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A Spruce Loop resident fell victim to a driveway sealing scam. The victim told Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies that a white male came to her home and said he would seal her blacktop driveway for $150 to $200. Shortly after they made the deal, the man came back and told her the job was completed, but he would need $800. His reason for the higher price was that the company he works for demanded all the materials used be paid for in advance. He said he would mail her a check for $700. The victim gave the man $800 cash and told authorities that the suspect drove away in a full size dark gray pickup truck. So far, the suspect has not been identified and the case is ongoing.
Authorities arrested 7 persons on charges of possession of marijuana for resale after they stopped a vehicle on Lantana Road. The driver of the vehicle apparently pulled into his own driveway for the stop that led to the charges. According to reports, a female occupant of the vehicle asked officers if she could take her nephew into the house while the vehicle was searched. Officers escorted the female to the door of the house where they detected the odor of marijuana. After being granted permission to enter, officers reported seeing small amounts of the illegal weed around the living room, along with drug paraphernalia. Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence and netted almost $10,000 worth of marijuana, over $1,200 in cash, and a Mossberg 22 rifle. Charged in the incident was 23 year old Christopher Cummings, 21 year old Vondarous Dawson, 40 year old Ray Marshall, 24 year old Crystal Coulter, 18 year old Amanda Hackett, all of 393 Lantana Road, 20 year old Dakota Crain of Kings Row, Crossville and 31 year old Jayme Lee Wilson-Reed of Baxter, TN.
The Tennessee Clean Water Network has filed a lawsuit to force the U.S. Army and BAE to stop the pollution of the Holston River with a highly explosive chemical, RDX, used in military ammunitions and bombs and to comply with other provisions of the facility’s Clean Water Act permits. The toxic RDX is coming from the Holston Army Ammunitions Plant (HSAAP) in Kingsport, Tennessee. The HSAAP is owned by the U.S. Department of the Army and operated by BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc. The group further claims that continued pollution of the Holston River caused one Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation staff member to remove herself from the position of permit writer for the HSAAP.
The Knoxville man who won the $298 million Powerball jackpot this year says he wouldn’t have lived to buy the winning lottery ticket if it hadn’t been for the excellent care he received at UT Medical Center. That’s why on Tuesday Roy Cockrum donated $1 million dollars to the hospital that he says saved his life. Cockrum had heart surgery in 2010 and he made the donation in honor of his surgeon Dr. Thomas E. Gaines. Cockrum’s “gift of gratitude” will be used to support research and patient care for the Heart and Lung Vascular Institute at UT Medical Center.
In regular session last night, the County Commission unanimously approved an agreement with the Industrial Development Board to offer payment in lieu of taxes for a CoLinx project. The project will be a 210,000 square foot expansion at the existing facility and will result in a $14 million investment. CoLinx officials say the expansion will result in the addition of approximately 65 new jobs and help to retain over 700 existing positions. In other action, commissioners approved a resolution for grant monies recently received by the Sheriff’s Department. The fully funded grant will allot almost $26,000 to replace existing fingerprinting technology at the Sheriff’s Office.