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Competitive cheerleading is alive and well here in Cumberland County. Stevie's Elite Athletics' Cheerleading Program competed in their first competition this past Saturday and came out on top. Level 1 placed 4th and Level 3 brought home 1st place, even more impressive is the majority of the team has never competed in cheer before. The squad heads to Nashville for their next competition November 17th.
More than 900 pounds of drugs were turned in during last week's drug take back events in Cumberland County. Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Casey Cox says "the prescription drug abuse problem is currently our biggest challenge." He adds that "It is a common denominator to a long list of problems we deal with, so taking 925 pounds of drugs out of the equation this year makes a huge difference for us." Saturday was National Drug Take Back Day. Nearly 3 million pounds of prescription drugs have been turned in nationwide since the Drug Take Back program began two and a half years ago.
Brown Elementary School has been chosen as one of the state's SCORE winners. The prize recognizes the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school district that have most dramatically improved student achievement. As a SCORE winner, Brown will receive a $10,000 prize and will be highlighted throughout the year as part of SCORE's work to identify and share practices that improve student academic performance.
This Friday, the federal government's short-term inflation of the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will end, causing a reduction in the monthly amount for households across the nation receiving food stamps. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beginning this Friday, November 1st, a family of four receiving a maximum allotment will see benefits decrease from $668 to $632, a decrease of $36, or 5.4 percent. This marks the final phase-out of federal stimulus funding administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Tennessee Department of Human Services began sending letters to SNAP Program recipients that both explain the federal adjustment to the benefit and provide USDA resources that help recipients make healthful food choices on small budgets.
Crossville police are investigating a burglary at the Durable Products plant on Central Avenue. According to reports, an unknown person broke into the plant and took various items including copper wiring. During the investigation, footprints were found throughout the plant, none of which came from employees. Investigators later found the missing items along the wood line of the property. Officials say the suspect the thief may have planned to return for the items later. There are no witnesses or suspects at this time