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Early voting and absentee numbers are in for the August 7th county and general primary election, and no surprise, Friday was the busiest day for election workers in Cumberland County. Poll workers stated that heavy crowds filled the election commission office throughout the day, casting their ballots, taking the advice of officials who recommended early voting due to the exceptionally long ballot. Residents waiting to vote were pleasantly surprised at the organization of the process. Despite long lines, wait time was surprisingly short. The biggest frustration was simply finding a place to park near the election commission due to heavy campaigning across the street. In total, 5,824 Republican and 1,340 Democratic ballots-a total of 7,305- were cast during the early voting period in Cumberland County. Across the state, 562,637 total ballots were cast, 352,850 Republican, 164,429 Democratic. Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM on Thursday. Join your favorite Peg Broadcasting station for complete election night coverage.
A Kentucky man has been arrested in connection with the murders of 2 men in Pickett County earlier this week. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say 34 year old Joshua Pyles has been charged with 2 counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 58 year old Dan Dowdy and his son, 22 year old Cody Dowdy. The bodies of the two men were discovered by family members at the business the elder Dowdy had owned for more than 30 years. The crime has shocked the small community, especially Pickett County For Sheriff Dowdy, who not only had to assist in solving the first murder the county has had in nearly 12 years, but to find that the victims were relatives. Officials say they do not have a motive for the crime.
The Tennessee Volunteers opened a training camp today (Friday) with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of four straight losing seasons. Coach Butch Jones welcomes fans to attend an August 16 practice at Neyland stadium in order to let his team experience game-like situations. Before their Aug. 31 season opener with Utah State, Jones must decide on a starting quarterback.
Crossville will be one of 8 stops highlighted by 12 bloggers handpicked by GMC to share their experiences along the route of the World’s Longest Yard Sale next week. The blogger teams will be gathering as many treasures they can fit into their Yukon XL vehicles and use the items to decorate a new Habitat for Humanity home at the end of their route. The caravan will begin its journey from the southern point of the yard sale in Tennessee, travelling northbound on Highway 127, and stopping in Crossville, where the 6 teams of 2 bloggers will be on the hunt for every day household items. The journey will end in Ohio. The Habitat families are scheduled to take ownership of their new homes on Sunday, August 10th, but will be surprised when they realize the interior has been decorated by the items the bloggers have collected on their journey.
Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing to piece together what exactly happened at the Sugar Shack bar and package store in Pickett County. Authorities were called to the scene Thursday after 2 bodies were found dead in the Byrdstown establishment. Officials with the TBI say the victims have not been positively identified at this time, and ask anyone with any information about this crime call agents at (800) TBI-FIND