget when you get here.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:10 PM): hey see if you can find a 5 day funeral for her to attend I'm sure she is related to someone that has just met our holly father
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:11 PM): 5 DAYS? I was hoping you could find her a 10 day funeral.
Billy Loggins(8/22/2016 2:12 PM): pull up the west coast folks that have just passed....... see if you can make a connection
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:12 PM): LOL
Amy Hester(8/22/2016 2:13 PM): you're friend that called the other day is correct the bark in the park is not a city sponsored event cause our logo is not on the flyer.

August 25, 2016
Amy Hester(8/25/2016 8:11 AM): Hey, I sent this to Tammie yesterday and she never answered me. Yesterday afternoon after she had left, Angie called back again. I think they are wanting something for this weekend's preseason tourney. do you have any suggestions? Tony said we can do whatever for this weekend. I don't think we can get a sign made like Angie suggested now. But could we do something like putting her number in the center circle of the field? I don't really know. “Amy Hester (8/24/2016 8:21 AM): Angie called yesterday evening and Hailey Randolph that was killed on the 4 wheeler played for CRYSA. She was even at camp this summer. Angie is wanting to know if they can do something on the U15 field/goal to honor her memory. Said her jersey # was 15. They can't renumber the field, but are wondering what else they might could do.”
Steve Hill(8/25/2016 11:47 AM): I would be good with doing whatever they want. But sadly they should go through Tammie. Let me know what happens.
Amy Hester(8/25/2016 11:51 AM): Thank you. I'll ask her if/when she comes in. Her and Rick are both out today.
Steve Hill(8/25/2016 2:16 PM): where is she?
Amy Hester(8/25/2016 2:17 PM): she came in between 12:30 and 1:00. she's gone now to CH and Public Works.
Amy Hester(8/25/2016 2:21 PM): Angie sent out a text to a big group including the two of us about 12:15 asking the coaches of the older groups to meet at the center circle and have a moment of silence. I asked if she read the text and well, it wasn't a very nice polite response to me. she then said she didn't like the idea of doing anything cause she didn't want our parks to become a cemetery for people.
Steve Hill(8/25/2016 2:33 PM): what a sweetheart!!
Amy Hester(8/25/2016 2:34 PM): oh yes! so caring!

August 26, 2016
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:06 AM): LOSER
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:06 AM): dented can
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:07 AM): did you have a guest stop by?
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:07 AM): yes!
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:07 AM): how long?
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:07 AM): probably no more than 15 min
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:08 AM): did she call him you think?
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:09 AM): I don't think. he told her he wouldn't get her involved in the stuff happening Monday and she told me she wished he didn't know she was here.
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:09 AM): what happened Monday
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:10 AM): happenING present tense
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:10 AM): what was it
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:10 AM): I don't really know what he's up to
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:11 AM): What about Monday!!! focus
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:11 AM): focus my brain is overloaded now that's what happens when you're a butt wipe
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:12 AM): he told her he's pressing criminal charges against the CM and he's going to take him down.
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:13 AM): for what?? again what happened Monday
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:13 AM): not past tense! he's doing that this coming Monday.
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:13 AM): work with me on verb usage
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:14 AM): your killing me ok very slow what is happening Monday
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:14 AM): he's pressing criminal charges against the CM and he's going to take him down
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:15 AM): for what??
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:15 AM): she didn't say
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:15 AM): I don't think he told her.
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:16 AM): He talked about Danny and Jesse not getting alone and how they got rid of Mr. Rutherford to hire Steve
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:17 AM): is it over a possible meeting to take place??
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:17 AM): I don't know. I missed the first part of their talk.
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:17 AM): that might have with some park employees??
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:18 AM): He's got her back and she's doing a good job and he was here to encourage her... CRAP stuff
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:19 AM): I thought at first he might have known about the current rumors of some employees moving to public works but she didn't mention that at all.
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:19 AM): ok just checking to see it that is what ir was
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:20 AM): she said she's made peace with her losing her job
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:24 AM): she thinks you are going to apply for the CM position and get it.
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:25 AM): 110% absolutely not happening I would leave if they made me take that
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:26 AM): ha
Billy Loggins(8/26/2016 10:30 AM): do you think the past City Mgr. put him up to do that?
Amy Hester(8/26/2016 10:34 AM): I don't know. He told her Jesse was against getting rid of Mr. Rutherford then he put together the idea of hiring Steve that's when Jesse decided to fire him.

