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Police are now looking for Kenneth Bartley after an armed robbery at the Marathon Station near Rocky Top. Deputies say Bartley entered the store, brandished a black handgun, and robbed the market of cash. He was described as a white male with brown to black facial hair wearing glasses, black toboggan, black jacket, and blue jeans. No vehicle was seen leaving the store. Bartley, 23, already had a warrant for aggravated robbery. Bartley served time for homicide after he shot the principal and two assistant principals at Campbell County High School in 2005.
According to WATE, one woman was killed and another injured in a single vehicle crash Friday morning in Roane County. THP says a 2003 GMC Envoy driven by Tonya Ward, 30, was going eastbound on Interstate 40 at mile marker 350 just after 11 a.m. when she failed to negotiate a right turn. The Envoy went off the roadway, flipped several times and came to a rest on the passenger side. Ward was killed in the crash. Her passenger, Dorthy Currie, 51, was injured. Both women were wearing seat belts. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown died Thursday from cancer. He was 81. Brown had hits as a solo singer and part of a duet and trio. He also was a prominent figure on country music television shows in the 1970s and 1980s. He will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. With his two sisters, as the trio the Browns, they had the No. 1 hit "The Three Bells" on both the pop and country charts in 1959. The trio recorded for RCA Records from 1954 to 1967. Sisters Bonnie and Maxine left the group in the mid-1960s to raise their families. Jim Ed then had a solo career, beginning with the hit "Pop-A-Top Again" in 1967. Others were "Morning" in 1970 and "Southern Living" in 1973. With duet partner Helen Cornelius, he continued to produce hits like "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You." His last chart record as a solo was in 1979. (Photo provided by: Amanda Van Sandt/Grand Ole Opry)
A 10 cent increase in property tax remains on the table as the Crossville City Council approved the 2nd reading for the 2015-16 budget and tax rate in title only. Council member Danny Wyatt remains opposed to the tax hike saying it is unnecessary and proposes a 4 to 5 percent cut in the budget. The 2nd reading of the tax rate passed in a 3-2 vote. Council will meet in work session on June 18th to make additional adjustments to the upcoming budget before it is finalized on 3rd reading later this month.
Beginning October 1, the City of Crossville will no longer conduct building inspections for the county. The question of how to handle existing permits during the transition was resolved during Thursday’s City Council meeting. If a permit has been paid for and construction has begun prior to October 1st, the City will see the project through its completion. If fees have been paid, but construction has not started before October 1st, fees will be turned over to the county who will be responsible for all inspections.