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Gas prices have fallen every day for more than six weeks in Tennessee. AAA credits abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil costs. The statewide average price for a gallon of regular is $1.93, down five cents from a week ago and down 51 cents from a year ago. In Crossville, regular averages $1.85 a gallon, down four cents from a week ago and 45 cents from a year ago.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Shoppers can enjoy a sales tax holiday in Tennessee one weekend earlier than in years past. The sales tax holiday will be the last weekend in July instead of the first weekend in August. That means, this year, it will happen from July 29 to 31.
This is because of a 2016 law change. The change only affected when this sales tax holiday would happen. It starts at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ends 11:59 p.m. that following Sunday.
"The sales tax holiday for back-to-school items is earlier this year. We encourage Tennesseans to mark their calendars so they don't miss this opportunity to save on important items," Gov. Bill Haslam said.
Shoppers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less during this sales tax holiday. Tennessee had its first sales tax holiday in 2007.
For more information about the sales tax holiday, please visit www.tntaxholiday.com.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was named the “First Place Winner” in Highway Patrol/State Police agency category consisting of 501-1500 troopers in the nation for 2016. Additionally, THP received two awards in “Traffic Incident Management and Technology”.
The THP recently competed in an annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge by presenting programs and results of public safety efforts. All law enforcement agencies in the country (local police departments, sheriff’s offices, campus police, military police and state police agencies) are invited to submit a presentation or packet detailing their public safety efforts. The THP competed in the largest state agency category which is the “mid-size department” division of state police agencies between 501 and 1500 Troopers. THP competed against all law enforcement agencies in the special awards category.
Over the last four years, THP was the only state police agency to place in the top three and has won several special awards for our Commercial Vehicle Program.
SWEETWATER, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A man is in jail after he allegedly stole an ambulance with an EMS worker inside Friday, according to Monroe County and Sweetwater Police officers.
The man jumped into an ambulance at Skyway Dialysis near Highway 68 in Sweetwater, according to Sweetwater police. As he drove away, investigators used the ambulance's GPS signal to track the vehicle down.
Officers found the ambulance near Cleveland Farm Road. The EMS worker in the back told deputies the suspect ran into a corn field, Sweetwater Police said.
A Monroe County Sheriff's K9 found the suspect about a half mile into that corn field.
The Monroe County Sheriff said the suspect is facing attempted second degree murder charges for trying to run over a City of Sweetwater Patrol Officer, kidnapping, theft, and fleeing and evading arrest.
Press release from the Crossville Police Department:
On Thursday July 21, 2016, Officers with the City of Crossville Police Department arrested another Cumberland County resident, following the actions of The Cumberland County Grand Jury, in which indictments were handed down for various charges. Crossville Narcotics Detective’s efforts led to the charges being presented to the June 27, 2016 session of the grand jury.
With this most recent effort:
PAM NEAL - WANTED - Pamela Kay Neal – 44 years old, Charges: Sale and Delivery of Oxymorphone and Oxycodone (2 counts ea.), Sale and delivery of counterfeit substance and possession of over ½ oz. of marijuana with the intent to sell and deliver. Neal is currently WANTED and will have a $40,000.00 bond.
VANMETER - Kurt William Vanmeter – 22 years old, Charges: Sale and delivery of a counterfeit substance and possession of over ½ oz. of marijuana with the intent to sell and deliver. Vanmeter is currently being held on $15,000.00 bond.
WALTER SIMONS - WANTED – Walter Duane Simons – 63 years old, Charges: Employing a firearm during the commission of a felony, Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone (3 counts) and possession of Oxycodone and Oxymorphone with the intent to sell and deliver (1 count ea.). Simons is currently WANTED and is believed to have absconded to Michigan. Simons will have a $40,000.00 bond.
Vanmeter was arrested and taken to the Cumberland County Jail for processing. Neal and Simons remain at large. These latest actions by the Crossville Police Department’s Narcotics Detectives and Police Officers demonstrate the Department’s resolve to eradicate illicit narcotics in our community. We congratulate their efforts.
Any questions or comments, please contact the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231.