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A Crab Orchard man is due in court at the end of the month in connection with a jewelry theft. Johnny Romines, 19, has been charged with auto burglary and theft of property after he allegedly broke into a car on Mullinax Road in Crab Orchard and stole a box of jewelry worth $1,500. The theft occurred on July 29th and Romines was booked into the Cumberland County Justice Center on August 3. Authorities say some of the stolen jewelry was recovered during their investigation. Romines has an August 29th General Sessions court date.
Oil prices rose three dollars over the past week, and AAA says that pushed retail gas prices slightly higher in Tennessee. Currently, the average statewide price for a gallon of regular is $1.91, up two cents from a week ago, but down 39 cents from a year ago. In Crossville, regular averages a $1.81 a gallon, up one cent, but down 38 cents from last year.
Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word "Confederate" from one of its campus dorms.
The private university has referred to the Confederate Memorial Hall simply as "Memorial Hall" since 2002, but was blocked in court from changing the name chiseled on the building because it was constructed with the help of a $50,000 gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933.
Under the agreement, Vanderbilt will pay $1.2 million, the equivalent of the gift made 83 years ago, to the organization's Tennessee chapter. In exchange, the chapter will relinquish its naming rights to the building.
A preview of the 2016-17 commercial fishing proclamations is among the agenda items at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The meeting will be held in the Cumberland Room of the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville. The TFWC Budget Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18. Other committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. The regular TFWC meeting will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. The public is invited to attend all the meetings.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division will present proposed changes in the commercial fishing and mussel regulations for next year. The TFWC will vote on the commercial fishing proclamations at its September meeting to be held at Pickwick Landing State Park. A preview of the 2017-18 sport fish proclamations will be made at the September meeting.
The winners of the drawing for the 2016 Tennessee elk hunt will be announced on Friday morning during the August meeting. This will include the four main drawing winners, the youth elk hunt tag winner, the five winners in the archery-only hunt, and the winner of the tag auctioned by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.
Chuck Yoest, Wildlife and Forestry Division assistant chief, will present TWRA’s recommendation for cervid deer carcass importation restrictions. There will also be an update on cooperative efforts between TWRA and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The City of Crossville Police Department announced on Monday that Brandon Griffin has joined the force. Officer Griffin, of Cumberland County, is a 2016 graduate of the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy. The hiring of Officer Griffin will return the Crossville Police Department’s patrol division to full strength and will provide continued officer presence and call coverage within the city. The Department says this will ensure that calls for assistance and daily operations are handled more effectively, providing for a safer community.
Pictured: Mayor Mayberry swearing in Officer Brandon Griffin