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Gasoline prices continue to rise. Nationally, motorists are paying an average of $2.11 per gallon, up seven cents from last week, and the highest price at the pump since last November. AAA reports that oil averaged four dollars higher than the week before, which put upward pressure on gas prices. In Tennessee, regular averages a $1.93, up seven cents from last week. The average in Crossville is $1.90 a gallon, up two cents.
Crossville Police are asking for your help in identifying the person or persons who burglarized a vehicle at Central Storage on West Avenue last week. According to police, on April 13, 2016, an unknown large white male was seen outside of the suspect vehicle, looking into parked vehicles in the parking lot. The suspect broke a window out of a vehicle, to gain access and stole a purse from the passenger side front seat. The suspect vehicle made several laps through the parking lot prior to the burglary. Vehicle appears to be a newer Chevy Equinox; possibly with out of state tags. If you know the identity of the suspect or have any information on the crime, please contact the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Donnie Hammons with the Crossville Police Dept. (Photo Courtesy Crossville Crimestoppers)
The Cumberland County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight. Agenda items include the Ninth Commission Seat Vacancy, a resolution amending the Personnel Policy regarding Welfare Benefits to certain Cumberland County Retirees, and budget amendments to Veterans Services and the Veterans Assistance Council. The Cumberland County Commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the large meeting room on the third floor of the Cumberland County Courthouse and is open to the public.
Republicans in the Legislature have their first opportunity to override one of Gov. Bill Haslam's vetoes this week when they seek to re-pass a bill to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee.
The sponsors of the Bible bill are expected to formally announce their plans to override the veto on the House floor on Monday evening, which legislative leaders say sets up a vote on Wednesday.
Haslam's previous three vetoes were made after the General Assembly had adjourned for year.
The bill received 55 votes in the 99-member House and 19 votes in the 33-member Senate. As it only takes a majority in both chambers to override a veto, the Haslam administration needs to turn six House votes and three in the Senate for the veto to stand.
It has been more than a decade since Middle Tennessee has dealt with swarms of cicadas. The last time the 13-year periodical cicada emerged from the ground was in May of 1998. Next month, most of Middle Tennessee will again see the cicadas.
The cicadas will start appearing in early May and live for about five to six weeks. Cicadas are completely harmless but they are very loud and the noise could affect outdoor events in May like picnics or weddings. The female cicadas can also cause damage to young trees when laying eggs.
Females prefer branches about the size of a pencil. They cut into the underside of the branch and lay their eggs.