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Sergeant Christopher Hancock will be coming into the Crossville airport Monday June 24th at 4pm, along with his wife Danielle, and 3 year old son Matthew. Sergeant Hancock is a double amputee who was wounded in Afghanistan while on patrol for IED's on foot. After undergoing 50 surgeries, Sergeant Hancock has returned to active duty in the Marine Corps, and is stationed at Camp Lejeune. We would like you to help show how proud the Plateau is of his service and sacrifice. Sergeant Hancock will be met at the airport by local and state dignitaries with a special proclamation for his sacrifice and service. Please join us in welcoming this true hero home, Monday June 24th at 4pm. This ceremony is open to all.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces a road closure at Dale Hollow Dam due to scheduled operational maintenance on the dam. Dale Hollow Dam Road, which stretches across the dam, is closed to all traffic from June 24, 2013 through June 28, 2013. Pedestrians and bicycle traffic are also not allowed across the Dam. The closure provides safety for employees performing maintenance work and general equipment upgrades to streetlights on the road. The upgrades include maintenance to the arms of the enhanced LED lighting. The road will have a barricade at the intersection of Walker Ridge road and Will Terry road near the south end of the dam and a barricade set up at the Dale Hollow Dam Road/cut through road intersection at the north end of the dam. Concerns or questions about the road closure can be addressed to the Dale Hollow Resource Manager's Office at (931) 243-3136.
Beginning June 17, the City of Crossville will be performing minor road construction in the area of Old Lantana Road, Miller Avenue, West Adams Street, Old Mail Road and Elmo Drive. At the intersections of Miller Avenue and Old Lantana Road as well as Miller Avenue and Lantana Road, the roads will be re-striped to allow for better and more orderly movement for traffic turning right onto Lantana Road. The STOP signs will be removed from West Adams Street giving continuous traffic flow on West Adams Street through the intersections of Old Mail Road and Elmo Drive. You're encouraged to use caution when traveling this area and be aware of traffic changes.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is cautioning parents to never leave a child unattended in a car. With temperatures reaching the 90s this week, THP Col. Tracy Trott said heat can build to intolerable levels inside a vehicle in a few minutes. There were 32 children who died in hot cars last year nationwide. 5 of those deaths occurred in Tennessee. The THP recommends placing a cellphone, purse or other valuable item on the back floorboard in front of a child in a restraint seat. When the driver retrieves the item, the child's presence will be obvious.
An organic farm in Tennessee says it is no longer buying produce from farmers in southern Kentucky who use pesticides on their produce. The owners of Delvin Farms, which is the largest federally certified organic farm in Middle Tennessee, told The Tennessean that they used to purchase a small amount of non-organic produce from a group of Mennonite farmers in Scottsville, Ky. They said the produce was clearly labeled as non-organic when it was sold to customers. Another Middle Tennessee produce vendor filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the practice. The newspaper reports the case highlights the rising demand for produce that is organic and locally grown.