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One person sustained what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries in a single vehicle accident on North Dunbar in Lake Tansi this (Thursday) morning. The wreck occurred shortly before 10 a.m. and tied up traffic in both directions for about thirty minutes before crews were able to open one lane. The driver was transported to the hospital and a passenger reportedly refused treatment at the scene.
Kidnapper has just been caught! He is now in custody!
A manhunt is underway in Cookeville for a man suspected of kidnapping an elderly woman. It all started around 7 p.m. Wednesday night when a man driving a white 2016 Honda CRV approached a woman. As he was talking to her, she noticed his elderly female passenger. At some point, the elderly woman reportedly mouthed the words “help me”. The woman notified police and was able give them a description of the man, the vehicle and the tag number. Police caught up with the suspect vehicle on Willow in Cookeville and say the suspect fled on foot. Authorities brought out the bloodhounds and residents of the Green Acres subdivision area were instructed to lock their doors and stay in their homes. On his Facebook page, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton said the elderly victim has been found and is relatively unharmed. Mayor Shelton wrote on Facebook early this (Thursday) morning that the Cookeville Police Department is still searching for the suspect: Russell Lee Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn is a 34 year-old male white; 6’00”; 200 lbs; short, light brown hair with a receding hairline; multiple tattoos. Mr. Vaughn should be considered dangerous and is not to be approached by citizens. (Photo Courtesy Cookeville Mayor Shelton)
At Tuesday night’s Crossville City Council Meeting, several volunteer firefighters were recognized. Firefighter/paramedic Patrick South was recognized as 2016’s Volunteer Firefighter of the year. This is Patrick’s third year of being Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. He responded to nearly 160 emergencies in Crossville last year. Several other volunteer firefighters were presented with commendations for responding to the Pigeon Forge fires November 28th-30th. A total of 10 Crossville, Cumberland County, and Fairfield Glade volunteer firefighters responded to the disaster in that area, receiving little sleep, food, or rest during that time. The firefighters that responded are as followed: Deputy Chief Chris South, Captain Tim Johnson, Captain Terry Potter, Lt. Casey Worsham, Firefighter Clyde Winningham, Firefighter Trevor Gibson, Firefighter Patrick South, Firefighter Jake DeRossett, Firefighter Donald Earhart, and Firefighter Jordan Winningham. Each firefighter was presented with a certificate of commendation for their brave service during that time of disaster in our state.
It was brought before the City Council at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday that former interim Crossville Police Chief Rodney Shoap filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against former Council member Jesse Kerley and the City of Crossville. In the lawsuit, Shoap alleges that Kerley violated the Tennessee Public Protection Act, performed age discrimination, a breach of contract, slander, libel, and unnamed human rights violations. Shoap seeks $200,000 in actual damages as well as the City and Kerley paying all court costs, expenses, and attorney fees. The lawsuit is aimed only at Kerley, not naming any other past or present council members.
The Vols will take on South Carolina tonight. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. CT and the ball tips at 5:30 p.m. on Home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country.