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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander is urging Tennesseans to oppose a proposed wind farm in Cumberland County.
Alexander says the proposed wind farm would tarnish the beauty of the Cumberland County mountains. The Apex Clean Energy wind farm would contain twenty three wind turbines. Alexander says the blinking lights would be seen for miles and called the amount of energy they would generate "puny."
Alexander used a picture of a wind farm from Palm Springs California as a comparison and said if a wind turbine is put up they are hard to take down.
The wind farm would be less than 10 miles from Cumberland Mountain State Park and less than five miles from Ozone Falls Scenic State Natural Area.
Due to the threat of rain (90-100% chance), the 2016 CCHS Graduation will be held in the gym. At graduation practice on Thursday, each senior will receive 9 tickets. Those seniors who do not need all 9 tickets can return their extra tickets. Those extra tickets will be distributed 3 at a time to seniors requesting them after graduation practice. Every person (regardless of age/size) will be required to have a ticket to enter the gym. This is due to the seating capacity of the gym designated by the fire marshal. The doors to the gymnasium will open at 5:30 for all ticket holders. At 6:15, those without a ticket will be allowed to enter until the gym is full. Overflow seating will be available in the cafeteria, where graduation will be streamed live. The entry to the cafeteria is located in the back of the main building around from the gym entrance.
Stone Memorial High School seniors graduate on Thursday, May 19 @ 6:30 p.m. And graduation at Cumberland County High School will be this Friday, May 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – More than 110 Soldiers with the 269th Military Police Company from Murfreesboro got a chance to exercise their skills from May 13-16 in the first phase of Tennessee Maneuvers 2016. The Tennessee Military Department’s largest statewide disaster preparedness exercise in history, the maneuvers is designed to exercise the Guard’s ability to respond to catastrophic natural disasters and aid the citizens of Tennessee.
For the maneuvers, the 269th joined more than 500 Tennessee Army National Guardsmen and eight other state and local agencies in a series of exercises in Tullahoma testing their ability to respond to severe weather scenarios. The military policemen conducted 24-hour operations to secure two emergency staging areas, establish and exercise a quick reaction force, and provide force protection and access control for emergency personnel.
But for the Soldiers of the 269th, it was nothing that they couldn’t handle.
“Our first mission was to conduct route reconnaissance on the main roads involved in the scenario,” said Capt. Tim Butler, the company commander. “Determining if routes are clear of debris, bridges are safe to cross, and roads can be traveled is just one of many missions that we can perform.” The unit also spent the three days training on skills which are vital to responding to natural disasters. They trained for search and rescue of missing citizens, assisting law enforcement, and helping people trapped in their homes in the event of severe weather.
According to Butler, the Murfreesboro unit is one of the state’s National Guard Response force teams. They are one of the first units called in case of a real emergency and can respond to anywhere in the state within 24 hours.
For many of the Soldiers, it’s not the first time they’ve been involved in disaster relief. Since 2005, the company deployed for Hurricane Katrina to discourage looting, made two rotations to the southwest border for Operation Jump Start, supported law enforcement following the Gallatin tornado in 2006, and established food and water distribution sites during the Nashville floods in 2010.
The unit has also deployed to Iraq twice, in 2003 and 2009, where it earned the Valorous Unit award (a unit award equivalent to the Silver Star) and just returned from a year in Afghanistan in December 2014. “This is one of the busiest units in the state,” said Staff Sgt. William Broersma, the unit’s Training Officer. “But that’s the way we like it.”
(Photo by SSG William Jones. Pictured: 1st Lt. Aaron Johnson briefs one of his squad leaders on an upcoming mission as part of Tennessee Maneuvers 2016 at the Volunteer Training Site-Tullahoma on May 14.)
A Crossville Congressional Candidate facing an indictment in a marijuana grow operation is reportedly not ready to throw in the towel. According to The Tennessean, 77-year-old Florence “Flo” Matheson says she is innocent. Matheson also reportedly told The Tennessean that she was “going to work even harder now” for marijuana decriminalization and indicated she will continue to seek the Democratic nomination in August for the 6th Congressional District Seat, which is currently occupied by U.S. Representative Diane Black.
It was on Friday May 13th, 2016 that a joint narcotics operation led to the service of a Search Warrant at 16536 Genesis Road, in Cumberland County, TN. That property is owned Florence “Flo” Matheson and was reportedly being occupied by Stephen M. Harrington. According to a press release, a search of the property found and indoor marijuana grow operation, firearms, cash, processed marijuana and over 180 marijuana plants. Police say that this is the second grow operation found by Crossville Narcotics Detectives involving Stephen Michael Harrington, who is currently serving 3 years of Supervised Probation.
Some evidence of an illegal grow operation were found inside the residence, however, the full scale cultivation was found in a large barn, just a few hundred yards away. The inside of barn had been finished to create two separate tropical grow environments, with electrical service costing thousands of dollars annually to operate. Additionally, remote wireless surveillance equipment had been installed to monitor areas of the compound, including the locked gate at the driveway entrance.
Criminal indictments will again be sought on Stephen M. Harrington, at an upcoming session of the Cumberland County Grand Jury. Additionally, criminal indictments will also be sought on the owner, and primary resident of the property, Florence “Flo” Matheson, in connection with the operation.
According to The Tennessean, Matheson denied knowing about the grow operation and said the incident has motivated her to continue to fight for the decriminalization of cannabis. Harrington also defended Matheson by saying “the only thing this woman is guilty of is helping out a homeless disabled vet who betrayed her trust."