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A resolution giving the Cumberland County Veterans Assistance Council (CCVAC) $29,886.50 of the restitution funds that are a part of the plea agreement with former VSO Mark Daniels was approved in a 15-1 vote at Monday's County Commission meeting. Jack Fogel, CCVAC coordinator, requested $25,000 as it would make the CCVAC job easier in terms of paperwork that must be filed with the government. He also noted that the council would not use the money all at once. The $29,886.50 from the resolution represents the $25,000 requested plus the weekly payments that have been made toward the final sum of $100,000 that must be paid by Daniels under terms of the plea arrangement.
The costs for cleanup due to damage from the ice storm from February are beginning to come in to the county. During Monday night’s Cumberland County Commission meeting it was revealed that FEMA is funding 87.5% of the cleanup costs, while Cumberland County is responsible for 12.5%. The efforts to clean up, through June, are estimated to be $3,600,000 of which Cumberland County is ultimately responsible for approximately $450,000. According to Commissioner Allen Foster, because the funds are reimbursable by FEMA through TEMA, that means that Cumberland County must cash flow the entire sum of money and then request reimbursement which is likely to take a minimum of 30 days. This could create a cash flow issue for our county. The Budget Committee and Finance Department are monitoring the situation to prevent the County from getting in a tight financial spot during the process.
A warrant for Kenneth Bartley’s arrest has been recalled after authorities questioned him and found that he could not have been the suspect who committed armed robbery in Anderson County on Sunday. Bartley’s attorney even showed reporters a ticket where his client had ridden the Washington, D.C. public transit and a selfie that Bartley took while in D.C. After that, Bartley reportedly traveled to Virginia and spent time with his former counselor.
According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Bartley has been located in Vienna, Virginia. Anderson County Sheriff's Office says their investigators will be traveling there to interview Bartley and work with Virginia authorities to determine if Bartley was in Virginia at the time of a robbery Sunday morning.
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.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on Monday awarded more than $3.1 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities and state entities across Tennessee. Numerous counties surrounding Cumberland received such grants. The City of Algood in Putnam County was awarded almost $13,000 to upgrade the performance and efficiency of their Community Center and City Garage. Project activities will include replacing outdated HVAC units and upgraded lighting. Putnam County is also planning on conducting energy conservation projects at their Justice Center, Emergency Medical Services Center, Health Department, Community Center, and Agricultural Center and was awarded just under $146,000 in grant monies. The City of Jamestown in Fentress County was granted more than $6,300 to replace 325 existing fluorescent lights with high-efficiency LED tube lighting. Fentress County also received about $8,500 to replace 533 inefficient lighting fixtures with more efficient LED lights at their County Courthouse. Bledsoe County received just under $33,000 to upgrade the HVAC at the County Nursing Home.
Gov. Bill Haslam has a busy schedule across the Volunteer State this week. Today, he’s in Morristown and Elizabethton for grant announcements. He has a similar engagement on Tuesday in Lewisburg and Shelbyville before heading to a press conference in Nashville. Next up, Haslam will attend the Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson. And on Thursday the Governor will be back in Nashville to congratulate graduating state troopers. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)