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A time-line has been scheduled in the Renegade Mountain Quadruple Murder Case. Jury selection has been slated for July 7, 2015. On February 16, 2015, defense attorneys will present a motion for a change of venue from Cumberland County. 26 year old Jacob Bennett and 25 year old Brittany Moser are charged in the shooting deaths of one adult and three teenagers as they sat in a vehicle on Renegade Mountain in September 2013.
Emergency personnel are responding to an "event" at the Y-12 National Security Complex that started around 10:25 a.m. Tuesday. Details are very limited at this time, but Local 8 News has confirmed it was a chemical spill in the west end of the Purification Facility. The spill has been contained to the building, so there are no evacuations for the nearby community. No employees were injured. A news release says, "Appropriate precautionary protective actions have been initiated for Y-12 employees who are not involved in the emergency response."
Authorities say a Crossville man was at the wheel when his vehicle hit a Spring City teenager. News Channel 9 reports that 15-year-old Briston Hall was walking at the intersection of Hwy 68 and Wolf Creek Road late Monday afternoon when he attempted to cross. The THP says the teen did not look both ways and walked into the path of a vehicle driven by 72 year old Cosby Hatfield of Crossville. Hatfield hit the breaks to avoid hitting the boy, but it was too late. The teen was air lifted to U.T. Medical Center. News Channel 9 reports authorities do not expect to file charges.
After months of negotiating, the County Commission gave its approval to the final document in funding additional school resource officers. An interlocal agreement that has been scrutinized by legal counsel for the County and the School Board was approved during last nights County Commission meeting. In other action last night, Commissioners approved the appointment of Mike Harvel as Cumberland County Director of Sanitation. Harvel will be replacing the retiring Tom Breeding.
Cumberland County Commissioners in regular session last night approved a motion granting the County Mayor and County Attorney the authority to take steps to collect unpaid franchise fees from Spirit Broadband. Prior to the meeting, commissioners met in a closed session to discuss the options to collect several years in back fees totaling over $100,000. Franchise fees are governed under the Cable Communications Act of 1984 which allows municipalities up to 5% of gross revenues from the operation of cable services.