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The recent winter storms were hard on Tennessee’s landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to burnsafetn.org to secure a permit. For a larger burn, apply for a permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting burnsafetn.org. Burn permits are free. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local restrictions. In 2014, debris fires that got out of control were the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee, burning 5,366 acres statewide. Burning debris without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.
The Cumberland County Board of Education in regular session Thursday night voted 5-4 to approve an option that will extend the school day by one hour for a total of 13 days in order to make up 2 snow days. In all, Cumberland County students missed 17 days for the year. 10 of those were built into the calendar, 2 were made up by converting staff development days to instructional days and 3 were waived by the State, leaving 2 days to be made up. Several options were before the Board, including an option to add the days to the end of the calendar, however, a motion to approve that option was voted down, with most board members concerned about instruction time prior to the TCAP testing. Board members later approved a second motion to extend the school day by one hour starting April 13th. The additional hour will be in effect through April 29th.
To make up 2 snow days, the Cumberland County Board of Education decided at Thursday night’s meeting to extend the school day by 1 hour beginning April 13th through April 29th.
A University of Tennessee football player has been arrested. Local 8 Now reports that Volquest.com says Coleman Thomas was arrested Wednesday morning for attempting to sell stolen property. According to a warrant, Thomas tried to sell $640 worth of electronics to a GameStop on Clinton Highway. Thomas has bonded out of jail. The sophomore is originally from Virginia and played in 11 games, starting five. Thomas has been removed from all team activities. His arraignment is scheduled for April 7.. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
On Friday March 20, 2015, Officers with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Crossville Police Department and agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at a residence located at 3956 Glade Creek Road Sparta, Tennessee in Cumberland County. The search warrant stemmed from a investigation, involving the sell and delivery of marijuana, which was conducted by the Narcotics Division of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Mikell (Tony) Tasker age 50, the owner of the residence, had been the target of a narcotics investigation where marijuana was being sold from his home. During the execution of the search warrant officers and agents seized approximately 9.25 pounds of marijuana, cash, several vehicles, and firearms. During the search warrant, Travis Lee Coleman age 30, who was staying with Tasker, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants. Tasker is facing charges of Sell and Delivery of a Schedule VI drug and Coleman is facing charges of Possession of Schedule II as well as Schedule IV drugs. The case will be presented to the Cumberland County Grand Jury at a later date.