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The Crossville Housing Authority is pleased to announce that Crossville City Mayor James Mayberry and Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Junior are proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month in response to the need for community education and as an effort to increase awareness of fair housing. Fair Housing laws are dictated by state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status, or national origin. Fair Housing laws apply to real estate agents, builders, insurers, brokers, and lenders. Every day, the Crossville Housing Authority helps families throughout our area with their housing needs. For more information on the many programs available from Section 8 Vouchers, to rental assistance to building your own home through the New Beginnings Self-Help Housing Program contact the Crossville Housing Authority at 931-484-2990. For more information on this press release, please contact: Stace Karge, Housing Counselor, Crossville Housing Authority, New Beginnings Self-Help Housing Program, 931-484-2990.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Governorís Highway Safety Office is spreading the message about the dangers of texting and driving. According to Fred Sherrill, GHSO Law Enforcement Liaison, Crossville ranks 14th in Tennessee for distracted driving accidents. Most of those wrecks occurred while motorists were texting and driving. Statewide, preliminary figures show there were over 21,000 distracted driving accidents in 2014. In Crossville, there were 5,141 distracted related crashes last year in just the 15 to 24 age group. The Governorís Highway Safety Office is asking everyone to pledge not to text and drive by taking a selfie with your thumbs down and sending it to #thumbsdowntn.com. (Photo: Panama Jack, Fred Sherrill, and Ronni Chase pledge to never text and drive)
The Tennessee Department of Transportation mobile museum is coming to Crossville. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will turn 100 on July 1. As part of the celebration, a mobile transportation museum exhibit is being showcased at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The exhibit features historical documents, roadway design plans, books and equipment used by TDOT employees decades ago.
In May, the exhibit will continue its journey along Tennessee's first road, SR-1, where its next stop will be in Crossville, Tennessee. The mobile exhibit tour will run through June 2015. Other celebration plans include the release of a special edition transportation history book and burying a time capsule at the Bicentennial Mall to be unearthed July 1, 2115.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk's enrollment in the state pension plan before taking office. WTVF-TV and The Tennessean report that TBI special agents were requested by Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and have begun investigating Funk's employment in a part-time job before becoming D.A. and state benefits. The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference hired Funk to work as a prosecutor after he was elected but before he was sworn in. That allowed him to enroll in the retirement system before employee contributions increased. The conference's executive director was suspended and resigned. Funk has said he will return state money and adjust his retirement plan.
An Arkansas man is facing $57,500 in penalties for illegal solicitation of contributions for Tennessee law enforcement groups. According to the secretary of state's Division of Charitable Gaming, a yearlong investigation found that Gaylon Boshears, his organizations or his agents violated Tennessee law by failing to register with the state and file required financial reports. Investigators found Boshears' Southern Sports & Events Marketing engaged in at least seven unapproved charitable campaigns. Those raised money for the Hendon-McClanahan Lodge 54 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Murfreesboro, Columbia Police Explorers and LaVergne Fraternal Order of Police. Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a news release that it if solicitors don't follow the law, it can be hard to know whether donations made it to the intended recipients.