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Cumberland and Bledsoe county farmers are reminded December 15, is the final date timely-filed crop reports of planted 2017 wheat, oats, and barley will be accepted at the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Crossville.
Anyone having questions about crop reporting is urged to contact the Cumberland/Bledsoe County FSA Office at 931-484-6520 or toll free at 1-855-216-2802.
Indecent exposure charges were dropped in Roane County on Monday for Star Trek: Voyager actress Jennifer Ann Lien. She was arrested at her home in Harriman on September 3, 2015 after she allegedly exposed herself to two children under the age of 13. Police say that as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant they found Lien naked on a couch and covered only by a blanket. Lien reportedly refused to get dressed and she had to be carried to a patrol car. Charges were dismissed after Lien paid restitution on Monday. Lien shot to fame in the role of medical assistant “Kes” in Star Trek: Voyager.
The Crossville Fire Department has sent crews to help during a mandatory evacuation that was issued for downtown Gatlinburg Monday night after a fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park grew from 50 acres to 500 acres.. The fires, many of which were sparked by downed power lines, forced several roads and trails in the park to close and grounded planes. More than 80 firefighters from 7 different counties are expected to arrive in the Great Smoky Mountains Park by Tuesday to assist over 100 people who are currently monitoring and battling the blaze.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker and Representative Marsha Blackburn are both schedule to visit New York on Tuesday (11/29/16) to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. CNN reports that Trump asked Corker to meet with him as he searches for candidates to fill foreign policy positions. Corker, who currently serves as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, may now be a candidate to become the Trump administration’s Secretary of State. Blackburn is reportedly also under consideration for a cabinet position.
Monday’s high winds knocked out power to hundreds of VEC Customers. Crews were out in full force to restore electricity in the blustery weather. At 6:30 p.m. CT Monday, the VEC Outage Map showed almost 700 customers in Cumberland County without electricity and 152 in Overton County. VEC reminds everyone to never touch, walk or drive over downed power lines. When you see power lines on the ground following a storm, stay away, warn others to stay away and contact the electric utility.
Crews also blocked off a portion of Genesis Road at Interstate Drive on Monday after high winds bent the pole supporting the Speedway sign, causing a potential falling hazard.
The winds also did not bode well for firefighters. At noon Monday, the Forestry Division reported 47 active fires in Tennessee with 14,781 acres burned over a 24 hour period.