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It's an exciting time in Crossville as Knoxville-based Dominion Senior Living will soon begin construction on a 25,000-square-foot, $5.25 million, faith-based assisted living and memory care senior living community. The company has a distinct message of honoring God by serving seniors in a hospitable, loving environment supported by high-quality staff. The one-story community will be located at 887 Woodlawn Road in Crossville and will have 40 memory care apartments. While the community is designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, seniors who do not need memory care but could benefit from the extra help assisted living provides are welcome to live there as well. The community will feature comfortable warm interiors with all the feeling of home for 60 residents to enjoy and have their spiritual, mental and physical needs met and exceeded each day. The hospitable staff members will go through a rigorous training program, and the residents will participate in daily enriching activities designed to stimulate their memories and senses through purposeful experiences. Construction will begin shortly and the company plans to open the community during the first quarter of 2016, bringing nearly 50 jobs to the area.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will increase patrols and utilize the “No Refusal” law and a variety of traffic safety enforcement tools to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes across the state during this year’s Memorial Day holiday period. The 2015 Memorial Day holiday period will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22 and conclude at midnight on Monday, May 25. The 96-hour holiday period will include “No Refusal” enforcement, which allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers, in each of the eight THP Districts. The participating “No Refusal” counties include Anderson (Knoxville District), Grundy (Chattanooga District), Rutherford and Wilson (Nashville District), Shelby (Memphis District), Washington (Fall Branch District), Putnam (Cookeville District), Bedford (Lawrenceburg District), and Henry (Jackson District). Last year, nine people were killed in vehicular crashes during the 72-hour Memorial Day period. Four of the nine (44%) were not wearing safety restraints and two of the traffic fatalities occurred in an alcohol-related crash. One motorcycle rider was killed and one all-terrain vehicle rider died during last year’s Memorial Day holiday. State troopers arrested 162 individuals on suspicion of DUI and ticketed 2,018 motorists for violation of the seat belt law during last year’s Memorial Day holiday. The THP will conduct saturation patrols, seat belt and sobriety checkpoints, as well as increased visibility on high-crash corridors throughout the summer to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state. The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 on Highway 70 at Browntown Road in Cumberland County. The approximate time will be 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Another Crossville-Cumberland County 2030 Vision meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 1 at Crab Orchard Elementary beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join this ongoing conversation on what shall we do today to prepare for tomorrow. To register for the event, call 931-787-1684 or email email@example.com.
Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Smithville mother and her boyfriend in connection to the death of the woman’s 23-month-old child. At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, and with the assistance of the Smithville Police Department, TBI Special Agents began investigating the death of Colten Alexander May on Sunday, May 17th. Earlier that day, Cody Key, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, reported to law enforcement he found the child unresponsive while babysitting him in the early morning hours in a home on Christine Street. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information which led to Key as the individual responsible for the child’s death. Tuesday, a specially-called DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments for Key and the child’s mother, Jessica May, charging Key, 23, of Smithville, with one count of Felony Murder and one count of Aggravated Child Abuse. The indictments also charged May, 19, of Smithville with one count of Aggravated Child Neglect. TBI Agents arrested both subjects at their Smithville home and booked them into the DeKalb County Jail. At the time of this release, Key was being held on $1,000,000 bond and May was being held on $300,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI).
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have closed Mt. Le Conte Backcountry Shelter and trails to the popular Cliff Tops area due to aggressive bear activity until further notice. At this time, trails leading to the summit of Mt. Le Conte remain open, but hikers are strongly encouraged to hike in tight groups of three or more and carry bear spray. Park wildlife staff are currently stationed onsite to monitor the situation. As the Memorial Day holiday nears, Smoky Mountain Park officials urge everyone to be bear aware while driving, picnicking, hiking, or stopping to take photos. While rare, bear attacks can cause serious injury and death.