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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

UPDATE: CAPTURED! Nashville Man Added to TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted.

From TBI Press Release:
NASHVILLE – One day after being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, a Nashville man has been arrested following a brief pursuit this morning on Interstate 65 in Williamson County.
Kevin Michael Tidwell (DOB 7-9-93) was wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI to face charges of Criminal Homicide and Attempted Criminal Homicide in connection to an incident on May 27th in Antioch. Additionally, Tidwell was also wanted to face a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection to an incident earlier this year in Nashville.
Today, after developing information about Tidwell’s whereabouts, authorities engaged in a brief pursuit, leading to Tidwell’s capture after a motor vehicle crash, the circumstances of which remained under investigation at the time of this release.
Additionally, a current booking photograph of Tidwell was not immediately available for release.

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its Top 10 Most Wanted list: Kevin Michael Tidwell.
Tidwell (DOB 7-9-93) is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the TBI to face charges of Criminal Homicide and Attempted Criminal Homicide in connection to an incident on May 27th in Antioch. Additionally, Tidwell is also wanted to face a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection to an incident earlier this year in Nashville.
Kevin Michael Tidwell

Tidwell, 23, is a White man, who stands 6’1” and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Tidwell has tattoos on his hands, neck, and face, and may be traveling in a light-colored Ford F-150. He is a documented gang member and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information about Tidwell’s whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Friday at the Crossroads Returns June 2. Come out for Flip Flop Friday!

Friday at the Crossroad returns to Downtown Crossville this Friday June 2 from 4 to 8 PM with what has become one of the most popular events downtown in years.  Put together by Downtown businesses and supporters the event continues to draw a large and diverse crowd from kids to retirees.
Visitors will find great food, music, stores open and full of bargains as well as fun for the kids and community fellowship too.

Roads in the downtown area will be closed including:

Main Street from Highway 70 to Neecham Street,
4th Street from Thurman Street to West Avenue,
2nd Street from Main Street to West Avenue,
1st Street from West Avenue to Webb Avenue,
Stanley Street from Main Street to Webb Avenue.

A few of the special events for Friday-These and many more!

  • Events include a Wedding Mini-Expo at the Crossville Depot.
  • BB's Deli deal sandwich and drink for $5.00
  • Melissa Ellis appearing at Grinderhouse from 4 to 8 PM.
  • Live Music by AD6 and More at Loose Cannon
  • Social Brew has free flip flops for the first 150 kids to visit
  • Dogwood Exchange will have music by the Fumblebuckers and food by Lefty's Bar-B-Q and Crazy Dawgs

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Kids love the Bounce House

A plethora of talented muscians

Shopping and food

And Hot Dogs!

Severe Storms Possible Wednesday evening with Heavy Rain possible for the weekend.

National Weather Service has issued the following Hazardous Weather Outlook for Crossville, CUmberland County and Middle Tennessee:

Strong to severe storms will be possible this afternoon and evening for all of Middle Tennessee. Hail and gusty winds will be the main threats.

Heavy rainfall is possible on Saturday and Saturday night. The situation is still developing but there is the potential for a couple of inches of rain to fall.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Crossville Memorial Day ceremony well attended.

The sprinkles of rain were not enough to drive off any of the crowd of those who gathered for the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony at the Downtown Crossville Memorial and Veterans Park.  WIth chairs set up both in the street and over half of the north side courthouse lawn many came to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the service of their country's military.
Memorial Day crowd in Downtown Crossville

Before the program began, the Cumberland Co. Community Band provided a selection of patriotic music.

Cumberland Co. Community Band plays
Stars and Stripes

Retired Master Chief Mike Dibiccaro, USN served as master of ceremonies and an invocation was provided by Pastor Andrew Abraham.  The colors were presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Honor Guard and Ms. Teri Utsey sang the National Anthem.

Color Guard ready
Color Guard marches in
Teri Utsey sings the National Anthem
Singing of the National Anthem

Remarks were made by Crossville Mayor James Maybery and Cumberland Co. Mayor Ken Carey.

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry

The guest speaker was TTU History Professor Dr. Michael Birdwell who spoke on Tennessee's involvement in the First World War

Historian Dr. Michael Birdwell shared information
about Tennesseans in WWI including Crossville's
Milo Lemmert.

Following the reading of names a call and answer version of Taps was played.
During the playing of Taps.

Additional Photos from the event are below:

Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have given their last full measure...

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

All Photos (C) Jim Young 

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

UPDATE: Children and mother recovered. Suspect remains at large.

A Tennessee Statewide AMBER Alert has been issued on the behalf of the Lexington Police Department for 2-year-old Amaylah Manley, 3-year-old Tayvious Crout, 1-year-old Damaryious Crout, and 8-year-old Adrik Manley.

The children along with their mother, 31-year-old Amanda Manley Crout, were taken at gun point by Octivas Crout, father of Tayvious and Damaryious, at 3:50 a.m. on May 28, 2017. Crout who also goes by Octavious Woods is a 28-year-old black male with black hair, brown eyes, 6'1" tall and weighs 195 lbs. They are believed to be in the mother's vehicle a dark brown 2010 Hyundai Sonata with TN registration 856QDG. 

Warrants for Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault have been issued for Crout. 

If you have information pertaining to the victims, suspect or vehicle, please contact the Lexington Police Department at 731-968-6666 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. - See more at this link.

