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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released a statement after welcoming Challenger the American Bald Eagle to the U.S. Capitol this. Alexander said, “Today the American Eagle Foundation is in town to celebrate the recovery and restoration of the American Bald Eagle, the national symbol of the United States, and I’m proud as a Tennessean that the American Eagle Foundation of Pigeon Forge has played a leading role in preserving this magnificent bird,”. “I had a great time welcoming Challenger to the U.S. Capitol.” In 1963, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states dropped to about 417. By 2007, that number had increased to approximately 10,000 nesting pairs, an increase of approximately 2,500 percent from 40 years ago. Because of this success, the U.S. Department of the Interior officially delisted the bald eagle from both the “endangered” and “threatened” species lists under the Endangered Species Act on June 28, 2007.
Despite the question of who can close School Road, the Cumberland County Board of Education voted to move forward with its closing. The road, which runs through the Crab Orchard school property, provides a shortcut for area residents. Board Attorney Earl Patton reported that his recommendation has always been to close the road, but wanted to do it properly by requesting the County Commission take action. However, it appears that the county does not own the road and may not have the authority to do so. Patton further recommended that the board offer public notice of the closing and proceed on its own. A motion was approved to that effect.
Councilmember Pete Souza voted against the final reading of an ordinance revising the City beer codes to eliminate the distance requirement for beer permits. In a short special called session the Council voted 4-1 on the 3rd and final reading of the ordinance. Also approved on 3rd reading was an ordinance creating an Administrative Hearing Officer position. The position will hear cases on building and property maintenance violations. Council will consider offering the position to the recent applicants for City Judge and City Attorney. Following the special call, council met in work session to continue discussion on the budget.
Crossville police are investigating the theft and vandalism from a FNT Logging Truck. The driver of the truck reported that someone had busted out the lower passenger side window of the black 2009 Peterbilt. Taken was a Dixie Lee CB radio valued at $350. Officers found a hammer near the vehicle which may have been used to break out the window. Total loss and damages were estimated at just under $400. Police have no suspects at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Crossville Police are investigating the theft of a red, 16 foot, tandem axle, utility trailer from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology spec house on the corner of Miller Avenue and 10th Street. The trailer was stolen between April 17th and April 20th. At the time of the theft, the trailer was loaded with scrap wood and cardboard boxes. There are no suspects at this time. Loss was estimated at $3,500.