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Two Killed In Putnam County Crash
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday May 24, 2016

Two people were killed and four others injured following a crash in Putnam County yesterday. According to reports, the wreck happened shortly before 5 p.m. Monday on State Route 136 at Bear Creek Road. Police say that 66-year-old Kathleen A. Maynard and 21-year-old Joshua E. Burkett were killed after Burkett’s 2013 Honda CRV crossed the center line and struck the Maynard family’s 2013 Chevy Impala head-on. Burkett’s passenger, 26-year-old Kayla Randolph was injured. Three others in the Maynard family vehicle were critically injured including driver 67 year old David Maynard and 15-year-old Nikita Maynard and 12-year-old Damon Maynard. Both juveniles were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. The crash closed down both the north and south bound lanes of Hwy 136. According to officials, Burkett was the only one involved in the wreck who was not wearing a seatbelt. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved in the accident.


Judge orders mental evaluation for Gary Simpson
WVLT Tuesday May 24, 2016

HAWKINS Co. (WVLT) -- Gary Simpson was back in court Monday. He was scheduled to be arraigned, but a judge ordered a mental evaluation for Simpson. According to WVLT, that evaluation could take six weeks. The next court date was set for July 13 at 1 p.m. Police say Simpson took his niece from school and kept her for about a week, sparking an AMBER Alert.


Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Crossville Pol Tuesday May 24, 2016

Two additional City of Crossville Police Department officers have received recognition with the issuance of “Officer of the Month” awards for April, 2016.

On April 4, 2016 Officers of the Crossville Police Department received a request to check on the welfare of an elderly female. Upon arrival, Lieutenant Brian Tilley and Master Police Officer Terry Graham found her to be in very frail condition and needing medical assistance.

Though she was refusing medical assistance, Lt. Brian Tilley was able to convince her to drink some Ensure, to help her maintain her composure. MPO. Terry Graham also worked with her for an extended period of time and subsequently, thanks to their hard work and caring, they were able to get her transported for medical treatment and continued care.

Not just for their hard work and diligence, but for the care and compassion provided to a citizen in her time of need, Lt. Tilley and MPO. Graham are recognized as Officers of the Month, April, 2016.


Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Has Taught the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program to Thousands
Press Release: Cumb. Co. Sheriff's Office Tuesday May 24, 2016

Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox announced that the Sheriff’s Office has been able to bring the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program to thousands of children county wide. Every elementary public school gladly received the program along with private schools, daycares, and church groups. Over 4,000 children from 3 years old to 4th grade participated in the program. “I have never seen a program so well received by adults and children alike”, said Sheriff Cox.

“We had multiple reports from parents telling us that their children were singing the Eddie Eagle song and teaching other siblings to stay safe around guns”, Cox said. Sheriff Cox began working with the NRA last year on a grant to purchase the Eddie Eagle costume and materials for teaching the Gun Safe® program. This effort was pursued so the classes could be taught without adding expense to Cumberland County taxpayers.

Eddie Eagle Gun Safe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts.

It began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun.


Federal officials estimate that there are over 200 million firearms in the United States with studies suggesting they are kept in approximately half of all households. Whether or not a particular family owns firearms, chances are, neighbors and relatives do, making it likely that children will encounter a firearm at some point. From their earliest awareness, children are exposed to guns through cartoons, television shows and movies. They are curious about firearms and may have developed inaccurate perceptions of what a firearm is and does.

Eddie Eagle teaches them not to play with firearms with a simple, memorable four-part plan: “If you see a gun, STOP! Don’t Touch! Run Away! Tell a Grown Up!”

Neither Eddie nor any members of his Wing Team are ever shown touching a firearm, and there is no promotion of firearm ownership or use. The NRA does not make any sort of profit off the program, nor does it intend to. The goal of the Eddie Eagle Program is merely to prevent accidents and keep children safe.

“We would like to thank all the volunteers and school staff that made the program’s success possible”, said Sheriff Cox. The Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to bring the program back next year to schools, daycares, and other youth groups throughout our county.

The program is available to your group at no charge. If you are interested in Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team presenting to your children’s group from Pre-K through 4th Grade contact Gary Howard at (931) 484-6176 or (931) 246-9882.


Haslam Signs Bill to End Tax on Earnings
AP Monday May 23, 2016

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will phase out the state's Hall tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.

The law reduces the tax by 1 percentage point in the first year and then requires future reductions to eliminate the tax altogether by 2022.

Haslam signed the bill Friday despite his administration's earlier concerns about the measure for requiring the future cuts regardless of how the state's economy performs.

The initial cut amounts to a 17 percent reduction for Hall tax payers. The change is projected to cause a loss of $28 million in state revenues, plus another $15 million from the communities where the tax is collected.

Some mayors of have warned warn they will have to try to make up the revenues elsewhere.


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