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Tennessee has been ranked 25th in the Associated Press preseason poll. This is the first time since 2008 that the Vols have made the AP preseason poll. Ohio State was ranked 1st followed by TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Michigan State to round out the top five.
Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden has a broken foot and will miss the season. Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced the severity of Gaulden's injury on Saturday, saying the sophomore got "tripped up" during a punt return drill. Gaulden joins guards Marcus Jackson and Austin Sanders likely lost for the season because of training camp injuries. Cornerback Cam Sutton is switching his uniform number from No. 23 to Gaulden's No. 7 to honor his injured teammate. Sophomore guard Jashon Robertson has taken a similar step by changing his number from No. 73 to Jackson's No. 75.
The Cumberland County Commission will meet in Special Session on Monday, August 24 at 6 p.m. Among agenda items is a resolution raising the property tax by 10 cents for a rate of $1.59 per $100 of taxable property. The Budget Committee says the tax hike is needed because the General Fund Balance is at $2 million and the ending Fund Balance needs to be around $3.5 million. Prior to the Special Session, a Public Hearing on the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Cumberland County Courthouse.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man was found dead Sunday afternoon at Burgess Falls State Park. The park was closed after the man’s body was discovered but it will probably reopen Monday. Authorities have not released the man’s identity or the cause of death.
Long-time Crossville businessman, Harold “Dean” Bennett, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 after battling leukemia. Mr. Bennett, 75, was the owner of Crossville Realty. He is survived by: Wife - Zelma Bennett, Sons - Chris Bennett & Nick Proffitt, II, Daughters - Gina Pruitt & LaDonda O'Donnell, and Brothers - Ernest, Gene, Bill & Frank Bennett.
Funeral services for Dean Bennett will be held on Tuesday August 25th at 1 pm at Freewill Baptist Church with burial to follow at Crossville City Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday August 24th from 5-8 pm at the church. Memorials can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (404 BNA Drive, Suite 102, Nashville, Tn 37217 or at lls.org.