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Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/ Public Information Officer Friday July 29, 2016

Press Release:

On July 27, 2016 a joint narcotics operation led to the service of a Search Warrant at 153 Obed Street, in Crossville, TN. Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detectives were working together with the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force, the Office of the District Attorney General, Crossville Housing Authority and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in the execution of a search warrant at an illegal narcotics distribution operation, located in government housing, within 680 feet of a daycare.

This search warrant comes after in-depth undercover investigations and drug purchases led to the discovery of the illegal narcotics operation. This illegal activity occurred at 153 Obed Street, near Home Away From Home Head Start and Day Care. Following the search of the property; Cash, illegal narcotics and an additional wanted person were discovered.

Following the operation, criminal indictments will be sought on the resident Henry Wilson - 45 years old, at an upcoming session of the Cumberland County Grand Jury.

A neighbor, Ashley England - 20 years old, was found in the residence and had an active Failure to Appear arrest warrant, with a 10 day hold, on file in Cumberland County. England was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center, where she is awaiting a court appearance.


Pokemon Banned From TDOC Properties
Friday July 29, 2016

statement from TDOC:

Due to the popularity of the new game Pokemon Go, the Tennessee Department of Correction has issued a statement reminding everyone that access to TDOC properties (both prisons and community supervision offices) is off limits. The safety and security of our offices is critical to this Department's mission of enhancing public safety. The Department considers trespassing a serious offense and those found on property without permission will be prosecuted.


Norfolk Southern train derails in Rhea County
WVLT Friday July 29, 2016

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A spokesperson for Norfolk Southern told Local 8 News that about 45 cars carrying coal derailed in Spring City, Tennessee on Thursday night. The train company said the train crew was not injured but that some of the cars were turned on their sides.

Mike Terry was pulling out of a nearby Exxon and said, "I know that it definitely derailed but I don't know what caused it. When I was leaving the parking lot I noticed sparks underneath the train then the cars flipped over on their side and then they started crashing into more that had already come to a stop. They looked like mostly coal cars and you could see coal spilling out."Witnesses told Local 8 News they watched the derailment near Highway 27.

"It looked to me like it came apart, something broke and it broke half way through the train."A woman working inside a market nearby the scene of the derailment told Local 8 News the area had not been evacuated and she had not heard of any injuries.

Local 8 News spoke with the wife of the Spring City Fire Chief. She said her husband had been called out to the scene after getting calls about what happened.

Rhea County dispatchers immediately told Local 8 News to contact Norfolk Southern.

A spokesperson for the company said, "A northbound Norfolk Southern coal train Spring City, Tenn., at 9:10 pm Thursday. Some of the loaded coal cars are turned on their sides. The train consisted of 3 locomotives and 122 loaded coal cars.Norfolk Southern is on site and is working with local officials to secure the area and we will soon begin operations to re-rail the cars. There were no injuries to the train crew. The cause of the derailment is under investigation."

The city manager confirmed the derailment caused minor property damage.


Early voting
Friday July 29, 2016

Early voting runs through Saturday,July 30th . You can cast your ballot early today (7/29/16) until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon CT. A Federal or State of Tennessee government issued photo ID is required to vote, unless an exception applies. For questions about the voting process call 931-484-4919. The Primary/General Election is Thursday, August 4.


What you need to know about tax-free weekend in Tennessee
WVLT Friday July 29, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Shoppers can enjoy a sales tax holiday in Tennessee one weekend earlier than in years past. The sales tax holiday will be the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August. That means, this year, it will happen from July 29 to 31.

This is because of a 2016 law change. The change only affected when this sales tax holiday would happen. It starts at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ends 11:59 p.m. that following Sunday.

"The sales tax holiday for back-to-school items is earlier this year. We encourage Tennesseans to mark their calendars so they don't miss this opportunity to save on important items," Gov. Bill Haslam said.

Shoppers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less during this sales tax holiday. Tennessee had its first sales tax holiday in 2007.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit



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