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I-40 in Cumberland County was shut down Monday night following two separate accidents. The first crash reportedly happened between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the 319 mile marker when a truck traveling in the wrong direction struck a pickup hauling a utility trailer head on. Troopers say two helicopters landed nearby to transport patients to the hospital; their names and extent of injuries has not been released. The eastbound lanes were shut down for several hours while crews cleared the debris. A second wreck involving injuries occurred just before exit 317 blocking the eastbound lanes and traffic had to use the shoulder of the road to get around the crash. Authorities did not immediately release the names or conditions of the victims in the second crash.
A shoplifter at the Crossville Walmart reportedly pulled a knife on employees on Saturday. According to police reports, Walmart Asset Protection observed a tall white male removing security devices from merchandise with a pocket knife. When the suspect was confronted, he brandished a pocket knife and said “come on boys”. The suspect, who was later identified as Jad Mubarak, ran from the store and got into a Chevy Cobalt. Officers pursued the vehicle down several city streets and onto I-40 before the chase was terminated for safety reasons. Mubarak was arrested in Knoxville later in the evening on Saturday (3/4/17). In Crossville, Mubarak faces charges of Shoplifting, Trespassing, Aggravated Assault, Felony Evading and Reckless Endangerment.
Two 18-year-olds and one 17-year-old were arrested Friday night (3/3/17) after authorities say they destroyed or damaged over a dozen mailboxes. Crossville Police responded to the area of Iris Circle, Mockingbird Drive and Holiday Drive where they pulled the suspects’ vehicle over for malfunctioning taillights. While speaking to the three male occupants, the officer noticed pieces of concrete block in the front and rear seat of the car. There was also black residue on a backpack in the back seat. According to reports, the three young men admitted to vandalizing about 15 mailboxes in the area. The 17-year-old was issued a citation and was released to his parents. The two 18-year-olds were taken to the Cumberland County Justice Center where they were charged with 9 counts of vandalism with possibly more charges pending.
Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd is joining the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam next year.
The Republican tells The Associated Press he is running on a platform of creating job opportunities for Tennesseans through education.
Boyd stepped down last month as Haslam's economic development commissioner, a position that took him to all 95 counties.
Boyd was previously a top adviser to the governor as he rolled out his free community college program called Tennessee Promise and his "Drive to 55" initiative to boost the percentage of Tennesseans with higher education degrees or certificates.
Boyd is the founder of Radio Systems Corp., a company that makes invisible fences and other pet products.
Boyd joins state Sen. Mark Green in the GOP nomination race, though several others are expected to join.
Gas prices are holding steady after inching up last week. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.31-nearly 3 cents more than a week ago. Compared to last year, motorists are paying 50 cents more for a gallon of gasoline and $7 more for a full tank of gas.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.07 on Sunday-fractions of a cent more than a week ago and 47 cents more than last year.