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Crossville police were called to a burglary report on Beverly Hills Circle Tuesday morning. The victim said he was in his living room around 6 a.m. when he heard a noise from his bedroom. Thinking it was the air conditioner, he did not investigate. About 7:30 a.m. the man said he went into his bedroom and discovered the window open. The nightstand was missing, and his dresser drawers had been pulled out and rummaged through. Police located the nightstand several clothing items outside near the window. Investigators also found a Walmart receipt for prescription medication that did not belong to the victim. Nothing else was reported missing and the investigation continues.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of $5,000 worth of jewelry from an apartment on Mitchell Boulevard. Crossville police were notified of the burglary on Tuesday. According to reports, entry was gained through a window. Another resident at the apartment complex reported that someone had attempted to gain entry through a back window at their unit recently. The investigation is ongoing.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Roadside Safety Checkpoint on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 on Highway 70 at Browntown Road in Cumberland County. The approximate time will be 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says statistics show hate crimes last year in the state declined from 2013, but more incidents of religious bias were reported. The TBI released its annual statistical study on hate crimes Monday. The report is based on data submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System. The report said law enforcement departments reported 340 victims of 295 bias-motivated incidents in Tennessee last year, down 2.6 percent from 2013. Meanwhile, offenses involving religious bias increased from eight victims in 2013 to 21 in 2014. The most often documented bias was anti-not Hispanic or Latino, accounting for more than 24 percent of all bias-motivated crimes in 2014, nearly the same as 2013.
During Monday night’s meeting, County Commissioners learned that property tax collections are strong at 99.6% collected year to date. The Hotel/Motel tax collections are at $534,915 against a budget of $734,738, or 72.8% of budget, reports County Commissioner Allen Foster. At this time last year we were at 71.2% of budget. Ambulance collections have finally recuperated to expected levels after our third party billing company donated time to catch our billing department up on late work. The annual budget is $3,000,000 with year to date collections at $2,428,300, or 80.9% of budget. We are expecting another good month of collections as all of the late bills should still be coming in to the county. Prisoner boarding is at $676,397 year to date against a budget of $1,224, 885. Local option sales tax for the Board of Education was down $33,992 against the budget at $543,991 for the month. We are still positive $77,004 year to date. The May projections look promising with an unofficial number that is around $692,000 against a projected $665,893. If this projection holds true, the county would be around a net positive of $100,000 for the year.