Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
TWRA says Shooting Sports Park would be "A Tremendous Opportunity" for Area. City Work session Tuesday at 5 PM
The park project has been discussed for over a year and a half and the site between I-40 and Albert Frye Road has been the proposed location for most of that time. It is unclear if the county will lose the park to another county in middle Tennessee if the proposed site is not used but a long list of requirements because of the use of federal funds have already been done and the site meets all the requirements. One report indicates the cost of those studies was around $25,000.
In a special called meeting March 21, a majority of city council members reversed their action in February and voted to rescind approval of a contract that would have sold the 146 acres to the nonprofit Crossville Shooting Park, Inc. for one dollar. That vote reversed action in February approving the contract and sale after a number of property owners and area residents complained about the project being located near them and the fact that they had not been informed ahead of time about the proposed project.
TWRA's statement from the Crossville regional office says, “With the number of sportsmen and women in the area that enjoy the shooting sports, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) sees the addition of a shooting sports facility as a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Cumberland County and beyond. This center will provide TWRA additional opportunities to serve the community with not only boating and hunter education classes, but many other educational sessions for adults and youth. Funding for this project was provided directly from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and not TWRA subsidies. TWRA is chiefly funded through the sales of hunting and fishing licenses.”
TWRA has committed $2.2 million from US Fish and Wildlife for the development and construction of the shooting park that would be operated by a nonprofit organization that has been formed. The funds for the project come from federal Pittman-Robertson funding generate by excise tax on ammunition and granted to states for conservation efforts, hunter's education and shooting projects and programs.
Crossville Mayor James Mayberry called for the work session saying the meeting will discuss some of the issues that have cropped up in the matter of the proposed Crossville Shooting Sports Park listed in the meeting call as "confusion, misinformation and clarification.”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms may produce localized flooding over parts of eastern Middle Tennessee tonight. Early tonight, a slow moving band of showers and isolated thunderstorms was located between Interstate 65 and the Cumberland Plateau. Doppler radar indicated that some spots received about a third of an inch of rain during the evening hours...and some areas could receive an additional one half to three quarters of an inch overnight. Localized rain totals over an inch are possible tonight...especially over the southeast...around Shelbyville, Manchester, Altamont and McMinnville. Some isolated spots further north, toward Cookeville and Gainesboro could see similar rain amounts. These rains may cause water to pond in low lying areas, especially in urban locations. If you are out driving tonight, you should avoid areas where water covers the road. If you come upon a flooded area, turn around and take an alternate route to your destination.
BREAKING NEWS/EXCLUSIVE: Blankenship files lawsuit in federal court against City of Crossville, Jesse Kerley and Ivy Gardner
Friday, March 24, 2017
Crossville Mayor Mayberry calls work session on Shooting Park "confusion, misinformation and clarification"
Representatives of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are expected to be at the meeting. Mayberry said that a representative was at the called meeting and wanted to address the issue but no public comments are allowed at a called meeting. TWRA is providing the 2.2 million dollars in federal funding to construct the park and a great deal of work and some money has already been spent on the Albert Frye Road site.
The park has been discussed for over a year and a half and the site between I-40 and Albert Frye Road has been the proposed location for most of that time. It is unclear if the county will lose the park to another county if the proposed site is not used but that information may be clarified at the Tuesday meeting.
In a special called meeting March 21, a majority of city council members voted to rescind approval of a contract that would have sold the 146 acres to the nonprofit Crossville Shooting Park, Inc. for one dollar. That vote reversed action in February approving the contract and sale after a number of property owners and area residents complained about the project being located near them and the fact that they had not been informed ahead of time about the proposed project.
The funds for the project come from federal Pittman-Robertson funding generate by excise tax on ammunition and granted to states for conservation efforts, hunter's education and shooting projects and programs.
At a December work session, questions on funding and staffing remain. Kenneth Carey, a member of the nonprofit's board said they would determine if a full time position was needed or if all employees would be part-time. The grant requires that the facility be open at least 20 hours a week. According to Carey the plan is for the range to be open more then that and open to the public. He added it is not a membership type facility and that anyone can come a shoot.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In addition, funds were awarded to the Plateau Partnership Park in Westal. Plateau Partnership Park was awarded $469,350 for construction of the primary access into the park, construction of access road to the site of the proposed wastewater treatment facility, and grading of the wastewater treatment facility site
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Video and a more detailed story coming soon, but the vote on the motion to rescind the donation was council members J. H. Graham, Danny WYatt and Pamala Harris in favor and Scot Shanks and Mayor James Mayberry opposed.
The watch covers the following Tennessee counties.
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Today and Tonight There is a slight risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe thunderstorms across southern Middle Tennessee this afternoon and evening, generally along and south of the I-40 corridor. A cold front will shift south to near I-40 by midday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected to develop along and south of the front this afternoon and continue into the evening. Large hail and damaging winds will be possible in the strongest storms, along with heavy rainfall and localized flooding.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
One of the unique things about the school was the art work on the walls that was painted by Joe Edd Hodges, long time art teacher at the school. Hodges was raised in Crossville and graduated from the old CCHS.
The art murals has since been painted over and the building is used now as the school's administrative offices.
Friday, March 17, 2017
In the month of February 2017, Patrolman Kevin Wood located and recovered a stolen vehicle, apprehended three suspects during his investigation and returned the stolen property to the owner. Additionally, Patrolman Kevin Wood investigated the theft of several televisions from a local church. During his investigation he was able to locate and apprehend the person responsible and sought assistance for the suspect through referral to a rehabilitation facility. Patrolman Kevin Wood’s daily diligence and thorough investigating efforts help add to the professionalism of our agency.
Also in the month of February 2017, Patrolman Joel Stevens’ dedication to duty and proactive efforts are being recognized. In February alone, Patrolman Joel Stevens singed and served 31 arrest warrants, issued 26 traffic citations, wrote 22 police reports, answered 117 calls for service and assisted his fellow officers on an additional 34 calls for service. Patrolman Joel Stevens performed all of this activity while also diligently patrolling the City of Crossville. His good attitude and strong work ethic have been a great motivator for other officers on his shift and is a fine example for our agency.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Crowd of supporters and those concerned about shooting sports park turn out for city council meeting
TRAVEL ADVISORY – CUMBERLAND COUNTY- INTERSTATE 40 – 331 mile marker (2 miles east of Crab Orchard) – Overturned tractor trailer. Eastbound traffic is affected with the left lane blocked. Westbound traffic is not affected. Estimated time of clearing is 4 p.m. according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Remote Area Medical Clinic in Cookeville this weekend includes free medical, dental and vision services
Monday, March 13, 2017
Shooting Sports Park, hiring retirees and masonry mailbox holders and more to be discussed at city council
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Link to WBIR story.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
A promotion of the Chamber of Commerce from around 25 years ago or so. Inviting companes to manufacture things, to "Make it on the mountain."