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The mother of a Morgan County toddler whose death is under investigation by the TBI is admitting that she lied about a very important detail regarding the circumstances surrounding the day the child died. In an interview with WATE-TV, Amanda Beaty says she told investigators that her boyfriend, Rodger Prince had just come into the home at the time her son, Levi, began choking on a cookie—the incident which she claims ultimately led to his death. Now Beaty says Prince had been babysitting the child while she was at the store. Beaty says she lied because Prince was ordered to stay away from the child due to a previous abuse case between Prince and the child. Beaty says she believes a heart condition or blood disorder led to the child’s death, while the preliminary autopsy showed blunt force injuries. A final autopsy could take up to 6 months.
Scammers are at work again in our area. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a scam in which callers identify themselves as Volunteer Energy employees, and state that the customer’s electric bill is past due, and demand immediate payment. The victim is then given an out of state phone number to call and make a payment in order to avoid their service being cut off. Officials remind you never to give personal or financial information over the phone, and to contact VEC direct with billing issues.
Early voting for the August 7th county general and state primary election will begins this Friday, July 18th and runs through August 2nd. Early voting is available at the Cumberland County Election Commission office, which is located at 2 South Main Street Suite 105. The Commission will be open for early voting weekdays from 8 to 5 and on Saturdays from 8-12
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been diagnosed with early stage cancer in his neck. The Tennessee Republican says he will undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments and is expected to make a full recovery. DesJarlais represented Cumberland County in the U.S. Senate before 14 counties including Cumberland, were removed from the 4th district. DesJarlais is facing a tough primary challenge from state Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville in the August Republican primary election
A former Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy is the focus of an article in USA Today. The article focuses on current Crossville Police Officer Dustin Hensley, the officer who shot and killed Angela D. Smith following a burglary and high speed chase last year. Smith’s family has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit, claiming excessive force. This is not the first time Hensley mortally wounded someone in the line of duty. Records show he shot and killed a Roane County man in 2009, while employed with the Roane County Sheriff’s Department. In both cases, Hensley was cleared of any wrongdoing.