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The Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency is taking late-filed 2014 crop acreage reports until December 31, 2014, without fee, for those producers who failed to file reports of their crops (including hay and pasture) by the established crop reporting deadlines. Producers interested in making application for the new crop base program, ARC/PLC, are urged to come by the FSA office at 314 Old Jamestown Highway, Crossville, TN, as soon as possible to complete their reports. A fee, along with proof of existence and disposition of the crop, will be required if the complete crop acreage report is not filed by December 31, 2014. Producer who are not able to travel to the Crossville office are encouraged to request the applicable forms be mailed or e-mailed to them. The office phone number is 931-484-6520. Long distance farm operators may call toll free at 1-855-216-2802.
Nashville will be one of the host cities for the preliminary rounds of the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Eight teams will play at Bridgestone Arena on March 16 and 18 as part of the first and second rounds of the tournament. The news came as part of an NCAA announcement Monday of sites for the NCAA Tournaments of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The judge hearing the murder case of Johnny Cash’s great-niece has recused himself. WKRN reports that Judge Gary McKenzie said he was a prosecutor in the district attorney's office and had knowledge of the case prior to being elected judge. He said while that alone would not have disqualified him from trying the case, it could have caused a conflict. The case has been turned over to Judge David Patterson. Wayne Masciarella is the man accused of killing Courtney Cash and stabbing her boyfriend earlier this year. Courtney Cash was found stuffed into a box on March 19 at a home in Baxter, Tennessee. Cash's boyfriend, Austin Johnson, was also injured during the attack, but was able to escape with the couple's young daughter, who was unharmed. Masciarella faces a charge of first degree murder. According to WKRN, he is being held in the Putnam County jail without bond.
Motorists continue enjoying the lowest gas prices in four years. The shale boom has helped boost domestic oil supply to the highest level in three decades, which has helped put downward pressure on oil and gasoline prices. AAA, the Auto Club Group, reports that, as of Sunday, the national average price for a gallon of regular had dropped for 52 consecutive days. That price is currently $2.89 a gallon, down four cents from the week before. The statewide average for regular in Tennessee is $2.66 a gallon, third-cheapest in the country and down by four cents. And the numbers are the same in Corsicana, the average is $2.66, down four cents a gallon.
A former reality TV star has been sentenced to serve three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to an extortion scheme. Adam Winters, 25, of Oneida, (Oh-Nye-Duh) admitted in July that he tried to extort $2.5 million from Babcock and Wilcox, which manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Winters is accused of sending an email demanding $2.5 million in exchange for hundreds of slides containing evidence; from testing the bombs to documentation on how much radiation was used on animals and contamination of plants. Winters met with undercover law enforcement agents in May to exchange the slides and was arrested. He appeared on Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” in February. .(Photo Courtesy WVLT)