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Everyone is invited to the Police Officer Memorial at the Cumberland County Courthouse Lawn on Thursday 5-19-16 @ 11a.m.
Gary Simpson, the man who abducted 9 year old Carlie Trent from a Rogersville elementary school and sparked a week-long Amber Alert, appeared in Hawkins County General Sessions Court under charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference. When asked if he understood the charges, Simpson responded that he did not understand why he was being charged with kidnapping, when Trent’s father’s girlfriend has “done [that] occasionally.” If he is convicted, he could spend 25 years in prison. As Simpson is unemployed, the Hawkins County Public Defender’s Office was assigned his case. The preliminary hearing has been set for May 23rd at 1 pm. Simpson remains on a one million dollar bond, and has been ordered to have to contact whatsoever with Carlie or her family.
Update: We have received an email from Superintendent Donald Andrews regarding the utilities directive, which read: Upon correspondence from Governor Haslam with reference to transgender protocol the Cumberland County Schools will follow our current procedures for the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic school year.
Previous Story: Public schools in the United States have been issued a directive that states they must allow transgender students to use the facilities that correspond with the gender they identify with. This comes amid a battle between North Carolina and the federal government. "There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which was sent to school districts Friday. Lynch said the North Carolina bathroom access law seemingly violates the rights of the transgender community, and associates it with the times of racial segregation. This directive does not impose any new legal requirements. Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity "differs from previous representations or records." There is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect his or her gender identity, and equal access must be given to transgender students even in instances when it makes others uncomfortable, according to the directive.
High School Seniors in Cumberland County will graduate this week. The graduation ceremony for Phoenix School is Wednesday, May 18 @ 6:00 p.m. @SMHS Auditorium. 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.
On May 13, 2016 a joint narcotics operation led to the service of a Search Warrant at 16536 Genesis Road, in Cumberland County, TN. Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detectives were working together with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force and the Office of the District Attorney General in the execution of a search warrant at an indoor Marijuana cultivation operation.
This search warrant comes after in-depth undercover investigations led to the discovery of an indoor grow operation. This is the second grow operation found by Crossville Narcotics Detectives, from Stephen Michael Harrington. Currently serving 3 years of Supervised Probation, he was again found operating a Marijuana grow operation. Following the search of the property; Firearms, Cash, Processed Marijuana and over 180 Marijuana plants were discovered.
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.
(Photo Courtesy Crossville Police Department)