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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation posted on its Facebook page that there is no threat on Black Friday that the Bureau is aware of at this time. The TBI says that while it is always a good idea to remain aware of your surroundings wherever you are, reports on social media indicating calls are being made to law enforcement to inform them of a credible terrorist threat are unfounded and are not coming from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday will be on Friday 27th November 2015.
Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox announced that his department has been awarded a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for litter pickup. Cox will be using inmates as the labor force and expects to net around $40,000. Commissioners approved the contract pending further review by the County Attorney.
A vote on a resolution to protest privatization of select departments of the Cumberland Mountain State Park was postponed during the regular session of the Cumberland County Commission on Monday. The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Nancy Hyder, requests that privatization efforts at the park cease and desist. Hyder proposed the postponement until after a Joint Economic Development Board meeting to be held on November 30th on the 4th floor of Crossville City Hall. That meeting is scheduled for 4 PM.
Jeff Dyer, the 1st District representative on the Cumberland County Commission, will be stepping down from the seat effective December 31st. Dyer will be relocating his residence outside of the 1st District. The Commission will take applications for the soon to be vacant seat and expect to appoint a replacement in January.
Despite what appeared to be public support for Sharon Ellison to fill the vacant 9th District School Board seat, County Commissioners gave Aretie Patterson 10 votes while Debra Markham garnered 7 votes. Patterson moved to Cumberland County in 2008 and will be filling the seat vacated by Dan Schlafer. 6 persons had applied to fill the position. Patterson’s first board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th at 6 PM.