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In news out of Wartburg, Tennessee, three National Park Service rangers have been recognized for rescuing a man stranded in Big South Fork River. Local 8 Now reports receiving the Valor Award from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell were rangers Thomas A. Hall, Brett F. Painter and Matt L. Hudson. The three Obed Wild and Scenic River rangers were recognized recently at the Department of Interior's awards convocation ceremony in Washington, D.C. Park Service officials say the rangers were honored for paddling a hazardous whitewater section of the Big South Fork River to rescue a 21-year-old man stranded mid-river without a life jacket. By headlamp and moonlight, the rangers plucked the victim from a small rock last May. The Valor Award recognizes an employee's demonstration of courage involving a high degree of personal risk in the face of danger. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
A Knoxville television station, has nominated the Crossville community as one of six East Tennessee towns competing for the title of “the town with the most heart.” To celebrate and kick off this friendly competition, they will visit Crossville on Monday, May 11th and will broadcast live from the Cumberland County Playhouse (parking lot) during their news program (3:00-5:00pm). Everyone is invited for a large group photo to be taken in the shape of a heart. As part of the event, fitness guru, Missy Kane will be leading a hike starting at the Black Mountain trailhead in Crab Orchard from 10 to 2 and then meet up for the festivities at the Cumberland County Playhouse. This hometown spotlight is brought to you locally by Food City.
6 Auburn rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run in the ninth inning to claim its first SEC title with a 6-5 9-inning win over 11 Tennessee on Saturday night. Tennessee dropped an SEC Tournament championship game for the first time, winning titles in 2006 and 2011. UT was striving to become the first SEC Tournament Champion to play four games to win the tourney crown.
Hawkins County has suspended their school nutrition director after it was discovered that students were served 4 to 6 year old pork. It’s a story that made international news. Mandy Kenner has been suspended for three days without pay after students at Hawkins County schools were served meat dating back to 2009-2011 on April 22. On April 24th, all the freezers in the schools system were gone through and old frozen foods were thrown out. A new policy includes bimonthly school cafeteria inventories.
In a special called session Thursday evening, the Crossville City Council approved revised ordinances regarding signs for establishments selling or serving alcoholic beverages. Also approved on final reading were revisions to the code on beer sales and the change of meeting time for the Council’s regular monthly meeting. Starting in June, Council will be conducting the regular monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6 pm. Following the special call, council continued work on the 2015-16 budget by reviewing capital outlay projects.