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All 400 permits for Tennessee's second sandhill crane hunt are gone. They were issued at a hand-held drawing held Saturday in north Hamilton County. As a result, there are no leftover permits to issue this week at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices. All persons issued a sandhill crane permit must pass an internet-based crane identification test to make sure hunters know the difference between sandhill cranes and protected species. The hunting season operates in a designated area in East Tennessee on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 through Jan. 1.
Motorists are paying $5 to $15 less to fill their tanks than they were around July 4. That's according to AAA, which says U.S oil production has soared to its highest level since 1985, placing downward pressure on oil and gas prices. The statewide average for a gallon of regular has fallen to its lowest point in almost four years at $2.89, down 11 cents from a week ago. The average in Crossville is $2.85 a gallon, down 13 cents.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials say a death row inmate convicted of a 1988 murder in Campbell County has died of natural causes. Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa E. Taylor says Olen E. Hutchison, 61, was pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m. Sunday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Hutchison was convicted in 1991 in the drowning death of Hugh L. Huddleston, 46, of Knoxville. Huddleston was lured to Norris Lake under the guise of going fishing. Hutchison's case became the focus of demonstrations and forums on disparities in the state's death sentences. Hutchinson was one of seven men accused of plotting to kill Huddleston in an insurance fraud scheme. Hutchison was the only person sentenced to death. The man convicted of pushing Huddleston into the lake received a life sentence.
The Crossville Depot is planning Grand re-opening activities on Thursday, October 23. Events and activities will take place from 11 am to 5 pm in the Event Room and on the deck. Afterwards at 6:30, a free reception is scheduled and while the reception is free, tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Depot and at the CATS Gallery in the Crossville Mall.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging residents of Tennessee to show their support for our military personnel, both active and retired, by going to www.GoVoteTN/honor and filling out a short electronic form. This will dedicate your vote to an active, retired, or deceased member of our armed forces as part of the Honor Vote program. There is no charge to do so, and those who do sign up to do this will receive an “Honor Vote” button in the mail.