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Canine distemper is rapidly spreading across Tennessee. Local 8 Now reports that Cumberland County has battled three outbreaks in a matter of months and dozens of dogs have been put down. Officials from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter say they haven't seen the disease spread this quickly in years. Canine distemper is especially bad in rural areas where many dogs catch the virus from wild animals like raccoons and skunks. The disease lasts in the environment for several days, so dogs donít even need direct contact to catch distemper. Dogs can even catch the disease if an infected animal eats or drinks from their food or water bowls. Once a dog is infected, the first symptoms include high fever, red eyes and watery discharge from the nose and eyes. It kills about half the dogs it infects. The best way to prevent your dog from catching the disease is to get it vaccinated. After the initial distemper vaccination, veterinarians say dogs need another shot every three years.
Among items in Thursday's special called session of the Crossville City Council is a recommendation from the City Attorney that action taken at the most recent regular meeting regarding the Cityís intent to continue County building inspections, be repealed. It is the opinion of City Attorney Will Ridley that council nor the public was given proper notice of the action prior to the approval. Ridley suggests that the Council repeal all previous actions and approve new motions on the matter. Council members will also address the 2nd reading of an ordinance amending rules at Meadow Park Lake. Thursday's Special Called Session of the City Council begins t 5 p.m. Afterwards the council will meet in work session to discuss recreation.
Lee Cromwell, the man police say drove into a crowd of people on July 4th, is facing several charges. Local 8 Now reports that Cromwell was arrested Tuesday afternoon on several charges, including criminally negligent homicide, reckless homicide, vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended or revoked license, reckless endangerment and 12 counts of aggravated assault. Police say Cromwell hit eight parked cars with his Dodge Ram pickup truck after the city's firework show. Nine people were hurt either from direct impact or from cars moving by force of being hit by Cromwell's truck. Family members of James Robinson say he jumped in front of the truck to save his daughter. He went to Methodist Medical Center, where he later died.
A close knit community is breathing a sigh of relief after a Daysville Road woman was found following an exhaustive overnight search. Family members say that 75-year-old Lucille B Niles Cindy, who has dementia, left her home around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rescue crews and volunteers continued the search throughout the night and into the morning hours. She was found around 11 a.m. Wednesday and is reportedly in stable condition. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
A Lobelville teenager has been indicted on a murder charge involving the fatal shooting of Sgt, 1st Class Michael Braden at the Perry County National Guard Armory on July 9 , 2014. Christopher Clark Farrar, who was 15 years old at the time gained access to the Armory and fired several shots, one of which hit Sgt. Braden, 45, who later died. On Monday, the Perry County Grand Jury indicted Farrar on one count of First Degree Murder. Tuesday, Farrar was served with the indictment at the Williamson County Juvenile Center prior to being transferred to the Perry County Jail. Now 16, Farrar will be tried as an adult.