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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer sat down with local and state officials in Crossville Monday to discuss the region’s transportation and infrastructure needs. In a morning meeting at the Art Circle Public Library, Haslam and Schroer discussed the functionality and capacity of Tennessee’s state roads and highways, safety issues around roads and bridges, and the impact infrastructure has on economic development efforts in urban and rural communities. A 2015 Tennessee Comptroller’s report on transportation funding states that revenues are not expected to be sufficient to maintain current infrastructure..Funding uncertainty from the Federal Highway Trust Fund forced TDOT to delay $400 million in highway projects in 2015. TDOT officials discussed the cost of several projects in the region: Four widening projects are in various stages of development on US-127 in Cumberland and Fentress counties between I-40 and SR-62. These improvements total nearly 15 miles of roadway expansion. The estimated cost of completion is $135.1 million. In Cumberland County, two projects for new construction of the SR-462 Northwest Connector are in development. Project 1 is from US-70N to US-127. Project 2 is from US-127N to SR298. The estimated cost of completion is $18 million. In addition to Crossville, Haslam has held transportation and infrastructure discussions in Memphis, Clarksville, Jackson, Nashville, Franklin, Kingsport, Greeneville, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, and he will visit Chattanooga, Cleveland, Lenoir City, Knoxville and Union City in the coming weeks. (Photo Courtesy tn.gov)
The Cumberland County Commission in special session on Monday did approve pay increases for employees that include sanitation and general government workers. The pay raise will total $2400 annually. The commission plans a study of surrounding counties for comparison and if it is found that the increase exceeds comparable counties, then any future raises would be frozen. A resolution to offer employees with 30 years of service that retire before reaching 65, paid health insurance until they are eligible for Medicare was tabled. Some commissioners felt the proposal was not properly presented and had not been before the appropriate committees. Commissioners gave no indication when the matter would be addressed again. And the Cumberland County Board of Education lost out on $459,000 after a motion to table a one-time donation for assistance in purchasing books and repair of the North Cumberland roof. The Cumberland County Board of Education previously failed to approve their budget and commissioners stated that if the board would not approve it, then they shouldn’t either. The commission will fund the minimum maintenance of effort for the school budget until such time that the board of education takes action to approve their budget.
In a special called session before a standing room only crowd, the Cumberland County Commission approved an additional 3 cents on property taxes, bringing the tax rate for the County to $1.5275 per $100 of assessed value. While the original resolution called for a 10 cent increase, it was apparent that after the public hearing, that proposal would not pass. Commissioners then tied in a vote to raise the tax by 5 cents, with the County Mayor breaking the tie with a no vote. A second vote to recess the meeting until a later date, but before the impending August 31st state mandated deadline for final budget approval also failed. A motion by Wendell Wilson to raise the tax rate by 3 cents was approved in a 13 to 5 vote.
Crossville Police were dispatched to the Mr. Zip convenience store on Peavine Road early this morming (8/24/15) for an Armed Robbery report. The clerks told police that shortly before 5 a.m., two black men entered the store and stole approximately $500 cash from the registers. One of the men pointed a gun at the clerk, who was visibly shaken when officers arrived. Three other witnesses were able to give a good description of the two suspects. Video footage shows what appears to be the get-away driver sitting in a vehicle that was parked at the north side of the business during the armed robbery.
Authorities have released the identity of a man found dead Sunday at Burgess Falls State Park in Putnam County. The body of 27-year-old Lamouki Aref Motamedi, was found Sunday afternoon by a park visitor who spotted him lying at the bottom of the falls. Authorities say the Tennessee Tech University student was on an observation deck above the falls that had been closed for repairs when he fell to his death. Reportedly, the area was fenced off and signs had been posted, but apparently Motamedi ignored them. Police say it seems he was alone at the time of the tragic accident.