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At Monday night’s meeting, Cumberland County Commissioners heard once again from a group of concerned citizens regarding the proposed wind farm in Crab Orchard. Dozens of protestors adorned in red t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Stop The Turbines” filled the Commission meeting room to voice their opposition to the proposed project and the company behind it, Apex Clean Energy. Those against the wind farm say the company’s proposed 20 plus wind turbines will spoil the natural beauty of the Crab Orchard community, decrease property values and could also pose a health risk. They also claim that Apex Clean Energy has overstated the benefits of the project, which the company says will create about 100 jobs locally and generate tax revenue for the county. Senator Lamar Alexander has also voiced his opposition to the wind farm and the group says it plans to keep pressuring the County Commission to take action to prevent the construction of a wind farm in Crab Orchard.
Three additional applications have been filed in the search for a new Crossville City Manager. Current Interim City Manager, Steve Hill, has placed his resume for consideration as well as William Atkinson of Crossville and James Hubbard of Bedford, Texas. The deadline for City Manager applicants has now passed.
The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking the public for help in locating a stolen red 1993 Chevrolet 2500 Diesel pickup, with a white refrigerated camper body, that was taken from a business at 928 Hwy 70 East, Crossville, TN, sometime between October 4 and October 5, 2016. If you know where this truck is, or if you have any information about this crime, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Donnie Hammons at the Crossville Police Department. (Photo Courtesy Crimestoppers)
The Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to Haw Ridge Park after a 58-year-old mountain biker broke his ankle on Sunday.
With the help of 911 dispatchers, officials tracked the caller's cell phone and found that the biker was near water on the southeast side of the trail.
Oak Ridge paramedics hiked to the biker while a rescue boat responded from Solway Park boat ramp.
The mountain biker was riding alone when he wrecked on a steep hill and broke his ankle. Two other bikers helped the injured biker until emergency workers got to the scene.
A representative with the City of Oak Ridge told Local 8 News the Oak Ridge Fire Department will receive a new smaller rescue boat for shallow water rescues on October 28.
Teen involved crash fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of teen driver crashes and teen passengers are the number one distraction for teen drivers.
AAA suggests teen passengers avoid unnecessary conversations, don't pull the driver's attention from the road, silence phone notifications and navigate and stay alert to help the driver avoid danger.
AAA also recommends that parents get involved as their teens learn to drive by helping them practice in varying conditions, enrolling them in a drivers education program, and setting a good example behind the wheel.