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The public is invited to a ceremony honoring our Veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Crossville. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. with patriotic music by the Cumberland County Community Band. There will also be a flag-raising ceremony and our Veterans will be honored at 11 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend as Crossville and Cumberland County salutes our Veterans. Handicapped parking will be available. Motorists are advised that portions of 4th Street and Rector Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Veteranís Day for the ceremony.
The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), representing the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), sent notice Monday to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) of their intentions to bring suit under the Clean Water Act to stop the release of coal ash pollutants, such as arsenic and cadmium, into the Cumberland River and other surface and groundwater sites near the Gallatin Fossil Plant in middle Tennessee. The environmental groups say the ash ponds are leaking and that a coal ash pond failure in Gallatin would dwarf the Kingston spill that occurred six years ago. The Cumberland River provides drinking water for 1.2 million residents in Gallatin, Nashville, Rutherford County and Williamson County. The letter says TVA is in violation of the Clean Water Act and further states that TDEC has also not taken appropriate action.
Cumberland County High School would like to announce that Ted McCaslin resigned his position as head football coach for the Jets on November 10, 2014. He will remain at CCHS as a teacher and track coach. The administration at Cumberland County High School would like to thank Coach McCaslin for his leadership and time spent with football the past few years. Cumberland County High School will be taking applications for its football vacancy soon. There is no time line for hiring a head coach at this time.
A beef-cattle farmer was recently honored by the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District as the 2014 Outstanding Livestock Producer. James Taylor, and his wife Renee, operate their farm in the Baker's Crossroads community. The Taylors' present operation consists of 140 commercial cows and 60 registered Angus cows. Best Management Practices that Taylor incorporates in his farming operation include cross-fencing for rotational grazing, as well as nutrient and pest management. He serves on the Cumberland County Farm Bureau Board and is currently President of the Cumberland County Livestock Association.
Motorists saw prices continue to plunge at the pump last week. AAA reports that, as of Sunday, prices had gone down for 39 consecutive days in Tennessee. A big reason for the decline is domestic oil production, which is the highest on record dating back to 1983. The average price is below $3 a gallon in 26 states, including Tennessee, which has the 2nd cheapest average price of regular at $2.70 a gallon. That's down four cents from the week before. The average in Crossville is $2.69 a gallon, also down four cents.