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Crossville Police are investigating the theft of firearms from a home on Vaughn Street. Taken were a Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun valued at $300 and a Remington 22 automatic with a synthetic scope worth $500. The owner said he had last used the weapons on June 20. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence and no suspects have been named.
The Tennessee Education Lottery has closed its Fiscal Year by shattering records throughout the 12-month period, with an all-time high for sales and proceeds for education. This year’s record sales resulted in a contribution of $394 Million for all education programs funded by the Lottery, a record increase of $46.3 Million, or 13.3 percent, over last year’s record return. This brings the total raised to more than $3.8 Billion since inception. The Lottery reported a record $1.626 Billion in total sales for the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, an increase of $151 Million, or 10.2 percent, over last year’s previous sales record of $1.475 Billion. This brings total sales since inception to more than $15 Billion.
For those who play the, estimated Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is $361 million.
NASHVILLE — White County is the latest in Tennessee to be quarantined for an invasive pest targeting ash trees.
Officials have detected Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the eastern section of White County. An adult EAB beetle was recently captured in a trap near Old Railroad Grade Road. With this discovery, White County joins 48 other counties in quarantine with a prohibition on the movement of ash trees and ash tree products.
EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. It was first detected in Tennessee in July 2010. EAB beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.
Humans tend to contribute to the spread of EAB, unknowingly transporting the insects through infested nursery stock, firewood, unprocessed saw logs, and other ash products.
Citizens should report any symptomatic ash trees to TDA and follow these simple rules:
· Don’t transport any firewood, even within the state.
· Use firewood from local sources near where it will be burned.
· If you purchase firewood, make sure that it is labeled and certified to be pest free.
· Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.
Visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/topic/ag-businesses-eab for a symptoms checklist and a map of quarantined counties.
TDA’s Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private land in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.
For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit www.protecttnforests.org.
Gas prices have been falling at a consistency not seen since last summer. AAA says the statewide average price for a gallon of regular has fallen 39 days in a row for a total decline of 22 cents and is back below two dollars a gallon. Currently, regular gas is averaging $1.98 a gallon across Tennessee, down five cents from a week ago. In Crossville, regular averages a $1.90, down nine cents.
Nine development districts across Tennessee will receive grants totaling more than 450-thousand dollars to support local solid waste management activities. That announcement from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation included the news that the Upper Cumberland Development District will get more than $40,000. The grant supports development districts in preparing valuable solid waste planning functions including compiling information about landfills, source reduction, composting and recycling.