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Beginning Friday, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 2nd state primary and county general elections. Early voting will continue through July 28th. Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of the early voting period. He said voters should remember that whether they vote early or on election day, valid state or federal photo identification is now required when voting in person. Vote early in Cumberland County at the Elections Commission Office on Main Street across from the Cumberland County Courthouse
The Tennessee Department of Safety says the new "no refusal" state law produced warrants for blood samples from eight drunken driving suspects who wouldn't take a breath test.
A five-county effort was launched last week to raise motorist awareness of the law. Until this year, drivers could refuse a blood alcohol test but faced losing their license for violating the implied consent law. The toughened law allows officers to ask a judge to issue a warrant for blood samples that can support a drunken driving charge. Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols led to one warrant in Anderson County, one warrant in Davidson County, and six in Maury County. Warren and Bradley Counties were also part of the crackdown, which produced 48 DUI arrests.
The attorney for two former employees of the Upper Cumberland Development District says he will sue the agency if his clients, who were recently fired, are not rehired.
The UCDD board met Tuesday to discuss the firings of Kathy and Ashley Pealer, who say they were fired for refusing to go along with abuses that led to the forced resignation of former UCDD Director Wendy Askins. Interim director Randy Williams claims the two were fired as part of the agency's reorganization, and not for retaliation.
The board's chairman, Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon, refused to allow a vote on whether to rehire the two former employees. The Pealers' attorney told reporters he would file suit if his clients were not hired back.
Crossville police have recovered a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado reported as stolen out of North Carolina after responding to a call regarding a man who was passed out at a local bar. Officers making contact with the male subject identified him as 45 year old Christopher David Rodgers of Ararat North Carolina. Rodgers was transported to Cumberland Medical Center for treatment. Officers investigating the incident found him to be in possession of the vehicle which was reported as stolen. After treatment from CMC, Rodgers was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center for booking.
A Crossville man has been arrested after leading Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies on a high speed motorcycle chase that exceeded speeds of 100 miles an hour. According to reports, Joshua Jude Marryshow of Bighorn Loop was first spotted by deputies when he ran the stop sign at Lincolnshire and Spruce Loop. From there, Marryshow continued his reckless driving, failing to stop at posted stop signs, and speeding into the Bledsoe County line. Marryshow was finally apprehended by Tansi Security. When asked why he had fled from the law, he stated that he thought that he his license was suspended. Marryshow was issued multiple citations, and faces charges including evading arrest, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center for booking