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A Cumberland County man has been charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect after authorities in Rhea County say he shook a 7-month old baby girl that was in his care. 24-year-old Jesse Lynn Wyatt was arrested last week following an emergency call of an infant not breathing at a home in Rhea County. The baby was rushed to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga where tests revealed brain damage, bleeding, and hemorrhages consistent with the child being intentionally and violently shaken. While investigating the incident, officers reportedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia at the residence and also discovered that Wyatt was wanted for Failure To Appear in Cumberland County. In addition to the child abuse charges, Wyatt was also charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug.
The Times Free Press reports the baby continues to fight for her life in pediatric intensive care. Her condition has not changed since she was hospitalized.
Wyatt was placed in the Rhea County jail on a $150,000 bond. His next court appearance has been set for March 14.
The baby’s mother has not been charged.
A former Cumberland County EMS Supervisor has been indicted on charges that he misused his position to steal narcotics. On Monday, the Cumberland County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 47-year-old Randy Davidson, of Crossville, with two counts of Theft under $1,000, one count of Official Misconduct, and one count of Forgery.
On August 17, 2016, at the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Agents began investigating the theft of fentanyl from the Cumberland County Ambulance Service. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Randy Davidson (DOB 9-29-69), a supervisor for the organization, was responsible for the crime. Additionally, investigators determined Davidson forged the ambulance service’s controlled substance records in an attempt to conceal the theft. The ambulance service no longer employs Davidson.
Wednesday, Agents arrested Davidson and booked him in the Cumberland County Jail on $40,000 bond.
(Photo Courtesy TBI)
The National Weather Service has confirmed two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee on Wednesday morning. The first twister was in Williamson County where a bank was heavily damaged. The second tornado hit Davidson County damaged several boats and the dock at Four Corners Marina on Percy Priest Lake. Also in Davidson County, strong winds ripped away a portion of the roof of a middle school just as students were arriving for the day. Fortunately, no one at the school was injured. . And singer Carrie Underwood said a tornado hit her Nashville home and sent the chimney onto the driveway. The Oklahoma native tweeted “it feels like home”.
The destruction was much more serious in Clarksville, TN where two mobile homes were damaged by falling trees and a 12-year-old boy reportedly suffered back and leg injuries when a tree fell on his family’s home. At least two others were reportedly injured in the incident.
In Cumberland County, there were reports of tree damage and heavy rain caused localized flooding. In neighboring Morgan County, the Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday reported that Highway 62 at Big Mountain in Coalfield area was closed for several house after four trees fell, taking down power lines and threatening to topple at least three poles.
The 67th Annual Women’s Championship will be held this weekend, March 4th and 5th, at Plateau Bowling Lanes on Hwy 70 East in Crossville. According to the Lane’s website, Public Bowling will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. This weekend’s event is the third Tennessee State Women’s Bowling tournament hosted by Plateau Bowling Lanes. The other two tourneys were held in August and October of last year. The tournaments will draw about 2,000 bowlers to Crossville.
Multiple tornado warnings were issued for on Wednesday morning as a line of storms tore through Middle Tennessee. The National Weather Service issued five tornado warnings Wednesday morning, beginning in Williamson County at 5 a.m. The storm went south of Interstate 40 to Cookeville and Crossville, which is when tornado warnings were issued around 9 a.m. The National Weather Service has yet to confirm any touchdowns and the Tennnessee Emergency Management Agency is assessing where resources are needed most in Tennessee.
3/1/17 As of 9:45 a.m. Volunteer Energy Cooperative reported hundreds without power; mostly in Picket County where the electricity went out for 467 customers.
VEC Outage Report at 9:45 a.m.:
Cumberland – 47 customers out
Putnam – 74
Overton – 2
Rhea – 1
Fentress - 1
Putnam County Emergency Management Agency DAMAGE REPORTS: We have multiple areas of damage reported, throughout Putnam County. Reports stretch from the Hopewell Rd. area of Western Putnam County to the Hanging Limb area of Eastern Putnam County. Currently we have seen only minor injuries/medical complaints as a result of the storms. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM DAMAGED AREAS to allow responders to work and ensure everyone is safe.
PEG BROADCASTING LISTENER DAMAGE REPORT: BIG SOUTH FORK – FENTRESS CO. SIDE, TREES DOWN, ROADS IMPASSABLE BY SMALL CARS, FLOODING.
A 12-year-old boy reportedly suffered back and leg injuries when a large tree fell through a mobile home in Clarksville, TN.
Numerous trees were blown down across Middle Tennessee, some taking powerlines with them. The Cumberland County Highway Department reported a large tree across road, Claysville (from Pomona side) blocking both lanes.
Early reports indicate structure damage in Brentwood, TN and also in Humphrey’s and Macon Counties.