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A September readout date has been set for a Cumberland County woman accused of luring her ex-boyfriend to her home in Tansi in June 2014 and fatally shooting him. Stephanie Ann Cole is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Louis “Louie” Michael Tammaro II. Cole, a former Martin Elementary Special Education teacher, has pleaded not guilty. On Wednesday, Cole’s Attorney, Kevin Bryant, told Judge David Patterson that the State has conducted a mental evaluation on Cole, but he is still waiting for that report. Cole is due back in court on September 18th, 2015.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of $2,500 worth of chicken, fish and shrimp from Long John Silver’s on Main Street. The theft is believed to have occurred during the last six weeks. No suspects have been named at this time.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of numerous items from a storage building at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant on Peavine Road. Taken were a leaf blower, tool box, ladder, cleaning towels, cups, napkins and a steamer pot. Loss was estimated loss at $960. Video surveillance shows what appears to be a white male carrying the items and placing them in a white truck. No suspects have been named at this time.
Cooter from the hit TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard", weighed in on the Confederate flag discussion, saying he will not change a thing with his business and will continue to sell Confederate flags. The story has been trending nation-wide in light of last week's tragedy in Charleston where nine people were shot and killed inside a church. Since the accused killer, Dylan Roof, was allegedly seen on a web page holding a Confederate flag, the debate over the true meaning of the flag has been thrown into question. According to Local 8 Now, Ben Jones, who played 'Cooter' on The Dukes of Hazzard and currently owns Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg, said the flag's original meaning is not one of hatred and supremacy. "This is an American symbol of independence, of rebellion, yes, but of a spirit also of a nation a country, a region, the south that pulled itself back up from total destruction," Jones said. Jones then went deeper and said he despises anyone who doesn't see the flag as a positive symbol of American history and uses the flag as a tool of race superiority. He said his stores will continue to sell the Confederate flag, and Confederate flag merchandise, because he knows his stores represent what the flag truly stands for. "We're not going to change a thing at Cooter's. Ever. We know who we are, we're good people, we're not racist. We love everybody and we see that symbol as very, very positive. And we despise people who don't. I despise people who use those symbols for racist or white supremacist purposes," Jones said. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
A Crossville woman’s case is on the docket for Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend last year. Stephanie Ann Cole is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the June 2014 shooting death of 31-year-old Louis Michael Tammaro II. Cole, a former Martin Elementary Special Education teacher, has pleaded not guilty.