Victim: Adrik Manley
Age: 8
Sex: Male
Race: Biracial
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown

Victim: Tayvious Crout
Age: 3
Sex: Male
Race: Biracial
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Unknown
Height: 3'00"
Weight: 30 LBS

Victim: Amaylah Manley
Age: 2
Sex: Female
Race: Biracial
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Unknown
Height: 3'00"
Weight: 30 LBS

Victim: Damaryious Crout
Age: 1
Sex: Male
Race: Biracial
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Victim: Amanda Manley
Age: 31
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 167 LBS
Suspect: Octivas Crout
​Age: 28
Sex: Male
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195 LBS
Vehicle: 2010 Hyundai Sonata
TN Tag: 856-QDG

Hazardous Weather Outlook for Cumberland Co. remains for Sunday

After extreme weather Saturday night for Cumberland County and other areas of Middle and East Tennessee, there is still a chance of bad weather for Sunday.

The National Weather Service has a Hazardous Weather Outlook that says "Additional chances for strong to severe storms across Middle Tennessee will move in for today and tonight. Damaging winds, large hail, and localized flooding will be possible."

Very heavy damage from fallen trees has been reported in Lake Tansi area including roads blocked and power lines and poles damaged.  TRavel in the area is strongly discouraged.  County Highway crews and VEC crews are working round the clock to clean up from the storms.

Many power outages remain around Cumberland COunty.  Volunteer Energy's outage map shows over 3800 customers still without power as of 9:12 AM CDT.

VEC Outage map as of 9:12 AM

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


The NWS has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for Cumberland County.  The warning is in effect until 6:00 PM Central Daylight Time.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... 
Northwestern Cumberland County in Middle Tennessee... 
Northeastern White County in Middle Tennessee... 
Southeastern Putnam County in Middle Tennessee...

At 523 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles southwest of Monterey, or 10 miles northeast of Sparta, moving east at 30 mph.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued by NWS for Cumberland until Midnight Saturday.

It could be a bumpy night for Cumberland and surrounding counties.

THe National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Cumberland along with parts of Middle and East Tennessee until Midnight Central Daylight time.

TBI Special Agents Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Scott County

TBI information by Leslie Earhart
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday morning in Oneida.
Preliminary information indicates that just before 12:30 EST, two deputies with the Scott County Sheriff's Office and one officer with the Oneida Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling south on Alberta Street. The driver didn't immediately stop and continued on until he reached the parking lot of a business located at the intersection of Alberta Street and Depot Street. Officers then approached the vehicle and removed a female passenger from the car. The driver of the vehicle refused to comply with commands and accelerated, driving toward officers and nearly striking them. Officers fired shots toward the vehicle, which left the parking lot and continued to travel north on Alberta Street for a short distance before crashing. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not yet been positively identified.
A team of Agents and Forensic Scientists worked throughout the night conducting interviews and collecting any and all relevant evidence. As in any case, our investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for his consideration and review.
As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.

Sunset lights up the Cumberland County Courthouse

Thursday evening as the Taste of Crossville was starting to wind down, the sunset bathed the Courthouse in the warm color of the sunset pinks and orange.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Crossville Police Dept. participating in READ20 program

The City of Crossville Police Department announces participation in the First Lady’s READ20 Book Club whose purpose is to give Tennessee families a fun goal of reading together with their children for 20 minutes every day. A new twist on the program is giving books to Police Officers to hand out while on patrol. Taking it one step further, the City of Crossville Police Department has been taking time with our community’s young people, reading to them from donated books.
Pictured: Captain Larry Qualls, Lieutenant Tony Davis and Officer Terry Graham reading to students Kid’s Connection, Bright Futures and Home Away from Home daycares.

Reading is the basic tool for success in school, work, and life and must be promoted early in childhood. The First Lady’s READ20 Book Club encourages Tennessee children and families to read aloud each day to help young children develop a larger vocabulary, a longer attention span, better listening skills, and a solid reading foundation. Reading together will also build stronger relationships and will be fun.
If you operate a daycare or after-school program in the City of Crossville, and would like to participate in this exciting new program, please contact Cpt. Larry Qualls at 931-484-7231.
Just Imagine...
ü   If a child reads for 20 minutes every day, they are exposed to about 1.8 million words of text every year. That is 137 new words per minute!

ü  If families read together for 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week, they get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year!

ü  Many states use 3rd grade reading scores to predict the number of jail cells they might need in the future.  (About 3 out of 5 prisoners in America are illiterate.)

ü  For every year you read with your child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000. You make a $250,000 gift to your child from birth to age five by reading aloud, just 20 minutes a day!

ü  Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.

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Taste of Crossville remains very popular fundraiser for DCI.

Downtown Crossville, Inc. uses the annual event Taste of Crossville to help raise funds for their work in support of many downtown events and educational activities.  The 2017 event, held May 25th was very well attended with area restaurants and other businesses sharing their food with attendees while Main Street was closed between Neecham Street and Fourth Street.

It was a beautiful night if a touch on the cool side, but the sunset was a great desert for this very popular event.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying the food and fellowship

Canon restaurants' Chuckwagon

North End of Downtown

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Depot made a great backdrop too.

Main Street was full of people enjoying great food and fun.

Grinderhouse coffee

State Park Restaurant had great ribs. 

Good Samaritan of FFG food service.

Chestnut Hill Winery

Calfkiller Beer on tap

Beer and T-shirts too.

A sunset to end the evening.