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You won’t be allowed to burn those leaves until at least mid December. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee. The ban includes Cumberland and all its surrounding counties.
Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15.
Currently the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry is fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.
Daily updates on the wildfire situation, active burn bans and tips to protect your home and property can be found at Burn Safe TN.
Counties under a regional burn ban: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, White.
Local 8 News reports that Carson-Newman head football coach Ken Sparks announced his retirement Monday after 46 years of coaching.
Sparks, 72, had continued coaching even after announcing in 2012 that he had cancer.
According to Local 8 News, after a week where he spent as much time in the hospital as on the football field, Sparks said he made the decision last Thursday night to step down.
He is considered to be one of college football's all-time greatest coaches. He started at Gibbs High School in 1968 with his philosophy of, "It's never about wins on the field, but the victories of the soul."
The head of the Eagles has coached at Carson-Newman since 1980 with 37 seasons under his belt.
Sparks finishes his Carson-Newman career with 338 wins, 99 losses and two ties.
The Stone Memorial High School Lady Panthers and Panthers and the Cumberland County High School Lady Jets are scheduled to be in action Tuesday, November 15. Stone Memorial will play host to Kingston with the Lady Panthers beginning at 5:30; followed by the Panthers game with the Yellowjackets. Cumberland County will travel to Baylor for a girls only contest between the Lady Jets and the Lady Red Raiders at 5:00.
The Crossville City Council will hold a Work Session on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 regarding the Tennessee Department of Transportation Planning Grant study, which projects the future growth of motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the city limits. Current and newly elected council members are expected to attend. The Work Session will be held and City Hall and is open to the public.
The City of Crossville will be turning off water for utility construction on Mimosa beginning at Peter Pan down to Woodland Drive on Tuesday, November 15. Water service will be turned off at approximately 10 a.m. and restored at approximately 3 p.m.