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Knoxville State Representative Joe Armstrong is proposing legislation to install seat belts in all Tennessee school buses. According to Local 8 Now, the proposal is gaining favor with both Democrats and Republicans. Reportedly, the proposal would include installing seat belts on all new school buses, but phasing them in on buses already on the roads to help defray the cost. However, not everyone is on board with the idea, though. Representative Bill Dunn, a Republican for District 16, said this proposal has been brought up before, and studies showed seat belts aren't proven to be a cost-effective way to help save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has done studies on this issue in the past. Several years ago, it recommended increasing safety standards for bus riders, including installing seat belts, but those regulations were never mandated.
The Cumberland County Commission in regular session on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the execution of contracts with AMK Services for enhancements and replacement of the existing P25 digital radio system. AMK has proposed changing the way the signals are distributed and adding additional tower locations. The enhancements were previously approved by the Emergency Services Committee at a cost of $2.2 million dollars. Representatives of AMK say the project will take about 12 months to complete with a large portion of that time being spent in acquiring the proper FCC licensing. The vote to approve the contracts was 15 in favor, 2 commissioners absent and Commissioner Tom Isham voting against, saying the system is too expensive to maintain and suggested looking at a return to a VHF analog system.
The results are in and the City was victorious in both the Salvation Army “Cops For Kids” and “Firefighters For Kids” challenges. The yearly competition pits the Crossville City Police Department against the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department; and the City Fire Department against the County Fire Department to see which departments can ring the bell and raise the most money for the Salvation Army. Norma Phipps and Trisha Steinman congratulated all the departments on what they said were very close competitions. But in the final tally, the City departments earned the bragging rights and will each display trophies until next year’s friendly competition to raise money for children in Cumberland County and the Plateau region.
Crossville Babe Ruth is now accepting sign-ups for boys age 13-16 through March 2. Applications are available at the Crossville Parks and Recreation office, Dunham Sporting Goods and all nine county schools. Fees are $45 for each player or a maximum of $135 per family. Mail the completed from with the fees to Babe Ruth Baseball, 326 Lincoln St., Crossville, TN 38572 or drop them off at the Crossville Parks and Recreation office on Industrial Blvd. League organizer Gaylord Harrison indicated he needs 45 players or 15 per team. There is also a need for coaches. Evaluations will be March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Garrison Park A. For more information or to be a coach, call Gaylord Harrison at 484-3554.
The City of Crossville has named Rodney Shoap Interim Police Chief. Shoap, who was chosen from ten applicants, will fill the position that opened up when current Chief David Beaty announced his plans to retire after 30 years on the force. Shoap is retired from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff's Department and brings 28 years of law enforcement experience to the post. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and an Associate of Science Degree in Criminology. Shoap is also a graduate of the 178th session of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute and a certified law enforcement officer in the states of Tennessee and Florida. He and his wife are currently living in Columbia, TN where he is serving as a magistrate for the Maury County General Sessions Court. Rodney Shoap's first day as Interim Police Chief will be Wednesday, January 28th. Chief David Beaty's last day with the Crossville Police Department will be Friday, January 30th. Chief Beaty said he is proud to have served the City of Crossville for three decades and he retires with confidence that his departure will be a smooth transition due to the professionalism of current police department employees, officers and Interim Police Chief Shoap.