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CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is mourning the loss of a worker fatally injured today along State Route 54 near US 412 in Crockett County. James “Pee Wee” Hopkins, an Operations Technician, was flagging traffic around a maintenance crew when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. No other TDOT workers were injured. The crash is under investigation.
Hopkins, 63, had been with the Department since 1996. He was hired as a highway maintenance worker, and was promoted in 2005 and again in 2014 to become an Operations Technician 2. His death is the second TDOT fatality in three months.
“We lost one of our own today, and it breaks your heart for the family and for the TDOT family across the state,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “It’s a good reminder to all of us of the many state employees who work in dangerous jobs every day to serve our state and their fellow Tennesseans. We are grateful for them.”
“This is the second tragic loss suffered by our department in just a matter of weeks,” Commissioner Schroer said. “I urge all motorists to slow down, be aware of their surroundings and minimize the distractions in their vehicles. The lives of our workers depend on it.”
Counselors will be provided for fellow employees in Region 4 (West Tennessee) and across the state as needed.
Since 1948, 111 TDOT workers have lost their lives while working on Tennessee roadways.
Scammers are busy in the real estate market in Cumberland County once again. Sheriff Casey Cox received information from realtors that real estate rental scams are affecting individuals who are looking to rent homes.
If you are planning on selling or renting a home, you should be prepared for the possibility of being scammed. Once the home has been listed and advertised either in local papers or on the internet scammers use advertisement to con individuals out of hundreds of dollars for fake rentals.
In a number of recent cases, scammers have taken information from real estate ads placed in local newspapers — and also scanned photos of the houses for sale — and posted classified ads on Craigslist.com, and other online trading sites that have convinced potential renters that THEY (the scammers) were renting these houses.
In some instances, scammers wanted just a little money from a LOT of people. They exchanged emails with victims, claiming they (the fake landlords) were outside the country. Then, they asked the victims to send small sums to receive copies of the house keys, so the victims can walk through the premises themselves.
In other cases, scammers actually gained access to vacant houses, gave tours to the prospective renters, and accepted deposits for renting the properties.
Craigslist.com, the world’s largest online classified ad service, offers the following advice to people visiting them:
• Deal locally with folks you can meet in person.
• Never wire funds via Western Union, MoneyGram or any other wire service — anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
• Fake cashier checks and money orders are common, and banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake is discovered weeks later.
• Craigslist is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer ‘buyer protection’ or ‘seller certification.
When renting or selling property always be aware and watch out for potential scammers.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) willsoon begin accepting applications for the next Trooper Cadet Academy. Men and women interested in a career as a state trooper can begin the application process online only, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 16.
The THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin mid-September, at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Training Center. Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen and have a high school diploma or equivalent. No applicants with felony convictions will be considered.
Those interested in and qualified for the position of state trooper should submit an employment application to the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. All applicants must apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee/default.cfm beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3. Applications will not be accepted after August 16. Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status via email.
There are currently 621 authorized commissioned trooper positions within the THP. Trooper cadets will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation. The starting salary for a trooper cadet during the training academy is $2,859 per month.
Upon graduation and commissioning as a Tennessee state trooper, the salary will increase to $3,163 per month and include a pension plan, health insurance and paid holidays. Troopers are also provided a uniform, equipment and patrol vehicles. With regular pay increases, a state trooper can earn $56,412 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure.
For additional information on becoming a state trooper, visit http://www.tn.gov/safety/article/trpqualifications.
For more information about applications, interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Tennessee Department of Human Resources Applicant Services Division at (615) 741-4841.
The CUMBERLAND COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW/JAMBOREE will be Saturday, August 6TH at Cumberland County High school beginning at 6 p.m. See every football team from Cumberland County: CCHS, SMHS, Stone Middle, Jr. Panthers, CCHS Middle, Jr. Jets. Admission is $3. No County passes will be accepted. Concessions will be available.
6:00 pm – STONE JV VS CCHS JV
6:30 pm – JR. PANTHER PEEWEES VS JR. JET PEEWEES
7:00 pm – JR. PANTHER JUNIORS VS JR. JET JUNIORS
7:30 pm – JR. PANTHER SENIORS VS JR. JET SENIORS
8:00 pm – STONE MIDDLE VS CCHS MIDDLE
On June 13, 2016 Sgt. Dustin Lester and Ptl. Daniel Coleman responded to a suspicious vehicle at the Peavine Road McDonalds. Upon their arrival they made contact with an individual in a stolen vehicle. This individual was entered into NCIC as a wanted felon from the state of Virginia and as a “Suicidal person”. Both officers noticed the individual had several cuts on his body and had lost a large amount of blood. These officers secured the scene and applied first aid to the individual, until EMS arrived. Their actions stopped the mam’s bleeding saved him from further harm. They also removed a dangerous individual from the public and recovered a stolen vehicle. These officer’s dedication and professionalism has been rewarded with officer of the month recognition for the month of June, 2016.
(Photo Courtesy Crossville Police Department. Left: Sgt. Dustin Lester and Crossville Mayor James Mayberry. Right: Ptl. Daniel Coleman and Mayor Mayberry)