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Car doors for a 2015 Dodge Charger that were reported stolen from East Tennessee Dodge were recovered at East Tennessee Dodge when they were found on another vehicle that was brought in for repair at the dealership. According to reports, Crossville Police were dispatched to East Tennessee Dodge on Saturday when technicians discovered the doors on a 2012 Dodge Charger that was brought in by Andrew Paul Pendergrass for a recall issue. The VIN number on the doors had been scratched off but technicians were able to identify the doors through an ECU Reader. Reports state there was other evidence that the doors were not original to the vehicle Pendergrass brought in for repair. City units waited until Pendergrass, age 35, of Crossville, returned to pick up the vehicle to advise him that authorities were taking possession of the automobile so it could be towed to the impound lot for further investigation. As the officer approached Pendergrass’ rental car, Pendergrass reportedly put his hands in the center console as if he were attempting to hide or retrieve something. The officer then conducted a search of Mr. Pendergrass’ person and found marijuana, a substance that tested positive for meth and an Alprazolam pill in his pants pockets. Pendergrass was charged with Manufacture, Delivery and Sale of Meth and 2 counts of Simple Possession. The driver of the rental car, 28 year old Racheal Kay Pendergrass of Crossville was also charged with Manufacture, Delivery and Sale of Meth after a substance that tested positive for meth was allegedly found on her person. Authorities also seized $889 in cash from the couple.
The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer, and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give. World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year. Those who come to donate blood with the Red Cross June 8-14, 2015, will receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs in honor of World Blood Donor Day.
. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
6/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Eye Centers of Tennessee, 15 Iris Lane
6/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jamestown Community Center, Hwy 127
6/1/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Livingston, 104 Roberts St.
6/1/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ, 521 South Jefferson Avenue
6/11/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Civic Center Sparta, 540 E. Bockman Way
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the promotion of Captain Tony Barham to Major and Executive Officer to the colonel, effective immediately. Barham will replace Major Betty Blair, who will retire after 21 years with the Highway Patrol. She was the first female to hold the rank of major within the agency. Barham has led the THP’s Special Programs Unit since 2009. The Henderson, Tenn., native began his career with the agency in 1988. He was first assigned as a road trooper to Giles County in the THP Lawrenceburg District. He continued to work the roads in Hardin and McNairy counties until he was promoted to Sergeant in 2003. In 2008, Barham was promoted to Lieutenant over the Nashville District’s Special Programs Unit. Barham received his bachelor’s degree from Freed Hardeman University. He is also a 2003 graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and a 2010 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute (TGEI).
A rockslide at the entrance of Clingmans Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tuesday morning has forced park officials to close the road. The slide area blocks the inbound lane and consists of several large boulders, some of which are nearly the size of vehicles. The park has contracted equipment to break up the large boulders, which will arrive this afternoon. Both lanes of Clingmans Dome Road, which carries traffic to the highest peak in the park, are closed. The full closure is necessary to accommodate the removal of slide materials. Local 8 Now reports that the work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 27.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is offering more than 2,000 state workers to apply for buyouts. Letters detailing the offers were sent out last week, but weren't expected to reach the affected workers until Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources said details about the packages and a breakdown of how many buyouts are being sought by the state agency wouldn't be available until sometime Tuesday. The deadline to apply for the buyouts is July 17.