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A Hamilton County woman is one of three who died when two planes collided in Georgia on Wednesday. Flight instructor, 24-year-old Taylor Nicole Stone of East Ridge, Tennessee was killed as was her male student. His name was not immediately released pending notification of family. The pilot of the other plane, 79-year-old William Lewis Lindsey of College Park, Georgia was the third fatality. Both single-engine planes were attempting land at the West Georgia Regional Airport. There is only one landing strip at that airport and no air traffic controller. It’s not clear why the planes collided and the crash remains under investigation.
Crossville City Councilman Jesse Kerley will not appear in General Sessions court Thursday morning as scheduled. Kerley’s assualt case was still on the docket Tuesday morning, however, he has been granted a continuance to October 6, 2016. The “State of Tennessee vs Jesse Kerley” case stems from an alleged altercation with Councilman Pete Souza that occurred in early June 2016. The incident happened after a city council work session and part of the encounter was captured on security camera in the City Hall lobby, although no audio was available. A Class A misdemeanor charge in Tennessee carries a maximum term of not more than 11 months, 29 days in prison and up to $2,500 fine.
Miss Tennessee, Grace Burgess, is the preliminary talent winner in the Miss America pageant. Her rendition of Desperado earned her a $2,000 scholarship. Preliminary competition resumes Thursday in Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City, New Jersey. The finals will be held on Sunday, September 11th at 8 pm CT.
Tourists in Tennessee contributed over $1 billion in state and local sales taxes for the tenth year in a row. According to a release, this year’s total of $1.6 billion is up seven percent over 2014. Officials said all 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures. In Cumberland County, tourists spending totaled over $112 million last year.
On the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, the Post 9/11 Combat Committee and the Cumberland County Veterans Affairs Office will dedicate the Post 9/11 Combat Memorial in Crossville. This Memorial is dedicated to those Cumberland County residents that have given the ultimate sacrifice to our county and country in combat post 9/11. At this time the county has three service members whose names will be placed on the Memorial: Marine Sgt. Morgan W. Strader, Marine Lance Cpl. Stephan Fitzgerald Dearmon and Army Sgt Daniel T. Lee. The dedication is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Veterans Memorial Park across from the Cumberland County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend the dedication of this memorial to honor Cumberland County’s fallen heroes and history. .