August 29, 2016
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:53 PM): what's happening Rerun?
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:54 PM): rerun what's that
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:54 PM): don't you remember that show from the late 70's What's Happening?
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:54 PM): geez you need to go on a game show
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:55 PM): only if you'll be my phone a friend
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:55 PM): lol what the Wicked Witch up to?
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:55 PM): LOL I don't know. just hanging out in her office
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:56 PM): Have you seen Pete today?
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:56 PM): he was here earlier.....Souza been by again?
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:56 PM): not since Friday.
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:57 PM): Wan't he filing charges today?
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:57 PM): wasn't
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:57 PM): said he was. but who knows
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:58 PM): who is going to be the new Council members in November?
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:58 PM): you think I'm psychic?
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 12:58 PM): I've heard JH Graham and Scot Shanks have the best shots
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 12:59 PM): yes I do oh did you go up yesterday
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:03 PM): did you?
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 1:04 PM): no I'm pure!
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:04 PM): give me a min while I roll in the floor laughing
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 1:06 PM): my nickname in Brother BJ
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:06 PM): lol you're funny
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:39 PM): sometimes I get the strangest calls here!! there's apparently an ad somewhere that says "if you can't find out when the best time to see the leaves change colors, call the park and they can tell you."
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 1:40 PM): unreal
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:41 PM): yes!! I got one last year too! the one last year went on the ask me what the elevation is of FFG.
Billy Loggins(8/29/2016 1:41 PM): tell em 1881 that's the Airport
Amy Hester(8/29/2016 1:42 PM): LOL that's funny I've sent them to Kyle before. Lol

Amy Hester(8/31/2016 2:34 PM): tourney for this coming weekend just cancelled.
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 3:40 PM): You make these folks mad so they want come
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 3:41 PM): ha I think it's you calling them and telling them to know come that you'll pay them money to not come.
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 3:41 PM): lol you big loser
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 3:43 PM): you big bum
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:14 PM): # 1 loser
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:14 PM): are you cheering for yourself or am I your favorite?
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:16 PM): your too funny I still hope you go up Sunday it would do you a ton of good!
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:16 PM): are you going with me
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:19 PM): no my job is to pray for the lost and misguided
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:21 PM): that's so sweet you are praying for Tammie. I know you're not talking about me cause I wasn't misguided until I met you and Steve!

August 31, 2016
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 2:34 PM): tourney for this coming weekend just cancelled.
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 3:40 PM): You make these folks mad so they want come
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 3:41 PM): ha I think it's you calling them and telling them to know come that you'll pay them money to not come.
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 3:41 PM): lol you big loser
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 3:43 PM): you big bum
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:14 PM): # 1 loser
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:14 PM): are you cheering for yourself or am I your favorite?
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:16 PM): your too funny I still hope you go up Sunday it would do you a ton of good!
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:16 PM): are you going with me
Billy Loggins(8/31/2016 4:19 PM): no my job is to pray for the lost and misguided
Amy Hester(8/31/2016 4:21 PM): that's so sweet you are praying for Tammie. I know you're not talking about me cause I wasn't misguided until I met you and Steve!

September 1, 2016
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:07 AM): I don't facebook share a link with me so I can send out please you get have time to add those festivals / events pls
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:08 AM): see if you can pull that up
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:08 AM):
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:09 AM): you need a facebook page. need one for marketing
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:10 AM): I thought you said we had one can you dont put this stuff there?
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:11 AM): the City has one, but I'm not allowed to put anything on it. we have one here at the Parks and I post things on it.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:11 AM): who does the bloody City's!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:11 AM): I just posted that video and 9 people have already seen it. I posted that area events flyer and 55 people have already seen it.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:12 AM): I don't have a clue. that's what I asked you.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:12 AM): are they adding anything to it start a new one
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:12 AM): I can posted things on the website's calendar of events and on ours but that's it.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:14 AM): someone posts things. it's listed as City of Crossville-Local Government
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:18 AM): I asked Kyle if we could make a facebook page for city sponsored events and he said he's not the one to ask but doesn't know who it would be.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:18 AM): goof ball who do you think you would ask geez
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:24 AM): IP Kyle back and say it would be the Marketing Director
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:24 AM): lol he added me to the city page so I can add to it too
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:24 AM): this is unreal
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:25 AM): you love this kind of stuff
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:26 AM): Is everyone on meth geez I wonder what dept. would handle community events
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:27 AM): I would think marketing. but that might not be in the master plan. see you do need an assistant.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:27 AM): OMG you think if not me then who
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:30 AM): of course it's you! you single handedly run this city.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 11:30 AM): lol your a mess
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 11:31 AM): no I'm not! you know your the back bone to this city

Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 1:28 PM): hey no kidding lets make a awesome FB page do you need anything from me?
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 1:28 PM): a marketing facebook page?
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 1:30 PM): we don't need all these different FB accounts I just would like all our events posted just emailed you something
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 1:33 PM): yeah I got it. I agree. and it seems that made at times things don't fit under "Crossville Parks" but more of a community page type.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:50 PM): ok, do you want me to create a fb page?
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 2:54 PM): geez put a ice pick in my retina I you like you as in Amy the one that is boarder line being special needs to add things to our current City of Crossville in good ole Tennessee FB page or pages do need to have a meeting? lol
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:56 PM): I'm just needing proof that it's you and not me.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:56 PM): ok, the current City page is listed as government. Do you want just a page about local happenings?
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 2:57 PM): If this is over your head maybe the lady that is down in finance could understand it?? whats her name Suzanne ?
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:57 PM): hey I've had those IT guys mad at me before. I need someone to take the blame.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:58 PM): BUM has just upgraded to BUTT
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 2:58 PM): that would be great if you think that is a better fit then by all means lets go that route
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 2:58 PM): LOL you're just trying to get me for sexual harassment.
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 3:01 PM): email me a copy of good pictures of the city or something that makes you think of the city.
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 3:02 PM): ok
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 3:23 PM): OKAY!!! you've got more pics than anyone!
Billy Loggins(9/1/2016 3:24 PM): Do I stay busy Am I the Marketing Director lol
Amy Hester(9/1/2016 3:25 PM): LOL don't break that arm patting yourself on the back

September 2, 2016
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 8:57 AM): loser
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 8:57 AM): bum
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 8:57 AM): is WW there
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 8:58 AM): ha yes
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 8:59 AM): what about Gerald conversation why was my name brought up?
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:00 AM): I don't know. she thinks you are going to apply for the CM
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 9:00 AM): not for a 1,000,000.00 lol
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:00 AM): she said it's money and you're putting numbers out here.
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 9:01 AM): what #'s
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:01 AM): 1,000,000.00
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:01 AM): this whole thing is crazy!!
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 9:01 AM): what #'s am I putting out there
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:02 AM): how much money you want for the CM job
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 9:04 AM): unreal is this coming from the Council Member
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:04 AM): I don't know
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 9:05 AM): has any other employee mention this?
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 9:05 AM): nope

Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:33 AM):
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 11:41 AM): can you email me this link I would like to send it to a few folks
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:41 AM): I can.
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:42 AM): could you pull it up?
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:42 AM): I'm not FB friends with the council members that you are so be sure they all like the page and share it with their friends.
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 11:43 AM): will do yes I could
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:50 AM): did it look okay to start with?
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 11:51 AM): Absolutely!!
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:51 AM): I liked those two pictures to use as the cover and profile pics.
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 11:52 AM): I send you tons of stuff
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 11:52 AM): you did
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 12:06 PM): could you add the video
Amy Hester(9/2/2016 12:06 PM): I'm not sure I can add the one you just sent. I'll add the Hispanic day
Billy Loggins(9/2/2016 12:12 PM): ok tks

Email from Billy Loggins upon finding out his messages and emails had been requested by Tammie French the day before he sent this out.
From: Billy Loggins [] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 12:07 PM 
To: ( City Mgr. ) 
Subject: Weekly IP / Email review

Good afternoon all,

There has been a records request made by Tammie French for my
emails and ip switch messages.

I am well aware that our wonderful IT Dept. can pull these at any time,
but I would like to offer every Friday at 2:00 pm
that if anyone would like to stop by office for a weekly email
and ip review to please do so.   This would make a wonderful time
for fellowship, catch up, etc. we will also have refreshments
for any and all that are interested.

I hope to see you all on January 6 th  
Please rsvp so I can have plenty of food / drink.

Merry Christmas!

Cc   Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, City Council  Members
City Mgr., Will Ridley, Ivy Gardner, Dept. Heads