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The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking for your help in tracking down John Robert Morganti who is wanted for evading arrest and violation of probation. Morganti is a 22-year-old white male, known to frequent the Green Meadows and Welch Street areas of Cumberland County. If you know where John Robert Morganti is hiding out, call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173.
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The CCHS Varsity Cheerleaders are the 2016 TSSAA Game Day State Champions! The Jets squad competed in the Varsity Game Day division Saturday in Murfreesboro on the campus of MTSU. Game day includes the squad performing a time out cheer, a band dance, and a defense or offense cheer in a real game day situation. There were 13 teams from all over Tennessee that competed in this division. With this win the Cumberland County High School Cheerleaders received a bid to represent their school, Crossville and Cumberland County at the National High School Championships in Orlando Florida in February 2017. The squad members are Haven Davis, Kaitlyn Lee, Kassie Looschen, Rhianna Mann, Emiliee King, Shae Miller, Kadie Edmonds, Maggie Spriggs, Liv Stewart, Sheridan Roberts, Ashley Burke, Kayla Ashburn, Maggie Delaney, Samira Allaf, Tyler Evans, Audree Kerley and Cassidy Wyatt. Coaches are Melissa Kerley, Bekki Atkinson and Cheryl Threet. Photo courtesy of Melissa Kerley.
A Commissioner burn ban is in effect for Cumberland and several other counties in Tennessee. A violation of a burn ban is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail. As of November 13, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture reported 7 new fires in a 24 hour period scorching approximately 93 acres in the Cumberland District. On Sunday, according to the Department of Agriculture, firefighters in Cumberland County were battling three active blazes encompassing 508 acres. Statewide there were 18 new fires impacting 317 acres over the past 24 hour period. Other counties under the Commissioner burn ban are Bledsoe, Claiborne, Hamilton, Jefferson, Loudon, Marion, Monroe, Polk, Robertson, Sequtachie and Sevier. On Sunday, there were 74 active fires statewide involving about 13,224 acres. More than 34,600 acres have burned in Tennessee so far this year. Air quality is not likely to improve over the next couple of days in the southeastern portion of Tennessee as winds are not strong enough to clear the smoke out. The next best chance of rain is Thursday through Friday for most of the state.
A fugitive who has been on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list for 13 years, Jose Alberto Rendon, was captured Saturday in Texas.
Rendon was added to the TBI Top 10 list on November 19, 2003, and was wanted by the TBI and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on a felony Failure to Appear warrant. He was awaiting trial on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Child under 13.
Rendon, 67, was taken into custody Saturday night by deputies with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. Rendon had been using the identity of his brother, Guadalupe Vella Rendon, and was staying with a family in Coldspring, Texas, for the past several months. When Rendon was recently injured, an individual from that family attempted to reach out to Rendon’s family to advise them of the injury. During the course of notifying the family, one of Rendon’s biological family members was able to positively identify him as Jose Rendon, not Guadalupe Rendon. Special Agents with the TBI were contacted, and Agents coordinated with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s office to have him arrested. Deputies took Rendon into custody Saturday evening, and his identity was positively confirmed through fingerprints.
Jose Alberto Rendon is currently being held without bond in the San Jacinto County Jail in Texas.
(Photo Courtesy TBI)
There were two elk successfully harvested during the 2016 Tennessee elk hunts at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding private lands that were held in October.
Since the historic first managed hunt in 2009, 33 elk have been legally harvested. Each hunter is assigned a hunting zone through a random hand-held drawing.
This year, Bryan White, from the Hamilton County town of Harrison, harvested the first elk on the opening afternoon at around 4:30. The 5x5 bull field dressed with a weight of 648 pounds.
Kevin Hart, from the West Tennessee community of Yuma, took the second bull. It came on Oct. 19 and was a 4x3 bull that field dressed with a weight of 256 pounds.
A third elk was taken in 2016, but that harvest resulted in several charges being filed against the hunter. Timothy C. Copeland of Crossville, who was drawn for the hunt, is the first permitted elk hunter charged during an elk hunt for allegedly taking an elk out outside of his designated hunting zone.
The charges filed against Copeland included shooting from a public road, hunting from a motor vehicle, hunting in a closed area, and possession of illegally killed big game. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Campbell County General Sessions court on Nov. 15, 2016.