|There are no live appearances currently scheduled.|
For comments on News Stories, call the Peg Broadcasting News Department at 707-1102, fax us at 707-1220, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Millions of dollars and hundreds of new jobs are coming to McMinn County. Officials of DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee announced Wednesday that the company will expand production of its gasoline direct injection capability in Athens by building a new 224-thousand square foot facility at its existing location. DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components, will invest more than 85 million dollars and create 400 new jobs over the next three years in McMinn County.
Crossville Police arrested two people after they allegedly attempted to extort money from a local man. The victim had gone to the Justice Center to report that he had received a call from a male subject claiming to be a bondsman. The man advised the victim to go the BP Travel Plaza on Genesis Road and pay $189 for a bond agreement cancellation. Authorities followed the victim to the travel plaza where he sat down with a woman at the Dairy Queen. According to reports, 41 year old Victoria Leigh Pugh, of Crossville, had signed a receipt for Crissman Bonding in the amount of $189. After Pugh failed to produce identification or proof that she worked for a bonding company, she was arrested for Extortion and Criminal Impersonation. Pugh’s alleged accomplice, 27 year old Danny Ellison Phillips Jr. 2nd was arrested for Theft of Property. Reports indicate that Pugh and Danny Ellison Phillips Jr. 2nd tried to implicate Danny Ellison Phillips Jr. as the mastermind of the extortion attempt, but authorities did not arrest Phillips Jr. due to lack of evidence.
Crossville Police were called to Quality Inn on Highway 127 North after a guest reported finding a glass drug pipe in the coffee maker in his room. Unfortunately, the Indiana truck driver made the discovery after he had drank several cups of coffee from the machine. Authorities report there was evidence that the pipe had been used. Upon the recommendation of police, the truck driver stated he was going to take himself to the emergency room. Police reports did not list any suspects.
Crossville Police were called to a burglary report at Cumberland Mountain Mental Health on Highway 127 North after employees discovered several items missing. Entry is believed to have been gained through the rear of the building. Taken were two Dell Optiplex 740 desktop PC’s, a Dell Optiplex 920 desktop, an HP Pavillion laptop and a hot dog roasting machine. Loss was estimated at over $7,000 and no suspects have been named in the burglary.
Authorities in Cumberland County are looking for vandals who have been shooting out windows on Potato Farm Road. Someone shot out a window of a residence on Potato Farm Road with a BB gun causing a $170 worth of damage. In another incident, someone fired a bullet through the window of a Frito Lay’s truck which was parked on Potato Farm Road. Damage was estimated at $250. No suspects were reported in either case.