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In a special called session before a standing room only crowd, the Cumberland County Commission approved an additional 3 cents on property taxes, bringing the tax rate for the County to $1.5275 per $100 of assessed value. While the original resolution called for a 10 cent increase, it was apparent that after the public hearing, that proposal would not pass. Commissioners then tied in a vote to raise the tax by 5 cents, with the County Mayor breaking the tie with a no vote. A second vote to recess the meeting until a later date, but before the impending August 31st state mandated deadline for final budget approval also failed. A motion by Wendell Wilson to raise the tax rate by 3 cents was approved in a 13 to 5 vote.
Crossville Police were dispatched to the Mr. Zip convenience store on Peavine Road early this morming (8/24/15) for an Armed Robbery report. The clerks told police that shortly before 5 a.m., two black men entered the store and stole approximately $500 cash from the registers. One of the men pointed a gun at the clerk, who was visibly shaken when officers arrived. Three other witnesses were able to give a good description of the two suspects. Video footage shows what appears to be the get-away driver sitting in a vehicle that was parked at the north side of the business during the armed robbery.
Authorities have released the identity of a man found dead Sunday at Burgess Falls State Park in Putnam County. The body of 27-year-old Lamouki Aref Motamedi, was found Sunday afternoon by a park visitor who spotted him lying at the bottom of the falls. Authorities say the Tennessee Tech University student was on an observation deck above the falls that had been closed for repairs when he fell to his death. Reportedly, the area was fenced off and signs had been posted, but apparently Motamedi ignored them. Police say it seems he was alone at the time of the tragic accident.
One of the items on the Agenda for tonight’s Special Called meeting of the Cumberland County Commission is a one-time commitment to distribute a total of $459,000 from its General Fund to the Cumberland County Schools for text books and roof replacement at North Cumberland Elementary. However, during Saturday’s Board of Education Special Called Meeting, the BOE failed to pass the resolution in a 4 to 4 tie vote. This doesn’t mean the matter is over; the BOE has scheduled a meeting for Thursday to discuss the issue. The County Commission Special Called Meeting will be at 6 p.m. tonight. Prior to the Special Session, a Public Hearing on the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Donald E. Andrews plans to resign as Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools in 2016. Mr. Andrews made the announcement at Saturday’s Special Called Meeting of the Board of Education. According to his letter of intent, Andrews’ resignation will become effective June 30, 2016. Donald Andrews was hired in 2013 with a 4-year contract. No reason was given for his decision to resign, however, Andrews expressed his appreciation for the chance to serve the Cumberland County School system. Andrews also said he would continue to be dedicated to his service during the 2015-2016 school year and work with the BOE for a smooth transition while the Board seeks his replacement.