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Tennessee officials are scrambling to avoid losing $60 million in federal road funding because of a new state law that runs afoul of zero-tolerance standards for underage drivers who have been drinking.
Federal guidelines suggest a strict 0.02 percent allowable blood alcohol content for drivers under the legal drinking age. The new Tennessee law raises that limit to 0.08 for 18- to 20-year-olds but metes out the stronger penalties for offenders.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it will withhold the 8 percent of Tennessee's federal highway funding if the state is not in compliance by Oct. 1.
The state Transportation Department argues that another state law prohibits minors from having a blood alcohol content above 0.02 percent, and that that should count toward compliance with zero tolerance.
The man accused of killing former Crossville resident Nikki Burgess was back in a Nashville court on Tuesday. Last week Caleb Cannon’s former cellmate testified that Cannon told him that he had beaten and strangled Burgess and then disposed of her body on a farm where he used to in Knoxville. Burgess disappeared in May 2014 and her body has not been found. Authorities say cadaver dogs alerted to the presence of human decomposition inside Burgess’ home in Hermitage and also in the trunk of a vehicle registered to Cannon. The defense attempted to have evidence of Burgess’s body in their client’s vehicle removed from the trial. However, three cadaver dog experts testified in court on Tuesday. No ruling was made and Cannon is due back in court for another hearing on September 16, 2016.
Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 27 which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.
Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting.
On Free Hunting Day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many of the WMAs are open to hunters seeking public access on Aug. 27. Hunters are asked to check the information for particular WMAs in the newly-published 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide which is available online at www.tnwildlife.org or copies are available at any TWRA regional office or at most outlets where licenses are sold.
The TWRA offers a reminder that hunter education requirements are not waived for Free Hunting Day. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course. An apprentice license is required for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 if the hunter education course has not been completed. This license exempts the hunter from the mandatory hunter education law for one year from the date of purchase, but may only be purchased for up to three consecutive years during the lifetime of the hunter.
Hunters are allowed to harvest up to 10 squirrels a day from the opening day of squirrel season through Feb. 28, 2017 with each hunting day beginning a half-hour before sunrise and ending a half-hour after sunset.
In addition to squirrels, those species that have a year-round season will be open as well. The year-round species include armadillo, beaver, coyote, groundhog, and striped skunk.
For more information about hunting in Tennessee, visit TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org or contact your nearest TWRA regional office.
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The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking for your help in finding the thieves who stole a new John Deer 1025R tractor with 60" mowing deck and front end loader from Tri-County Equipment in Crossville. The theft occurred sometime between Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, 2016. If you have seen this tractor, or if you have any information about this theft, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Jason Wilson with the Crossville Police Department.
A quick reminder to all of our tipsters... When you have a tip about a crime, the location of a wanted person or any other information that could help keep our community safe, Please call the 24 hour Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at: 931-200-1173. This number is 100% anonymous and could earn you some CA$H just for helping protect our community!
(Photo courtesy Crimestoppers)
A Marymont Drive resident startled a burglar at his home on Thursday. The victim told Crossville Police that he was playing his game system in his bedroom when he heard a loud noise. As he was investigating the strange sound, he noticed the rear door to the house was standing open. He approached the door and saw a male suspect jumping a fence and exiting the back yard. No items appeared to be missing, however, a closet door had been kicked. Police did not immediately identify any suspects.