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(Crossville, TN: April 22, 2016): The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA.
All individuals who are not U.S. citizens, and have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to the FSA within 90 days of closing. Failure to submit the AFIDA form (FSA-153) could result in civil penalties of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the property. County government offices, realtors, attorneys and others involved in real estate transactions are reminded to notify foreign investors of these reporting requirements.
The local Farm Service Agency is located at 314 Old Jamestown Highway in Crossville, TN.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has announced the dates and locations for next month's Big Orange Caravan. The caravan begins in Atlanta on May 4 before hitting the Volunteer State. The caravan also will make stops May 5 in Chattanooga, May 10 in Nashville, May 11 in Memphis and May 17 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Tennessee's football team will play against Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 10. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak said football coach Butch Jones is expected at all five caravan locations and that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes and women's basketball coach Holly Warlick should appear at most of the stops as well. Tennessee broadcaster Bob Kesling will serve as master of ceremonies.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forward Ray Kasongo is leaving the Tennessee men's basketball team after one season.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes confirmed Thursday that Kasongo "is going to leave, and he's got some different options out there."
Kasongo played 22 games as a sophomore this past season and averaged 1.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 5.5 minutes. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 6.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in 2014-15 at College of Southern Idaho.
Although he is from Canada, Kasongo graduated from Pikeville (Kentucky) High School and attended prep school at Phase 1 Academy in Phoenix.
Kasongo's departure leaves Tennessee with an open scholarship for the 2016-17 season. Barnes said that "we would use it in the right situation, and we are looking at some different situations right now."
TNReady is still not ready. State officials say some school districts have still not received materials for the TNReady tests. The Tennessee Department of Education says the company responsible for the standardized testing materials, Measurement Inc. has fallen behind on the job. Measurement Inc. is also in charge of the electronic version of the test which crashed earlier this year. As a result, schools have been forced to extend testing schedule through May 10th.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The aggravated assault charge was reduced for former Vol Alexis Johnson. It was reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony.
The false imprisonment charge was dismissed in its entirety.
There will be no probation for Johnson.
Johnson was accused of strangling a woman he used to date.
According to a police report, Johnson was play fighting in his apartment with a girl he previously dated. The victim told police that the play fighting escalated when Johnson placed his hand around her throat several times. She told investigators the constriction was so tight she couldn't fight back and felt like she was going to pass out.
Investigators say a witness reported that Johnson appeared to be punching the victim and injured her lip. The witness said that Johnson tried repeatedly to touch and kiss the victim who repeatedly refused interest in a sexual encounter.
Johnson was suspended from the football team.