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Starting Monday evening, motorists can expect a rolling roadblock in Putnam County in the vicinity of mile marker 283. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says work will begin to remove the existing bridge over I-40 at the Mine Lick Creek interchange on Monday evening, February 13, 2017 through Thursday evening, February 16, 2016. The contractor will utilize rolling roadblocks on I-40 during the nighttime hours of 8:30PM to 5:30AM. THP will assist with the rolling roadblock during this time. All detour signs to direct the motoring public for the closed bridge are in place. All motorists are strongly advised to use the detours while work is being performed for the safety of the public.
A man and woman were apprehended after Crossville Police responded Monday to a burglary on Tennessee Avenue. The victim reported that a wireless key pad valued at $400 had been taken. The victim said as he arrived for the burglar alarm, he saw a female walking toward the Cumberland County Playhouse. He also saw a vehicle turn onto Tennessee Avenue. While searching the area, police came upon 43-year-old Robert Grumbein, of Crossville, who reportedly consented to a search of his vehicle and person. Police found AA batteries in his pocket matching the batteries taken from the alarm key pad. A search of Grumbeinís silver Dodge Durango revealed a black backpack containing seven boxes of 9mm ammunition, numerous glue sticks and lip balm. Police report that a background check of Grumbein revealed he has been convicted of felonies in the past. The female, identified as Leah Davenport, was located on Holiday Court and was taken into custody for burglary. Drug charges are also pending against Davenport after she was allegedly found in possession of a crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Grumbein was taken into custody for Burglary and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Tennessee lawmakers were scrambling to get their legislative proposals submitted before Thursday's filing deadline.
Among the last batch of bills is a renewed effort to require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates. Other recently filed bills would allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in schools, drop a ban on Sunday liquor sales and get rid of open primary voting in Tennessee.
House Speaker Beth Harwell this week touted her initiative to limit each lawmaker to 15 bills per session as helping focus the General Assembly on smaller government.
There's a new tax scam.
The IRS is warning taxpayers to be alert for tax return preparers who promise inflated tax refunds.
IRS officials say if a preparer promises an extremely large refund based on credits or benefits you've never been able to claim in the past you should use caution.
Scammers usually search for people who don't have a filing requirement, like the elderly or people with a low income.
Con artists may also file a false return in their client's name, and the client doesn't know that a refund was paid.
Experts say if a preparer is promising something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
This scam is just one of several on the annual list of tax scams released by the IRS known as the "Dirty Dozen."
Gov. Bill Haslam has introduced legislation seeking to ban any open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling on Tennessee roads.
Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers. That conflicts with federal open container guidelines, which causes about $18 million in federal road money to be redirected toward drunken-driving enforcement.
Haslam wants to change the law so that money can be spent on roads as part of his ambitious transportation funding initiative. But prosecutors and police worry that the money they received to target DUIs would be lost under the change.
The governor has said he would try to replenish those funds from the general fund but has not yet made a specific proposal.