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The Cumberland County Community Band, under the direction of Brian Bacon, will kick off its 2015 Concert Season on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. The concert will be hosted at the Stone Memorial High School Auditorium and is FREE! From marches to music made famous by Queen and Pharrell Williams - this concert is sure to be the most diverse of the year. 2015 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cumberland County Community Band. Each concert will be special to celebrate our anniversary. On March 19, the band will award the Patricia and Emery Nagy Scholarship." Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Crossville Fire Department was called to an East First Street residence Monday after someone set the front porch on fire. Crossville police report the victim told them he heard a knock on his front door around 3:30 Monday morning. The victim said he did not open the door because he didnít know who it was, but he did speak with a person through the closed door who gave him a female name. The suspect asked the man for a ride. The victim told the suspect he did not feel well and was not going to go anywhere. About 15 minutes later, the victim saw flames on his front porch and opened the door to discover a bag of magazines and the side of his home on fire. The victim told authorities that he poured several gallons of water on the blaze and called the fire department to make sure it was out. The victim said he did not see who started the fire which damaged about $600 worth of aluminum siding on the structure. A baby gate and a dog crate were also destroyed in the fire. The arson remains under investigation.
A Morristown man reports the theft of his 1994 red Nissan Pickup truck from the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. Crossville Police report the victim also says almost $1,600 worth of construction and mechanic tools were taken with the truck. The vehicle was valued at $2,500. Police report no suspects at this time.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned the forfeiture of a Cumberland County manís house. Charles Sprunger, of Peavine Road, was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer. The state issued a forfeiture warrant for his house following his 2008 arrest. The court opinion overturned that forfeiture, saying the state did not follow the law. It has ruled that the government must show that it complied with state forfeiture laws -- both procedurally and substantively -- if it is going to seize someone's property. The court said the Tennessee Constitution disfavors forfeiture, so the laws must be strictly interpreted.
The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would require all of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling. Lawmakers in 2005 ordered a comptroller's study on the role of ethnicity in traffic stops by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. That study released two years later found that troopers were more likely to stop, search and arrest Hispanic drivers than whites or blacks. A House version of the proposal is awaiting subcommittee consideration.