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Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox was injured while helping to prevent an explosion at the Family Dollar on Lantana Road. Sheriff Cox was nearby when he heard dispatch report a fire at the store Thursday night. Once on the scene, Cox discovered cases of merchandise on fire in a storage room and the flames were spreading up the wall. Spying a helium tank near the flames, Sheriff Cox told everyone to leave the building, and grabbed the tank to keep it from exploding. That’s when he burned his hands but it could have been much worse had the tank exploded. Assistant Fire Chief John Hall was also in the area when the call went out and was able to quickly contain and extinguish the blaze. Because of the fast response of both Cox and Hall the store re-opened the next day. Officials are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
An Amber Alert was issued for 3-year-old Keegan Waterman. He was last seen in Alpena, Mich. and was reported missing Monday. Local 8 Now reports that he may be en route to Tennessee with his mother, Christina Marie Waterman, in a 2000 Chevy Tahoe. It has a Tennessee license plate of U4758V and is tan. The child was last seen wearing a diaper and a pair of sandals. If you see these two, you can call the Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4101 or MSP Operations at 517-241-8000. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the Cumberland County Commission addressed a new insurance retirement benefit proposal for county employees who have worked for the county for at least 30 years. The new benefit, which was narrowly passed by the Budget Committee, is only for current employees and would pay 100% of the retiree’s individual health insurance until the former employee reaches Medicare age. According to 4th District County Commissioner Allen Foster, the year one projected cost to the county is just under $61,000. Commissioner Foster, who is against the proposal, “believes it is a huge financial liability for the County.” Foster adds “there is the potential that this new liability could even affect the County’s bond rating.” The final vote on this issue is scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM after a Public Hearing at 5:30 PM.
UPDATE! Overton/Pickett E-911 reports Lucas Brown has been found, alive and well.
Overton/Picket E-911 Monday, Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m.
Lucas Brown has been located alive in the area at which he was last known to be. He has been transported from the scene by EMS for medical evaluation yet appears to be stable and doing well. Overton County Rescue, 911, EMA, Emergency Services, Sheriff's Dept, County Executive, Livingston City Police, TEMA, wish to thank all that have donated food and their time or services to the search efforts. We are grateful for a positive outcome.
Authorities in Overton County are searching for a missing teenage boy. 17-year-old Lucas Brown was last seen Thursday. His car was found but there was no sign of the boy. He is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. If you have have information as to the whereabouts of Lucas Brown, you're asked to contact the Overton County Sheriff's Department.
The TBI says that Lucas Brown was last seen on August 12, 2015. Lucas had advised a friend he was going ginseng hunting and borrowed a shotgun from his friend to take with him. His vehicle a 1995 tan Ford Ranger pickup was found in the area of Nelson Lane in Rickman, Tennessee. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts and a t-shirt. If you have seen Lucas or know anything about his disappearance, please call the Overton County Sheriff's Department at 931-823-5635.
A Nashville man has been charged in the case of a missing 14 year old Cookeville girl. Authorities in Baxter caught up with 28-year-old Elijah Smith on Sunday after they got a tip about a speeding car that matched the suspect’s vehicle from the Endangered Child Alert. The vehicle had struck a ditch and the teenage girl, who had been missing since last Thursday, was found unharmed near the crash site. She was turned over to her parents. Smith was taken to the Putnam County jail on multiple charges, including statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and DUI. His bond was set at $37,000 and the investigation continues.