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The Crossville City Council in special session voted with 3 ayes and 1 abstention to extend an offer of employment to Greg Wood of Florida. Wood has accepted the offer and contingent on the outcome of a background check, will start on March 6th. Terms of the offer include an $80,000 salary with a 10 percent increase after 6 months, a 6 month severance package and a 2 year contract.
A longtime Crossville business woman has passed away. Ruth Mamie Phillips, age 92, worked in the jewelry business for more than 60 years according to her son Harry Phillips. In 1953, Mrs. Phillips and her husband R.T. Phillips opened Phillip’s Jewelry store on Main Street in Crossville with her sons becoming co-owners and operators. Ruth Phillips is survived by her sons Larry Phillips of Maryville, TN, Harry Phillips of Crossville, TN and Jerry Phillips and his wife Lisa also of Crossville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday February 9, 2017 at 7 pm from the Chapel of Hood Funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside Committal services will be held Friday at 9 am at Crossville City Cemetery.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to an officer-involved shooting in Rockwood on Tuesday afternoon.
According to TBI agents, law enforcement officers issued a Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) for Quinton Swicegood. The Rockwood Police Department received information he was parked at the Walmart on North Gateway Avenue.
According to the TBI, officers arrived on scene and found Swicegood. Investigators said he produced a handgun, escalating the situation and prompting one Rockwood officer and Swicegood to fire their weapons.
At least one bullet hit Swicegood, who died at the scene. The TBI said it appeared Swicegood died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett told Local 8 News the officer who fired a shot which struck Swicegood's car is Officer Rick Thomas. Thomas is on administrative leave with pay per policy during the investigation. Stinnett also said Swicegood is in his 50's.
Scott Clark, a tow truck driver for Peggy Ann Wrecker Service, told Local 8 News he was dispatched to tow the car. He said the man's body was not removed from the car when he towed it to the Roane County Fire Department for a forensics investigation.
It was unclear if customers or employees were nearby during the time of the shooting, or what prompted deputies to show up on scene.
The Cumberland County High School teams posted come from behind wins over visiting White County Tuesday night. Both the Lady Jets and Jets were down by nine at the start of the final quarter of their games. The Lady Jets rolled to a 65-51 win over the Warriorettes to improve to 9 and 0 in District play and 22 and 3 overall. The Jets used a last second shot to slip past the Warriors 64-62. The Jets have won three straight District games and are now third in the District with a 4 and 5 record.
Stone Memorial traveled to McMinnville and split their games at Warren County High School. The Lady Panthers trailed at the half but improved to 4 and 5 in the District with a 56-49 win over the Lady Pioneers. The Pioneers won the final game of the night as they got past the Panthers 59-51. The Panthers are now 2 and 7 in District games.
Thursday, SMHS will travel to Cookeville for District games against the Lady Cavs and Cavaliers. The girls game will tip at 6:00 and live coverage airs at 5:55 on Mix 99.3.
Friday, SMHS will step outside the District as the Panthers and Lady Panthers host Clarkrange. The Jets and Lady Jets were scheduled to travel to McMinn Central, but those games have been cancelled.
Monday, CCHS will close out the regular season with home District games against Warren County. Action begins at 6:00 and live coverage will air on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY starting at 5:55.
Fentress County Schools: Closed Rest of Week Due to Illness Feb. 8-Feb. 10
Morgan County Schools: Closed Rest of Week Due To Illness Feb. 8- Feb. 10
Scott County Schools: Closed Wed., Feb. 8 Due To Illness