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Police in Crossville are investigating the circumstances surrounding a woman’s death after her body was discovered inside a parked car at the Red Roof Inn on Highway 127 North. Police were dispatched to the scene on Saturday when a truck driver from Georgia saw the woman in the vehicle and realized she was dead. The vehicle the woman was in had been reported stolen in Indiana and a handgun found inside the car had been reported stolen in Kentucky. The initial investigation points to a drug overdose, however foul play has not been ruled out. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The Better Business Bureau is telling Tennessee residents to beware of a popular springtime scam. The BBB has issued a statewide warning regarding driveway paving scams. Scam artists are showing up to homes claiming they need to get rid of hot asphalt, then charge more after the job is done. Officials also said the asphalt they are using is of extremely low quality.
Two women are facing charges after a young child was left in a hot car outside a downtown Nashville strip club where the child's mother was auditioning for a job. Police say Kelsey McMurtry went to the club Thursday afternoon and left her infant inside the car with the windows rolled up. A report states that it was 72 degrees outside and temperatures had likely risen above 100 degrees inside the vehicle. The girl was wearing a heavy coat and witnesses say she spent at least 30 minutes inside the car. McMurtry's friend, 19-year-old Summer Taylor, was also arrested after telling officers she had an eye on the child.
For the first time since he became head football coach at the University of Tennessee, Butch Jones has named season captains. At Saturday's Orange and White game, Jones told the crowd at Neyland Stadium--quote--"you're only as good as the leaders on your football team." The Vols' season captains are defensive back Cam Sutton, running back Alvin Kamara, quarterback Joshua Dobbs and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The Orange defeated the White in the spring game, 70-63, before more than 67,000 fans, the third largest crowd of all time.
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.