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On Monday May 2nd, 2016, Crossville Police Narcotics Detective’s long term investigation came to an end with the execution of a search warrant and the seizure of $1,247.00 in cash and illicit narcotics in Crossville, TN. Following an in-depth investigation and undercover operations, this action is the latest example of the Crossville Police Department’s resolve to eliminate illegal narcotics in our community. With this most recent effort, Illegal Drugs and money were seized during the search warrant service. A local resident, who has been trafficking narcotics within the statutory limits of a school or daycare, was the target of the operation. Multiple felony narcotics charges are pending the outcome of the completed investigation and their presentation to the Cumberland County Grand Jury. Participating in the operation were the Crossville Police Department, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force. A special thank you goes out to all agencies involved in the completion of this dangerous task. This continuation of our recently introduced Anti-Drug Billboard Campaign is a definite sign to drug dealers that… “We ARE coming after you!”
An East Tennessee Endangered Alert has been issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Rogersville Police Department for 9 year-old Carlie Trent. Carlie was removed from school Wednesday by her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson under false pretenses. He has no custodial rights to Carlie. Currently their whereabouts are unknown. Carlie is 4'8" tall, weighs 75lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and gray tank top shirt with blue jeans. Simpson is a 57 year-old white male, 5'10" tall, weighing 157lbs. He is balding and has brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark colored shirt and jeans. He was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with TN registration 173GPS. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off of the hood. If you have seen the child, subject or vehicle, please call the Rogersville Police Department at 423-272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. (Photo Courtesy TBI)
The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in communities across the state this May to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy as well as education and prevention efforts. Special emphasis will be given on May 4, 2016 when TDH will join partners from across the country in celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This observance helps teens understand the consequences of unplanned pregnancy and think about how to best prepare for success in achieving their educational and vocational goals.
“Teen pregnancy has been declared as one of six ‘winnable battles’ by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we are moving in the right direction in Tennessee,” said TDH Deputy Commissioner for Population Health Michael Warren, MD, MPH. “Consistent with national trends, Tennessee’s birth rates for adolescents aged 15-19 steadily declined from 53.8 in 2008 to 33.0 in 2014, and teen pregnancy rates declined from 64.7 to 37.9 per 1,000 teens. We are proud of this progress and continue our efforts to educate parents, teens, health professionals and other community partners about ways to further reduce pregnancies among young Tennesseans.”
The mission of the Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program is to prevent unplanned adolescent pregnancies through a comprehensive, community-wide, collaborative effort that promotes abstinence, self-respect, constructive life options and responsible decision-making about sexuality, healthy relationships and the future.
The Crossville Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to promote motorcycle safety during the month of May. May is nationally recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Through the Look Twice for Motorcycles campaign, agencies participate by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the importance of sharing the road and looking twice for motorcyclists.
“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the perfect time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders,” said Capt. Larry Qualls. “All motorisits need to know how to anticipate and respond to motorcyclists to avoid crashes.”
Preliminary date reveals that in 2015, Tennessee experienced an increase in motorcycle fatalities. There was also and increase in the number of those killed who were not wearing a helmet. There were over 2,800 crashes involving a motorcycle last year statewide.
“Vulnerable road users like motorcycle riders, bicycle riders and pedestrians are no match against the four thousand pound vehicle that your are operating in the event of a crash” said Tennessee Highway Safety Officer Public Information Officer Amanda Brown. “That is why we are asking that this month, and all year round, motorists take an extra moment and look twice”.
For more information about the “Look Twice” campaign or to learn about motorcycle safety, visit tntrafficsafety.org.
You have a free option to get home safely if you choose to drink on Cinco de Mayo. AAA is offering its Tow to Go service to members or non-members in Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.
If you need a tow home anytime on Thursday, May 5 or overnight until 6:00 am Friday morning, May 6, you can call AAA's Tow to Go program at (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. AAA will provide a free, confidential tow of your vehicle somewhere within a 10 mile radius.
AAA also encourages everyone to plan ahead and designate a driver before a time of celebrating, to be sure that alcohol and driving never mix.
“Impaired driving can ruin more than just a good celebration,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “Please plan ahead to make sure you and your loved ones make it home safely.”
AAA has hosted the Tow to Go program since 1998, keeping more than 24,000 drunk drivers off the roads in the Southeast.