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White County Judge Buckles Under Pressure Form ACLU, No Longer Offering Reduced Sentences for Vasectomies
Peg Broadcasting News/WKRN Friday July 28, 2017

A White County judge has buckled under pressure from the ACLU and the State Health Department and stopped offering free vasectomies for shorter jail sentences. Judge Sam Benningfield was giving 30 days credit to male inmates who agreed to get vasectomies and female inmates who agreed to get birth control implants. Under the program all procedures were provided free of charge. Benningfield said he was tired of seeing repeat offenders in his court who could not pay for their child support. He points out that it is hard enough for inmates to get back on their feet without the burden of additional children. While the ACLU was in an uproar, dozens of inmates in the White County jail were eager to take the judge?s offer. The program began in May, however, this month the Health Department notified the court that the state would no longer offer free birth control or vasectomies to White County Inmates. Judge Benningfield reversed his order on Wednesday but says that those inmates who had agreed to birth control will still get 30 days off their sentences, whether or not the procedure was performed.

Crossville Native Keeps Navy Wing Flying

Crossville Native Keeps Navy Wing Flying
By Kayla Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs Thursday July 27, 2017

OAK HARBOR, Wash. - A 1993 York Agriculture Institute in Jamestown, Tennessee graduate and Crossville, Tennessee native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the premier naval air installation in the Pacific Northwest region.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randall Benson is an aviation maintenance officer serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10.

A Navy aviation maintenance officer is responsible for managing maintenance on nine P-3C aircraft.

"I have always loved working on these aircraft," said Benson. "I am lucky that my job gives me this opportunity."

According to Navy officials, Wing 10 has continued to fly combat missions in direct support of the troops on the ground and delivered traditional maritime capabilities, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Beginning in the 1960s, the P-3C Orion, a land-based, long-range anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft, replaced the P-2V Neptune fleet. After 50 years of faithful service and the 50th anniversary of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, the P-3C Orion is being phased out of the fleet and replaced by the P-8A Poseidon, according to Navy officials.

The P-8A is a modified Boeing airframe featuring a fully connected, state-of-the-art, open architecture mission system designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Navy officials explained.

"Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 mans, trains, and equips P-3 and P-8 squadrons to deploy anywhere, anytime," said Capt. Robert W. Patrick, Commodore of CPRW-10. "These forces are the nation's first choice for broad area maritime surveillance and rapid response around the world. This is critically important, as we are the eyes and the ears of our national defense, putting pressure on strategic locations around the world. Our sailors are the single biggest asymmetric advantage that allow us to succeed at our missions. Without our sailors' agility and expertise, we would not be able to do what we do."

Benson is part of a crew striving to be the best Naval Aviation Wing in the United States, according to Navy Officials. Their mission is to safely build and maintain a team of sailors capable of conducting prompt and sustained combat operations.

"This has been my first command as an officer," Benson said. "It's been a new experience. The maintenance master chief I work with has made my transition to a warrant officer pretty easy for me. I couldn't ask for a better person to work with."

According to Navy officials, the Navy continues to meet milestone after milestone on this world-class mission and is providing an aircraft with superior capabilities to the men and women in uniform that will have a lasting legacy promoting a global maritime strategy.

"I chose to join the Navy to set myself up for a stable retirement," Benson added. "One percent of the population serves in the military and I think the civilian population holds the military to a higher standard. I try to make sure to hold myself to that standard."

(Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)


Out of Zone Requests Start August 3, 2017
Submitted Thursday July 27, 2017

From Cumberland County Schools - Parents and Guardians of students whose 2017-18 Out of Zone Requests were denied due to space availability will have the opportunity to request reconsideration of that decision. Starting August 3rd through August 8th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Out of Zone Reconsideration Applications will be accepted at Central Services, 368 Fourth Street, Crossville, Tennessee. During each day of this window, the staff at Central Services will stand ready to accept the applications and document the date and time received. On August 8th at 5:00 pm the window closes, school enrollment numbers will be analyzed and final decisions related to out of zone requests will be made.


Federal Fugitive Arrested In Cumberland County, Tennessee After 5 Years On The Run
Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee Wednesday July 26, 2017

Press Release:

Defendant Disappeared During Trial And Was Convicted In Absentia

Ronald Eli Lewis, 72, of Sparta, Tenn., was arrested by U.S. Marshals and TBI agents Wednesday morning in Cumberland County, Tenn., announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith of the Middle District of Tennessee.

Lewis and his cousin, Clifford Lewis, were convicted in March 2012 of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana throughout Middle Tennessee. The verdicts stem from the attempted delivery of nearly 900 pounds of marijuana to the Lewis? family farm in Sparta, Tennessee on March 28, 2007. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had tracked the marijuana to the farm, where the defendants were arrested as they began to unload it. The jury heard evidence that the delivery was part of a larger scheme to ship thousands of pounds of marijuana via tractor trailer from Texas to Tennessee.

A few days after the trial began in March 2012, Ronald Lewis, who was free on bond, failed to show for the remainder of the trial. Lewis was subsequently convicted in absentia. His cousin, Clifford, was also convicted and later sentenced to prison. Two other co-defendants, Jimmy Clinton Smith, of Texas and Eliseo Gavin, of Oklahoma, had previously pleaded guilty and were later sentenced to prison.

The investigation into the drug distribution conspiracy was conducted by the DEA and the TBI. The fugitive investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals' Joint Fugitive Task Force including the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.


Art Circle Public Library Giving Away Free Solar Eclipse Glasses
Peg Broadcasting News/NASA/ Wednesday July 26, 2017

Beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Art Circle Public Library card holders can get a free pair of solar eclipse glasses when they check out at least one book, audio CD, DVD or magazine on the subject of science. Limit one pair of glasses per person while supplies last.

The total solar eclipse is Monday, August 21 and Crossville is in the Path of Totality. The total eclipse of the sun will sweep across the United States from approximately noon to 3 p.m. Central Time. The eclipse will reach totality at about 1:26 p.m. CT in Tennessee. The Duration of Totality in Crossville and Cumberland County will last about 2 minutes 34 seconds. For those planning to view the solar eclipse make sure you have the proper eye protection.

According to NASA, you should never at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer ? the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the sun, look at your hands? shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.

A solar eclipse is one of nature?s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.



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